Free agency and the draft have passed. We look in to see how, and if, the New Orleans Saints filled all their needs for the 2018 Season and beyond.
The NFL offseason is where teams replenish their rosters. Players retire or leave for other teams. Some are released due to the salary cap. Rookies are drafted. While it’s not the regular season, and the moves may or may not pan out, teams can position themselves for future success with a solid offseason. The teams that best fill the holes they have from the previous season often fare the best during the following year.
The Saints made the playoffs in 2017. The beauty of the Saints making it there was enhanced by the fact that they did it with so much young talent. Not only does that bode well for the immediate future on the field, it means that needs have been met through free agency and the draft. So there were fewer needs this off season than normal.
But every team has needs and the Saints were looking for help in several places. There was a glaring weakness at TE. Our depth on the offensive line was tested. While we held our own on the end opposite Cam Jordan, we need more production on the D-line.
To finish the season, we had Michael Thomas doubling the catch production of the nearest wide receiver. WR was a spot of interest. While our LBs were good, they weren’t great. And our QB is awesome, but getting along in years. At some point, that must be addressed.
So the big question is did the Saints do well enough to fill the holes in free agency and the draft?