The New Orleans Saints have 11 players set to become unrestricted free agents. Let’s take our best guess at where the five best free agents could land this offseason.
While the Saints are still in a position where they could lose their left tackle, star safety, quarterback, underrated defensive back, and fan-favorite linebacker, they’re in a better spot than they were a year ago.
Marshon Lattimore and Ryan Ramczyk are extended for the foreseeable future and while Trey Hendrickson and Sheldon Rankins weren’t retained, the NOLA defense still played well without them.
I went over every Saints free agent earlier this offseason but for this post, we’re going to look at the five best and try to predict where they could land in 2022. Let’s get started!
Where will Kwon Alexander sign in free agency?
Kwon Alexander was traded to New Orleans during the 2020 season, played well, and then was injured, missing the rest of the regular season and the playoffs as well. He was cut to save cap space but then, fortunately, the team re-signed him for the 2021 season.
Teaming Alexander with Demario Davis and Pete Werner was unfair to the rest of the league, as those three guys shut down opposing offenses. Losing Alexander would suck and while I’d love for the team to find a way to re-sign him, it’s hard not to see another team being interested in a 27-year-old linebacker who notched 50 tackles and 3.5 sacks this past season through 12 games and eight starts.
With the Patriots set to lose D’onta Hightower this offseason in free agency, Alexander could make sense as a replacement. New England loves staying strong on defense more than anything else and Alexander fits what they’ll be looking for.
Prediction: Alexander signs a 2-year deal with the Patriots