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New Orleans Saints Strategy and Personnel 2009-05-01


New Orleans Saints Strategy and Personnel 2009-05-01
After releasing veterans Brian Young and Hollis Thomas last week, the Saints are a little light at defensive tackle as they prepare for a series of 12 organized team activities (OTAs) that begin in mid-May.


Kendrick Clancy and Sedrick Ellis, the incumbent starters, are joined by just one player with NFL experience -- Rod Coleman. Remi Ayodele spent most of last season on the practice squad and DeMario Pressley, a fifth-round draft pick in 2008, spent last season on injured reserve.

As a result, the Saints could try to pick up another veteran before the OTAs begin to add some depth at the position.

MEDICAL WATCH: WR Lance Moore had surgery on April 14 on his left shoulder, which he injured during a weightlifting session. Saints officials expect him to be ready for training camp, but he may miss some summer work.

--RB Reggie Bush continues to improve during the team's offseason program after having surgery on his left knee in December.

--WR Marques Colston is limited in the team's offseason program after having knee surgery in January.

--C Jonathan Goodwin, who had a knee injury midway through last season, is limited during offseason conditioning drills.

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: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--OG Jahri Evans: RFA; $2.792M/1 yr.

--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.

--WR Lance Moore: RFA; $1.545M/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).

--DT Hollis Thomas (released/failed physical).

--DT Brian Young (released/failed physical).



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 1, 2009

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