Personally, I don’t look for the Saints to pursue a free agent wide receiver. However, you can’t rule out that possibility with a questionable future surrounding Marques Colston. Colston is due $5.9 million in 2016, and the team can save $3.2 million if they were to outright release him. The debate enters as to whether that’s the smartest play, but in the meantime we look at potential free agent targets to replace him.
Enter Rueben Randle, an impending unrestricted free agent who spent all of his first four seasons with the New York Giants. Like many receivers, Randle started slow, but steadily improved his numbers year over year and had a career season in 2014 (71-938-3TD). Arguably, he regressed in 2015, but still managed to haul in a career high 8 touchdowns.
Saints fans are familiar with Randle, as he played for LSU. Arguably, Randle has had some opportunities in regards to his play on the field, and isn’t going to draw much interest as a team’s number one receiver. However, a 6-foot-2 wideout would be a very nice commodity for a Drew Brees led offense. Randle would fit in nicely with the current receiver corps.
Honorable mention: Travis Benjamin, Cleveland
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