3 free agents that the Saints will regret not signing in 2022

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Jabrill Peppers – Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Jabrill Peppers

Now I know this sounds a bit crazy, but the Saints honestly may regret looking over the services of safety Jabrill Peppers. The 26-year-old safety is one of the most versatile and most gifted defensive backs in the entire NFL and he could have been a valuable asset to an unpredictable Saints defense.

Peppers can play either safety position, giving him additional versatility, as well as step up and play an outside linebacker role with the Saints. As of now, all three of those positions are areas of need as the Saints lost both starting safeties and Kwon Alexander this offseason.

Peppers also has the ability to not only return kicks and punts but do so well as he was a Heisman Trophy candidate in college for his outstanding athleticism and versatility.

As you can see, versatility is the keyword of Jabrill Peppers’ playstyle, and a defensive-minded head coach like Dennis Allen could have had a lot of fun with a guy like him. Peppers would have been able to contribute right away and establish himself as one of the best safeties in the NFL, but he will look to prove that in New England next season instead.

The Saints may have really missed out on Jabrill Peppers this offseason, as he’s a guy who could and probably should outperform Marcus Maye; who is currently in line to be the Saints’ starting safety in 2022.

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