Saints keep Jermon Bushrod

July, 28, 2011
7/28/11
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The New Orleans Saints just reached an agreement on a two-year deal with offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod, according to Adam Schefter.

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Financial terms weren’t immediately available, but it makes sense for the Saints to keep Bushrod, who has been their starting left tackle the past two seasons. Although he’s far from an elite player, Bushrod has done an adequate job on an offensive line that has most of its strength in the interior.

The team drafted Charles Brown last year and there’s hope he can develop into the eventual starter at left tackle. But the lockout cost Brown an entire offseason of work with the coaches. That fact made Bushrod more valuable.

There was no way the Saints were going to take a chance and put someone who might not be ready out there to protect Drew Brees’ blind side. Still waiting for word on the Saints re-signing some of their other free agents, but I wouldn't be surprised if we hear something on safety Roman Harper before too long.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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