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Danno 06-10-2011 10:05 AM

Team Checklist - PFT

Team checklist: New Orleans Saints
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on June 10, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

The Saints have already added some big pieces this offseason in Shaun Rogers to go with first round picks Cameron Jordan and Mark Ingram. So what else does G.M. Mikey Loomis need to do when the lockout ends?

1. Set a reasonable price for Reggie Bush and stick to it.
Coach Sean Payton says he wants to keep Bush and we believe him. Bush was Payton’s first pick in New Orleans and no one believes in him more. Bush needs to take pay cut reflective of his status as an injury-prone role player, especially because the Saints already have Ingram, Pierre Thomas, and Chris Ivory.

We’re not sure if Bush really wants to stay. If he wants more than $4-$5 million a year, let him walk. We’d be surprised if the Saints come up with a new deal before they have to cut him.

2. Bring back Roman Harper.
Despite his struggles in coverage in the playoffs, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams knows how important Harper is to the defense. We’d make Harper a bigger priority than Bush. This should be a no brainer.

3. Re-sign Jonathan Goodwin and/or Jermon Bushrod.
The Saints addressed most of their needs in the draft, but the offensive line remains problematic. Is Charles Brown ready to step at tackle? Is Jonathan Stinchcomb worth keeping? We’d making re-signing center Goodwin a priority to keep the interior line strong.

4. Sign an outside linebacker or two.
Rookie third-round pick Martez Wilson may be more natural on the inside, but the Saints figure to try him outside where two starting jobs are open. Scott Shanle is a free agent and may not be back. Candidates to start outside include JoLonn Dunbar and Jonathan Casillas. There are a lot of injury and experience questions here.

5. Make training camp harder than the lockout.
That could be difficult after the organized workouts Drew Brees and Jonathan Vilma have put together. This is a hungry team with great leadership and continuity whose window for another title should still be wide open.

Team checklist: New Orleans Saints | ProFootballTalk
Can't disagree with any of them.

papz 06-10-2011 10:43 AM

If we're going to rank them...


CantonLegend 06-10-2011 04:16 PM

how about bringin in a defensive tackle to rotate in with sed and shaun rogers

ayodele isnt exactly the cream of the crop for a backup

SapperSaint 06-11-2011 08:26 AM

I'm just happy to Canton back. :-D

CheramieIII 06-11-2011 09:17 AM

4,2,3,5,1 Bush is expendable but we would do alot better with his skills. Linebackers, linebackers and more linebackers. Everyone will be resigned and the defensive line has already been bolstered with Saint Shaun and the draft.

foreverfan 06-11-2011 10:23 AM


Originally Posted by SapperSaint (Post 303950)
I'm just happy to Canton back.:-D

SmashMouth 06-11-2011 12:37 PM


Originally Posted by CantonLegend (Post 303895)
how about bringin in a defensive tackle to rotate in with sed and shaun rogers

ayodele isnt exactly the cream of the crop for a backup

FF is available ...

QBREES9 06-13-2011 09:16 PM

Canton Back ......... Now thats a good thing

pinch 06-14-2011 08:16 AM

I'm expecting big things out of Jonathan Casillas this year. He looked great before he went down last year. With Reggie, I've finally come to the conclusion that we'd be better without him as I don't buy the decoy argument anymore. It's time to cut the cord.

st thomas 06-14-2011 11:41 AM

some o-line work needs to be restuctured, does c. brown show what we used a no#2 for. harper is a favorite of GW. so i see him returning.bush needs to wake -up and see another life without kim, listen to payton and get u another ring. trade devery to get that o-line help. let AA get him some. keep a speedster wideout rookie to take deverys streaking down the sideline job to get colston more open. other than that

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