The Saints are kicking the tires on a pair of Falcons for possible help.
According to various reports, New Orleans has shown interest in Atlanta linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and cornerback Robert McClain.
Both players might be had for bargain prices. Weatherspoon has only played seven games over the last two seasons, and missed all of 2014 with an Achilles injury. A former first-round pick, Weatherspoon’s best season came in 2011 when he recorded 115 tackles and four sacks.
If healthy, Weatherspoon might be able to help the Saints in coverage, an area where the team lacked at times last season. However, the question is whether or not he is fully recovered from his injury. Due to these concerns, it’s possible he could be had at a discounted rate.
Pro Football Talk reported that he is likely to sign with New Orleans or Arizona.
The interest in McClain likely comes due to him serving as a thorn in New Orleans’ side last season. In two games against the Saints, McClain was targeted by Drew Brees 17 times. The Saints quarterback completed only nine of those passes and was intercepted twice.
But this was a new development. In 2013, Brees targeted him 13 times and completed 11 passes for 150 yards. Brees completed 10 of 15 attempts against McClain in 2012.
Overall, McClain was targeted 70 times last season and allowed 47 receptions for 552 yards with an 88.5 quarterback rating against, according to Pro Football Focus.
The 5-foot-9 McClain performed better in the slot, where he logged 134 snaps last season, holding opposing quarterbacks to a 75.3 rating. The Saints could have a need here if Patrick Robinson departs in free agency, which appears possible.
A source indicated Saturday that Robinson was likely to test the market, and the Miami Herald reported the Dolphins have interest in him.
ESPN reported New Orleans’ interest in McClain.