Buster Skrine, DB
Nov 16, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Buster Skrine (22) breaks up a pass intended for Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Texans won 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
He’s not Byron Maxwell, Chris Culliver, or Perrish Cox. However, he’s a player that fits the Saints mold perfectly. The more I think about Byron Maxwell, the larger the price tag jumps. He’ll command some type of large figure deal, and there’s no guarantees that New Orleans is even a suitor for Maxwell. Culliver and Cox are also possibilities, but there’s a lot to love about Buster Skrine‘s play.
For starters, Skrine is reliable. He’s played in every game since his rookie season, and started in 31 of the past 32 games for the Cleveland Browns. You’d think the corner opposite of Joe Haden would be tested, and that’s exactly what happened to Skrine. He shined more often than not, despite a poor rating of -6.3 from Pro Football Focus.
One other positive note, he appeared in 1,152 of the Cleveland Browns 1,188 defensive snaps. He finished with four interceptions, 18 pass deflections, 67 tackles, and appeared in all 16 games.
Skrine has publicly stated that he’ll likely test the open market, and the Saints would be a great suitor for Skrine’s talents.
No matter who ends up being brought in as a free agent cornerback for the Saints, this remains the largest need of the offseason.