The New Orleans Saints will probably look to bolster depth at linebacker. Is Clay Matthews potentially the answer there?
The free agency period is in full effect these days. While the New Orleans Saints have been fairly quiet as far as signings go, things may ramp up for the team as veteran players look for new homes on a daily basis.
The Los Angeles Rams recently cut a few of there veteran guys as they parted way with 11 year veteran Clay Matthews. Could he be a viable fit in New Orleans?
With the recent loss of A.J. Klein to the Buffalo Bills, the Saints linebacker core may have more questions than answers heading into next season.
You do have all-pro middle linebacker Demario Davis anchoring the group, but things get a little hazy after that. Alex Anzalone will be penciled in as a Day 1 starter, provided he is fully recovered from the shoulder surgery that forced him on injured reserve after the second game of the season.
It was the same shoulder that forced him to miss time his rookie season after only playing 4 games.
Speaking of health at the linebacker position, the Saints recently restructured their deal to keep Kiko Alonso in town after the team traded for him last season from the Maimi Dolphins.
While Alonso played well in spurts, he tore his ACL in the Saints Wild Card game against the Minnesota Vikings. This marked the 3rd time the 29-year-old has torn his ACL in his pro career. Counting on Alonso to continually come back from these injuries and produce at a high level is asking a lot.
After that, you have the likes of Craig Robertson (often used on special teams) and young guys like Kaden Elliss and Chase Hansen.
Not the type that would strike fear into any team. If the Saints can get Matthews on a 1-year bargain deal, then this could work.
The veteran linebacker played in 13 games last year and recorded 8 sacks while playing all 3 linebacker positions. His versatility alone is worth taking the gamble as the health at linebacker will be a major question mark.
I expect the New Orleans Saints to address the wide receiver and cornerback position early in the NFL draft next month. Having the opportunity to address another need at linebacker in free agency would be huge.
If they can get Matthews at a good bargain, then the Saints can solidify their defense even more as teams around the division are getting better by the day.