5 bargains Saints can target after opening wave of free agency

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2. Nate Solder

Terron Armstead is visiting with the Dolphins and if the Saints end up losing him, they’ll desperately need to find a left tackle for the 2022 season. Nate Solder isn’t the same player he once was during his glory days in New England but he presents an affordable option at a position of need for NOLA.

Solder went in the first round to the Patriots in the 2011 NFL Draft and spent the first seven years of his career in New England. He signed with the Giants in the 2018 offseason and hasn’t been the same player since switching teams.

Even with that being the case, the Saints are going to be pretty desperate to find a left tackle. They could roll with James Hurst or second-year option Landon Young. They might opt to turn to the draft, especially if Charles Cross falls into their laps at pick 18. Another option is to find someone in free agency and Solder might fit the bill.

This wouldn’t be a long-term option, of course. Solder is probably not worth more than a one-year deal but he could make a lot of sense for New Orleans.