NFL Free Agency: 5 New Orleans Saints That Deserve to Be Cut
They're easy to spot.
Every team has those guys that you just can't help but curse when you watch them play. They commit bad penalties, they make bonehead mistakes, and they just don't earn their contracts on the field.
The New Orleans Saints are no exception. For an elite team in the National Football League, the Saints have some dead weight that just slows them down and who, quite frankly, need to just be cut. Their explosive offense that yields insane numbers often overshadows these five guys who just aren't cutting it.
5. Will Herring, Linebacker
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Signed prior to the 2011 season after playing for Seattle for the previous four seasons, linebacker Will Herring was supposed to compete for the open starting linebacker position. Herring suffered an injury early in the season that caused him to miss six games and he went on to appear in 11 games, but only started once.
His one shining moment came against the Giants in Week 12 when he snatched his lone interception. For a guy who the Saints thought could be an impact player on defense, Herring's nine tackles in 2011 didn't get the job done. He wasn't able to work his way onto the field and was lackluster when he made it on. Will Herring should be playing elsewhere in 2012.
4. Junior Galette, Defensive End
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Junior Galette first got his chance in the opening weeks of 2011, when he saw some time while teammate Will Smith was serving a suspension. The two-year veteran showed signs of life at times as he registered four and a half sacks on the year, but he sometimes would cost the team.
Galette struggled with penalties in 2011, which is something a defensive end should not be struggling with. He is young and pretty inexperienced, but the Saints can't afford to have a liability on the line. He wasn't able to put consistent pressure on the quarterback to make up for it, and new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo should look elsewhere for help with getting to the quarterback in 2012.
3. Adrian Arrington, Wide Receiver
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A former standout at the University of Michigan, wide receiver Adrian Arrington has not panned out as a professional. After spending almost his entire rookie season on the practice squad, Arrington rarely saw action in 2011.
Arrington was only able to haul in two balls in the entire 2011 season, serving mostly as a fifth receiver. For a guy who many thought could have been a steal in the 2010 draft, Arrington hasn't lived up to his college success and is now just taking up a roster spot.
2. Garrett Hartley, Kicker
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Garrett Hartley will always hold a special place in New Orleans Saints history. His leg kicked the Saints into their first ever Super Bowl against Minnesota in the NFC Championship Game. However, Hartley was largely inconsistent before that moment, and since was suspended for a banned stimulant in 2010 and missed all of 2011 with a groin injury.
John Kasay did a great job filling in as the starting kicker and outperformed Hartley's usual self. Kasay, a 21-year veteran, doesn't have too much left in the tank to fill in for the long haul, but he showed that the Saints really don't need Hartley on the team.
1. Shaun Rogers, Defensive Tackle
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The Saints thought they had solved part of their problem on the defensive line by bringing in big Shaun Rogers to rush the passer. However, Rogers disappeared for most of 2011 and showed signs of slowing down at this point in his career. Rogers' temper has always gotten him flagged over the years, which is not something NFL coaches are too fond of.
He signed a one-year contract with the Saints last offseason so he is now a free-agent. Technically, the Saints wouldn't be cutting 11-year vet, but bringing him back would be a huge mistake. With Drew Brees, Marques Colston, Carl Nicks, and Tracy Porter unsigned, the Saints will need every penny they can save to keep as many of them as possible; Rogers would only prevent that from happening.