Name: Jeff Allen
2015 team: Kansas City Chiefs
2015 cap hit: $1,477,580
Another great player the New Orleans Saints should try and pursue is guard Jeff Allen out of Kansas City. He was a second-round pick out of Illinois in the 2012 NFL Draft.
It seems like Allen has kind of gone under the radar when it comes to free agent guards with most of the attention going towards Alex Boone and Kelechi Osemele. Both of them are great players, but rumor is Osemele is wanting around 10 million a year, which seems to be too much for the Saints in my opinion.
I would not complain if the Saints picked up Alex Boone — he has been great for the San Francisco 49ers for years now and would be a nice upgrade at the guard position. The thing that worries me about Boone is his height. He is listed at 6-foot-8, which could be trouble for the much shorter Drew Brees.
As for Allen, he is 6-foot-4, 310 pounds and would be a good addition for the Saints. He played really well this year and could help keep Brees upright and make some holes for the running game. He played tackle in college, but was moved around in the NFL.
I think New Orleans could get one of the most underrated guards in free agency for a good price. Another positive is he is only 26-years-old, so by signing him along with a Terron Armstead, extension, the Saints could have a young talented offensive line for years to come.
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