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3 Low-Cost Free Agent Steals the Saints Can Still Sign

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A look at three low-cost free agent steals that the New Orleans Saints can still sign.
A look at three low-cost free agent steals that the New Orleans Saints can still sign. / Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

With the 2021 NFL Draft firmly in the rearview mirror, teams have returned to free agency to flesh out their roster. Considering we're around two months into the offseason, most of the remaining options should be quite affordable.

The New Orleans Saints are one of the teams that could use some free agency help. With the Drew Brees era officially over, the Saints need all the help they can get to continue being Super Bowl contenders in the NFC. Fortunately, there are still several available players who can help them field a competitive lineup in 2021.

Here's a look at three low-cost free-agent steals that the Saints can still sign.

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3. Alshon Jeffery, Wide Receiver

With Emmanuel Sanders leaving to join the Buffalo Bills, the Saints are without a No. 2 wideout behind Michael Thomas. Yes, they still have Tre'Quan Smith, but he's yet to hit the 500-yard mark in each of his three seasons. Keeping that in mind, it makes sense for the Saints to sign Alshon Jeffery to a cheap contract. The former Philadelphia Eagles WR might be past his prime, but injuries have been the primary reason for his decline. New Orleans could take a low-cost flyer on Jeffery and that could pay dividends if the former Eagle can stay healthy.

2. Russell Okung, Tackle

Nobody in the Saints organization will overthrow Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk as the team's starting tackles. Still, the team could stand to add some depth behind those two. The Saints could sign former Carolina Panthers tackle Russell Okung to help fix that. The 32-year-old should be cheap, considering he was injured for most of 2020. Nevertheless, he did record a 73.0 overall grade from ProFootballFocus in 406 snaps played. If the Saints want to improve their depth, signing Okung to a cheap one-year deal is a no-brainer.

1. Richard Rodgers, Tight End

With Jared Cook now on the Los Angeles Chargers, Adam Trautman is set to be the Saints' starter at tight end. While Trautman showed promise as a rookie, we still don't know if he's ready to carry the load as a full-time starter. That's why signing another former Eagle, Richard Rodgers, makes sense. The 98th overall pick in 2014 suited up in 14 games for Philadelphia last season, finishing the campaign with 345 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. He should be able to contribute in a rotational role immediately, and he could step into a bigger role if Trautman goes down or is unable to handle being the full-time starter.

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