In the 2018 offseason, the New Orleans Saints have been making all the right moves. Picking up and keeping the right free agents and not overpaying.
The New Orleans Saints have quietly had a successful free agency period. There isn’t the hoopla of the Cleveland Browns, making move after move to improve a bottom feeder. And there isn’t the splash of the Los Angeles Rams, spending big and making bold moves with big names. The Saints have played the role of the tortoise over the last few seasons, learning that slow and steady can win the race.
Their initial salvo was to re-sign quarterback Drew Brees. Making sure that he never hit the free agent market (even though he swore he was staying) was what was needed. It was the catalyst for every other move that followed. Until the Saints have his heir apparent in the building, Brees needs to be taken care of.
Also, among other early moves, was re-upping Thomas Morstead on a 5-year extension. It’s a quiet move but one that shows stability within the team. And the wisdom of spreading a cap hit over a longer period of time.
Some free agency losses
The Saints were forced to let some veterans go as unrestricted free agents. Chase Daniel went to the Chicago Bears, Rafael Bush shuffled off to Buffalo. Jonathan Freeny, a late season depth pickup went to Detroit.
Probably the costliest loss was offensive lineman Senio Kelemete, who went to Houston to have a chance to be a starter. Kelemete has been an integral part of the Saints often banged up line, and has filled in admirably at any spot he was asked to play. That type of versatility will be missed.