Dec 15, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) runs against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) during their game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Harrison Nayler: No offseason in the NFL is ever particularly quiet, but the Saints certainly made a lot of noise in the past few months with the massive trade involving Jimmy Graham, murmurs of Drew Brees being on the trade block and several key additions in free agency such as CJ Spiller and Brandon Browner. What were the key needs in New Orleans going into the free agency period?
Andrew Schuster: Well first off, we knew Drew Brees wasn’t going anywhere, but rumors spread fast and obviously get blown out of proportion. The biggest need before free agency began was a cornerback, and now with the addition of Brandon Browner, we can sit back and relax a bit. Also, acquiring Kyle Wilson adds more depth to the corner position, particularly in the slot. After that was a pass rusher. Adding Anthony Spencer possibly gives the team depth (if he can rebound), but expect a couple in the draft.
There’s still a ton on the agenda. Obviously, adding a wide receiver after the departure of Kenny Stills is a must — we’re hoping the Saints are still in the Greg Jennings sweepstakes (note: Jennings signed with the Miami Dolphins after this interview took place). Trading away Ben Grubbs, which was necessary, presents a question mark at left guard, but we’re pretty high on Tim Lelito here at Who Dat Dish. However, a another guard and tackle need to to be addressed.
New Orleans certainly made a splash this offseason. Some moves were questionable, some were the right call. Regardless, we have a firm trust in Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis.