The New Orleans Saints wanted to ensure their team stays intact heading into week one of free agency. They brought back some key players to the team, but signed some new players as well. New Orleans continues to be a playoff team that is one or two moves away from another Super Bowl. Check out some of the key moves they made in week one:
Drew Brees, Quarterback
This was not a surprise, but still the most important move for the team. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday Drew Brees resigned with the Saints on a two-year, $50 million deal.
The Saints needed to bring back their future hall of fame quarterback after Teddy Bridgewater went to Carolina. Brees has been one of the greatest quarterback of all time and knows the system in New Orleans well. This buys the team two more years to decide on their future quarterback. Is it Taysom Hill, someone in the draft, or a free agent?
Andrus Peat, Offensive Lineman
The Saints decided to bring back their versatile offensive lineman to the team. Rapoport reported Friday that Andrus Peat resigned with the team for five years and $57.5 million contract.
Peat has played both guard and tackle for the team since being drafted in 2015. He started ten games last season, but battled through a forearm injury during the season. If he can stay healthy and get back to full strength, he’ll be a key asset to the line in the 2020 season.
Saints New Signings
Malcolm Jenkins, Safety
He started his career as a starting safety for the Saints. Malcolm Jenkins is returning to his old team. Rapoport reported earlier this week Jenkins agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with New Orleans.
Jenkins has been one of the top safeties in the league and never missed a start since joining the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014. He is 32 years old, but still plays at an elite level. It’s a major upgrade to the Saints defense that has been missing Jenkins’ leadership for years.
Emmanuel Sanders, Wide Receiver
The only player to play 17 regular season games in the league was Emmanuel Sanders. After bouncing between Denver and San Francisco last season, he will now join New Orleans. ESPN’s Josina Anderson and Ed Werder reported the deal is two years, $16 million.
Sanders recorded 869 yards and five touchdowns last season. He showed to still be an effective receiver in the passing game. With Michael Thomas commanding all the attention, Sanders should be able to open up the offense. Brees has been given another weapon and a reliable receiver on third down.