Saints sign former first-round safety that should fit into team culture

Johnathan Abram, Las Vegas Raiders
Johnathan Abram, Las Vegas Raiders / Christian Petersen/GettyImages

The New Orleans Saints quietly signed a former first-round safety, a player that perfectly fits the mold and attitude of the Saints.

With the various departures and arrivals so far this offseason, the New Orleans Saints are going through something of a makeover, and we don't mean because they signed Derek Carr. This makeover has to do with the makeup of the Saints defense.

One of the most recent signings was a quiet one, with the Saints signing safety Johnathan Abram. It may not seem like much, and it may not even amount to much, we don't know what we don't know after all.

Having said that, on the surface, Abram is a player that can fit right into the culture of the franchise.

The Raiders, then still in Oakland, made the Mississippi Bulldog Abram the 19th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and it made perfect sense at the time. His hard-hitting, almost reckless style, fit right into the Raiders mystique that made golden era safeties Jack Tatum and George Atkinson franchise icons. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be, primarily due to injury.

The most basic explanation would be that his style of play caught up to him, and after the Raiders declined to pick up his fifth-year option, and was waived in the middle of last season. He was signed, and again waived, this time by the Green Bay Packers before linking with the Seattle Seahawks. Given the Seahawks golden era with the Legion of Boom, a secondary rich on size and talent, the 6'0" 205 pound Abram seemed like a fit there as well.

Despite his short journeyman career, Abram has a chance to find a home with the Saints. The no-nonsense attitude that Abram possesses is one that Saints fans love, especially in their secondary.

As previously stated, we don't know what we don't know. However, this is the kind of low-risk, high-reward signing that has a chance to really pay off for the New Orleans Saints. Time will tell.

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