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5 Things We’ve Learned From New Orleans Saints Free Agency So Far

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Oct 19, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Lions defeated the Saints 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

4. Protection is greater than weapons at this point

Perhaps the most incredible talent of Drew Brees is his ability to make everybody around him better, but how is he supposed to do that when he has no time to make proper reads and accurate throws?

Jimmy Graham was without question a vital piece to the offensive puzzle in the Big Easy, and Kenny Stills was a young, emerging talent still nesting on a cheap rookie contract.  However, guardianship in the pocket proves to be more significant, especially after the sluggish performance on the offensive line in 2014 that led to countless turnovers.

Max Unger comes in via the Graham trade with the Seattle Seahawks as one of the top centers in the National Football League.  His presence will be an immediate upgrade.  Plus, I don’t remember a Jimmy on the historic Super Bowl team.

At this point, Brees needs his safety more than ever — he’s on the wrong side of 35 and his days in New Orleans are limited with two years left on his current contract.  The Saints’ best chances of returning to the big game is giving Drew exactly what he needs — protection.  Don’t count out tight end Josh Hill just yet either — he looks to be the man holding it down at tight end.