New Orleans Saints: An individual look at each free agent’s re-signing chances
Let ’em Walk
Eli Apple, DB: The former Giants cornerback was traded over to the Saints in 2018 and his play was inconsistent for the most part.
Some games he looked like a legit number two cornerback opposite of Marshon Lattimore, especially in the beginning of the 2019 season, but in others, he looked like an extreme liability and the focal point of opposing teams passing attacks.
With the late addition of Janoris Jenkins from waivers and the market for Apple most likely being somewhat high, the Saints would be smart to let Apple walk. Jenkins should be Apple’s replacement, creating a very good one-two cornerback tandem.
Manti Te’o, LB: After his standout 2017 season, Te’o saw a significant decrease in playing time in 2018 which led him to be a healthy inactive for much of the season.
After not playing football for much of the 2019 season, the Saints re-signed him for depth due to injuries to starting linebackers Kiko Alonso and A.J. Klein.
Although he still didn’t play much once re-signed, it was good to see him back this season, albeit for a short time. I can’t see the Saints signing him back after the last two seasons, but wouldn’t be opposed to keeping him around.
Josh Martin, LB: The former Jets linebacker was placed on IR after the third preseason game and missed the entire season with a serious shoulder injury. I can’t see the Saints re-signing Martin since he also missed the majority of the 2018 season with multiple concussions.