NFL analyst believes Saints have been moving the wrong way since free agency started

The New Orleans Saints haven’t had the most explosive free agency, leading one writer to believe that the league is leaving them behind.

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March has been an explosive month for the NFL. With the start of the new league year, the football world has witnessed big-name players move teams, retire, and be traded. There’s no questioning that the league will look different once the ball is kicked off next season.

Unfortunately, not much of that explosion has made its way down to the New Orleans Saints. With the exception of guys like Michael Thomas leaving, free agency has been relatively quiet for the Saints. The biggest signing for New Orleans was defensive end Chase Young. All the other moves can best be described as depth pieces.

That explains why the Saints plummeted in recent power rankings. Eric Edholm did a post-free agency frenzy power ranking of all 32 teams, and New Orleans was ranked No. 25— a 10-spot drop from Edholm’s previous power rankings.

Saints ranked No. 25 in post-free agency power rankings

Edholm explained that New Orleans wasn’t really hurt by free agency, but said the team didn’t find much of a way to upgrade its roster. He went on to say that both the offensive and defensive lines need help, and the wide receiver room also needs to be addressed. Edholm concluded his point by saying that New Orleans needs to find help amongst the remaining free agents and in the draft, or the Saints will have another mediocre season and people like Dennis Allen and Derek Carr will be looking for new jobs.

It’s hard to disagree with any of the points Edholm made. The good thing is there are still several impactful players available. New Orleans could still sign receivers like Tyler Boyd or Odell Beckham Jr. to elevate the wide receiver room. As far as offensive line, this is an extremely deep offensive tackle draft class, and New Orleans is expected to select one with the 14th-overall pick. If the Saints finish the offseason strong, they should be competitive next season.