2012 NFL Free Agents: 5 Players New Orleans Saints Must Sign

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2012 NFL Free Agents: 5 Players New Orleans Saints Must Sign
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The 2012 NFL free-agency period is coming up quickly, and the New Orleans Saints are going to have a lot of issues on their hands.

The Saints have a good amount of key free agents again this year, most notably quarterback Drew Brees, guard Carl Nicks and wide receiver Marques Colston.

It is without a doubt that the Saints will bring back Brees. Whether it be through a large contract extension or the franchise tag, Brees will be a Saint in 2012.

The same cannot be said for Nicks, Colston and the other Saints free agents.

Among the list of free agents in New Orleans are Tracy Porter, Robert Meachem, Shaun Rogers, Aubrayo Franklin, Chase Daniel, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Turk McBride and Jeff Charleston.

The Saints will likely try to re-sign their own free agents before pursuing the other guys on the market. However, we have seen the Saints let players walk in recent memory, and they are likely to do that again this year.

After winning Super Bowl XLIV, the Saints allowed linebacker Scott Fujita to walk away and sign a huge deal with the Cleveland Browns. Last year, New Orleans let safety Usama Young sign with the Browns.

Mickey Loomis and the Saints' front office does a great job with knowing player personnel and who they can survive without. There are undoubtedly a few players currently on the roster who the Saints have no intention of bringing back.

Loomis and Sean Payton are constantly trying to make this Saints team better, and they will look to do that again this offseason.

After re-signing some of their own key guys, there are five players the Saints should try to get to New Orleans.

Let's take a look at who they are.

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