3 realistic free agents Saints could sign in 2024

  • DL help
  • An overlooked WR
  • Depth on the OL
John Jenkins
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The New Orleans Saints have long been in one of the worst salary cap situations in the entire NFL, but they have been making progress toward becoming cap-compliant.

Still over the cap by roughly $26 million, currently, per Over the Cap, the Saints don't have a whole lot of room to actually spend once free agency opens up soon. Rather, this is a team that will need to do most of its building through the 2024 NFL Draft.

But, once the Saints do end up being in a better spot and can get under the cap, they'll likely still sign a handful of free agents to minimal deals.

There are three specific veterans who make sense for the Saints to kick the tires on, and they wouldn't cost a ton.

1. John Jenkins, DL

One of the areas the Saints need to add some depth at is on the defensive line, whether it be on the edge or interior. They could use a couple of guys there to help bolster the rotation. John Jenkins is a veteran presence who can still play, but wouldn't be a pricey addition at this point in his career.

The 2013 third-round pick actually spent the first three and a half years of his career with the Saints after being selected out of Georgia. He is going to turn 35 years old in July, so he's coming up on the tail end of his career.

However, Jenkins is still worthy of playing meaningful snaps. He's more effective from a pass rush perspective, and not as good against the run at this stage in his career. But, the Saints could use the help getting after the quarterback. So, Jenkins would be a logical, cheaper signing.