With the 49ers and Seahawks loading the cannon with new players and the Falcons getting back Tony Gonzalez and the Bucs trying to spend their way into playoff contention, Saints fans are getting nervous.
We know that because we’re hearing from plenty of them. Repeatedly.
Between losing left tackle Jermon Bushrod on the first day of free agency and trying to craft a 3-4 defense from 4-3 personnel, the fans are concerned the urgency they’re feeling isn’t shared by the team.
Surely, the organization knows what it needs to do. But like plenty of other teams, the Saints are deciding not to get caught up in the annual spending spree that marks the first few days of free agency. Though a flurry of moves can generate interest and sell tickets and in Miami buy votes for a stadium referendum, rarely do the champs of the offseason become the champs of the real season.
The better approach often is to apply patience and restraint. The market inevitably softens, and deals will be available at plenty of positions.
For the Saints, the supply will remain strong at left tackle and at other positions where they are likely hoping to upgrade, such as linebacker and defensive back.
The fact that the Saints have one of the few true franchise quarterbacks is a factor. With Drew Brees carrying a huge cap number, the rest of the money has to be spent judiciously — and the picks in the looming draft need to be used wisely.
So fear not, Saints fans. Your team surely has a plan. And they definitely have an elite quarterback. Which is more than plenty of the teams making moves and spending money right now can say.