The Saints, after misfiring on St. Louis Rams cornerback Ron Bartell, reloaded their cannons and set their sights for the Bills corner back Jabari Greer. Determined not to be denied a chance to upgrade its woeful secondary, they inked Jabari to a four-year, $24 million deal.
Last year, the Bills selected Leodis McKelvin with their first pick of the 2008 NFL draft, making Jabari, a undrafted free agent, expendable. Dick Jauron didn't draft Leodis to play a backup role. Meanwhile, Greer was having his best year in the NFL, starting the first 10 games for Buffalo until an injury forced him to miss the last six games.
Greer joins a Saints team that could go deep in the playoffs if they can manage to put a defense together. The Saints front office also brought in defensive guru Gregg Williams. His presence has changed the equation, making New Orleans a more palatable destination to free agents of defensive persuasion.
I think the Saints are making progress in their quest for a defense. Much more will probably be needed, but the upcoming draft will be more flexible now that Greer is on the team.
No one can predict what the next season will bring. Will the Bills regret letting Greer get away? Does the move help the Saints take the next step? Only time will tell, but at the very least, the move spared Jabari a ringside seat to the Terrell Owens Circus that is now pitching its tent in Buffalo.