The Saints openly have tried to mimic the Pats in many ways. Where they have fallen short most might be this Belichick axiom: Better to let them go one contract too early than to keep them one contract too long.
When I read this I immediately thought of Bushrod. I just hope the team doesn't feel obligated to overpay this guy out of necessity. When you look at the draft, after the top 3 left ot guys the pickings get pretty slim.
I think it's been you who has mentioned Bryant McKinnie in fa a few times. I'd much rather see that guy for 2-4 mil than Bushrod for 6-8 mil. Not too many other affordable, skilled left ot's in fa either though. Sam Baker or Will Beatty, maybe? Myself, unless Lane Johnson could be had at 15, I'd rather see someone like McKinnie come in at an affordable price and plan on developing a later round pick or else hoping for a better left ot draft class in the next couple of years.
But if Bushrod isn't resigned or a fa brought in that becomes #1 priority in the draft in my view. Can C. Brown, even if he's competent there be relied on all season? Has any other tackle on the Saint's roster other than Bushrod and Strief ever even played a down at left ot in the NFL?