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Saints: 3 reasons to sign recently released Sheldon Richardson

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 15: Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson #98 of the Cleveland Browns during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Browns 38-24. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 15: Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson #98 of the Cleveland Browns during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Browns 38-24. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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The Saints have a need for a defensive tackle.

The Saints ended last season by starting two defensive tackles — Sheldon Rankins and Malcom Brown. Already a couple of months into the offseason, neither one of them is left on the roster and the team is pushing forward with David Onyemata, Shy Tuttle, and Malcolm Roach.

This is Shy Tuttle’s third year in the league, and he has only seen four starts in his first two years. He has 46 tackles and 2.0 sacks. Roach is even younger than Tuttle. This is going to be his second year in the league after a mediocre rookie season.

He didn’t start a single game and only appeared in nine. He totaled 16 tackles in those appearances. Onyemata is the most experienced out of the group. He has 16.0 sacks and 167 tackles in five years and 40 starts.

Richardson has spent seven years in the league and would add a serious veteran presence to the line. He has one Pro Bowl season, and he has not had one season in his career where he has started less than 11 games in a season.

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