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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 05: Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates victory after his teams win against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 05, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 05: Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates victory after his teams win against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 05, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /
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Eric Wilson

With 122 tackles, Eric Wilson ranked in the top 20 in the NFL in tackles last season. He actually had more than any individual Saint as Demario Davis didn’t quite get up that high. That said, New Orleans has a need at linebacker.

With Davis still under contract, the Saints were forced to release Kwon Alexander. Alexander had a price tag far above his worth, although he did play well in the time he was healthy with New Orleans.

Nonetheless, the Saints need more talent there as Zach Baun may not be ready to step into a starting role. Wilson, 26, could be a long-term option, but it’s also likely that he signs a major long-term deal.

Wilson wasn’t even a top-200 free agent in the NFL according to PFF, so there’s potential he’s brought in for cheaper than his production may indicate. He was also about 20 spots higher than former Saint Alex Anzalone.

The Saints have the need and Wilson is still on the market. If they could do it financially, it’s a win-win scenario for both parties.

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