The 2020 season ended with the Kansas City Chiefs as Super Bowl champions. The New Orleans Saints, like most NFL teams, are now preparing for the 2020 off season. The Saints will have some holes to fill, now with free agency just less then a month away. Here are the free agents the Saints could look to add to the offensive line.
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To many analysts Joe Thuney is considered the first or second best offensive lineman in the market. He has been a starter for four years on the Patroits. Thuney had his best year this year after starting in all 16 games. Along with that, he only allowed 1 sack this year. This made him a standout on a rather underwhelming offensive. Redskins We believe Brandon Scherff may be the best player available from a talent point of view, but Thuney could be a more realistic option and a better deal for the New Orleans Saints
Iupati has made his way around the NFC West. He has played for the 49ers, the Cardinals, and just finished a one year deal with the Seattle Seahawks. He could be a valuable option for a Saints team that faces uncertainty at left guard. Andurs Peat is a free agent in 2020. Iupati plays at a high level in the NFL and would look to be a starter if added to the Saints offensive line.
Former prized free agent Ron Leary is set to be a free agent again. This time, he may not be in high demand as he was in the past. Leary has not played 16 games during years in Denver. The last three years he has played 11, 6, and 12 games. Leary would almost certainly fit in the Saints budget and surrounded by as good of a line the Saints have he would most likely be the lines weakest link, and that may not be a bad thing at all.
If the Saints opted to bring back Andrus Peat or give Nick Easton a shot as the starter bringing in a guy like Andrew Wylie who has some experience as a starter, is a viable backup ,and has played across the line would be a blessing. He ended the year with a 67.4 grade according to PFF started 11 games, only allowed 2 sacks, and only recorded 3 penalties could be a good under the radar signing that we’ve seen the Saints do the last few years.
Xavier Su-a Filo
Things may have not worked out the way Xavier Su-a Filo thought they would’ve, being a former 1st round pick for the Houston Texans and ended up not getting a new contract he ended up going to Dallas and in 2018 he ended up starting 8 games at right and left guard. This is the guy I personally want to see the Saints sign. Dan Roushar would love to have this kid and develop him with a center Erick McCoy they could be a nice guard-center tandem
There is nothing wrong with having a really really good veteran backup tackle in the NFL. Valdheer certainly fits the bill. The 10 year veteran has bounced around with different clubs. With Armstead and Ramczyk both playing hurt last season it is never a bad thing to have a guy like him as your backup.