Saints Free Agency: DaeSean Hamilton is a low-risk signing

DaeSean Hamilton #17 of the Denver Broncos. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DaeSean Hamilton #17 of the Denver Broncos. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Saints don’t have to go big on wide receivers this offseason. They can go very, very small with a player like Broncos’ DaeSean Hamilton.

On Tuesday, Denver released Hamilton after three seasons on the team, and Hamilton is expected to draw plenty of interest in a wide receiver-bare market. Hamilton tore his ACL in the 2020 offseason, causing him to miss the entire 2021 season. He has reportedly since fully recovered from the injury and will test the waters in free agency, where the Saints could be willing suitors.

New Orleans is always looking for a good bang-for-your-buck receiver, and Hamilton may not provide a ton of upside at face value, but he wouldn’t break the bank either.

The San Francisco 49ers may make another run at Hamilton this offseason, but the Saints should consider throwing their hat in the ring, too.

New Orleans Saints have nothing to lose in pursuing DaeSean Hamilton

Hamilton, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft, has been buried on Denver’s depth chart from 2018 to 2020 and could at best be considered a WR3. The 26-year-old pro has recorded a little under 300 receiving yards ever season, which puts him right around tight end Adam Trautman’s numbers from the 2021 season.

Saints wideouts Marquez Callaway and Tre’Quan Smith would likely outperform him in any given season, but Hamilton also hasn’t received the chances that Callaway and Smith had in 2021.

Hamilton has played 46 career games but only started nine and has only found the end zone five times. Better wide receivers may be available this offseason — Christian Kirk, Russell Gage, and even Andy Isabella — but not at Hamilton’s price.

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If Hamilton turns out to be nothing but a slightly younger Kenny Stills, so be it. Nothing lost, nothing gained.