Leonhard is a backup and a specialist. I don't think that he is coming in to compete for the job. If anyone will it will be Rafael Bush- both him and IAQ played well down the stretch.
I think this signing may indicate there is a good chance that the Saints may be MORE likely to draft a top safety now
. If the Saints trust Bush, and decide to draft Vaccaro, Elam, or Cyprien (assuming one of the other front 7 playmakers are not there), then they can have Bush get the nod as starter for now and let one of those 3 compete. It would save us $3.6 mill (i'm pretty sure) in cap space for this year to release Harper and would allow us to pursue another quality guy (McKinnie, Clabo, Winfield, Harrison, etc. or maybe a mid level receiver for depth)
In this scenario however, a tradeback (the hot topic right now) would be risky if we are targeting a safety. The Rams, Cowboys, and Bengals are all in the market for a safety. And if the most highly suggested partner (Minnesota) went up to try and grab someone like Austin, the Rams still would pick twice (16 & 22) before us and could grab a safety and a WR, and Dallas 18 and Cincy 21 also select in front. (Although if Cincy doesn't resign Andre Smith they may go OT first round).
Just my take.
This post was edited on 4/25 at 9:04 pm