Good News: Just In New Orleans Saints Confirm To Sign Another Highly Rated Veteran

Veteran offensive lineman to join with the Saints
The Saints plan to add a player up front, although they have made a number of adjustments to their offensive line this offseason. Lucas Patrick’s agents have stated that New Orleans would sign him on Monday, according to Nick Underhill of New Orleans.Soccer.

Prior to joining the Bears in 2022, Patrick played with Green Bay for his first five seasons. In 23 appearances over the last two years, the 30-year-old has 20 starts. This includes 15 starts in 16 games in 2023, which is equal to the highest workload Patrick has ever had in a single season.In 2022, the former UDFA played at both guard positions, but he only played center last season. Regarding run blocking, Patrick’s PFF rating was comparable to his prior campaigns, but his pass protection received a substantially worse rating. This resulted in a total grade of barely 50.5, which contributes to the explanation of why he was available for purchase long after the draft.


Chicago has made significant upfront investments in the last two years, so it should come as no surprise that Patrick won’t be returning given the team’s 2023 actions. The Seahawks checked in on several veteran interior offensive lineman in April, including the Duke alum. Nevertheless, Patrick will be joining a Saints club that lacks starting-caliber alternatives at numerous positions rather than traveling to the Emerald City.Trevor Penning’s struggles early in his career raise questions about the left tackle position, however 2024 first-round pick Taliese Fuaga could fill in as a rookie. Due to knee problems, veteran RT starting Ryan Ramczyk’s future is doubtful. Andrus Peat, a guard option, could play both tackle places, but he recently inked a contract with the Raiders. Patrick intends to at least replicate Peat’s potential in terms of starting guard play.

Erik McCoy is set to be the team’s center starter as long as New Orleans has him on the roster through 2027. Cesar Ruiz, a guard, has a lucrative contract with the Saints as well. Patrick may provide the team with an experienced backup at any of the three interior spots, or he could compete with summer newcomer Shane Lemieux for a starting job at the opposing guard position.

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