New Orleans Saints: The Next NFL Dynasty?
The only need for the franchise this offseason was to get better on defense, and they have done just that.
While the team has only lost one key defensive player in FS Josh Bullocks, they have also made big moves in signing players.
So far the team has signed: CB Jabari Greer, S Pierson Prioleau, DE Paul Spicer, and re-signing MLB Jonathan Vilma.
Lets see where these players come from.
CB Jabari Greer
Greer was born in Milwaukee, Wis.
Signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 04', playing nickel back and special teams.
In 08', Greer played in the first 10 games of the season, before going out with an injury.
With four seasons under his belt, Greer has 156 tackles, two sacks, and four interceptions.
He signed a four-year contract for the Saints, where he hopes to show he is worthy of a starting position.
S Pierson Prioleau
Prioleau was born in Charleston, S.C. He went on to play college football at Virgina Tech.
The safety was drafted in 99', by the San Francisco 49ers, where he started 11 of 28 games in a two year period.
He then signed with the Buffalo Bills in 01', but didn't play until the fourth game of the year, because of injuries.
From 02'-04', Prioleau played in 48 games, racking up 160 tackles.
After the Bills, he bounced around, not making much of an impact.
Prioleau has signed a one year contract with the Saints, obviously he needs to prove himself before getting a lengthy extension.
DE Paul Spicer
Born in Indianapolis, IN.
An undrafted free agent in 98', the Seahawks took a chance and signed him, but was waived before the beginning of the season.
Since 99', he has 252 tackles and 28.5 sacks.
Spicer signed a one year contract with the team, hopefully he has found his resting place.
MLB Jonathan Vilma
Re-signing Vilma was priority number one this offseason.
After being traded to the Saints from the Jets for an 08' draft pick, Vilma racked up 132 tackles and two forced fumbles.
There was no way they could let that talent go.
Vilma signed a five year contract with the Saints, so he's not going anywhere. I'm sure Saints fans are happy with that.
While the team still has players to re-sign in: DB Aaron Glenn, Terrence Holt,and Leigh Torrence.
They still have made deals that can only help their "slack" defense, putting them over the talent level of most of the teams in the NFC South.
Look for this team to run away with the division, and possibly get further in the playoffs in 2009.
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