The 10 worst free agent signings in New Orleans Saints history

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Oct 19, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Saints fan in the stands during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 19, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Saints fan in the stands during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports /

Heath Shuler (1997)

As if you need another example about how Mike Ditka completely ruined the New Orleans Saints, take Heath Shuler. After spending his first several seasons with the Washington Redskins, the team would trade Shuler to the Saints for a 1997 fifth-round pick and 1998 third-round pick. Ditka indicated that Shuler was going to be the Saints quarterback of the future, and Shuler was given a 7-year, $19.5 million contract as a free agent.

Shuler set the new standard for being an abysmal quarterback in the NFL, playing a total of 10 games for the black and gold and throwing two touchdowns and 14 interceptions in the process. Somehow, the Saints went 4-5 with Shuler starting. A serious turf toe injury would force Shuler to retire, and the Saints were left with a pile of emptiness.

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