Thursday, April 15, 2010
How I See It: NFC South Stock Watch
By Pat Yasinskas
New Orleans offensive tackle Jammal Brown. He reportedly will stay away from offseason workouts and we can only assume that’s Brown’s way of stating he wants a big, long-term contract. That’s a bit of a risky move. Brown is an above average left tackle, but he’s not dominant. He missed last year with an injury and the Saints got by with Jermon Bushrod and Zach Strief. That wasn’t an ideal situation, but it showed the Saints can function without Brown. That could turn out to be a sign of things to come. Take a look around the league. Teams aren't rushing to give out long-term deals because they don't know what's going to happen with the labor situation. Brown's not exactly playing from a position of strength right now.
Restricted free agents in New Orleans. Back when free agency started, there was a little fear that other teams might raid the roster of the Super Bowl champions. The Saints had a whole bunch of restricted free agents, including big names like Jahri Evans, Brown and Pierre Thomas. But the deadline for other teams to make offers is tonight and it looks as if the Saints will make it through pretty much unscathed. Restricted free agents didn’t draw nearly as much action as many expected in an uncertain labor climate. The only guy the Saints have lost is running back Mike Bell. They had the chance to match his offer and they declined. Basically, the Saints have kept every restricted free agent they wanted.