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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Last year, one of the Saints' top offseason priorities was to beef up their defensive tackle position and become more disruptive up front. A year later, they've still got that same gaping hole to fill. Veteran defensive tackles Aubrayo Franklin ...

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Last year, one of the Saints' top offseason priorities was to beef up their defensive tackle position and become more disruptive up front. A year later, they've still got that same gaping hole to fill.

Veteran defensive tackles Aubrayo Franklin and Shaun Rogers are both unrestricted free agents after spending one year with the Saints that was solid but unspectacular. Although both were decent against the run -- which is their No. 1 job description -- neither recorded a sack or forced a turnover.

Now the Saints need to decide if they want to bring one or both of them back, or if they want to try and upgrade a position that hasn't made much of an impact in recent years.

It's also possible that the Saints could consider releasing veteran defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, who is due more than $6 million in salary and bonuses and has never fully lived up to his potential as the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft. Chances are, however, they'll keep Ellis and hope that he can make a bigger impact under the direction of new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

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Old 03-12-2012, 10:11 AM   #2
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I say give Mitch King & Tom Johnson more playing time; they both looked decent the few times we got to see them...
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We still don't have that athletic big body we need in the middle.
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Jason Jones would be a definite pick out of the whole DT FA pool, because he'd probably fit right into what Spags wants to do with the front 4 - he reminds me a little of Chris Canty of the Giants, who plays both tackle and end in their schemes. But I don't know if the Saints can afford his services.

Then pick up Derek Wolfe and/or Akiem Hicks from the draft and hope they'll be available in the lower rounds, which might very well be because there are so many highly talented DTs in this year's draft.

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