New Orleans Saints: An individual look at each free agent’s re-signing chances
Let ’em Walk
Andrus Peat, OL: The former 2015 first-rounder out of Stanford had an extremely poor season. He suffered a broken arm in Week 10 that caused him to miss six weeks and did not return until the last game of the season against the Panthers.
He may have had his worst game as a Saint in the Playoffs against the Vikings as he was seen getting beat multiple times by Minnesota’s ferocious defensive line.
Peat will most likely receive a big contract from a team desperate for offensive line help since the guard market this year is lacking and his undeniable potential at only 26 years-old.
Overall, Peat wasn’t terrible for the Saints and definitely had his moments, but I don’t see them sticking with him for another year, especially after this season. He was by far the weakest link on the offensive line and should be left to test free agency.
The Saints would be smart to draft a guard to replace Peat much like they did last year when they replaced former starting center Max Unger with 2nd Round pick Erik McCoy. Nick Easton could also be in the discussion to compete for a starting job once training camp comes around.
Ted Ginn Jr., WR: The speedy 35-year-old just doesn’t seem to have it anymore. The last two seasons have been extremely underwhelming for Ginn and it seems like the connection with quarterback Drew Brees is all but gone.
It’s time for the Saints to get younger, more reliable options at the wide receiver position through the draft and free agency. The lack of a number two wide receiver really came back to bite them these past two years.