The NOLA Saints have made moves this offseason to improve their roster. Are any of the 10 best remaining free agents a fit for them as they continue to boost their team entering the 2022 season?
When free agency first got underway, the New Orleans Saints didn’t do much. They were still trying to trade for Deshaun Watson, who chose to go to Cleveland, and once that saga was over, the Saints were able to pick up the pace a little bit.
After the draft, New Orleans signed both Tyrann Mathieu and Jarvis Landry, kicking the theory of the organization shying away from LSU to the curb. Mathieu and Landry are immediate starters for this Saints team.
Who else could make sense with the black and gold? Would any of the 10 best remaining free agents be a good fit? Let’s check out who those players are and why or why not they could be an option in the Big Easy.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference
Free-agent rankings courtesy of NFL Trade Rumors
10. Sheldon Richardson, DL
Former first-round pick Sheldon Richardson is still waiting to sign with a team in free agency. After going 13th overall to the Jets in the 2013 NFL Draft, Richardson played for New York for four years and has been a journeyman ever since, playing for the Seahawks, Vikings, and Browns.
He can fluctuate between playing on the right side of the line and the left side of the line, which makes him appealing but the former Missouri product just isn’t the same guy he once was. That’s to be expected as players age and as far as the Saints defense goes, Richardson might be a nice depth piece.
The question here is — Do the Saints really need another defensive lineman? They’re pretty well-stocked at the position as of now so Richardson would be an insurance signing if nothing else.
Verdict: Potential fit but not as a starter