Having released oft-injured poor Nissan salesman Deuce McAllister(notes), the Saints would figure to be in the market for a running back. That is, unless you think Reggie Bush(notes) could still evolve into an every-down back, in which case, you might also be patiently waiting for that big Bobby Hebert comeback.
The New Orleans Saints have held internal discussions about pursuing free-agent RB Edgerrin James, but they most likely will wait until after this weekend’s minicamp before re-visiting those conversations, general manager Mickey Loomis told NFL.com.
“There’s been talk about Edgerrin James, and we’ve spent some time evaluating that prospect,” Loomis said. “We’ll continue to do that. We haven’t made any decision or closed any doors on acquiring another running back if we feel that’s something we need to do. We do feel a lot better about what we have in-house than people do outside of our building.”
If they did sign Edge, one might consider that an unlucky break for Pierre Thomas(notes), who was pretty darn good with the Saints last year. Pierre averaged 4.8 yards per carry on 129 attempts, and also found the end zone 9 times. One would think that that would be enough to get the guy a crack at a starting job.
Maybe not, though. It might not be fair to Pierre, but I'm convinced that Edgerrin James still has a lot left to give, and the Saints, ever since he was released, have seemed like the best fit for him. If he doesn't end up there, though, it might be a while before any other team decides to give a shot to the 30-year-old running back.