4 former Saints we’d like to see return in 2024

As the New Orleans Saints prepare for free agency, there are a few former Saints players that the team should consider bringing back to New Orleans.

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2. Lil’Jordan Humphrey

Michael Thomas won’t be a member of the Saints next season. That’s been pretty clear for a while. For anyone who didn’t get the picture, Thomas made it clear with recent comments on social media. With him moving on, the Saints will have Chris Olave, Rashid Shaheed, and A.T. Perry as their top receivers.

That’s a young, talented group, but New Orleans will need more receivers. They Saints can will look for bigger name receivers in free agency and the draft, but one depth receiver they could add to contribute is Lil’Jordan Humphrey, a player with history in New Orleans.

Humphrey signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2019. He played three years in New Orleans, until a failed physical in March of 2022 led to his exit. From there, Humphrey played a season with the New England Patriots and a season with the Denver Broncos.

To date, his most productive season was in 2022 with New Orleans, when he caught 13 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns. He could return and immediately contribute.

1. Deonte Harty

Deonte Harty, who was recently released by the Buffalo Bills is in the same boat as Humphrey. Signing with New Orleans as an undrafted free agent in 2019, Harty played four seasons with the Saints as a receiver and All-Pro return specialist.

Harty signed with the Bills last offseason, but after 16 games, 15 receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown, Harty is back on the market. His last healthy season in New Orleans, 2021, he caught 36 passes for 570 yards and three touchdowns. He’s an explosive weapon that can certainly be added back into the mix in New Orleans.

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