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3 early free agent moves that will impact the Saints in 2021

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 22: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown during the first half against the New York Jets at SoFi Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 22: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown during the first half against the New York Jets at SoFi Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /
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Tom Brady/Rob Gronkowski/Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This last one isn’t a signing but a re-signing. The division rival and team who knocked the Saints out of the playoffs last year are pretty much returning the same squad they just won the 2020 Super Bowl with months ago.

The team started by franchise tagging Chris Godwin. They then went and re-signed Tom Brady to a decent-sized deal followed by Rob Gronkowski, and they finished it off by giving Shaquil Barrett a massive 4-year, $68 million deal.

Unfortunately for the Saints, one of the three teams that they play twice per year is going to look as good if not better than they were last year. It is going to be another battle for the NFC South in 2021.

Hopefully, the Saints can win another divisional title, continuing the set the record for the most-consecutive division titles in its history.

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In some way, shape, or form, all three or seven of these signings are going to affect the Saints in some way this season. Thankfully, the team brought back Jameis Winston and others to help the black and gold grind it out this year.

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