The New Orleans Saints haven’t always been the best team in football, but in the last decade-plus, they have had a lot of success and that has been because of some of the free-agent signings.
Let’s take a look at the five best free-agent signings in Saints history.
5. Wil Lutz
The kicker might not be the sexiest position, but Wil Lutz has found a lot of success in his short time with the team, and the hope is he can continue the play for many years to come. Lutz was released by the Baltimore Ravens in 2016 after camp, and the Saints brought him in.
Even if Lutz left now, he would still be one of the best kickers in franchise history. In 2019, Lutz made the Pro Bowl hitting 32 of his 36 field goals and 48 of his 49 extra-point attempts.
4. Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis was a talent on the field, but his story was a special one. Lewis grew up around New Orleans and was actually working as a beer distributor before the Saints sent him to NFL Europe.
In 2011, Lewis made the Saints as a return specialist. At one point, Lewis held the franchise record for all-purpose yards in a season, but that record was later broken by Darren Sproles.
After the 2006 season, Lewis left for the San Francisco 49ers where he played for a season before retiring from the league.
3. Demario Davis
Demario Davis is another player who hasn’t been with the Saints a long time, but he has proven why he is one of the best free-agent signings in history. When he signed with the Saints, the hope was that Davis could be a solid linebacker, but he has proven to be so much more than that.
He is a vocal leader for the team, and he has become one of the best linebackers in football. If Davis can continue his strong play, he could go down as one of the best players in franchise history.
2. Joe Horn
The Saints signed Joe Horn in 2000 and the expectations were clear for what they needed from him: they needed a superstar.
Horn played seven seasons with the Saints, catching 523 passes for 7,622 yards and 50 touchdowns. In 2004, Horn caught 94 passes for 1,399 yards, and 11 touchdowns.
Horn left the Saints after the 2006 season for the Atlanta Falcons, where he played one season before hanging up the cleats.
1. Drew Brees
Was there really any doubt who would be the last player on this list? Drew Brees was signed by the Saints in 2006, and it was a big risk with concern about if he could play again because of his shoulder.
Before Brees signed with the Saints, they were a sad franchise that hadn’t found a lot of success in their history.
Brees changed the Saints history by helping them become one of the best teams in football since he joined, and also led them to a Super Bowl victory.
Not only is Brees the best free agent signing in Saints history, but he is also one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history.