2. Not adding starting-caliber left tackle
Losing Terron Armstead is probably the thing that people have talked about the most when it comes to the Saints’ offseason and for good reason. Armstead gave the black and gold one of the best left tackles in the league throughout his nine years in the Big Easy, so losing him is a huge blow.
While losing Armstead sucks, fans weren’t surprised to see him leave the organization. Not only was he going to be expensive, but the guy couldn’t stay healthy. New Orleans was smart not to pay him a boatload of cash considering he’s been injury-prone throughout his career.
With Armstead’s departure, however, one would think that the team would try to bring in someone to replace him. They might be looking to do so in the draft but that’s risky considering they’re not on the clock until midway through the first round.
Eric Fisher, Duane Brown, and Nate Solder are just a few of the available options in free agency and while no, none of them are superstars, they’d give NOLA a starting-caliber option at left tackle. James Hurst is the plan to start on the left side of the line as of now but that shouldn’t be the plan going forward.