An overview of New Orleans Saints free agency under Sean Payton

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Brandon Browner New Orleans Saints
Aug 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive back Brandon Browner (39) is carted off the field after being injured in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens in a preseason NFL football game at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports /

2015

C.J. Spiller, Brandon Browner, Kyle Wilson, Anthony Spencer, Joe Morgan

Arguably, this might have been the worst free agent class in Sean Payton’s tenure. Each player was brought in with a specific role in mind, and it was only supposed to help the Saints turn around their abysmal 7-9 campaign that featured locker room debacles and selfish players.

Unfortunately, we know this story all too well. Brandon Browner ended up being a major bust, finishing as the league’s worst graded cornerback. His short year with the Saints was riddled with Twitter rants, sideline run-ins with coaches, media escapades, and questionable effort on the field. However, the Saints made their bed by foolishly guaranteeing most of Browner’s 3-year deal.

Anthony Spencer looked as though he’d offer light at the end of the tunnel for the departed Junior Galette, but couldn’t stay healthy. Joe Morgan’s reunion was short lived, as the Saints went in a different direction.

C.J. Spiller was built up as the Darren Sproles replacement, but injuries hindered him all season. Kyle Wilson, though his role was less compared to others, may have been the strongest free agent addition. However, he did choose to make some stupid decisions after the whistle that helped the Saints be one of the most penalized squads of 2015.

Next: The 10 worst free agent signings in New Orleans Saints history

If history has taught us anything, then it’s that the New Orleans Saints should tread lightly in free agency this season. The idea of obtaining value and depth over the flashy and high priced addition should be the priority.

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