The new NFL league year begins March 14th and that's when free agency officially begins and teams can begin wheeling and dealing.

For the New Orleans Saints, they don't have a ton of cap room to work with but that can be adjusted with restructuring contracts, cutting players, or trades which the team will do.

Leading up to the free agency frenzy we'll take a look division by division at every team's free agents and which would best fit with the Saints.

Today we're getting into the NFC North:

Green Bay Packers:

Unrestricted free agents

  • CB Davon House
  • CB Bashaud Breeland
  • DL Muhammad Wilkerson
  • FB Dan Vitale
  • FS Eddie Pleasant
  • LB Jake Ryan
  • LB Clay Matthews
  • OT Byron Bell
  • TE Marcedes Lewis
  • TE Lance Kendricks
  • WR Randall Cobb

Without Sheldon Rankins for the upcoming year, the Saints are going to be looking to plug up the middle of the defensive line. I know D-lineman are deep in the upcoming draft but the Saints don't have much draft capital. Therefore, the free agent the Packers have who would work well for New Orleans would be Muhammad Wilkerson. He's coming off of an early season ankle injury that cost him the entire year so they'll probably be able to get him on the cheap, another "prove it" type deal. He's shown to be effective in his career and could be useful for the team this upcoming season if they're able to sign him.

Detriot Lions:

Unrestricted free agents

  • CB Marcus Cooper
  • CB Deshawn Shead
  • DE Ezekiel Ansah
  • DT Ricky Jean Francois
  • FB Nick Bellore
  • FS Glover Quin
  • LB Kelvin Sheppard
  • LB Nicholas Grigsby
  • LB Eli Harold
  • OG Andrew Donnal
  • QB Matt Cassel
  • RB LeGarrett Blount
  • RB Zach Zenner
  • TE Luke Willson
  • TE Levine Toilolo
  • WR T.J. Jones
  • WR Bruce Ellington

The Lions don't have a lot of free agents that move the needle but one guy that could be a quietly useful addition would be running back Zach Zenner. Zenner hasn't been able to gain much traction as a starter but has thrived when called upon. This would be a move that the Saints would look to make if Mark Ingram doesn't return. Both backs are comparable in size, 5'10 215lbs for Ingram and 6'0 222lbs for Zenner. You wouldn't have to spend a lot of money on him as well so the team could spend it on other positions.

Minnesota Vikings:

Unrestricted free agents

  • CB Marcus Sherels
  • DT Sheldon Richardson
  • DT Tom Johnson
  • FS George Iloka
  • K Dan Bailey
  • LB Anthony Barr
  • OC Brett Jones
  • OC Nick Easton
  • OG Tom Compton
  • QB Trevor Siemian
  • RB Latavius Murray
  • RB Ameer Abdullah
  • WR Aldrick Robinson

There are a couple of players I believe would be helpful from the Vikes free agent pool. You could look at Latavius Murray if Ingram leaves, offensive lineman Nick Eason, linebacker Anthony Barr, or defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson. I'd really like to say Richardson but I feel as though he'll be out of the Saints price range. Therefore, I'm going to say Marcus Sherels is the guy I would target. Much like Zenner, this isn't a big name, it's not going to move the needle but I feel as though he could be helpful in the special team's department. Sherels has been a dynamic returner in his career as he's returned five punts for touchdowns in his career and as we know New Orleans has struggled to find any consistency in the return game in recent years.

Chicago Bears:

Unrestricted free agents

  • CB Bryce Callahan
  • CB Marcus Williams
  • DE Aaron Lynch
  • DT Nick Williams
  • FB Michael Burton
  • FS Adrian Amos
  • OG Eric Kush
  • OG Bryan Witzmann
  • P Pat O’Donnell
  • RB Benny Cunningham
  • TE Daniel Brown
  • TE Zach Miller
  • WR Kevin White
  • WR Josh Bellamy

The New Orleans Saints have a shortage at safety after they cut ties with seldom-used Kurt Coleman, they could look to spend some money on a guy like Adrian Amos. Amos is just 25 years old and a very heady player with playmaking capabilities. He's got good size for a safety (6'0, 214lbs) and can run with a solid 40-yard dash time of 4.56-second. He also recorded two interceptions, nine pass breakups, and was third on the team in total tackles with 73.


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