The New Orleans Saints have to add to their defensive line this offseason, as three of their four starters are hitting the free-agent market. Larry Ogunjobi is someone they should home in on this spring.
Ogunjobi has spent the entirety of his career in the AFC North, playing for the Browns for four years, the Bengals for a year, and the Steelers for a year. The Saints could give him a chance to play outside of the only division he's known throughout his career.
Brad Spielberger of PFF penned up an article about a defensive player each team could sign in free agency and it was Ogunjobi for NOLA.
"Ogunjobi signed a three-year, $40.5 million deal with the Bears last offseason that ultimately fell through after they had concerns during his physical examination, but he landed in a good spot with the Pittsburgh Steelers and earned a 61.7 overall grade, his best since his rookie season. While he’s not going to consistently win one-on-ones as a pass-rusher, Ogunjobi has 70 quarterback pressures over the last two seasons. With general manager Mickey Loomis saying during his end-of-season press conference that the Saints are going to “try to get back to the middle” with respect to their aggressive salary cap approach, Ogunjobi represents a solid addition who won’t break the bank."- Spielberger
Saints should target Larry Ogunjobi in free agency
The Saints' run defense fell off tremendously in 2022 and Ogunjobi could help with that. He finished his 2022 campaign with the Steelers notching a respectable run-defense grade of 62.8. That kind of production would go a long way toward helping this unit get better.
New Orleans is entering what could be a very telling offseason. They might end up tanking in 2023, at least it sure feels that way, so that they can get a better draft pick in 2024, but bringing Ogunjobi in could make their defense more respectable.