5 underrated free agents that should be on the New Orleans Saints radar

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Jan 3, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) has the ball stripped away by Miami Dolphins defensive end Derrick Shelby (79) in the fourth quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Duyos-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) has the ball stripped away by Miami Dolphins defensive end Derrick Shelby (79) in the fourth quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Duyos-USA TODAY Sports /

Derrick Shelby

After receiving a restricted free agent tender for the 2015 season, Derrick Shelby made the absolute most of it. Once Cameron Wake was lost for the season due to a torn Achilles, Shelby entered the rotation as the starting left defensive end. Shelby played in 861 snaps, earning 3.5 sacks in the process. Shelby also forced two fumbles and had an interception for the Miami Dolphins defense, and was strong primarily against the run.

The 2012 undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Utah finished third on the team behind Olivier Vernon and Ndamukong Suh in quarterback pressures with 31 total. He may not have been outstanding for the Dolphins defense, but was fairly consistent. Shelby screams of being a bargain pass rusher that the New Orleans Saints so desperately need, and he’s only missed one game in his four professional seasons.

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