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 less than a month away, here are the free agents the Saints could look to add at the safety position.
Now before any of you get excited remember the Eagles must decide whether or not they want to exercise the team option for Jenkins by March 18th. If they do not, Jenkins becomes a unrestricted free agent and is free to go anywhere. If Vonn Bell leaves and the Eagles decline the option, a reunion certainly makes sense. Jenkins would come in alongside Marcus Williams and become an immediate impact player for this secondary which at the moment has more questions than answers.
Tony Jefferson was a big part of the Ravens stout defense the last 3 seasons. However, his 2019 season was cut short due to injury only appearing in 5 games. If Vonn Bell decides to leave in free agency, Jefferson would be the perfect low cost veteran to bring in and mostly plays the same kind of game as Bell. A really good physical box-safety who can tackle well and has good coverage skills and can blitz as well.
If the Saints were to retain Vonn Bell, they could certainly bring in a guy like Jayron Kearse. Kearse has all sorts of experience playing across the secondary as a corner in 2018 and a safety in 2019. A core special teams player for the Vikings and viable backup, Kearse could easily find a role in this secondary and team in 2020.
Joseph, a former a first-round pick has not lived up to the hype and his time in Oakland has run up. Earlier this week Jon Gruden said they will let the former first rounder test free agency. Despite 3 lackluster years Joseph actually may have had the best start to a season before it was cut short after just 9 games. A do-it-all type safety who has some coverage skills and the ability to blitz, Joseph could be an intriguing piece that secondary coach Aaron Glenn would love to develop.
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