The teams in the NFC South are making moves left and right. Well that is all the other teams in the NFC South. The Panthers are not active in the free agent market. At least not the big free agents. On the other hand, the Saints have made a move to try and shore up what was the worst defense in NFL history last season.The Saints have signed free agent cornerback Keenan Lewis.
Lewis, a 3rd round pick by Pittsburgh in 2009, signed a 5 year deal reportedly worth $26.3 million dollars. The deal is guaranteed to pay Lewis $10.5 million. This move will improve the Saints secondary. It has also been reported that Nnamdi Asomugha plans on visiting the Saints after making a trip to the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49’ers. If Asomugha does sign with the Saints it will give Rob Ryan 2 premiere cover corners. That would allow for Ryan to utilize his corners and free up the rest of his defense to bring pressure on the opposing quarterbacks. The Saints defense would improve dramatically if Asomugha is signed, but even with the addition of Keenan Lewis the secondary will be better.
It’s tough to sit here and watch all this activity in free agency taking place within our division and see the Panthers not involved. But that is the shape Marty Hurney left the franchise in when he was relieved of his duties. The highlight of the offseason for Carolina will surely be the draft. That is where we will be able to make the biggest impact on this roster. April 25, 2013 seems so far away.