The 10 worst free agent signings in New Orleans Saints history

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Oct 15, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton in the first quarter of their game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton in the first quarter of their game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /

Jason David (2007-2008)

For a long time, New Orleans Most Wanted was cornerback Jason David. David was originally a fourth-round draft choice by the Indianapolis Colts in 2004. He earned a Super Bowl ring with them in 2006, and was set to become a restricted free agent. David was given a 4-year, $15.6 million offer sheet by the Saints, which the Colts had ten days to match. Obviously they didn’t, and the Saints would send a fourth-round pick as compensation from the deal.

General manager Mickey Loomis had high hopes for David coming in.

"We are obviously pleased to add Jason to our mix in the secondary. This is a positive addition as we make final preparations for this weekend’s draft. Jason is a young, emerging player with his best years ahead of him. In the 2007 season opener, it started great for David, as he took a fumble recovery 55 yards to tie the game at 7-7 in the first quarter. However, that’d be the last we’d hear about the good that he brought, as he was victimized by his former team. Peyton Manning would throw for 288 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 41-10 thrashing of the Saints. David’s coverage (or lack thereof) was so horrible, that the Superdome crowd would often boo him. On August 17, 2009, David was waived. He would be signed by the Detroit Lions on November 3, 2009, and released six days later. Thankfully, we’d never see him play again in the NFL. Next: Albert Connell Nov 15, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan reacts on the sidelines against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 47-14. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Albert Connell (2001) Albert Connell was supposed to be the next best thing for the New Orleans Saints, and the team felt so compelled by it that they shelled out a 5-year, $13 million deal. He was given $2.5 million upfront after a decent season with the Washington Redskins. Connell and general manager Randy Mueller swung out and missed. Through 12 games, Connell had 12 receptions for 191 yards and two touchdowns. Although the disappointing play was evident, that’s not what got Connell released from the Saints. Connell was accused of allegedly stealing $4,363 from teammate Deuce McAllister‘s locker and car, and was dropped by the Saints. Connell came clean and returned the stolen money to McAllister, clinging to the story of it being a prank. Connell never played in the NFL again, and the case was later dropped. Next: Brandon Browner Sep 27, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) catches the ball as New Orleans Saints cornerback Brandon Browner (39) defends in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports Brandon Browner (2015) When his release becomes official, Brandon Browner will go down as one of the worst free agent signings in New Orleans Saints history. With two different ball clubs, the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, Browner became a back-to-back Super Bowl Champion in 2013 and 2014. The interest was there for his services, as the Patriots declined his option for 2015. After several visits and reported interest from multiple clubs, the Saints would ink Browner to a 3-year, $15 million deal. The contract guaranteed Browner $7.75 million, and immediately the thought was the black and gold acquired a stellar cornerback who could bring a lot to the table. Unfortunately, nothing remotely resembled a former Super Bowl champion. Browner was heavily penalized, beat in coverage often, and graded out as the league’s worst rated cornerback on Pro Football Focus out of 108 total. Sure, Browner played a lot and was probably asked to do too much, but that never excused his antics of Twitter feuds, reporter and locker room run-ins, and general play on the field. Saints fans disliked Browner so much that he was booed when introduced as a defensive starter in their home finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars.We are obviously pleased to add Jason to our mix in the secondary. This is a positive addition as we make final preparations for this weekend’s draft. Jason is a young, emerging player with his best years ahead of him."

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