It’s clear the New Orleans Saints want youth at linebacker

MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 25: Linebacker Zack Baun #56 from Wisconsin of the North Team during the 2020 Resse's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 25, 2020 in Mobile, Alabama. The North Team defeated the South Team 34 to 17. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 25: Linebacker Zack Baun #56 from Wisconsin of the North Team during the 2020 Resse's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 25, 2020 in Mobile, Alabama. The North Team defeated the South Team 34 to 17. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /
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About a week away from the final 53-man roster cuts, the New Orleans Saints linebacking corps is still looking to fill in a few of its slots.

The New Orleans Saints, just a few weeks ago, brought in former Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham. Now, he’s looking for a new home as the Saints have released the veteran, likely opting to keep more young talent on the roster.

While that might have been a mistake, the Saints should feel confident moving forward that they can find the high-upside players needed to keep this defense elite.

Demario Davis, Zack Baun, Kiko Alonso, and Alex Anzalone will be the team’s crux in the middle of the field. On top of those four, players like Joe Bachie Jr. could swoop in and find themselves a roster spot.

That said, the Saints, according to 247Sports brought in Jan Johnson, an All-Big Ten honorable mention by the coaches and media in 2019, for a tryout. It’s likely that Johnson would just fill a practice squad spot since he hasn’t been at camp all this time.

Along with Johnson and Baun, two rookies, the Saints may keep Kaden Elliss, a 25-year-old. They’ll have a nice mix of veteran leadership with Davis, Alonso and Craig Robertson, who will be entering his third season as a captain for this defense.

However, the Saints are looking for the future of the position as several of this unit will be up for a new contract at the season’s end. They won’t be able to keep them all while giving extensions or new contracts to safety Marcus Williams and running back Alvin Kamara.

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Cutting Bradham earlier this week was a start, working out former Penn State standout Johnson continued their trend and now when 53-man roster cuts are upon the team, expect them to finalize the young core that they’ll be moving forward for.

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