As discussed yesterday, the Saints will certainly be looking for more depth at wide receiver this offseason – whether through the draft or free agency.
The need is created by the amount of fiscal decisions presented by the current crop of wide receivers, including Robert Meachem (an unrestricted free agent) and Lance Moore (due $3.8 million with a cap cost of $5.1 million). In addition to Meachem and Moore, the Saints also have to decide on whether Joe Morgan (restricted free agent and recovering from ACL surgery) still fits in to their plan. Not to mention the potential hurricane building around Jimmy Graham, who could file a grievance if he’s franchise tagged as a tight end as opposed to a wide receiver.
We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
In free agency it is unlikely that they will spend big bucks on one of the seemingly overpriced top wideouts (see Eric Decker or Hakeem Nicks). It is likely, however, that they will entertain the idea of spending moderate money to bring in a seasoned player rather than take a risk on an untested prospect in the draft.
One guy they could take a look at is coming off of ACL surgery similar to Morgan, but his ceiling is much higher. Jeremy Maclin could be available of the Eagles don’t re-sign him, and he surely presents an all-around better option than Morgan. The one problem with Maclin could be the price tag, and the Saints may not be willing to keep up with the bidding war that may ensue if he hits the open market.
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