Realistic free agents the Saints can still go after to address some important needs

The New Orleans Saints have added quite a few players in free agency and the draft, but there are still a few available veterans that the team should go after.
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Building an NFL roster is a never ending job. The Kansas City Chiefs have won the last two Super Bowls, and they’ve been actively looking for ways to improve their roster. Of course the New Orleans Saints, who missed the playoffs with a 9-8 record, needed to make a ton of moves to contend for a title in 2024.

The Saints have tried their best to do that this offseason, adding a couple of projected starters in free agency and the draft, and picking up even more depth pieces. But, like it’s already been stated, building a roster is a never ending job. New Orleans’ roster is far from perfect, so the franchise should still be eyeing more moves to make.

Bleacher Report recently highlighted some moves that the Saints should consider. In a piece recapping every team’s offseason and outlining potential future moves, the BR NFL Scouting department argued that offensive line, edge, and wide receiver are the remaining needs for New Orleans. To address those needs, Bleacher Report suggested that the Saints should target Jon Feliciano, Yannick Ngakoue, and Hunter Renfrow.

Bleacher Report says Saints should target Jon Feliciano, Yannick Ngakoue, and Hunter Renfrow

Interestingly enough, offensive line, edge, and wide receiver were the team’s top needs entering the offseason. Additionally, New Orleans has taken steps to address those groups. The team signed Chase Young, Cedrick Wilson, a host of veteran depth linemen, and drafted Taliese Fuaga with the 14th-overall pick. The fact that those are still the top needs shows how dire things were for the Saints.

Regardless, the three listed targets could make a difference for New Orleans this season. Feliciano recently re-signed with the San Francisco 49ers, so a trade for him seems slim, but signing the other two players, Yannick Ngakoue and Hunter Renfrow, seem like reasonable possibilities.

Ngakoue has played with six different teams in his eight-year career, but his production has been pretty consistent. He has 69 total sacks in his career, with eight or more sacks in seven seasons. Last season was the only year he had less than eight sacks, recording just four in 13 games with the Chicago Bears. Still, in New Orleans, a group of Ngakoue, Chase Young, Carl Granderson, and Cam Jordan will definitely be an improvement from last year.

On the other side of the ball, Hunter Renfrow has been circled as an option for the Saints all offseason. That has a lot to do with his connection to Derek Carr, but also because New Orleans could use a slot receiver. The Saints did sign Cedrick Wilson, and drafted Bub Means, and they’re also returning Chris Olave, Rashid Shaheed, and A.T. Perry, but it won’t hurt to bring in Renfrow. That would add competition to the room and allow for the best options to emerge.