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5 big offseason questions facing the Saints

Kristian Garic
February 05, 2019 - 5:26 pm
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Now that we’ve acknowledged the No Call in NOLA was devastating and still lingering among the Who Dat Nation, it’s time to look at the offseason.  The Saints are still an elite team in the NFL, but like other elite teams questions remain for the Spring.  The Saints only have one pick in the top 100 of the NFL Draft.  Here are the top five questions facing the Saints this offseason.

  1.  Can the team acquire more draft capital?  The Saints don’t have a 1st or 3rd round pick in this draft thanks to trades made last season for defensive end Marcus Davenport and quarterback Teddy Bridewater.  If the Saints are going to recoup some draft picks, they will have to trade a player on their roster.  One candidate could be guard Andrus Peat.  “I think you could get a late 1st or early 2nd round pick for Peat,” said Saints color analyst Deuce McAllister.  Peat was rumored to be a player the Saints were willing to trade for Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson in the middle of last season.
  2.  Somehow the Saints have to find a young tight end for this offense.  Fortunately the draft is pretty deep at that position, but once again the Saints have just one early pick.  Ben Watson is retiring, while Michael Hoomanwanui has spent all season on injured reserve and is scheduled to be a free agent in March.  Josh Hill and Dan Arnold are the only two tight ends under contract.  As we saw down the stretch, the offense was hampered by teams taking away Mike Thomas and Alvin Kamara.  The Saints have to give Thomas and Kamara help next year.
  3. Will the team extend WR Michael Thomas?  The answer to that is yes!  It’s just a matter of will they do it in the spring or wait until training camp?  He has been sensational in three seasons with the Saints.  Thomas has 321 receptions, 3,787 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns in three seasons wearing Black & Gold.  I’d say Michael Thomas a priority to lock up long term, especially when you start thinking about life after Drew Brees.  He would become the face of the franchise post Drew.
  4. Teddy Bridewater is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next month.  Did the Saints see enough from him, after acquiring Bridgewater in a trade with the New York Jets?  Teddy played just one game in week 17, when most of the starters rested for the playoffs.  You can’t evaluate him based off that one game.  I think the market will be strong for Bridgewater and might price the Saints out for a quarterback that will be sitting on the bench in 2019.  
  5. Will Mark Ingram return to the Saints?   Ingram’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March, and is 29 years old.  Ingram recently switched agents and is looking for one more big pay day.  At 29, Ingram is still relatively young in terms of miles on his legs.  I just don’t see the Saints bringing him back, because the market will dictate a much higher asking price for Ingram than the club would be willing to pay.

 

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