With free agency in full swing and the Draft around the corner, the New Orleans Saints have made big moves. That said, there is still a need for the Saints that is most crucial.
It's pretty safe to say that the New Orleans Saints came ready to play this offseason. Despite being in the mathematically worst salary cap situation coming into the offseason, the Saints were still able to re-sign veterans, and of course fine who they hope is their next franchise quarterback in Derek Carr.
They also made other moves too, the most notable being signing Jamaal Williams coming off of a career year with the Detroit Lions, with the waters all of a sudden being a little murky in the Bayou backfield.
With where the Saints started to where they're at a this point in the offseason, it's hard not to be pleased. However, there is still one need that towers above all others.
One of the players the Saints brought back was defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon. While he won't crack anyone's Hall of Fame ballots, he is a body on the defensive line, and a pretty good pass-rusher, who is only getting better. It was a good move, as he and Cameron Jordan, a player who may be on some Canton ballots down the road, are seemingly the only one's left standing with the Saints defensive front being gutted by free agency.
Fortunately, the Saints addressed this too.
Now obviously there's still work to be done, but there is always work to be done in the trenches, especially on defense. The trenches are where games are won and lost, even if today's pass-happy NFL we find ourselves in. As such, you can never have enough defensive linemen, particularly pass-rushers, so it's something that honestly should be addressed every year. In the Saints, case, this perpetual need now becomes a dire one, as they have literal holes to fill on that part of the roster.
The trenches for the New Orleans Saints were always going to be a a need this offseason. That is even more true now, with emphasis on the defenisve side of the football. Luckily the process has already started, but they have to keep building on it to set their new quarterback, and new era, up for success.