The Saints need to consider signing Mike Pennel. A veteran, Pennel would fit well on this team’s line. He’s a massive 6-foot-4, 330 pounds.
He can do it all with unbelievable strength on that line. Pennel has spent the last two seasons with the Chiefs. He’s spent three years with the Packers and two with the Jets in addition to that. The 29-year-old has played in 22 games the last two seasons, so that may help lower his value.
He had one start and just 29 tackles last season. While Pennel may be more of a backup option, if the Saints are that tight against the cap and need to use draft picks elsewhere, Pennel would be a great option.
The Saints were so close to bringing in Clowney last offseason.
While they couldn’t make it work financially, Clowney’s choice to go to Tennessee paved the way for Hendrickson’s breakout season. Clowney never got going despite the Titans playing well for most of the season.
Clowney will have a solid market, but he won’t be that massive name he was last offseason.
With the Titans, Clowney played in eight games and recorded just 19 tackles and no sacks. PFF ranked him the 31st-best free agent, so he may have a high price tag to his name which would make the Saints a non-contender.
The Saints would be thrilled to have any of these six free agents, but more moves will have to come before they even consider adding more talent. The most likely scenario is they draft a defensive tackle in the third or fourth round.