Saints free agency is creeping closer and this team has a lot of needs to fill this offseason. This particular article is going to fixate on the 10 best free agents and if they’re a fit for New Orleans or not.
NOLA might not have a ton of spare cash to work with but they’re restructuring players’ contracts and will have some money to sign key players. Let’s take a look at the top 10 free agents this offseason and discuss if they’re a fit for the Saints or not.
By ‘if they’re a fit’, I mean do the Saints have a need for the position the player lines up at. We know that financially, it’ll be tough for NOLA to get any of these guys, but let’s not focus on that part right now.
Let’s get started. I used PFF‘s list of their top 200 free agents for these rankings.
10. Randy Gregory (EDGE)
EDGE is one of those positions where the Saints could use some depth at the position but it’s not a desperation position for them to address. They have Marcus Davenport, Cameron Jordan, David Onyemata, and Payton Turner (who will hopefully be healthy) returning in 2022. Davenport will hit free agency this time next year though so fans would be okay with the team adding help at EDGE.
Randy Gregory is a former second-round pick out of Nebraska during the 2015 NFL Draft and has had quite the rollercoaster of a career. He’s dealt with his fair share of suspensions and injuries during the course of his career but this season had a career-high 11 starts for the Cowboys.
Gregory finished the season with 19 tackles, 17 QB hits, 6.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, and an interception during his 12 total games in 2021.
As mentioned above, the Saints are okay at EDGE for this season. If they were to add one, Gregory is too big of a risk due to his injury history and previous suspension. He’s not a good fit for New Orleans.