New Orleans Saints Free Agency: Tracking 2012 Signings, Targets and Rumors

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New Orleans Saints Free Agency: Tracking 2012 Signings, Targets and Rumors
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Regardless of whom the Saints decide to re-sign from their own roster, they will have some holes to address to improve as a football team and once again become a championship football team. 

Let's assume they go in the direction proposed thus far. 

 

Middle Linebacker

Though Jonathan Vilma is already part of the team, adding D'Qwell Jackson would be a major coup for the Saints. I have identified the reasons here.

A Jackson signing would likely mean the end of the Vilma era in New Orleans. It would also strengthen the outside by cementing Jo-Lonn Dunbar to that spot. 

(Note: Monday February 27 the Cleveland Browns re-signed D'Qwell Jackson to a five-year, $42.5 million contract extension.)

Result: There are zero middle linebackers who match Jackson's pedigree, meaning this position is now up for grabs between Dunbar and Vilma.

 

Third Safety

Steve Spagnuolo loves to use the nickel package against passing teams. He will often use three safeties, which will work well with Roman Harper essentially becoming a blitzing linebacker.

 

Pass-Rushing Defensive End

Steve Spagnuolo likes to blitz, but not nearly to the same extent as Gregg Williams.Spags would rather create pressure with his front four. Needless to say, the Saints need more talent on the edge to get this done. 

 

Big, Physical Wide Receiver

Without Marques Colston, the Saints will be missing their big, physical wide receiver who can go over the middle and hang on despite getting crushed. Though Jimmy Graham and co. can begin to make up for that, throwing money at the more explosive Vincent Jackson might make sense

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