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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Fox Team Report: The Saints are desperate to improve their linebacker corps, but they've struck out so far. They were close to a deal for Ian Gold, but they lost him to Denver. They liked free agent Antonio Pierce but ...

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Old 03-14-2005, 09:02 AM   #1
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Fox Team Report:

The Saints are desperate to improve their linebacker corps, but they've struck out so far. They were close to a deal for Ian Gold, but they lost him to Denver. They liked free agent Antonio Pierce but were never in real contention as he signed immediately with the New York Giants. They sought Dat Nguyen as compensation in a proposed trade with Dallas for franchise defensive end Darren Howard but were shot down. They received a visit from talented but troubled linebacker Anthony Simmons in free agency but are wary of his injury history and reputation as a moody player. That leaves the draft. The draft is not deep in quality linebackers so the Saints might look to another position in the first round. The club's best first-round selections have resulted from taking the best talent available -- Deuce McAllister, Will Smith -- and not reaching to fill a position of need.
The Saints aren't enamored with Texas' Derrick Johnson or Georgia's Thomas Davis, the highest rated linebackers on most teams' boards. So look for them to address another position in the first round and address linebacker with a later pick. . . .
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Old 03-14-2005, 09:06 AM   #2
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Yeah I think this was addressed in another thread. I don\'t think it\'s a smokescreen either. Oh well....it was nice to dream I guess we should start thinking of names like Kevin Burnett and Channing Crowder. Hopefully they don\'t wait any later than round 2 to address the LB position.
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Old 03-14-2005, 09:09 AM   #3
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I saw that late(addressed elsewhere). But all I could think when I read it was wow. I have to hope it means more they aren\'t gonna reach to get either player than we have no interest in them period. That I can see.
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Old 03-14-2005, 09:22 AM   #4
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Yeah but have to keep in mind that articles written by reporters/analist ect. Are just like if you or I would sit down and write something that can possibly could happen especially when they use words like \'might\'. I don\'t really think New Orleans was much in the fold of getting Gold either as the writer suggests.
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Old 03-14-2005, 09:30 AM   #5
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Travis Johnson here we come! or one of those talented corners will also do.

[Edited on 14/3/2005 by papz]
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Old 03-14-2005, 09:32 AM   #6
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Maybe I am being optimistic but this may be simply a case of draft positioning. If we were going to trade up we wouldn\'t want to tip our hands too quickly. Lets say we get the Cowboy\'s #20 for Howard. I could see a package of our number one and the new 20 to move up to get DJ. But they wouldn\'t want to start fawning over him now --- anyway -- if they are not enamored with them who in this draft are they enamored with.
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Old 03-14-2005, 09:33 AM   #7
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I saw that late(addressed elsewhere). But all I could think when I read it was wow. I have to hope it means more they aren\'t gonna reach to get either player than we have no interest in them period. That I can see.
Maybe...maybe not...but these guys do cover football for a living. As much as people on here like to research free agency news, sports writers and reporters do it 24-7, and they know about news sometimes hours before it ever hits the internet. You can safely assume they know more about rumors and potential than we do.
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Old 03-14-2005, 01:30 PM   #8
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If we are not interested in D Johnson we are retarded, this better be a smokescreen!!!!
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