Saints Free Agency

Saints: The 2016 free agent class in review

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Aug 26, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton sits with owners Gayle Benson and Tom Benson and general manager Mickey Loomis before a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 26, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton sits with owners Gayle Benson and Tom Benson and general manager Mickey Loomis before a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 27, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt (18) is defended by New Orleans Saints cornerback B.W. Webb (28) after a catch in the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 27, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt (18) is defended by New Orleans Saints cornerback B.W. Webb (28) after a catch in the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /

. CB. 1 year, $635,294. B.W. WEBB. B-

I’m not a huge fan of Webb. If there’s been any weak link in this defense, it’s been him. If I see a QB pulling back to throw deep, I hold my breath and pray it isn’t to Webb’s man. But more often than not, it is. And more often than not, it’s completed.

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So why, you ask, did I give him such a high grade? Consider the circumstances behind his signing. Despite entering the offseason with a plethora of talent at CB, after Week 1 the Saints found themselves dangerously thin. Kyle Wilson on IR. Damian Swann on IR. Jamarca Sanford and Tony Carter, IR. Keenan Lewis released due to injury. And then Delvin Breaux with a broken leg. The Saints were starting P.J. Williams and a string of UDFAs. They needed more bodies, and they brought in Webb off the street.

It’s hard to find quality players one week into the season. But the Saints managed to piece together a semblance of a secondary with Webb’s signing. He may not have been outstanding, and I’m not sure I care to have him back next year. But really, where was this sort of signing in 2015? I’d have been happy to have Webb back there instead of Browner…

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