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Old 01-18-2006, 07:26 PM   #1
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Given the new administration...

what kind of player turnover does everyone expect to see in the offseason?
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Old 01-18-2006, 07:53 PM   #2
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RE: Given the new administration...

I see Grant haveing a MONSTER year.... I told yall last year about Stallworth, my #1 player in the league. Maybe I can go 2 for 2 lol
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Old 01-18-2006, 08:07 PM   #3
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FREE AGENT UPDATE

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬à ¢â‚¬?SLB James Allen (has never played up to his capabilities and was supposed to start this season, but a knee injury in training camp later landed him on injured reserve).
GONE

ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬à ¢â‚¬?C LeCharles Bentley (a Pro Bowl pick for the second time in three years and a favorite of former coach Jim Haslett, he'll test the market if the Saints don't franchise him).
FRANCHISED
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬à ¢â‚¬?CB Fakhir Brown (was a starter until an ill-advised holdout during the team's coaching sessions last spring. He could return depending on who the new coach is).
KEEP
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬à ¢â‚¬?WR Az-Zahir Hakim (oft-injured throughout training camp and the regular season, it's not known where he will fit in next season).
GONE
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬à ¢â‚¬?TE Lamont Hall (a designated blocker who may or may not be asked back depending on the coach).
GONE
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬à ¢â‚¬?SLB Sedrick Hodge (has never lived up to expectations as a third-round draft pick and may not be re-signed).
GONE
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬à ¢â‚¬?DE Darren Howard (was franchised the last two seasons, last year at $7.8 million, but has been plagued by injuries and was inactive for the final four games of 2005. He's probably played his last game for the Saints).
GONE
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬à ¢â‚¬?WR/KR Michael Lewis (a fan favorite, he is coming off a serious knee injury and will turn 35 just two months after the 2006 opener).
GONE
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬à ¢â‚¬?RB Fred McAfee (a special-teams standout, he's probably played his last NFL game considering he'll be 38 years old when training camp begins).
GONE
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬à ¢â‚¬?MLB Ronald McKinnon (a solid player once he joined the starting lineup at mid-season, he could be re-signed depending on the coach and coordinator).
KEEP
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬à ¢â‚¬?SS Mel Mitchell (another player who has distinguished himself on special teams, but hasn't been able to see much time on defense).
KEEP
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬à ¢â‚¬?SLB T.J. Slaughter (was plagued by a groin injury, but could be asked back since the Saints are desperate for linebacking help).
KEEP
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬à ¢â‚¬?RB Antowain Smith (finished as the team's leading ball carrier with 659 yards and is a good presence in the locker room, but he'll be 34 by the time next season starts).
KEEP
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬à ¢â‚¬?RB Anthony Thomas (was not impressive and got very few opportunities after being signed in the second half of the season).
GONE AND KEEP CHATMAN
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬à ¢â‚¬?DT Willie Whitehead (a solid citizen and good run-stopper, he's had some knee problems that might make the Saints think twice about re-signing him because he turns 33 in the off-season).
GONE
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬à ¢â‚¬?TE Zach Hilton (a former undrafted free agent, the 6-foot-8 receiver was third on the team with 35 catches after not catching a ball in his first two years with the team and will probably be tendered a contract offer).
KEEP
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬à ¢â‚¬?G Montrae Holland (a fourth-round draft pick in 2003, he's started 30 games at left and right guard in three seasons and will likely receive a tender offer).
KEEP
FEELING A DRAFT: It's hard to tell what the new coach will want, but the Saints' top priority should be quarterback if Aaron Brooks does not return. Todd Bouman, who replaced Brooks as the starter with three games remaining, isn't the answer and rookie Adrian McPherson is likely a couple of seasons away from being able to contribute.
BROOKS AND BOUMAN GONE
Other priorities include linebacker, offensive line, defensive tackle and cornerback.

MEDICAL WATCH: The Saints had 11 players on injured reserve at the end of the season. Running back Deuce McAllister, tight end Ernie Conwell, strong safety Jay Bellamy, wide receiver/kick returner Michael Lewis, middle linebacker Courtney Watson and tight end Boo Williams all had surgery and are continuing their rehab.
BELLAMY, LEWIS AND WILLIAMS GONE

I think Sullivan should be gone too, never lived up to any of the hype.

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Old 01-18-2006, 08:08 PM   #4
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RE: Given the new administration...

Lucky the league did not count drops
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Old 01-18-2006, 08:10 PM   #5
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i'd like to keep willie if we are letting howard go which is for sure. am i wrong in that thought. just for depth. i like the rest of your list. i am also for keeping smith i thought he ran well and proved he could eb a decent back up and speller
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Old 01-18-2006, 08:13 PM   #6
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I agree with ya on Smith and when not if Deuce goes down again we can still hang on to Smith, Stecker and Chatman. They will get the job done.
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Old 01-18-2006, 08:15 PM   #7
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RE: Given the new administration...

How much longer on Stallworths contract?
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Old 01-18-2006, 08:18 PM   #8
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Hey 25, I think Smith, Verdon, Grant and Bryant can hold down the DE position. We need to keep Youn and Leslie at DT and get a couple more studs in the middle. Gandy and maybe Jaycox need to go. We will have Stincomb back and if he gets hurt again we need to cut him quick.
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Old 01-18-2006, 08:19 PM   #9
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yeah i am hoping john stays healthy. yeah i agree wayne is probably done. he is getting older
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Old 01-18-2006, 08:20 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by zachsaints52
How much longer on Stallworths contract?
2 more years I think? Looks to be pretty affodable. If Payton can't get anything out of him I doubt anyone can.
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