Saints lose out on Bartell

March, 2, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

The New Orleans Saints made a strong run at free agent cornerback Ron Bartell, but didn't land him.

Bartell reportedly has decided to re-sign with the St. Louis Rams. The Saints reportedly made an offer similar to the four-year, $28 million contract from the Rams and Bartell elected to stay in St. Louis.

The Saints still are trying to work on their defensive backfield. Safety Darren Sharper is visiting New Orleans Monday and safety Gerald Sensabaugh visited over the weekend.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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