Saints’ Trey Hendrickson free agent signing possibilities

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Saints’ Trey Hendrickson is a top-five free agent on the team. Here are the teams he could possibly sign with and the contract he could be looking at.

One of the least likely Saints to break out last season did — Trey Hendrickson. Marcus Davenport went down with an injury in the early part of the season and Hendrickson took over for him and never looked back after that.

The two major categories that you would look at for a lineman are sacks and tackles for a loss. In comparison to Hendrickson and those categories, he finished on top of both. He ended the season with 13.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for a loss.

Those numbers put Hendrickson in the same category as Browns, Myles Garrett; Steelers, T.J. Watt; and Rams, Aaron Donald. Hendrickson tied Donald for the second-most sacks in the NFL. Hendrickson was even formerly named the Unsung Hero of the New Orleans Saints.

There are really five teams that could sign Trey Hendrickson.

Buffalo Bills

This is the first option. When Pro Football Focus released their free agency projections, they had him signing in Buffalo for four years, $45 million. Imagine the strength of the Bills rush if they could add someone of Hendrickson’s youth and talent.

Las Vegas Raiders

Right now, the Raiders are a dark horse to sign star J.J. Watt. However, if that falls through or he decides elsewhere, Hendrickson is the perfect fit with a John Gruden run team. They also have the money to be able to pay him what he is worth.

New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, or Jacksonville Jaguars

In reality, any of these teams have enough money to be able to highly entice Hendrickson to their team. They also are all in a position where they could use defensive line and edge-rushing help. Any of them would make sense to sign Hendrickson.

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I would love for the Saints to bring back this young, elite edge rusher. However, the fact is that the Saints already have two excellent ends in Davenport and Jordan. Mix that with the cap and there is no way Hendrickson ends up on the Saints next year.