5 keys to a successful New Orleans Saints offseason

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Brandon Browner
Dec 27, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson (15) catches a touchdown over New Orleans Saints cornerback Brandon Browner (39) during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Jaguars 38-27. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Spend money wisely

Similar to their production in the NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints are becoming notorious for missing on free agents, highlighted by overspending on players with injury history — Jairus Byrd, C.J. Spiller, etc.

They are also known to be quire generous with their contract extensions and re-signings.  That’s not to say a guy like Drew Brees isn’t worth the money he makes, but stuff like that will come back and haunt you.

Regardless, the Saints must do a better job at evaluating talent before they decide to spend their money.  I’m going to list some notable free agent signings over the past few years and whether they were a hit or a miss:

LB David Hawthorne (2012) – Miss
DT Brodrick Bunkley (2012) – Miss
LB Curtis Lofton (2012) – Short-term hit
OG Ben Grubbs (2012) Short-term hit
LB Chris Chamberlain (2012) – Miss
CB Keenan Lewis (2013) – Hit
TE Ben Watson (2013) – Hit
LB Victor Butler (2013) – Miss
FB Erik Lorig (2014) – Miss
CB Champ Bailey (2014) – Miss
FS Jairus Byrd (2014) – Still in question
OT Zach Strief (re-signed 2014) – Miss
CB Delvin Breaux (2015) – Hit
RB C.J. Spiller (2015) – Miss
CB Brandon Browner (2015) – Miss

Notice the pattern?  More misses than hits is never a good thing.  The Saints know they messed up in the past.  Again, they must do a better job at evaluating talent before they go drop the big bucks, whether it’s in free agency, re-signing players, or regarding contract extensions.

Money runs this league.  Money gets you players.  Money gets you success.  But money can also get you failure.  Money is going to be limited for the 2016 New Orleans Saints.  They better spend wisely, or else they will continue to pay the consequences.  For example — turning in three losing seasons in four years.