New Orleans Saints sign Christian Montano and Will Clapp
The Saints continued their signing streak this week adding offensive linemen Christian Montano and re-signing Will Clapp. Clapp and Montano will certainly make healthy additions again to the depth of the offensive line for 2021.
Clapp obviously comes with a long list of Saints seasons under his belt. He was released earlier in the offseason along with Nick Easton as part of the mass cuts that the team had to partake in to get under the salary cap before the start of the season.
Entering into his fourth season, Clapp played in eight games with the Saints last year as a primary backup. Clapp is the ideal replacement because he can transition from center to guard and in reality almost play the entire offensive line.
The Saints’ addition of Will Clapp and Christian Montano will certainly save the team a draft pick on an offensive lineman next week.
With no team reaching out to Clapp, New Orleans decided to and now he will be dawning the black and gold once again. Montano, on the other hand, doesn’t have a lot of experience in the NFL. He spent the 2020 offseason with the Pittsburgh Steelers before being released.
Montano spent five years in college. The first four were with Brown University and then, as a graduate transfer, Montano joined the Tulane Blue Wave and played the fifth season alongside previous Saints signee McCleskey.
With only James Hurts, Ethan Greenidge, and Derrick Kelly on the roster as a backup offensive lineman, the team needed help. With the addition of Montano and Clapp, at least all five offensive line positions have a clear backup.
Now, the Saints don’t have to use a draft pick trying to select a backup offensive lineman. After draft Cesar Ruiz last year in the first round, I think the team has all the lineman they need to continue to be one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.