The New Orleans Saints managed to finish with a winning record in 2023 but it wasn't enough for them to win the lowly NFC South and host a playoff game for the first time since 2021. The team was a major disappointment despite having one of the easiest schedules in the league.
Along the way, several players on the team stood out above the rest when it came to being disappointments. Whether the reason for being a bust in 2023 was due to injury or poor play (or maybe both), Saints fans might not mind if these two players are not on the roster in 2024.
With their first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Saints went off the track of well-known prospects and selected Payton Turner out of Houston. Turner was not someone that the analysts had been discussing as a first-round pick so the selection came as a surprise to Saints fans.
Turns out, there's a reason Turner wasn't grouped in with the first-round pick prospects. In three seasons as a pro, Turner has appeared in just 15 games, including just two this past season.
When Turner is on the field, he's fine but the injuries have been a massive problem for him. The Saints don't gain much by cutting him so he'll probably be on the team next year but unless he explodes in the final year of his rookie deal, he'll have that bust label permanently stamped on him.
Considering the Saints could have had Elijah Moore to boost their WR corps, Landon Dickerson to give their o-line a boost, or Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah as depth to the linebacker position, drafting Turner here feels like an even bigger blunder. As I mentioned before, he'll be on the team next season but if he weren't, would Saints fans care?