NFL Free Agency 2016: A New Orleans Saints shopping list

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Dec 7, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan (65) blocks New York Jets defensive tackle Damon Harrison (94) in the third quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 7, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan (65) blocks New York Jets defensive tackle Damon Harrison (94) in the third quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports /
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Casey Hayward
Dec 20, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward (29) stands on the field before the start of the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports /

Name: Casey Hayward
Position: CB
2015 team: Green Bay Packers
2015 cap hit: $1,053,154

Casey Hayward is an underrated cornerback, formerly out of Vanderbilt.  He was a second-round draft pick for the Green Bay Packers back in 2012.  He has been a solid cover guy since coming into the league and has great instincts.

Hayward is only 26-years-old, so his best years are still ahead of him.  Some people think the New Orleans Saints addressing a corner is not a priority, but with all the injuries that occurred last year to the secondary and how bad they looked at times, why not go after a young, up-and-coming corner who may not cost that much?

If the Saints were to be able to sign Hayward and re-sign Rafael Bush, I would think the secondary would be pretty set, and then they can deal with the front seven more in the draft.

The one problem is Green Bay tends to keep the players they draft.  They don’t often tend to go out and get free agents. Instead, they build through the draft, so they may sign him before free agency even begins, but if not, I think it would be a good move for the New Orleans Saints to go after him.

Next: 10 more free agents the Saints should target

The main thing for the New Orleans Saints going into free agency is getting younger, athletic players that won’t break the bank.  Damon Harrison could cost some cash, but I still think the Saint could find a way to bring him in.  As for the others, they are good players who are not yet on that top tier level, but aren’t too far under it.

Other players such as LB Danny Trevathan, DL Malik Jackson, DE Olivier Vernon, and Brandon Marshall (linebacker) would look good in the black and gold, but I expect them to be pursued by many teams and cost quite a bit of money.

Some other players who I can see the New Orleans Saints going after without spending too much: DL Tyrunn Walker, TE LaDarius Green, DE Chris Long, OLB Tahir Whitehead and WR Marvin Jones.  The key positions coming into free agency that the Saints should address are a solid defensive lineman, a weakside linebacker and a good guard.

If they can somehow fill all three of those positions, it would be considered an excellent free agency. This would help the Saints to be able to go into the draft with more of a best player available mentality rather than just go for needs.

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