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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Top Ten Saints FA Target List (JeanPierre) [Updated - 04/05/2013] 01 CB Keenan Lewis, PIT 02 CB Quentin Jammer, SD 03 TE Ben Watson, CLE/NE 04 LB Victor Butler, DAL 05 OC Brian De La Puente, NO* 06 QB Luke ...

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Old 04-05-2013, 09:34 AM   #541
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Top Ten Saints FA Target List (JeanPierre)

[Updated - 04/05/2013]

01 CB Keenan Lewis, PIT

02 CB Quentin Jammer, SD

03 TE Ben Watson, CLE/NE

04 LB Victor Butler, DAL

05 OC Brian De La Puente, NO*

06 QB Luke McCown, JAX

07 OT Jared Gaither, SD**

08 WR Julian Edleman, NE

09 DE Kyle Moore, BUF

10 DE Kenyon Coleman, DAL

Players in bold indicate signed...

*Restricted Free Agent

**Incentive/Performance-based Contract Only (No Play/No Pay)

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Old 04-06-2013, 09:45 AM   #542
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Raiders to place LB Rolando McClain on waivers

The Rolando McClain era with the Oakland Raiders has come to an end as ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the club will place the 2010 first-round pick on waivers. Running back Darren McFadden is now the only Oakland first-round pick since 2000 still on the team's roster. That year, Oakland selected kicker Sebastian Janikowski with the 17th overall pick.

McClain should have no problem clearing waivers. The 23-year-old has two seasons and $10.31 million remaining on his five-year, $40.25 million rookie contract and is scheduled to earn $4.255 million in total cash compensation 2013 and another $6.055 million in 2014.

According to a source with knowledge of McClain's rookie contract, $3.635 million of the $10.31 million that remains on the contract is fully guaranteed with no offset language. Any team that willingly acquires McClain's contract, also acquires the $3.635 million in fully guaranteed base salary..

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Old 04-06-2013, 10:53 AM   #543
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Kevin, Rolando McClain definitely intrigues, especially added to the talent level we are accruing at Linebacker (not going to do a Flashback)...

But, what kind of baggage does he have if the RAIDERS of all teams are cutting him loose?!?

Plus, there is former Saints Coach, now Raiders Head Coach, Dennis Allen signing off on the move to release him - so how likely are his former Saints coworkers going to geaux after McClain?!?

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Old 04-06-2013, 11:12 AM   #544
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My initial thought about McCalin is a stern no, but I guess Ryan would know if he actually could be a good addition.

I seem to remember that he has had his share of off the field problems along with not really living up to his draft status on the field.

Probably not someone who would add anything worthwhile to the roster.
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Was Ryan still with the Raiders when McClain was drafted? I can see Ryan at least taking a look, we still can't afford him though
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Rob Ryan was in Cleveland and on his way to Dallas when McClain was drafted.
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:42 PM   #547
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Larry Holder takes A look at free-agent leftovers New Orleans Saints could ponder | NOLA.com

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...Tackle Jared Gaither (6-9, 335) - The 27-year-old left tackle became a salary-cap casualty in San Diego last week and is probably the best left tackle on the market in a major position of need for the Saints. But something could be fishy on Gaither's end after being cut just one year after receiving a four-year, $24.6 million contract before the 2012 season.

Tackle Max Starks (6-8, 345) - You're starting to see a theme here with tackles as it's the primary position the Saints want to target at this point in free agency. The 31-year-old Starks doesn't appear to be re-signing with Pittsburgh...

...Defensive lineman Richard Seymour (6-6, 317) - The 33-year-old has been successful in 4-3 and 3-4 defensive scheme. So versatility isn't an issue for Seymour. The Raiders cut ties with Seymour thanks to a hefty salary. Would the Saints like to have him? Probably so. It comes back to the cost....
He also mentions Freeney and Abraham who would be terribull fits in the 3-4 front being installed...

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Left Tackle Solution

(a) Redo Roman Harper Contract and then trade Harper for Rodger Saffold - St. Louis Rams - 2013 Player Profile - Rotoworld.com...

(b) Sign either (1) Max Starks - Pittsburgh Steelers - 2013 Player Profile - Rotoworld.com or (2) Jared Gaither - Unsigned Free Agent - 2013 Player Profile - Rotoworld.com
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Gaither looked horrible in some of the games I saw him play last season, and he was abused by a lot of DEs even with help given to him - health concerns to boot doesn't really make him all that attractive.
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Gaither looked horrible in some of the games I saw him play last season, and he was abused by a lot of DEs even with help given to him - health concerns to boot doesn't really make him all that attractive.
Understand concerns about Gaither, that's why in an earlier post I recommended an incentive-based contract or (no play/no pay)...

I think Max Starks is serviceable and still has enough of an athlete he can help in our wheel pass plays and screen plays...
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