5 free agents that would improve New Orleans Saints OL in 2022

The offensive line of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Harry Aaron/Getty Images)
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Terron Armstead, New Orleans Saints
Terron Armstead, New Orleans Saints (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Saints experienced something new this past season, as their offensive line wasn’t the same stout unit it typically has been. Now, it’s worth noting that injuries played a major role in why that was, as Cesar Ruiz was the only healthy starter throughout the year.

Terron Armstead, Andrus Peat, Erik McCoy, and Ryan Ramczyk all missed several games and it resulted in James Hurst and Calvin Throckmorton having to be present in a majority of the games. Hurst is fine but Throckmorton looked like a depth piece when out there.

With all of this in mind, what does the future of the Saints’ o-line hold? Armstead is the only one in this group hitting free agency and unfortunately, he plays the most important position on the line.

Armstead might be the only one potentially leaving, but Peat and Ruiz could be replaced if better options are found and they continue to be underwhelming. It might be tough meriting benching Peat due to his terrible contract but hey, put the best players on the field, right?

Let’s take a look at five free-agent offensive linemen who would make the New Orleans o-line what it once was. I understand that some of these guys will be out of the team’s price range but let’s operate as though the team gets back above the salary cap this offseason by restructuring guys’ contracts and cutting the necessary players.