Saints Free Agency

3 big-name Free Agent targets for the New Orleans Saints in 2018

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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints looks on during the Saints' game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 17, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints looks on during the Saints' game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 17, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images) /
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GREEN BAY, WI – DECEMBER 28: Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah
GREEN BAY, WI – DECEMBER 28: Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah /

Ezekiel Ansah – Defensive End

This one speaks for itself. The Saints’ struggle with creating pressure has been well documented over the past few years. The only truly effective and proven pass rusher on the team is Cam Jordan.

After that, there’s not a whole lot of production.

Lions DE and impending free agent Ezekiel ‘Ziggy’ Ansah would provide that production if signed. He’s accumulated 32 sacks in his first four seasons, even after a down year in 2016.

DETROIT, MI – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Ansah
DETROIT, MI – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Ansah /

Again, Ansah might not make it to the open market. The Lions understand how important he is to the defense’s success and they would obviously aim to re-sign him.

But stranger things have happened (see: Elvis Dumervil, 2013).

If things fell in place and the Saints had a shot at Ansah, his asking price would basically be dictated by how he plays this year.

His injury-riddled 2016 season slammed the brakes on his momentum and capped his value. He’ll have to show again this year that he is worth a big-time contract.

DETROIT, MI – AUGUST 09: Ezekiel Ansah
DETROIT, MI – AUGUST 09: Ezekiel Ansah /

Having a 6’5″ powerhouse like Ansah to team up with Cam Jordan would create havoc in opponents’ backfields. It would also – again – take some pressure off the developing corners and safeties.

That could have a lasting impact on the team and hopefully lead to wins in the years to come.

If just a few things fall the right way, the Saints should be able to land a big-name free agent in 2018. Who’s your dream free agent pick? Let us know in the comments!

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