Saints Roster: Veteran status won’t be enough to help Daniel Sorensen

Daniel Sorensen, New Orleans Saints (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
Daniel Sorensen, New Orleans Saints (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /

Early on in the free-agent process, the New Orleans Saints were quiet. One underwhelming move they made was signing Daniel Sorensen. He’ll have his work cut out for him when it comes to making the roster. 

While the New Orleans Saints turned their free agency around with flashier signings, fans weren’t too thrilled when one of the few moves the organization had made was to sign Daniel Sorensen. For anyone who watched the Chiefs over the past few years, it wasn’t hard to miss Sorensen and his less-than-stellar play on the field.

Search Sorensen’s name on Twitter and it’s not hard to find multiple instances of blown coverage by him. The Chiefs kept him around because the coaches liked him but after a miserable 2021 campaign where he finished with a PFF grade of 46.3. He was a liability in that secondary and Kansas City wisely moved on from him.

Unfortunately, the Saints scooped him up, but fear not — Sorensen isn’t anywhere close to being a 53-man roster lock.

New Saints DB Daniel Sorensen can’t rely on veteran status

Alex Ballentine of Bleacher Report wrote about a few NFL veterans who could end up on the roster bubble and he listed Sorensen as one of those veterans. Ballentine mentioned that the addition of Tyrann Mathieu, a former teammate of Sorensen’s in Kansas City, puts the BYU product on the bubble.

"It also leaves Sorensen in limbo. He could still wind up making the team as a special teams ace, but he’s a liability in coverage. Last season, he gave up a passer rating of 132.9 which was even worse than the 100.7 he surrendered in 2020.Maye is returning from a torn Achilles so it’s possible Sorensen keeps his roster spot for the early part of the season if Maye is not on the active roster, but the 32-year-old will have to earn his keep in training camp."

As Ballentine notes, Marcus Maye is returning from an injury and that could work in Sorensen’s favor. The team might also decide to keep Sorensen as a special teams contributor, where he shined bright during his Chiefs tenure.

Sorensen might be an experienced veteran who has played in two Super Bowls and four AFC Championship games but the fact of the matter is that Sorensen is a huge liability in the secondary. For a Saints team who values a strong secondary and has made the moves this offseason to prove that, Sorensen isn’t someone the team should keep around simply based on his veteran status.

He might be searching for a new team when roster cuts begin later this summer.

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