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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; First of all, I am NOT giving up on this season yet. But we do need to get better on defense next year no matter what happens these last 4 (5, 6) games. Here are some of the best Defensive ...

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Old 12-09-2007, 01:32 PM   #1
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Best defensive Free Agents this Off-Season

First of all, I am NOT giving up on this season yet. But we do need to get better on defense next year no matter what happens these last 4 (5, 6) games. Here are some of the best Defensive free agents according to Footballfuture.com:

Terrell Suggs, UFA, Baltimore Ravens
Suggs is somewhat versatile and has become a volatile opposing presence for offenses. He has the ability to play at the linebacker spot and also attack from the line at the end spot. He has grown into a top pass rusher and presents match-up problems for most teams. He’s been near or above double digit sack totals in each of his four seasons with eight being his low. He is a true talent and will attract some large offers from various teams, but Baltimore will do everything they can to sign him to an extension, especially considering that he doesn’t turn 25 until October.

Albert Haynesworth, UFA, Tennessee Titans
Haynesworth has come into the season determined to have a great year. He has a single sack through three games, but he seems to be getting pressure up the middle consistently, and is helping to allow other defensive linemen to have an even greater impact themselves. While quarterback Vince Young is a major reason for the team’s success so far, Haynesworth and the defense he is helping to lead are also contributing significantly. If Haynesworth can keep up his current play, the Titans will find it hard to let him leave via free agency, as it would create a sizable hole to fill.

Lance Briggs, UFA, Chicago Bears
Since 2004, Briggs has been a standout linebacker for the Bears. He’s overshadowed by Brian Urlacher much of the time, but Briggs gets the job done as is evidenced by the fact that he’s totaled more than 100 tackles in each of the past three seasons and that he’s added four sacks and five interceptions over that time. Teams are going to line up to try and entice Briggs to come play for them, and whichever team lands him will be adding one of the top weak-side defenders in the league. The chances of Briggs leaving seem good.

Asante Samuel, UFA, New England Patriots
Samuel is quickly becoming known as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, having posted a league-best ten interceptions last season. His interception total was impressive, but so was his ability to stick to receivers on a regular basis. In the first six games of the current season, he has three picks, and has kept up his strong play, continuing to shutdown receivers and helping the Patriots to an undefeated record to this point. If Samuel is not signed to an extension, he’ll command big dollars on the market, especially if he keeps the pace up.

Mike Doss, UFA, Minnesota Vikings
The former Colts safety has a new home this season, and if he can avoid injury, he could see a long-term deal from Minnesota. Doss recorded a pair of interceptions in just six games last season, and has two picks each of the past three seasons. He has the ability to make an impact in slowing the opposition’s rushing attack, and has plenty of playoff experience under his belt. Doss is developing into a leader and is a defensive weapon that many teams wouldn’t mind having.

Marcus Trufant, UFA, Seattle Seahawks
Trufant’s contract has voided based on playing time and given the team’s commitment to other players at his position, it appears that the cornerback will be looking for a starting position elsewhere. His 2004 season was easily his best, when he compiled 96 total tackles, five interceptions, and a sack. He was unable to match that type of production until this season, in which he has 58 total tackles and four picks through eleven games. He will be one of the top defensive targets on the market.


I'd like to see us grab at least 3 of these guys.

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Old 12-09-2007, 02:43 PM   #2
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Re: Best defensive Free Agents this Off-Season

If I were to dish out big money for any of those guys it would be Albert Haynesworth. This would make our defense THAT much better. There's no point in signing a big name corner if we can't put any pressure on upfront.
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I hope they will realize that we do need a new cornerback, granted yes, we need a D line as well. I just think we spent way too much money on Jason David and they are not gonna fork out the money for a new CB.
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Old 12-09-2007, 07:13 PM   #4
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I hope they will realize that we do need a new cornerback, granted yes, we need a D line as well. I just think we spent way too much money on Jason David and they are not gonna fork out the money for a new CB.
Maybe that's why Payton refuses to bench him. Maybe he's hoping David can some how string together 3 or 4 nice games so somebody will be foolish enough to take him in a trade.
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Old 12-09-2007, 07:33 PM   #5
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PLEASE GET ALBERT HAYNESWORTH!!!!! He is the best defensive tackle in the NFL, and would immediately make our defense one of the best in the division by freeing up our defensive ends. After that, we'd really only need to address every other position on defense.
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Old 12-09-2007, 07:41 PM   #6
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Question, do the SAINTS have the money to spend.
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Old 12-10-2007, 08:31 AM   #7
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Hanyesworth will not hit the open market. Briggs may not. The bears may let there WRs walk first before they let that happen.
So the chance of getting a FA leader among those two is slim. Sammuel may not be the CB we all think he is away from the Pats.
So the off season maybe more focused on the offense.
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:07 AM   #8
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Hanyesworth will not hit the open market. Briggs may not. The bears may let there WRs walk first before they let that happen.
So the chance of getting a FA leader among those two is slim. Sammuel may not be the CB we all think he is away from the Pats.
So the off season maybe more focused on the offense.
Then do we start to focus on a replacement for Deuce? Or do we just continue to sign every available TE in the league?
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:21 AM   #9
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Then do we start to focus on a replacement for Deuce? Or do we just continue to sign every available TE in the league?
haha! not often I laugh that hard on the B&G board We do need to replace duece... maybe trade for Pittman? that would be ironic
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Old 12-10-2007, 12:26 PM   #10
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Trufant may be the most realistic, but I would prefer Haynesworth. Asante is one fine CB. I watch him every week. I'm sure his asking price will be around the highest in the leaque for CBs. I recall hollerin Trufant!!!!! when the Saints moved up in the draft. Alas, the pick was Sullivan..

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