Still in the salary cap hole, the New Orleans Saints will likely explore every option to improve. That includes potentially signing an Atlanta Falcon.
The New Orleans Saints will undoubtedly look to improve their roster, but they’ll have little cap space to work with. That said, are there any Atlanta Falcons that may fall within their scope of possibility?
The Saints have been the best team in the elite NFC South for the last four straight seasons. It’s been a divisional record reign despite many of the franchise’s years ending in brutal postseason defeats.
With their cap space being a huge issue this offseason, the Saints are going to have to do their best to sign high-potential, low-cost free agents.
There are players like that that are going to be on the market, and if they look to sign one, it’ll likely be a defensive end of safety as both Trey Hendrickson and Marcus Williams are up for new contracts this offseason.
Hendrickson may sign a huge contract elsewhere, leaving the Saints with the injury-prone Marcus Davenport alongside superstar Cam Jordan. That’s where the Saints may look to capitalize on potential Atlanta free agents.
The Saints should look into signing Charles Harris
A former first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Harris hasn’t had the career that many thought he would, but as with Davenport, the potential and physical attributes are still there. Harris, 25, had his best season in the NFL last year, totaling 3.0 sacks.
He also chipped in 18 tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, and 5 quarterback hits. No, those aren’t the most impressive numbers, but the 6-foot-3, 252-pound lineman has the potential to be a solid contributor.
Having a player that was once thought to be among the most talented prospects, the Saints should be able to see a breakout season from either Harris or Davenport. On top of that, New Orleans could likely add Harris for under $3 million.
His numbers aren’t insane, but in order to add depth to the line, especially considering Harris has only missed ten games in four seasons, the Saints should look to add the former Falcons’ defensive end.