New Orleans Saints Needs for 2023

As the 2022 mid-season approached to the Saints missing the NFL playoffs, there is plenty from the team to know where things need to head for next year in terms of improvement and becoming a much better team in 2023.  For starters,  free agency, coaching and free agency. 

Ingram will be a free agent during the offseason, as well as Dwayne Washington. We should also probably expect some league discipline for Alvin Kamara that will cloud up things even more. This will be a very rich free agency for running backs, and at the very least, New Orleans has to come away with a solid RB2 option at a bare minimum. The Saints should also look to the draft for options.

While the Saints are going to be without their best draft asset after trading their 2023 first round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles, they’ll still have selections in other rounds to help improve the team. And they’re always active in free agency. 

The QB position is the Saints biggest concern.  Jameis Winston has been too prone to turnovers, stalled-out drives, and injuries during his time with the Saints. Andy Dalton will be a free agent in the spring, and it doesn’t feel like practice squad quarterback Jake Luton is long for New Orleans. Winston does have another year on his contract but it shouldn’t prohibit the Saints from going in another direction. The Saints should look for a quarterback who can make the most out of weapons like Chris Olave and Alvin Kamara.

All four defensive tackles on the Saints’ 53-man roster right now are headed for free agency, with David Onyemata leaving a significant financial penalty (at more than $10.1 million) if he isn’t re-signed due to past contract restructures. While it shouldn’t be hard to re-up guys like Shy Tuttle and Malcolm Roach (and Kentavius Street), to be honest the Saints could get better production out of that group. They should look for upgrades. With so many resources already sunk at defensive end, bolstering the interior is a better use of draft picks and salary cap dollars.

The entire offensive line struggled with penalties and consistency all year.  Pass protection was a major issue early in the year. QB Jameis Winston was sacked 11 times in the first three weeks. Protection held up a little better for QB Andy Dalton over the last 13 games, but the Saints gave up at least three sacks in six contests this season. 

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