For the Saints Friday was literally an all out frenzy, with so many free agents on their plate management needed to get right down to the nitty-gritty. Earlier today the Saints found their missing piece to their backfield from the departure of Reggie Bush. The team signed Darren Sproles from San Diego Chargers. Now it was time to focus on their own.
With many key departure the Saints needed to get on top of things and did exactly that.
The Saints decided to retain, wide receiver Lance Moore, well established first from his tweet. Moore plans on moving forward with the Saints after catching 66 passes for 763 yards and eight touchdowns in 2010. He has recorded 192 career receptions for 2,156 yards with 22 touchdowns in 59 games with the Saints. Moore has been one of quarterback Drew Brees' most dependable targets the past five years. Moore is a receiver with great hands, with a place back in The Big Easy where he can continue to rise as a superior target for quarterback Drew Brees.
The team also decides to hold on veteran safety Roman Harper, finished second on the Saints last season with 98 tackles, three sacks, one interception, a fumble recovery, nine special teams stops, eight passes defensed and six forced fumbles. An all out versatile force to have in the secondary.
Initially chosen by the Saints in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft, Harper has started all 67 games he's appeared in at strong safety. He has tailed 405 tackles, 9 1/2 sacks and four interceptions during his career with New Orleans.
In another move earlier in the day the Saints finalize a deal with offensive tackle Jerome Bushrod to keep him in New Orleans. On the offensive line for the Saints he has done a quite decent job, providing most of the strength to interior of the Saints line. Bushrod, 26, who is still young and entering his third year as a starter and looking to solidify himself as a top-tier blocker in the league, Bushrod's contract will pay him $9.8 million over two years, with a $3.5 million signing bonus.
Recently the Saints resigned linebacker Scott Shanle. He agreed to a two-year, $4 million contract. Saints also resigned, the following players Cornerback Leigh Torrence, Safety Chris Reis, linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar and linebacker Danny Clark.
Also they looked elsewhere and lockup from the Seahawks, free agent linebacker Will Herring. Safety Jonathan Amaya that joined the Saints from the Dolphins trade in exchange for running back Reggie Bush.
This set the stage for other moves from the Saints to get back in to Super Bowl contention once again. They first have to out way their competition on the NFC south one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL. With the restructuring of the new CBA in place the Saints seem like they are the right track.
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