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Winners or Losers? Grading more New Orleans Saints transactions

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Nov 24, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) catches a pass over New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White (24) during the first quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s next talk about Corey White. Before you start smiling with excitement, this was a necessary move. Small school signings usually work for the Saints, but this time it went south. White finished out last year as the third worst cornerback, as per Pro Football Focus. His -17.8 was third worst on the team in front of Kenny Vaccaro (-19.0) and Curtis Lofton (-21.5). Only cornerbacks Kyle Fuller (-18.4) from the Bears and David Amerson (-20.2) from the Redskins finished worse. White also missed 9 tackles last year.

Despite the bad year, White did finish 2013 with a positive grade of 3.1, but also finished 2012 with a -7.3. Side note, 2012 was bad for virtually everyone on the Saints defense. With White’s departure, it begs the question as to who will potentially step in to be the team’s nickel corner. Panning over the roster outside of Brandon Browner and Keenan Lewis, we should be asking at a lot of questions.

Perhaps the most important part of this move? It saved the Saints $1.5 million in salary cap space. That’s not too shabby.

Final Grade: A

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