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8 free agents that could make the Saints a superteam in 2021

Jan 20, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston (50) against the New England Patriots during the AFC championship game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 20, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston (50) against the New England Patriots during the AFC championship game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Shaq Barrett

This one seems impossible, but it would make the Saints’ defense the best in the NFL. After almost not returning to Tampa Bay for the team’s Super Bowl-winning season, Barrett is once again on the market.

He’ll be commanding an uber-high salary though as he’s become one of the best edge rushers in the NFL.

This past season, Barrett had eight sacks, but that was down from the 19.5 he had a season ago. The Pro Bowler led the league in sacks that season, and while he technically regressed, his team actually drastically improved which likely led to that decline.

He still had 16 quarterback hits and 2 forced fumbles this past season. That said, it feels almost impossible that the Saints have any say in where Barrett heads this offseason, and all indications seem to point to him re-signing in Tampa Bay.

The Mickey Loomis-led Saints could move some cap hits back to future years and potentially figure it out, but Barrett isn’t a Russell Wilson-type player that could transform the team into the best in the NFL.

That doesn’t mean his addition wouldn’t make them a superteam and the league’s best defense.

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