How do you make the decision?
Sproles will be 30 next season.
PT will be 28 next season (actually next month).
Ivory will be 25 next season.
Ingram will be 23 next season (actually next month).
RB is the one position you have to constantly get younger at. I think we can all agree Sproles is safe due to his relationship with Brees and the limited wear on his body (never had over 100 rushes a season. Max touches were last season with 123).
PT has also had limited wear, but has also never played a full season until last season. He's also seeing his receptions go down this season despite having his highest ypc this year. Saw the field less and less in the past two games. Maybe the staff sees something else in the other backs they really like?
Ivory is a classic angry runner. He won't give you much in the pass game, but playactions to him will open things up. He'll pound defenses and soften them up. He might only do one thing, but he does it very well.
Ingram was a 1st round pick that didn't come cheap. I don't believe in harming the team to justify an expense, but Ingram has been looking good recently. He's finally showing what he can do and almost looks like a younger PT. The one complaint is in the passing game, but he is showing signs of improving there.
In terms of trade value, I think the order is:
Unless someone offers a ludicrous package, Sproles isn't going anywhere. PT has a team-friendly contract and is a proven, versatile RB. Ivory would probably net less of a return. Ingram's contract isn't bad, but the way the Saints have used him crippled his value.
Ok, here's a list I've made listing all of the Saints players who will be free agents this offseason (2013) with all of the big name guys bolded:
DB Rafael Bush
OT Jermon Bushrod
WR Greg Camarillo
LB Jonathan Casillas
QB Chase Daniel
C Brian de la Puente (RFA)
C/LS Justin Drescher (RFA)
DT Sedrick Ellis
DE Junior Galette (RFA)
WR Devery Henderson
LB Ramon Humber
RB Chris Ivory (RFA)
DB Elbert Mack
DE Turk McBride
C Eric Olson (ERFA)
WR Courtney Roby
LB Scott Shanle
I see Bushrod sticking around unless some team really overvalues his role in the success of the Saints' O-line. I think his future is that of a bench player or RT (depending on Brown).
I'd like to see Casillas kept around. I also think it is a little too early to think about a successor, so I'm good with keeping Chase.
Like de la Puente. We'll keep him.
Galette's going nowhere!
May part ways with Henderson. Depends on Morgan.
Ivory's only leaving if he gets traded.
welcome to the fam!
Originally Posted by wildthingpoc22
Saints are working out free agent OT's and are expected to sign one. Might be bad news as far as Charles Brown's injury suffered against Oakland. Certainly doesn't bode well for playing against San Francisco's ferocious pass rush. Aldon Smith had 5.5 sacks against the Bears on MNF and he'll be revved up to go against an undrafted rookie RT...
Raiders just released Aaron Curry. Former 4th overall pick in the 2009 draft has been a bust, but can be had for cheap if any team wants to give him a shot. Saints might be interested in a workout depending on injuries for our current players. The team showed interest in him as a prospect coming out of Wake Forest
Saints sign OT William Robinson and waive WR Greg Camarillo
:ohno: If we ever need blocking it will be this game against San Fran.
Originally Posted by neovenator250
Yeah, otherwise Aldon and Justin Smith are going to swallow our backfield. It starts with excelling at run blocking.
Originally Posted by Underdogz∞
I know nothing about this guy.
Undrafted player by Seattle in 2008. Was on the Saints practice squad last year before getting signed by the Jaguars.
Originally Posted by iamaj
Not a good season to be a Saints' offensive lineman... they've already had Strief, Brown, Tupou, Tiller, and Jones go down with an injury - that I can remember at the moment.
As long as Evans, Grubbs and de la Puente are okay, the Saints can patch together a decent line.
Hope Sproles goes kinda get the feeling the "Im ready to tcheckdown" will need to be in full effect.
Im ready to talk 9ers Saints who got Game thread duty :laugh2:
Originally Posted by Underdogz∞