Drew Brees, Scott Fujita, Mark Campbell, Omar Stoutmire, Terrance Copper, Curtis Deloatch, Danny Clark, Billy Miller, Anthony Simmons, Rob Petitti, Chris Horn, Tommy Polley, Jay Foreman
There’s no question that Drew Brees has been the single greatest signing for the New Orleans Saints in the Sean Payton era. Arguably, he’s been the greatest signing in franchise history. Scott Fujita had a major hand in the defense’s success, and did so up until he left the team for the Cleveland Browns in free agency.
The ‘new blood’ of 2006 helped revitalize the city of New Orleans following the events of Hurricane Katrina. The Cinderella season will be forever remembered as the one that stole a lot of hearts, as it simply meant more than just a game of football.
Jason David, Troy Evans, David Patten, Dhani Jones, Kendrick Clancy, Eric Johnson, Kevin Kaesviharn, Brian Simmons
Okay, let’s just call it for what it is. Jason David was terrible. He was signed by the Saints from the Colts as a restricted free agent to a four-year deal worth $15.6M. The Colts had a week to match the Saints, but did not match the offer. The Saints would send a fourth-round draft pick as compensation. His first game as a member of the Saints was against his former team, the Colts, and David was ripped to shreds by Peyton Manning. David was often booed by Who Dat Nation after being beat in coverage. He’d be waived on August 17, 2009.
Randall Gay, Aaron Glenn, Mark Brunell, Dan Morgan, Bobby McCray
Aaron Glenn was an exceptional corner prior to arriving to New Orleans. His problem was being at the end of his career. Glenn played in only four games with the Saints before landing on season-ending injured reserve.
Mark Brunell, Randall Gay, and Bobby McCray all served as role players throughout the next few seasons. Of the bunch, McCray had one of the most memorable plays in Sean Payton’s tenure when he decleated Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner. As much ‘Bounty Gate’ hoopla that ensued in 2012, Warner called the hit clean.
Darren Sharper, Jabari Greer, Heath Evans, Dan Campbell, Anthony Hargrove, Paul Spicer, Pierson Prioleau, Darnell Dinkins
Darren Sharper made the greatest impact for the black and gold upon arrival in 2009. Sharper was brought in on a one-year deal after spending the past few seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Sharper was nothing short of spectacular, as he tied a career-high with his nine interceptions, and had three of those returned for a touchdown. His impact helped fuel the New Orleans Saints defense in 2009, and ultimately led to a Super Bowl trophy.
One also can’t overlook the addition of Jabari Greer, who came over from the Buffalo Bills. Greer’s presence also helped the secondary tremendously, and despite playing in nine games in 2009, he’d finish with two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and 13 pass deflections.