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News » New Orleans Saints Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-20


New Orleans Saints Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-20


New Orleans Saints Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-20
After bringing in free safeties Gerald Sensabaugh and Darren Sharper on the first weekend of free agency, the Saints finally got their man to fill a most important spot in the back end of their defense.


The Saints got Sharper, a four-time Pro Bowl pick, to agree to a contract on Wednesday after losing out on Sensabaugh to the Dallas Cowboys. The Saints offered Sensabaugh a three-year deal before he took a one-year contract from the Cowboys.

But it worked out in the end for the Saints. Sharper, who leads all active players with 54 interceptions, will give them the playmaking ability they've needed at that spot. He'll likely be penciled in as the starter although he will have to compete with incumbent starter Kevin Kaesviharn for the job.

TEAM NEEDS/OFFSEASON STRATEGY

With the signing of veteran Darren Sharper, the Saints scratched another position off their list, as free safety was their top need going into the free agency period.

They've also added a likely starter at cornerback in Jabari Greer and a more athletic fullback in Heath Evans, not to mention bringing in more depth and versatility along the offensive and defensive lines in defensive end Paul Spicer, who can also play tackle, and center/guard Nick Leckey.

TEAM NEEDS

1. Running back: With Deuce McAllister gone, the Saints need another bruiser in the backfield to complement Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas, who is more of a third-down back than an every-down pounder.

2. Cornerback: Tracy Porter earned a starting job as a rookie last summer and Randall Gay was solid as the nickel, but Mike McKenzie was cut after finishing the last two seasons on injured reserve with knee injuries. They signed Jabari Greer in free agency, but it wouldn't hurt to get another guy there.

3. Linebacker: The Saints are set in the middle after re-signing Jonathan Vilma, but they may look at this position for the future because strong-side 'backer Scott Fujita is going into the final year of his contract and weak-side linebacker Scott Shanle has two years left on his deal.

MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--TE Mark Campbell finished the season on injured reserve after having surgery on his knee, but could be re-signed because he's a valuable blocker.

--CB Aaron Glenn, a 15-year veteran, was bothered by an ankle problem all year and likely won't be re-signed.

--K Martin Gramatica isn't likely to be re-signed after rookie Garrett Hartley made all 13 of his field-goal attempts in the second half of the season.

--QB Joey Harrington was the third-stringer, which could make him expendable if the Saints want to go with a cheaper alternative.

--FS Terrence Holt was a late-season injury replacement and it's not known if the Saints want him back.

--DT Antwan Lake has been a solid backup in the middle, but likely won't be re-signed.

--CB Michael Lehan was a late-season injury replacement and could be re-signed.

--C/G Matt Lehr was a backup who was released several times when the Saints needed a roster spot, so he may or may not return.

--DT James Reed was signed during training camp, but tore his Achilles' tendon and won't be re-signed.

--RB Aaron Stecker has struggled with various leg problems the last couple of years and probably won't return.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered)

--NT Montavious Stanley (not tendered as ERFA).

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--RG Jahri Evans (tendered at $2.792M with first- and third-round picks as compensation) has been a key run and pass blocker since he broke into the starting lineup as a rookie in 2006 and will be tendered.

--WR Lance Moore (tendered at $1.545M with second-round pick as compensation) is a former street free agent who led the team in receptions (79), receiving yards (928) and TD catches (10).

--T Zach Strief (tendered at $1.545M with second-round pick as compensation) served as a capable backup and filled in admirably as a starter in a pinch.

--CB Leigh Torrence (tendered at $1.01M with no compensation) was claimed off waivers as an injury replacement.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--LB Troy Evans: Potential UFA; $1.5M/2 yrs, guarantees unknown..

--PK Garrett Hartley: Potential ERFA; $855,000/2 yrs.

--WR Devery Henderson: UFA; $12M/4 yrs, $6M guaranteed.

--LB Marvin Mitchell: Potential ERFA; $460,000/1 yr.

--S Chris Reis: Potential ERFA; $460,000/1 yr.

--WR Courtney Roby: Not tendered as RFA; terms unknown.

--RT Jon Stinchcomb: UFA; $22.5M/5 yrs, $12M guaranteed/$5M SB.

--MLB Jonathan Vilma: UFA; $34M/5 yrs, $17M guaranteed.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--TE Dan Campbell: FA Lions; $745,000/1 yr.

--TE Darnell Dinkins: UFA Browns; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--FB Heath Evans: UFA Patriots; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

--CB Jabari Greer: UFA Bills; $22M/4 yrs, $10M guaranteed.

--C Nick Leckey: UFA Rams; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--S Darren Sharper: UFA Vikings; terms unknown.

--DE Paul Spicer: FA Jaguars; 1 yr, terms unknown.

PLAYERS LOST

--FS Josh Bullocks: UFA Bears; 1 yr, $525,000 guaranteed.

--FB Mike Karney (released).

--RB Deuce McAllister (released/failed physical).

--CB Mike McKenzie (released/failed physical).

--WR David Patten (released).



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 20, 2009

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