Saints Free Agency: Top 10 free agents in 2022 and are they a fit for NOLA

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9. Jadeveon Clowney (EDGE)

It’s crazy to think that Jadeveon Clowney went No. 1 overall back in 2014 and he’s now potentially about to hook on with his fifth team since joining the league eight years ago. Clowney has yet to record double-digit sacks during the course of his career but he came close in 2017 with 9.5 sacks.

This past season, Clowney had 9.0 sacks with the Browns while also totaling 37 tackles and 19 QB hits through 14 starts. He’s been a very up-and-down player throughout the course of his career but he signed a “prove it” deal with Cleveland in 2021 and well, he proved himself. Did he prove himself enough to earn a massive contract though? Probably not.

Clowney has suffered from the injury bug during his NFL career and that’s what will probably scare some teams off. The Saints probably aren’t a good fit for him since he’ll want to go somewhere he can shine a little more and New Orleans wouldn’t be that.

8. Bobby Wagner (Linebacker)

In a surprising move, the Seahawks released Bobby Wagner ahead of free agency and now the long-time Seattle linebacker can pick where he wants to go for the next stage of his career.

Wagner is a tackling machine and has recorded over 100 tackles in every single one of his 10 seasons. This past season, he notched 170 tackles (!!!!), three QB hits, and one sack during 16 starts.

Wagner is probably going to sign with a contender so unless the Saints get a really good quarterback in the coming weeks, it’s doubtful he signs with them. As far as if he’s a fit, however, he definitely is. Kwon Alexander is a free agent and while NOLA has Demario Davis and Pete Werner on their roster, imagine that unit with Wagner also lining up. That’s a nightmare scenario for opposing offenses.