July 28, 2011

Saints lose free agents Young, Ayodele

Two of the Saints' league-high 28 free agents have agreed to sign elsewhere, an inevitable trend in this mad free agent dash into the new CBA.

S Usama Young, a third round pick of the Saints in 2007, signed with the Cleveland Browns.  Young never emerged as a contributor at cornerback and was later moved to safety, but did play well on special teams.  Entering Super Bowl XLIV as a substitute at cornerback, he was targeted and picked on by Peyton Manning for the Colts' first touchdown, when Pierre Garcon beat Young easily to the back line of the end zone.

Young is a tall, speedy defensive back who played both safety and cornerback this season, especially when the Saints were ravaged by injuries at cornerback. Young is still a young, high-character player who was also featured in an NFL-shot Super Bowl XLIII commercial that was voted a fan favorite.

DT Remi Ayodele is felt by many to be the most underrated player on the Saints' defensive line, absorbing blockers at nose tackle and playing with intensity as a quiet contributor who emerged as a starter with the injuries to Kendrick Clancy.  

Ayodele was signed by the Minnesota Vikings to a three year, $9 million deal, a contract that is reportedly much higher than the Saints were willing to offer.

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