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Saints should take a chance on former Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 30: Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Philadelphia Eagles leaves the field following the team's loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Lincoln Financial Field on November 30, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 30: Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Philadelphia Eagles leaves the field following the team's loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Lincoln Financial Field on November 30, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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It’s been a hectic offseason for the New Orleans Saints. They entered the period needing to clear more than nine figures in cap space, and they did just that while also franchise tagging Marcus Williams and re-signing Jameis Winston.

With Drew Brees having announced his retirement, the Saints did all they could to stay in a contending position. They did that, but they’re going to have a few major holes still to fill, one of which is at wide receiver.

The New Orleans Saints were forced to release Emmanuel Sanders this offseason, and Alshon Jeffery should be a player they look into signing.

Now, there’s no denying the Saints could take a star receiver in the first round.

If the 2020 draft is any indication, there should be talent near the back end of the first round, but the Saints have other holes that should be more pressing as their top receiver was the 2019 Offensive Player of the Year.

The Saints should look at defensive tackle, defensive end or cornerback before settling in on a receiver. One could even make the case that a linebacker or backup guard could be just as important as well.

New Orleans could use more of a veteran threat, and while Alshon Jeffery may not have a great reputation given his injury history, if he can remain healthy, he could be a solid addition. Jeffery most recently played for the Eagles but is best known for his time with the Bears.

The former second-round pick has two straight 1,000-yard seasons in both his second and third seasons in the league. That said, he played just seven games last season and was absent on a struggles Eagles team.

Philadelphia needed Jeffery, and his 115 yards and 1 touchdown weren’t enough for the Eagles to want to bring back the 31-year-old. He obviously isn’t a high-profile target for the Saints, but he should be on their radar.

After all, they could use a veteran receiver, and if healthy, Jeffery could provide a big spark. A solid one-year stint from Jeffery could give the Saints what they need prior to passing that No. 2 receiver torch to Marquez Callaway or Tre’Quan Smith.

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It’s a risk to add Jeffery, but it’s one the Saints should take.

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