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Additions: TE Dan Campbell, FB/RB Heath Evans, CB Jabari Greer, CB/FS Malcolm Jenkins, C Nick Leckey, S Pierson Prioleau, S Darren Sharper, DE Paul Spicer.
Subtractions: FB Mike Karney, S Kevin Kaesviharn, DT Antwan Lake, RB Deuce McAllister, CB Mike McKenzie, WR David Patten, DT Brian Young
The Saints made every attempt this offseason to improve a secondary that has been a weakness that has plagued the club each season of Sean Payton's tenure as coach.
The biggest move was signing veteran Darren Sharper to add stability to the secondary from the free safety spot.
Also added were former Buffalo cornerback Jabari Greer and rookie No. 1 pick Malcolm Jenkins (who could move to safety) to a cornerback group that already including includes Jason David, Tracy Porter and Randal Gay.
Though Porter and Gay will go to camp as starters, but competition for jobs here figures to be fierce.
The club also moved former cornerback Usama Young to free safety and added veteran Pierson Prioleau and rookie fourth rounder Chip Vaughn to the safety mix.
Going a long way to help the secondary would be if ends Will Smith and Charles Grant would bounce back from disappointing seasons (six sacks combined in 2008). Their improvement would go a long way to aiding second-year tackle Sedrick Ellis, coming off a quiet rookie season (30 tackles, 4 sacks).
Offensively, the Saints passing game remains potent. Drew Brees returns along with receivers Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem, and tight end Jeremy Shockey.
The key will again be developing a run game to compliment Brees. Reggie Bush gets another the shot to prove he can stay healthy be an every down back, or else former free agent Pierre Thomas will again do his best to carry the load.