3 of the smartest moves the Saints have made in free agency so far

Leigh Oleszczak
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Terron Armstead #72 of the New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

2. Letting Terron Armstead walk

Saints fans love Terron Armstead and it wasn’t easy to see him donning that Miami Dolphins teal over the past week but at the end of the day, the team made the right decision not to sign him to the deal he got from the ‘Fins.

Armstead agreed to terms on a five-year deal worth $87.5 million and making $43.37 million guaranteed. It wasn’t only the money that stopped the Saints from keeping Armstead in the black and gold but rather the injury history.

During Armstead’s nine years in New Orleans, he never appeared in all 16 (or 17) games in a single season. This past year he missed nine games due to injury, which was tied for the most amount of time he’s missed since becoming a starter (he missed nine games in 2016 as well).

The Dolphins needed Armstead way more than the Saints did so they could afford to pay him what they did even with the knowledge of his injury history. New Orleans, on the other hand, could not. Letting Armstead walk was the right decision, even if he stays healthy and balls out this year.

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