Saints: 3 free agents who could still help the team in 2021

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The 2021 NFL season is almost upon us and for the New Orleans Saints, this team will look much different than what fans are used to. With that being said, there are still plenty of talented players that don’t currently have a job and some of these players could help the Saints get to the Super Bowl.

Let’s take a look at three free agents that if the Saints brought in, could help them compete for a playoff spot, or even better, a Super Bowl appearance.

Free Agents that could help the Saints – No. 3: Jurrell Casey

With the loss of Sheldon Rankins this past offseason, the Saints are lacking in the defensive tackle position, so why not go out and sign former five-time Pro Bowler Jurrell Casey? Casey didn’t play much this past season after having a bicep tear injury, but he was fairly productive in the three games he played, recording 14 tackles and three passes deflected.

Casey has been one of the most consistent linemen in the NFL since 2015, making a Pro Bowl each year from 2015-2019 and recording 30 sacks, 47 tackles for loss, and 264 tackles in that five-season stint. Casey’s use of pass-rushing technique and power allows him to get to the quarterback. On top of this, he is an excellent run defender that can effectively stuff runners.

The Saints have a clear starting defensive tackle in David Onyemata but don’t have a clear No. 2 guy. Bringing Casey in would give the Saints a clear Day 1 starter and allow the depth of the position to increase with Shy Tuttle and Malcolm Brown coming off the bench.