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Monday, March 4, 2013
Saints need a pass-rusher

By Pat Yasinskas

In this Insider postInsider, Gary Horton and Field Yates take a look at the biggest needs for the New Orleans Saints.

Not surprisingly, almost all the needs are on the defensive side of the ball and nowhere are they bigger than at outside linebacker. That’s where the pass rush is going to have to come from. Cameron Jordan and Will Smith are solid defensive ends, but they don’t have the tools to be strong edge rushers in the 3-4 scheme the Saints are switching to.

Martez Wilson and Junior Galette are a pair of young players that played end last year. They do have the tools to play outside linebacker in this scheme. But neither is a proven force and that’s why the Saints have to add at least one pass-rushing linebacker this offseason.

That might be harder than it sounds. The Saints don’t have a lot of salary-cap room and they’ll be without their second-round draft choice due to the bounty scandal.