3 free agents that could start for the Saints right away

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1. J.C. Tretter

Sticking with the offensive line, J.C. Tretter could come in and immediately slide in at center for the Saints. This, in turn, would move Erik McCoy over to right guard and that would send Cesar Ruiz to the bench. Ruiz has been disappointing during his brief Saints tenure and was responsible for five sacks last year, per PFF while grading out at 57.6.

Tretter, on the other hand, graded out at 78.7 and allowed just one sack last year with the Browns. Last year was also the first time in five years that Tretter missed a game too and it was because he had a positive COVID test, not anything injury-related.

For a Saints team that saw its fair share of injuries on the offensive line, having a durable and solid player such as Tretter would be huge for them.

As is the case with the other two players on this list, Tretter probably isn’t on New Orleans’ radar. He’s a great player but it’s doubtful that they’re willing to give up on Ruiz so soon.

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Any of these free agents could be immediate starters for the New Orleans Saints.