Way too early 2023 free agency needs for New Orleans Saints

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It's never too early for the New Orleans Saints to start thinking about the future. They have a lot of positions they could stand to upgrade during the 2023 offseason so let's take a look at what those could be.

We'll start with the most obvious one.


With Jameis Winston struggling this year and Andy Dalton only signed for this season, the Saints are going to need to add another quarterback next offseason. They won't have a first-round pick so drafting a signal-caller in the first round won't be happening for them.

They could choose to re-sign Dalton if he continues to play at a decent level and not lose them games. The biggest names hitting free agency, at least as of this writing, are Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady but it's unlikely that either of those guys come to New Orleans since Garoppolo will be expensive and Brady is either going to retire or stick with Tampa Bay more than likely.

Daniel Jones could be interesting if the Giants continue to win games with him. Teddy Bridgewater is always a solid backup option and hey, Geno Smith is slated to be a free agent too and we've seen him ball out this year.

Offensive Line

The hope is that rookie Trevor Penning can work his way onto the field this season so the Saints see what they have in their hopeful future left tackle. The two guards have actually played better this season but if they start to fall back in old habits, it could make sense to look for replacements there.

Erik McCoy and Ryan Ramczyk are locked in at their positions so center and right tackle aren't concerns. The team needs to add solid depth to their o-line and free agency could help them with that. Some names to consider next spring are Justin Pugh and Roger Saffold.

Defensive Line

The Saints could potentially lose three of their four starting defensive linemen with Cameron Jordan being the only one not slated to hit free agency in the spring. That means that New Orleans will have to go to work in addressing this unit.

Marcus Davenport is probably going to sign elsewhere due to his age and ability to get more money with another team. David Onyemata and Shy Tuttle could stay in the Big Easy but it'll be interesting to see if they get offers from other teams and how much those teams would be willing to pay for them.

As for some names in free agency along the d-line, J.J. Watt is the biggest name and he's still playing at a high level. He's not going to be a cheap option though so I don't see NOLA realistically being in play for him. Some reasonable names could include Larry Ogunjobi, Justin Houston, and maybe even former Saint Sheldon Rankins.

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These are just a few positions the Saints could look to upgrade in the 2023 free agency period. What positions do you think they need to build on?