Last season, the Saints seemingly used free agency more vigorously as a tool to improve the team than since then rookie Coach Sean Payton and General Manager Mickey Loomis flooded the roster with free agent signees in 2006 as part of the rebuilding process.
The Saints signed high priced talent like guard Ben Grubbs, linebackers Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne and defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley last offseason to long term contracts despite the team or the players knowing the punishments of the bounty scandal. And the jury is still out on whether those moves will pay off in the long run for the Saints.
Making any sort of splash in this year's free agent cheap jerseys market would be unexpected for the Saints considering the team is trying to pry itself below the salary cap going into free agency as talks with other teams' free agents begin March 9 with signings to begin March 12.
But looking back on some of the offseason free agent signings by the Saints since Payton arrived in New Orleans in 2006 (not including rookie free agents or re signing their own free agents), some of the more lauded signings didn't Online Wholesale Jerseys China | NFL NHL MLB Soccer pan out, while some of the underrated signings turned into gems.
Here's a rewind of some of the notable Saints free agent pickups since 2006:
2006 Brees, Scott Fujita, Anthony Simmons, Mark Campbell, Billy Miller, Terrance Copper, Rob Petitti, Danny Clark, Chris Horn, Omar Stoutmire, Curtis Deloatch, Jay Foreman, Tommy Polley
We all know Brees' accomplishments, and Fujita forever will be a fan favorite for his four years in New Orleans in helping guide the Saints to a Super Bowl title.
Campbell stuck with the Saints for three seasons as their primary No. 2 tight end. The Saints released Miller during training camp, but he re signed later in 2006 and was with Campbell through the next two seasons.
The Saints tried just about any linebacker they could find in signing veterans like Simmons, Polley and Foreman. None of them worked out as the Saints acquired Scott Shanle and Mark Simoneau in training camp trades to start alongside Fujita, while Clark added some depth as the team signed him just before the start if the season.
Polley was coming off his best season in 2005 with Baltimore, but landed on injured reserve by the end of training camp. Foreman was a tackling machine for the Texans with 141 total tackles in 2002 and 135 in 2003, but he didn't make it out of training camp either. After taking a slew of first team snaps during the offseason workouts and minicamps, Simmons didn't even show up for training camp and that ended his stint.
The Saints picked up Copper, Petitti and Deloatch on the same day off the waiver wire after the NFL's final cut down day of training camp. Copper stuck with the Saints for a couple of seasons, mostly thanks to his special teams prowess. Pettiti served as a backup tackle during that season.
Deloatch may be the most remembered of the waiver bunch. He only played one season with the Saints, but he was involved in one of the most memorable plays in Saints history. Deloatch scooped up the ball after Steve Gleason's blocked punt against the Falcons during the first game back in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina and scored a touchdown setting off one of the most hair raising ovations ever exuded by Saints fans.
Stoutmire started nine games at cornerback for the Saints during his one season in New Orleans. Horn was beaten out by a little known wide receiver named Marques Colston for a roster spot.
2007 Brian Simmons, David Patten, Eric Johnson, Jason David, Kevin Kaesviharn, Troy Evans, Kendrick Clancy, Dhani Jones
The Saints gave up a fourth round draft pick and paid several millions of dollars for David. He was exploited by opponents starting with his first game when Peyton Manning, David's former teammate in Indianapolis, torched David. It never got any better for the cornerback as David struggled badly throughout most of his time in New Orleans.
Clancy and Patten saw significant playing time with the Saints and were productive at times.
Patten caught 54 passes for 792 yards and three TDs in 2007 and filled in nicely after Joe Horn was released after 2006. Patten struggled with injuries in 2008 and his career ended after that season.
Clancy was a rotational defensive tackle in 2007 and became a starter in 2008. He had one of his best seasons in the NFL with 34 total tackles and two sacks. Clancy fell down the depth chart in 2009 and the Saints cut ties with him during the season.
Simmons was Cheap Seattle Seahawks Jerseys brought in to win a starting job at linebacker, and he never did. Jones stuck with the Saints for two months in the offseason only to be cut at the start of training camp. Jones landed in Cincinnati after being cut and started for the Bengals cheap throwback jerseys from 2007 2010.
Kaesviharn intercepted two passes against the Saints in 2006, but didn't find much success with the Saints in his two seasons in New Orleans despite starting 14 games during that span.
Johnson, who's now most known as the husband of Jessica Simpson, only lasted one season in New Orleans as he was released less than a week after the Saints acquired Jeremy Shockey.
Evans became a staple on special teams, like he was during his previous few seasons in Houston. He was probably one of the better signings for the Saints leading up to the 2007 season.
2008 Randall Gay, Bobby McCray, Dan Morgan, Aaron Glenn, Mark Brunell
Gay and McCray served as solid backups for the Saints during their first two seasons, and most specifically in the 2009 Super Bowl run.
Gay was the Saints' primary nickel cornerback for two seasons before a concussion in 2010 ended his career. McCray was a situational pass rusher who tailed off a bit in 2009, but McCray's lasting feat was knocking Kurt Warner out of the NFC divisional game in the 2009 postseason.
Brunell didn't play much, which was obviously a good thing meaning Brees was healthy. Brunell nfl shop did serve as an important sounding board for Brees in the quarterback meetings, though.
Morgan was another low risk, high reward type signing, and it didn't pan out as Morgan retired two months after the Saints signed him.
The Saints also caught Glenn at the end of his career. Glenn played four games, but injuries landed him on injured reserve in late November and his career ended after that season.
2009 Darren Sharper, Jabari Greer, Darnell Dinkins, Anthony Hargrove, Pierson Prioleau, Paul Spicer, Heath Evans, Dan Campbell
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