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

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5. Riley Reiff

There’s intrigue with Riley Reiff but if New Orleans were to target him, they’d need to be wary of the injuries he suffered this season. Reiff signed with the Bengals last offseason and after playing left tackle for his entire career, they switched him to right tackle where he played well.

Reiff was injured in early December, however, and landed on IR not long after. When on the field, Reiff is a terrific option to have blocking for a quarterback but considering his injury issues this season and him not getting any younger (he’s 33 years old), it makes sense why the team would avoid him.

If the Saints did take a chance on Reiff, he could either fill Armstead’s absence at left tackle or NOLA could kick Ramczyk over to the left side and keep Reiff at right tackle, where he played this past season. Versatility is always good.

4. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

It was pretty shocking to see the Jets land Laurent Duvernay-Tardif midseason in exchange for a bad tight end. LDT is a starting-caliber offensive guard and while he lost his starting gig to Trey Smith, he played decently for New York down the stretch.

Most people know LDT because he doubles as a doctor in the offseason. He might not be interested in returning to play football again next season but if he is, he might be someone the Saints can not only sign but sign for a reasonable price.

If LDT were brought in, he could potentially replace Ruiz at right guard if the former first-round pick continues to struggle.