There’s a lot of criticism from my recent mock drafts that have the New Orleans Saints drafting a kicker in the fourth round. While I completely disagree with the logic and reasoning, this one’s for you.
Let’s assume that the Saints continue going with the tired old narrative of an experienced kicker. A recent tweet from FOX 8 (WVUE) Sport Anchor Sean Fazende indicated that the black and gold could have interest in bringing Kai Forbath back. While I emphatically disagree that he’s the answer and cringe at the notion of suffering through another dismal season of kicking, there is a free agent that does catch my eye more than the others that fits what the Saints could ultimately want.
Josh Brown, who turns 37 in April, has been booting field goals in the NFL since 2003. Brown was very effective in his past three seasons with the New York Giants, and went 30-for-32 in 2015. Brown’s two misses came from the 40-49 yard range, and he was a perfect 3-for-3 from 50+ yards. Brown has been a reliable kicker over the past several years, and could easily latch on with the Saints on a relatively inexpensive veteran deal.
Oh by the way, Brown can also kick touchbacks. Brown’s 37 in 2015 were more than the combined efforts of Zach Hocker and Kai Forbath at 23. I’d be content with someone like Brown, but would still find it hard to believe the Saints not addressing the kicker spot for the long-term.
Next: Robert Ayers