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News » New Orleans Saints Strategy and Personnel 2009-04-18


New Orleans Saints Strategy and Personnel 2009-04-18


New Orleans Saints Strategy and Personnel 2009-04-18
The Saints added some training camp depth to their linebacker corps last week with the signing of free agent Anthony Waters, who played the last two seasons with the San Diego Chargers.


Waters will vie with Dan Morgan and several returning players for roster spots with the Saints, who appear set with middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma joining strong-side linebacker Scott Fujita and weak-side linebacker Scott Shanle in the starting lineup.

Morgan is expected to battle Shanle for the starting job on the weak side after sitting out the 2008 season because he wasn't fully recovered from injuries that led the Carolina Panthers to release him last spring.

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.

--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).

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

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

--QB Joey Harrington: UFA; $745,000/1 yr.

--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.

--T Zach Strief: RFA; $1.545M/1 yr.

--CB Leigh Torrence: RFA: $1.01M/1 yr.

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

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

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

--DT Roderick Coleman: FA; $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 Pierson Prioleau: UFA Jaguars; terms unknown.

--S Darren Sharper: UFA Vikings; $1.7M/1 yr, $200,000 SB.

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

--LB Anthony Waters: FA Chargers; terms unknown.

PLAYERS LOST

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

--FB Mike Karney (released).

--S Kevin Kaesviharn (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: April 18, 2009

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