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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Jerry Fotenot may be a savvy and wise veteran, but Le Charles Bentley should be our center. Fotenot is definetley past his prime and he's not and has never been the the player Le Charles is and he's olny entering ...

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Old 06-05-2003, 01:41 PM   #1
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Jerry Fotenot may be a savvy and wise veteran, but Le Charles Bentley should be our center. Fotenot is definetley past his prime and he's not and has never been the the player Le Charles is and he's olny entering his second year. If you look at last years games, most of the pass rush pressure came right up the middle. Also, if you look Fotenot was not able to push his man off the line of scrimmage most of the time. I think Le Charles will be more effective in the running and passing game.
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Old 06-05-2003, 01:51 PM   #2
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I totally agree that Bentley will be the Saints future at center........but not this year. If Fontenot doesn\'t re-sign with the team, Jacox will be the man at the position. He\'s been getting the reps on first team in camp, if I\'m not mistaken, and they are saying how fluid he looks. Seems to be performing very well. I\'ve now quickly become an anti-Fontenot signing. Not because I don\'t like him. I think Fontenot is great. I just think it\'s time the Saints went in a different direction.
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I am also anti-Fontenot signing if only because I prefer to use the youth we have especially if that youth is at least nearly as good at the position as the veteran. Over time this will prove to make that youthful player better faster.
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I guess I\'ll be the one to jump in here and disagree. I like to see little changed to the lines, both offensively and defensively. Reason being, these guys work as a team, and the longer they work together, the better they are. We already have made a change at LT for the coming year, I would rather not see another change until next year.
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Fotenot has been around a long time and maybe he needs to go. The only problem I see, is without him the OL will have 2 years or less experience working togetheras a unit.
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Old 06-05-2003, 03:12 PM   #6
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I disagree finally, B&B is right. We are probably gonna get Fontenot cheap, and the original plan was to let Bentley learn the calls playing next to Jerry for a couple of years. Then move Charles over when he\'s ready. I don\'t see the downside of signing Jerry for another year. While not spectacular, he is pretty solid and a cerebral center LeCharles could learn alot from.

I think we\'ll be an Excellent line with JF, but we\'ll still be pretty damn good without him.

Top 5 with him
Top 10 without him

[Edited on 5/6/2003 by tweeky]
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Fontenot is intimately familiar with Aaron\'s counts. Keep him (unless he asks for the moon on his contract).

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Old 06-05-2003, 05:27 PM   #8
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(unless he asks for the moon on his contract)
That\'s the problem, according to KFFL a while back, he was seeking the league minimum, or just above it, can\'t remember which.
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Old 06-05-2003, 06:30 PM   #9
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Every once in a while a player comes along and you just have to play him and that player is Le Charles Bentley.
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Old 06-05-2003, 06:32 PM   #10
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March 23rd from kffl.com

Saints officials say they want to re-sign Fontenot, but they are prepared to go in a different direction if he does not lower his salary demands. \"They\'ve said they want me back, but I\'m disappointed with their first offer, their only offer so far,\" said Fontenot. \"It\'s near league minimum for a veteran.\"

So the Saints are offering a little over league minimum, but Jerry\'s not biting. I\'m for signing Fontenot, but he either accepts the deal they offered him back in March or he doesn\'t. Don\'t expect the Saints to bid any higher.

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