3 free agents Saints were wise to avoid

There were a few big-name veteran free agents that the New Orleans Saints didn’t land but it was ultimately the right decision for the franchise.

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1. Saints were wise to avoid defensive end Danielle Hunter

Edge rushing, another need New Orleans entered the offseason with. The team ultimately addressed that need by signing Chase Young to a one-year contract worth $13 million. Young has undergone a neck procedure, but the expectation is that he’ll be ready in time for the season.

Another option for the Saints was Danielle Hunter, the veteran defensive end who spent the last nine years with the Minnesota Vikings. In those nine seasons, Hunter recorded 87.5 sacks, and made four Pro Bowls. He’s had five seasons with more than 10 sacks and he’s coming off a 16.5-sack season.

He’s undoubtedly one of the best pass rushers in the league and that’s exemplified by the two-year, $49 million contract he ultimately signed with the Houston Texans. Simply put, New Orleans couldn’t afford to pay Hunter $24.5 million a year. The team is paying Chase Young just half of that. While Hunter would’ve been great in the Black and Gold, the Saints couldn’t afford him, so they had to stay away.

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