What’s the New Orleans Saints’ plan without Hau’oli Kikaha?

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Sep 20, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) celebrates following a sack on Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Buccaneers defeated the Saints 26-19. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) celebrates following a sack on Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Buccaneers defeated the Saints 26-19. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 15, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (51) commits a roughing the passer penalty against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 15, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (51) commits a roughing the passer penalty against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Barkevious Mingo, #51

If Sheard’s asking price is too high, the Saints could look at finally adding an LSU Tigers defender in Barkevious Mingo.  The Cleveland Browns’ sixth overall draft pick in 2013 has been one of a number of first-round busts for the Factory of Sadness, but it seems he may finally turn the corner in 2016.

Mingo showed up to the Browns’ OTA’s at a stout 260-pounds after struggling to break out of 240-pounds ever since his days in Death Valley.  The wayward defender has been moved all over Cleveland’s defense in recent years in an attempt at finding his best fit; he’s played everything from middle linebacker to defensive end.

Most recently, the Browns settled on him as contributing heavily on special teams.  Mingo played more there (368 snaps) than he actually did on defense (256) in 2015.  With the latest regime turnover rolling full-tilt in Cleveland, it’s possible that Mingo is both available and a likely candidate to be traded.

The Browns’ new front office values draft picks (they spent all 14 they acquired in this year’s draft), so turning a depreciated asset like Mingo into a future addition could draw their attention.  It likely wouldn’t take more than a sixth-round pick to bring Mingo to New Orleans, where he would compete with his fellow athletic freaks in Obum Gwacham and Davis Tull as a rotational pass-rusher and work his way in as a starter on special teams.

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