Why the New Orleans Saints must absolutely sign a guard in free agency

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Dec 13, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) kneels in the huddle during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. The New Orleans Saints won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 13, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) kneels in the huddle during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. The New Orleans Saints won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /
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Alex Boone
Oct 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco 49ers guard Alex Boone (75) during the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports /

Name: Alex Boone
Age next season: 29
2015 Team: San Francisco 49ers
2015 Cap hit: $3.723M

When it comes to pass protection, Boone is one of the most enticing options in the upcoming free agency period.  And again, at 37-years-old, Drew Brees needs the proper guardianship, particularly on his blindside where a veteran should start, to continue to play at a high level.

Lelito and Kelemete are not terrible.  One just doesn’t boast the consistency to be a true starter in the NFL, and the other lacks the experience.  Boone, on the other hand, is very good and would be an immediate upgrade on the offensive line.  Imagine him between Max Unger and Terron Armstead or Andrus Peat.

After being named to two-consecutive Pro Bowls as an alternate, Boone’s asking price may be a little steep, but it shouldn’t be anything substantial.  Plus, if the Saints truly want another shot at a championship before Brees’ time is up, they better do all they can to keep him safe, even if that means spending some money.  Neither Boone nor Foster size up to the next player, though.

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