The New Orleans Saints got hit hard this offseason and one of their biggest mistakes was not only letting Janoris Jenkins leave in free agency but not finding a suitable replacement for him. This was the team’s worst move of the offseason according to Randy Gurzi of NFL Spin Zone.
"As for the rest of the team, there are some holes and areas of concern — mainly at wideout at cornerback. Due to cap concerns, those positions got even thinner in 2021 as Emmanuel Sanders and Janoris Jenkins were both released.Sanders being cut wasn’t ideal but they do at least have Tre’Quan Smith who can take over some of the slack. At corner, they really don’t have a solid second option which could be a problem considering they play teams such as the Bucs twice per season who are loaded with wideouts."
It’s no secret that the Saints are thin at cornerback. Marshon Lattimore is entering the final season of his rookie deal and on the other side of him, the Saints aren’t in a great spot. They added Paulson Adebo in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft but expecting a rookie to come in and ball out is risky.
The NOLA Saints lost a good player with Janoris Jenkins and didn’t take the proper measures to replace him.
Jenkins ended up in Tennessee and will face the Saints this year due to the extra game. He was a really good player for New Orleans and was released to save money and while that wasn’t a bad move necessarily, the Saints not bringing in a suitable replacement was a bad move.
Maybe Adebo goes on to be a solid corner in the NFL and if he does, this will be a moot point. For now, however, the Saints are incredibly thin at cornerback and did nothing to help their case. They could still try to bring in someone like Richard Sherman but the longer they go without signing someone, the more unlikely it seems that’ll happen.
We’ll see how much the loss of Jenkins ends up hurting the Saints but we know that the lack of depth there is going to be tough to overcome, especially with a loaded squad like the Bucs on the schedule twice a year.