With Terron Armstead on his way to join the Miami Dolphins, the New Orleans Saints have a big hole to fill on the offensive line. Albeit an offensive line that performed well under expectations in 2021 due to injuries and COVID leading to widespread unavailability across the unit. However disappointing the scenarios were last year, losing Armstead certainly doesn’t make them any better.
While there may be an in-house favorite, there is also a market to be explored. One that hasn’t yielded the level of contract value that was originally anticipated at a premier position. Even Armstead himself, who was expected to command north of $20 million per year, brought in only $17.5 million in maximum yearly averages, which includes incentives. Good players will be available at affordable rates.
The Saints could decide to go into that market for a yearlong stopgap, or stay in-house with potential replacement options. A tall task though to replace one of the best left tackles in the NFL. One the Saints will have to undergo this year. Here are four options the Saints could target in their search: