3 tight ends that would be home-run additions for Saints offense

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3. O.J. Howard

A player who has always been intriguing but mostly unavailable due to playing in Tampa Bay is O.J. Howard, who is finally hitting free agency. Howard is a former first-round pick by the Buccaneers and was terrific in his first three years before struggling with injuries and getting overshadowed by Cameron Brate and Rob Gronkowski.

Howard’s best season was in 2018 when he hauled in 34 receptions for 565 yards and five touchdowns. The reason why Howard would be an absolute home-run for this Saints offense is that he previously played with Jameis Winston and the two gelled well together.

Over the past few years, Howard was always someone whose name was on the trade block but nothing came of it. The Saints, as much as they’d have liked to add him, weren’t a realistic landing spot due to being in the same division as Tampa Bay.

Spotrac projects Howard to earn a one-year deal worth just $2.2 million and that’s a deal NOLA should jump at. If nothing else, Howard is a cheap addition to the team who has chemistry built up with Winston. That’s a reason to bring him to the Big Easy.