The New Orleans Saints have had some interesting battles with free agency over the past several seasons, and it has generally missed in a big way.
If you’re a newer generation of football fans, then you might not know that the NFL hasn’t always had free agency. In 1992, the NFL did away with ‘Plan B’, which was instituted by owners in 1989. Under Plan B, owners could protect 37 of their own players. This was normally their best and most profitable players, and gave the team a right of first refusal. The NFL was found in violation of antitrust laws in 1992, and thus free agency was eventually born. In turn, this brought more competition in the league.
Having a need to compete led front offices to land big stars who had a good track record for doing good things for their previous organization. While not all free agent signings are big names, the general consensus was and still is to make your team better. Today, we revisit and open up some old wounds for the seasoned Saints fan by way of exposing the 10 worst free agent signings in team history.
I’d be silly not to bring up some dishonorable mentions before getting started, so here’s some players that just missed the cut: Rufus Porter (1995), Jake Reed (2002), Kevin Kaesviharn (2007), Champ Bailey (2014), Olin Kreutz (2011), Chip Lohmiller (1995), Billy Joe Tolliver (1998), and Orlando Ruff (2003).
Next: Begin Slideshow of Shame