Saints: Top remaining free agent targets

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Oct 26, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Baltimore Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil (58) pursues Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Ravens 26-18. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 26, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Baltimore Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil (58) pursues Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Ravens 26-18. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 18, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner (21) breaks up a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) during the first quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner (21) breaks up a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) during the first quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Cornerback

The Saints landed the top cornerback prospect in the draft in Marshon Lattimore. But most analysts had them double dipping at the position, and that didn’t pan out. They have a solid core even without adding more talent. But with the long list of question marks, it would be wise for them to secure some more depth.

Alterraun Verner

I’ve been linking Verner to the Saints this whole offseason. A sudden influx of talent at CB in Tampa Bay led to the veteran’s release, but Verner has always been a solid player for the Bucs. He would come on the cheap, similar to Sterling Moore, another Bucs transplant. And he could play some solid outside coverage in the (likely) case of any injuries. He’s not a starter, but he’s quality depth. And he’s only 28.

Tracy Porter

This, obviously, depends on a series of medicals. But I’m sure I’m not the only one who would welcome the NOLA hero back into the black and gold. The Bears released Tracy Porter this offseason to clear $3.6M off their books. That’s a pretty penny, and the Bears added a number of cornerbacks on the cheap to replace his production. Porter’s career is far from over — he’s only 30 years old, and played in all 16 games last year.

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