4 veteran free agents Saints should consider signing before Week 1

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The New Orleans Saints kick off the 2021 season at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville for their season opener. Jacksonville might be the location but this counts as a home game for the Saints due to damage to New Orleans from Hurricane Ida.

While the Saints roster is strong, there are still some weaknesses that need to be addressed before the season gets underway. Veterans are the easiest way to address these weaknesses because these are players who have experience in the league and know what is being asked of them.

At this point of the offseason, there aren’t many high-quality options available but these four players could help the Saints out with what they’re searching for ahead of Week 1.

4. Gareon Conley

Cornerback is a major need for the Saints and they surprisingly cut Grant Haley, who looked to be a decent depth piece. While it’s incredibly likely that New Orleans adds a cornerback between now and Week 1, who will it be?

Gareon Conley is probably one of the most talented names left at the cornerback spot. The former first-round pick out of Ohio State hasn’t lived up to his first-round billing and is looking for his third NFL team in just four years.

With that being said, Conley is only 26 years old and there’s plenty of time for him to still make a positive impact for a secondary. He wouldn’t be a starter for the Saints but that’s okay. Filling out the depth is perfectly fine at this point.