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  • Originally posted by Flyboy View Post
    I'm not overly excited about the signing, but if anything it gives us some added depth and that is always a plus. Also, a good backup plan if Roman Harper isn't recovering like we hoped.
    That's the perfect way to look at this signing. I wish we still had him for depth.

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    • I think it's a decent signing and nothing to get excited about. I would have preferred us to sign Ken Hamlin. I also would still like us to try and pursue Kawika Mitchell, but I doubt that's going to happen. I still wish we could bringing some talented DT's like either Ian Scott or Anthony Adams. I

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      • I like this signing, gives the Saints some depth for Mr. Harper. I like how the Saints have gone about Free Agency. They've added depth and used Free Agency to prepare themselves for getting the young talent they need in the draft. Teams need to learn that's what free agency is all about.

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        • Good solid pick up by the aints'. He'll provide depth behind some youngsters and can fill in if they slip up.

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          • Solid signing. We all would have liked Hamlin, but he would have came at a much steeper price than Kaesviharn. The one thing that I like about Kevin is that he's a ballhawk and a guy who could create turnovers, something that our defense lacked last season.

            After reading his scouting report, I think he can be more than a backup player for us. I could see him battling it out with Bullocks (who hasn't played up to his skills) for the starting FS position. Maybe, if Harper isn't good to go, Bullocks can slide over to SS for some time. The more I think about it, the more I like this signing.
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            • Originally posted by Flyboy View Post
              I'm not overly excited about the signing, but if anything it gives us some added depth and that is always a plus. Also, a good backup plan if Roman Harper isn't recovering like we hoped.
              I agree, with Kaesviharn, now we have some quality depth and according to multiple sources, a solid special teamer. The other thing is he's also younger than Stoutmire and Bellamy, and is that the deal is not that too expensive, so I suppose it's a okay signing.

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              • Courtesy of CBS Sportsline.com's Clark Judge:

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                Good move for Saints
                He's not a household name, but trust me: Safety Kevin Kaesviharn will help the New Orleans Saints.

                Kaevisharn, who signed with the Saints on Tuesday, was one of the best free agents left out there. A nickel back with the Bengals, the guy has a nose for the football. Against Carolina he intercepted Jake Delhomme in the end zone to choke off the Panthers' last gasp. Against the Saints he pulled an encore, intercepting a pass in the end zone in a 31-16 win.

                When the season was over he led the Bengals with six interceptions. This was one guy I thought the Bengals would fight to keep. He's a solid player, with good size and speed, and he hasn't appeared on a police blotter. Anyway, acquiring him will improve a Saints defense that surrendered too many big plays.

                Can he start? He did in 2005 when Cincinnati reached the playoffs. In fact, he started all 16 games. He'll start in New Orleans, too. The Saints didn't make it to last season's Super Bowl because they didn't have enough defense, but this is how you start plugging holes.

                Hallelujah.

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                • Originally posted by Flyboy View Post
                  Looks more and more likely like we're going to address the CB position in the draft.
                  I agree, I think that especially now with all the bigger name cornerbacks being snatched up by other teams, that the Draft is where we're going to get one, if not two, cornerbacks in April. I wouldn't be surprised if the Saints select one corner in the first couple of rounds and then got a second one later, maybe in day two.

                  Another position that we're probably going to have to look at in the Draft is defensive tackle. We could still go after someone like Alfonso Boone, Anthony Adams or Ian Scott, but it looks more and more likely like we're not going to sign any of them and rather, look to the draft to add depth behind both Hollis Thomas and Brian Young.

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                  • NFL Network's Adam Schefter reports Saints DE Charles Grant, the team's franchise player, has scheduled a meeting with Tampa Bay.
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                    • Originally posted by Sveen View Post
                      NFL Network's Adam Schefter reports Saints DE Charles Grant, the team's franchise player, has scheduled a meeting with Tampa Bay.
                      Kind of feel uneasy about this... but I guess he wants to explore the options. I'm kind of hoping he uses Tampa, to get Loomis to cave in and offer him something long term. At the very least I hope he offers the Saints a chance to match the offer.

                      I really hope this doesn't turn out to be like the Lance Briggs situation, with Grant threatening to hold out the entire season.

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                      • Originally posted by Auron View Post
                        Kind of feel uneasy about this... but I guess he wants to explore the options. I'm kind of hoping he uses Tampa, to get Loomis to cave in and offer him something long term. At the very least I hope he offers the Saints a chance to match the offer.

                        I really hope this doesn't turn out to be like the Lance Briggs situation, with Grant threatening to hold out the entire season.
                        I don't know how to feel about this. Personally, if he wants to leave, I say, let him go. I'd rather not put up with all this bull[expletive deleted] about holding out the entire season.

                        Please...you're making almost the top salary for your position in the entire league...either suck it up, shut up and play or move on. I wasn't happy when the Saints tagged him and he was complaining about us "low-balling" him. I definitely don't want the Saints going through another Darren Howard situation.

                        And if Grant goes, then we get two first rounders... not too shabby...Calvin Johnson anyone? ;)

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                        • And if Grant goes, then we get two first rounders... not too shabby...Calvin Johnson anyone?
                          Yeah, I'm definitely using wishful thinking for this situation as well. :)
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                          • Keenan McCardell

                            ...Is visiting with the Saints, and I for one think he would be a perfect fit. Our receiving corps is very young and we could really use a seasoned veteran; also, his familiarity with Drew Brees is a bonus (he had a solid year in 05, his last season with Drew). Of course, his age (37) means he can't produce near the level he once did, but he knows how to get open and he has reliable hands. Plus, he would be a good teacher for all of the young WR's we have. It seems like there isn't much interest in Keenan, and we might be able to grab him for cheap. Am I the only one who would like to see him in black in gold next season?
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                            • I wouldn't mind the signing, would add a veteran presence to the receiving corps.

                              However his age, and declining production is a bit of a concern. I don't think he'd be anything more than a 3rd WR, and situational guy at this point.

                              Fact that he's familiar with Brees helps a bit.

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                              • Not particularly interested in a 37-year-old wide receiver whose production has dropped off in the last few years... kind of reminds me of another wide out that we released a week or so ago... hmm...

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