Saints Continue To Be Active In Free Agency


The New Orleans Saints surprisingly continue to be active in free agency even into the first few weeks of April.

Even with the limited amount of salary cap space the team currently has, which is reported to currently be around $4.4 million, they’re still visiting with free agents and even signed one.

A report yesterday by’s Ian Rapoport stated that veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings would be headed to New Orleans to visit.

Then today it was announced that center/guard Mike Golic Jr. was signed by the team.

If this name sounds familiar it’s because Golic was actually with the Saints during the offseason last year but released in June of that same year.

May 29, 2014; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints guard Mike Golic Jr. during offseason team activities at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

He was most recently was with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League.

Now word comes that free agent defensive lineman Corey Wootton is being brought in by the Saints for a visit.

Wootton was a fourth round draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 2010 and spent last season with the Minnesota Vikings.

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He’s been mainly used as a defensive end but played briefly as a defensive tackle in 2013.  For his career he’s had a total of 86 tackles, 12 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles.

The 2014 season seemed to be the bottom of the barrel for Wootton where he only registered 18 tackles and 1 sack.

Aug 23, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Corey Wootton (99) sacks Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Minnesota won the game 30-12. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

According to Pro Football Focus out of 275 snaps he only pressured opposing quarterbacks 7 times(1 sack, 2 hits, and 4 hurries).

PFF also graded him out at -14.8 placing him at #94 out of 98 players at the 4-3 DE position.

If Wootton is signed by the Saints it’ll likely be just for depth at defensive end just as Brandon Deaderick was for nose tackle last year….

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