The New Orleans Saints head into the 2021 season with hopes of being legitimate Super Bowl contenders, but could still use some depth at several positions. One of those positions is at cornerback and the team is reportedly bringing in veteran Dre Kirkpatrick for a free agent visit.
Saints Bringing in Dre Kirkpatrick for a Visit
Kirkpatrick has nine years of NFL experience under his belt and most recently played for the Arizona Cardinals in 2020. The 31-year-old showed last season that he still has some gas left in the tank by racking up 3 interceptions, 7 pass breakups and 56 tackles during his 14 games played (11 starts).
The Saints have a star cornerback in Marshon Lattimore, but everyone else at the position is very young. Kirkpatrick could easily fill in as a mentor and proven starter on this team that splits snaps with players including C.J. Gardner-Johnson and rookie Paulson Adebo.
New Orleans has also shown in the past that they can utilize veteran defensive playmakers to their benefit. For example, the team signed veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins last offseason and he posted 91 tackles and 10 pass breakups in 2020. There is no reason to believe Kirkpatrick is slowing down, either.
If they can get the defense figured out before Week 1 kicks off, the Saints will be a team to watch out for in the fall. New Orleans heads into the 2021 season with odds set at +310 to win the NFC South division and odds set at +2700 to win the Super Bowl, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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