Saints Free Agency: Grading the Kentavius Street signing

Kentavius Street (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Kentavius Street (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Saints free agency has been interesting so far but the team did make another move on Thursday evening. According to Mike Kaye, the New Orleans Saints agreed to terms on a contract with Kenatvius Street.

Most Saints fans might remember Street from his hit on Drew Brees in 2020 that ended up sidelining the future Hall of Famer for four games.

While it’s hard to put that to the side, let’s do so for the sake of this article.

Street is a former fourth-round pick out of North Carolina State in 2018 and played for the 49ers in the first three years of his career. He had three sacks this past season and also notched 27 tackles, five QB hits, and one forced fumble through 17 games.

As Kaye noted in the tweet above, Street was free to sign elsewhere and ultimately chose to join the black and gold.

Saints Free Agency: What grade does the Kentavius Street signing deserve?

New Orleans needed to add some depth on their defensive line and Street is a nice pickup for them. It remains to be seen where exactly Street will line up on the d-line but the Saints have been known to have some versatility there, so this isn’t necessarily a surprise. Nick Underhill tweeted that Street played a lot on the interior line in San Francisco.

Street’s decision to sign with the Saints might have been helped by his connection to co-defensive coordinator Ryan Nielson, who coached Street at NC State.

Street had a nice season in 2021 but before that wasn’t a huge piece for the Niners. Be that as it may, I like this move for NOLA. I’ll give the move a B+ because they didn’t necessarily need a starter but got a starting-caliber player who can really add some juice to this defensive line.

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What grade are you giving the Saints for the addition of Kentavius Street?