Rob Ryan has brought another former player of his in Dallas to join the Saints. Defensive end Kenyon Coleman, familiar with both the scheme and the coach, will be joining the Saints as a 3-4 defensive end. Coleman played in 7 games, starting 5, for the Cowboys last year.
Coleman is 33 and at the twilight of his career at this point, though he was a full time starter back in 2011. At this point my guess is this is more for adding depth with a stout 3-4 end, which is light with Junior Galette and Martez Wilson likely moving to linebacker.
Welcome to the team Kenyon!
DE is a huge need for the Saints. Even after this signing of Kenyon Coleman. Cameron Jordan has proven himself as a solid player for us. I think he will continue to excel and benefit greatly from the switch to 3-4. (he played 3-4 DE @ CAL) Akiem Hicks showed great promise IMO with the very few snaps he got last year. He will soon be a starter @ DT over the next couple years if not sooner. Bunkley hasn't proven anything and quite frankly I don't think he's that guy we want in there. Will Smith and Kenyon Coleman are old. But they provide great leadership, depth and fit the 3-4 DE scheme. The saints have great depth in the DL now but lack a gamechanger. I'm getting tired of the Barkevious Mingo talk quite frankly. I think he'll be a solid player down the road but he is definitely a developmental OLB who still needs to learn the position and not somebody who is gonna start day 1. And IMO with a 1st round pick your looking for an instant starter! SHELDON RICHARDSON is our guy! At 6'3 296lbs (unofficial) he shows amazing acceleration and ability. He as the versatility to play DT/DE and he is a pass rushing interior lineman which is very rare. Whichever team he goes he will make plays against the run in the backfield and rush the passer effectively DAY 1. Cameron Jordan, Akiem Hicks and Sheldon Richardson IMO can be very scary in years to come and the anchor and future of this defense. If Sheldon is gone by pick 15 I think we think long and hard about Kenny Vaccaro to replace Roman Harper. But I think we'd benefit even more by trading out of that slot to get a 2nd rounder and a late first or a 2nd rounder and a couple more late round picks. This is a very very deep draft. Lots of raw talent. Great chance this year to provide great depth at multiple postions or even draft some superstar sleepers. I really think this will be a great draft for the Saints. Having Sean Payton back and adding Rob Ryan will significantly help the draft room. I'm hyped! note: f**k roger goodell! We could've really used that 2nd rounder this year. Could've been huge for our future!
@Lord Breesus thanks for the comment! It looks like TP is denying the signature so Kenyon may not be a Saint
I agree with your assessment of this signing. His stats are not impressive but he can help the Saints players understand the Rob Ryan system better. I think he is cheap too. So a win-win situation.
He might start a few games over Jordan in the beginning but will become less and less important during the year and when he is passed by Hicks next year he will be depth only and Smith will be cut.
I think DE is at this point not really the #1 need for the Saints... Weird since without this signing it could very well have been. You do not want to have depth where Hicks and Jordan are your recent high draft picks.
@MarijnPessers sounds like he may not be a Saint. Mike Florio may have jumped the gun? TP is denying it.