The Saints secondary struggled big time. They were 31st in pass defense, allowing 292 yards per game. This unit needs help.
Roman Harper: Cut
The veteran safety was a tackling machine and did make some big plays, but he was not good in pass coverage and his mistakes were costly.
Next season, Roman Harper has a $7 million cap figure, so if the Saints release the safety, they can save some money.
Malcolm Jenkins: Keep
Like Harper, Malcolm Jenkins struggled in pass coverage. But Jenkins is younger and can still contribute to the defense. Again, like Harper, Jenkins was a tackling machine, finishing the season with 94 tackles.
Rafael Bush: Keep
Rafael Bush showed flashes of his potential. The second-year cornerback was not a starter, but he did prove he can be starting material down the road. He is good in pass coverage and can make the open-field tackles. He finished the season with 19 tackles, one forced fumble and an interception.
Patrick Robinson: Keep
Patrick Robinson was given the role of guarding the opposing team's top receiver, and he struggled immensely. He was a victim of a lot of big plays.
He is still young, and does have talent, but he has to be more consistent and improve on his pass coverage. He had 63 tackles, one forced fumble and three interceptions this season.
Jabari Greer: Trade
The aging cornerback is at the later stage of his career, and it's probably time to move on. The Saints must think of the future, and think about getting some younger people. Jabari Greer, who probably had his worst season as a Saint, did make a few big plays in the season, but his production level hasn't been up to par, and also has been inconsistent for the most part.
He is still a decent cornerback, compared to all of the cornerbacks in the league, and the Saints can use the veteran as trade bait.
Isa Abdul-Quddus: Keep
Isa Abdul-Quddus showed a lot of potential this season. He has the ability to be a big playmaker on the defensive side and showed he is good at pass coverage.
Abdul-Quddus, a steady contributor, finished the season with 45 tackles and two interceptions.
Johnny Patrick: Cut
Second-year cornerback Johnny Patrick had a terrible season. He got burned often and receivers would often get some big plays when Patrick was on them.
Patrick did not so much this season in either run defense, and especially pass defense. He finished the season with 25 tackles.
Corey White: Keep
The rookie, Corey White, did struggle in the beginning but showed a lot of promise on defense, as the season progressed, before he injured his knee.
White has a lot of potential and can be a solid contributor to the defense for the Saints down the road.
Elbert Mack: Keep
Elbert Mack has done a solid job in coverage and is serviceable. He had 14 tackles and one interception in 2012.