With all of the talent New Orleans has landed this year and last, it's no wonder there will be a lot of position battles upcoming for the Saints. With player suspensions looming, New Orleans decided to be proactive instead of reactive, and it has paid off.
The Saints have replaced Carl Nicks with former Ravens guard Ben Grubbs and added a young run-stuffer entering his prime in Brodrick Bunkley. They also brought in three linebackers who are young, talented tackling machines in Curtis Lofton, Chris Chamberlain and the newly acquired David Hawthorne. New Orleans accomplished all of that, despite limited cap space.
Those acquisitions, besides the linebackers, will have nothing to do with the incumbent battles that are left either through subpar play or players leaving in free agency. The holes left by Robert Meachem and Tracy Porter were not immediately filled through free agency. That leaves me to believe that the Saints will either draft their replacements or that they plan to let a couple of vets battle it out for the starting role.
For a 13-3 team, the Saints have a few positions more than they would like that are left unsettled. Hopefully by the end of August these spots are in very capable hands.