New Orleans Saints: Why the Saints Should Sign Dallas Clark

Jason BernosContributor IIMay 16, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01: Tight end Dallas Clark #44 of the Indianapolis Colts grabs a warmup pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars January 1, 2012 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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We are entering the home stretch of the offseason. In just a couple months, New Orleans will open up training camp and yes, Drew Brees will be there. Don't fret, Saints fans. 

So, what would be a great gift for the quarterback that—with a new long-term contract—has everything?

How about a new play toy to team up with Jimmy Graham: Dallas Clark.

Clark has spent the last nine seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, but has spent the past two years fighting through injuries. He hasn't finished an entire year since the 2009 Super Bowl season. But what a season that was—100 receptions and over 1,100 yards receiving.

Now, the only way the Saints would even be able to consider adding Clark would be after Brees signs long-term and drops his cap number down. Doing that would give New Orleans enough wiggle room to strengthen a very thin tight end position behind Jimmy Graham.

Behind Graham, the Saints have David Thomas, a solid blocking tight end who has had trouble staying healthy with concussion problems. We all know how touchy concussion issues are, and Thomas might be one away from retirement. Behind him is Michael Higgins, an undrafted receiving tight end from 2011 who has upside, but just isn't ready yet.

Clark had a freak wrist injury and a knee injury early last season, but working as a backup with limited snaps could extend his career a couple more years.

Since this position wasn't addressed in the draft or in free agency, Clark would be a great low-risk, high-reward acquisition at the right dollar, and I'm sure offers aren't beating down the door right now.