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Should the New Orleans Saints find another defensive target?

By Vaseline May30,2024

The Saints revealed some unfortunate news on Tuesday afternoon, when Dennis Allen told us that Tanoh Kpassagnon tore his Achilles tendon in the offseason. While the veteran pass rusher hasn’t been ruled out this year, he will miss training camp and not be ready for Week 1. So where does that leave New Orleans?

Currently, Chase Young (neck surgery) is out of the mix for OTAs, but he is in the building rehabbing and on track to be ready for training camp. Cam Jordan (ankle surgery) is on the rise and is poised to return. That leaves the Saints with Carl Granderson, their main sack artist from last season, Payton Turner, Isaiah Foskey, Niko Lalos, Nathan Latu and Trajan Jeffcoat. We have also not seen Latu on the field yet. On paper it looks like it could work here.

SHOPPING AT THE MARKET: Emmanuel Ogbah, Yannick Ngakoue, Carl Lawson, Charles Harris, Tyus Bowser and Shaq Lawson are still free agents. The market will heat up quite quickly soon and we can expect some movement in the competition. You’ll see even more ads before training camp starts. Based on some conversations with Mickey Loomis, New Orleans doesn’t appear to be a team that will spend a lot of money for a name.

The two biggest names on the list bring their own challenges. Last August, Ngakoue signed a one-year, $10.5 million contract with the Bears. That’s not exactly the kind of spending we should expect from the Saints. For Ogbah, he is coming back from a season-ending triceps injury and was later released by the Dolphins in late February. Harris played in 13 games for the Lions last season, but didn’t have a major impact on Aaron Glenn’s defense. Lawson was phased out for the Jets and Bowser was on the reserve/non-football injury list with the Ravens last year.

WHAT IS PROBABLY HAPPENING: This is a great opportunity for both Payton Turner and Isaiah Foskey. They are the biggest benefactors of Kpassagnon’s absence. but more so for Turner. He’s more of a player who will move inside for the sub-rush packages, and we saw some of that in the season finale against the Panthers last year. He also needs to produce because it’s a contract year for him and the biggest thing he can provide right now is availability.

As exciting as it may be to take advantage of free agency, the Saints will most likely stay put with what they have and see how things develop in training camp. They could easily sign someone from last year’s team like Kyle Phillips, assuming he’s interested. If they took a flier on Bowser, that could be interesting. There is some intrigue for players like Trajan Jeffcoat, and that needs more interest. Whatever it looks like, the bottom line is that New Orleans needs to work and they need to be better at impacting the quarterback and finishing plays.

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