Free-agent spotlight: CB Jabari Greer

February, 28, 2014
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The New Orleans Saints have 13 players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on March 11, plus the three players they released this month. Here’s a breakdown on cornerback Jabari Greer:

Position: CB

Age: 32

Height: 5-11

Weight: 180

Greer
Scouting report: Greer is coming off of a major knee injury that ended his season in November -- which is part of the reason he was released in a cap-cutting move this month. Up until the injury, Greer was still playing at a high level as a starting cornerback. And he was a huge part of the Saints’ success over the past five years -- especially their 2009 Super Bowl season. But obviously his age and the injury will lead to some question marks about his future.

Greer is a former track star with great speed. And despite his stature, he has consistently held up well in man coverage against bigger receivers. Including the playoffs, Greer has 16 career interceptions (four returned for touchdowns) and 105 passes defensed in 10 years with the Saints and Buffalo Bills.

Greer began his career in Buffalo as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee in 2004. He signed with the Saints as a free agent in 2009.

Projection: If Greer hadn’t been hurt last season, I’d still consider him an above-average starter -- and he probably would still be on the Saints' roster. But the injury makes his future tough to predict.

Greer likely won’t be ready to pass a physical until later this summer, so teams might want to wait until then to bring him in for a look. But if he shows signs of being fully healthy by the start of the season, I could see him being plugged in as a “Plan B” for a team that needs a savvy veteran with proven cover ability.

Mike Triplett

ESPN New Orleans Saints reporter

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