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New Orleans Saints: 6 free agent defensive line targets

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 02: Under laser lights, Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Seattle Seahawks is introduced before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on December 02, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Seahawks won, 37-30. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 02: Under laser lights, Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Seattle Seahawks is introduced before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on December 02, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Seahawks won, 37-30. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /
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Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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Solomon Thomas

Two games into the 2020 NFL season, Solomon Thomas tore his ACL. It was a sad, early-season loss for the 49ers, but now a free agent, the Saints may be able to get Thomas on a nice one-year, prove-yourself deal. Thomas was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The defensive end started 25 games in his first two seasons, but he struggled to really do much, notching just four tackles.

Combine in 2019, and Thomas had 46 games and just six sacks. Thomas hasn’t been the monster that many hoped he could be, but until last season, neither was Hendrickson. Thomas was once a top prospect, and he now should be on the market for cheap.

Dalvin Tomlinson

Another 2017 draft pick hitting the market, Tomlinson has played in every single game in all four seasons. As with Thomas, he just hasn’t performed up to the high standards placed on a second-round pick.

Tomlinson has just eight sacks to his name. While he has stepped up in these last few seasons, averaging 3.5 per season over the last two years, Tomlinson still isn’t going to be getting a hefty contract with other big names like Rankins on the market.

The Saints need to come in and give him an offer as the 6-foot-3, 320-pound defensive tackle could give solid size on the interior. Tomlinson will likely be outside of the Saints’ financial abilities though.

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