Why The Saints Should Call The Cleveland Browns

Alex RodriguezCorrespondent IMay 28, 2009

CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 7:  Derek Anderson #3 of the Cleveland Browns stands under center Hank Fraley #66 during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 7, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

In 2008 the New Orleans Saints only gave up 13 sacks out of 635 pass attempts. Pretty good numbers, but honestly the Saints have avoided sacks because of the quick release of Drew Brees.

All season long Brees was surrounded by defenders but some how found a way to move around and make the pass to pick up a first down and avoid the sack. This article is going to be about a player I believe the Saints should consider calling over to the Cleveland Browns, and making a offer on center Hank Fraley.

In the 2009 draft when the Cleveland Browns drafted center Alex Mac I instantly got into thought about the offensive line of the Browns. The offensive line of the Browns was a pretty solid line and I am assuming they just want to get younger along the line by drafting Alex Mac. That is when it hit me that the Saints should make a trade offer for their other center Hank Fraley.

Fraley is a nine year veteran who has started for the Philadelphia Eagles for five seasons,   only missing half of one season due to injuries. Haley has been the starter at the center position for the Browns since 2006 and has not missed a single game.

Fraley would be and instant upgrade over current starter Jonathan Goodwin. Haley is good in pass blocking and can help anchor the Saints poor run blocking line. Haley has blocked for successful running backs in Jamal Lewis and Brian Westbrook.

Fraley would be able to open holes in the middle of the line and give the Saints a push on those short yardage situations giving Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas running lanes. Haley would also add more experience to a young offensive line. I truthfully feel the Saints should consider making a offer on the nine year veteran. Fraley should not miss many games because he is capable of staying healthy.


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