The New Orleans Saints will reportedly bring in two veterans who will be a little tardy to the party at camp, but both can pay off in dividends for the Saints.
According to Dianna Russini of ESPN, the New Orleans Saints will be signing running back Kareem Hunt and linebacker Anthony Barr. They both look to be the kind of low-risk, high-reward signings that have excellent chances of the Saints reaping the benefits.
It also means that suddenly both the linebacker and running back rooms are pretty densely populated with talent for the Saints.
We already know that Demario Davis is an absolute stud, and there is a ton of young talent in the building capable of starting alongside him in this young and talented defensive unit. That said, a veteran presence in the locker room like Barr could be just what the doctor ordered.
As for the running backs, this is almost looking like an embarrassment of riches of sorts. Hunt joins a group that already consists of free agent signing Jamaal Williams, whose 17 rushing touchdowns led the entire NFL a year ago, rookie Kendre Miller, and of course Alvin Kamara. With the latter of course suspended for the first three games of the season, the role of Hunt all of a sudden becomes that much more important.
It's also true that outside of Miller, none of these running backs are exactly spring chickens, especially relative to the position they play. As far as quality bodies go, the more the merrier, and the fact that Hunt is a capable, and valuable, receiving threat out of the backfield is an added bonus.
Don't look now, but the New Orleans Saints are making moves. Their roster is getting increasingly more talented, and in a vulnerable NFC, could become something of a sleeping giant in 2023.
UPDATE: It appears that despite being expected to sign, both Barr and Hunt will be leaving the Big Easy without deals.
We'll have to follow along and see just what happens in the wild world of the NFL.