Analyzing the New Orleans Saints pending free agents

Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Other Depth Players

These depth players likely won’t be back with the team, though there isn’t any particular reason why they shouldn’t be:

  1. RB Ty Montgomery: With the Saints’ running back room out in Week 17 due to COVID-19 issues, Montgomery stepped up with 105 rushing yards. His versatility as a rusher and a slot receiver is best served in a creative offense, and with running back Latavius Murray likely to be cut, Montgomery represents a cheaper option to complement Alvin Kamara.
  2. WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey: Humphrey is a big-body receiver (6’4″ 225), has some big-play ability in the vertical passing game, and is only 23-years-old. His play style would theoretically match well with Jameis Winston.
  3. IOL Cameron Tom: It can’t hurt to have cheap interior offensive depth.
  4. S DJ Swearinger: Technically, the Saints need to be getting younger, particularly in the secondary. However, Swearinger is likely to be rather affordable and has multiple productive seasons as a starting safety on his resume.
  5. EDGE Noah Spence: Spence had 5.5 sacks as a rookie and simply hasn’t played much since. For the league minimum contract, he’d provide the Saints with a competent rotational edge rusher.
  6. Special Team Players: Justin Hardee, JT Gray, Craig Robertson, and Jonathan Bademosi all are well-regarded on special teams, which has been a strength for the Saints. Winning within the smallest margins is useful, though all of these players would have to sign for the minimum to likely be brought back.

I’d like to see the Saints stick with Humphrey to give them some outside size and a potential vertical threat for cheap, while Montgomery is a cheaper alternative to Latavius Murray.

Outside of those two, however, I’m not sure any of the rest of the players will be back in New Orleans next season.