The New Orleans Saints have already had an eventual offseason, but the move that fell under the radar may be the most significant for the Saints.
The New Orleans Saints bringing Derek Carr to the Big Easy to be the new QB1 was the story of the NFL at the beginning of the offseason. How could it not be? A team, in this case the Saints, potentially has their new franchise quarterback, so naturally it's a talking point amongst local fans, and national pundits alike.
However, there's another move that may turn out being just as significant for the Saints.
The Saints re-signed tight end Juwan Johnson to a new two-vear deal, which avoids him becoming a restricted free agent. This could be potentially huge for both the Saints, and Carr.
Johnson had a breakout season in 2022, catching 42 passes for 508 yards and seven touchdowns. Those numbers are solid for any tight end, but when you consider the revolving door at quarterback Johnson and the Saints were dealing with, they are all the more impressive.
Carr hopefully gives the Saints stability at the most important position in the sport. If that happens, even if Carr doesn't play like a superstar, Johnson has the potential to absolutely eat. It's always good to surround a new quarterback with as many weapons as possible out the gate, and the Saints are doing all they can to make that happen
Johnson has a chance to become just as big a star on the field as he and his wife are off the field with their TikTok account. Even if that isn't your cup of tea, you may find that it's all that and a bag of chips.
Anyway, the New Orleans Saints bringing back Juwan Johnson may not grab the most headlines, or make the biggest splash. However, when all is said and done, the move has the chance to make the biggest impact for this franchise going forward.