How do you get an NFL franchise? Here’s how to get an NFC West team
The New Orleans Saints have a lot to prove after last season, and they’ve already had their share of bumps and bruises, including their embarrassing loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game.
So how do you keep the franchise in the New Orleans area, and can you make it happen without taking away from your hometown’s success?
The answer is simple: You have to make it work.
Here are five things you can do to get your team to New Orleans and make your dream of a homecoming more than a fantasy dream.1.
Find a good landing spot.
The Saints have long been known as a team to land in New Orleans, and the team recently signed free-agent wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who could help bolster the team’s passing attack.
But there’s no guarantee the Saints will land a franchise quarterback.
That’s why they’ll need a quarterback to lead the team, which is where Cooks fits in.
Cooks was an all-time Saints leader in touchdowns (10) and completions (5,936) and led the NFL in passing yards (2,895) and passing touchdowns (18).
If you can get him in New York, the Saints would likely be able to get him a contract worth a reported $50 million, according to the New York Daily News.
If the Saints decide to sign Cooks to a deal that doesn’t include a new contract, they’ll have the salary cap space to make a splash.2.
Get rid of the name tag.
The New York Giants are the only NFL team that has a name tag on their jerseys, but the team is only a few years removed from a disastrous season.
The team signed free agent safety Dashon Goldson to a four-year, $47 million deal in March.
The Giants have the cap space and cap room to keep him around, but that doesn,t mean they can afford to sign him.
He could be a nice pickup for the Giants, but he could also be a bad fit.
If you’re looking for a safety who will help your team, you can take a look at the New England Patriots, who signed free safety Jeron Johnson to a three-year deal last year.
Johnson was an All-Pro in 2014, but it was his coverage skills that really helped him earn the Pro Bowl honors.
He was also a standout in the return game, where he allowed only four touchdowns on 30 receptions in 14 games last season.
You can see why the Patriots would be interested in signing him.3.
Sign a running back.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are trying to build a franchise and could be looking to add a veteran running back in free agency.
The Jaguars drafted Kenyan Drake in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft and he is expected to be a big addition for Jacksonville.
But if the team decides to keep Drake, you could make a nice splash in free agent running back Kenyan Drake.
Drake led the nation in rushing touchdowns in 2015 and finished second in the nation with 1,025 yards on the ground.
If he can get into the backfield, he would be a strong addition for a team that is looking to get back to the playoffs.
Drake had 495 rushing yards in 14 starts last season and had just nine rushing touchdowns, but his yards per carry were only 3.6 yards per attempt.
He’ll be a good addition to an offense that has been relying on a combination of speed and power in recent years.4.
Sign the offensive linemen.
The Washington Redskins signed left tackle Trent Williams and right guard Chris Chester to three- and four- year deals, respectively.
Williams was a first-team All-Big Ten pick last season after leading the Big Ten in sacks (16) and pass-blocking efficiency (90.6).
He’ll provide depth at right tackle for the Redskins, but you don’t need to sign Williams to get the best out of him.
Chester was the team lead in tackles for loss in 2015, which was the first time he had done that since 2009.
You could take a chance on him for a lower price than Williams.
He also played in five games last year, recording eight tackles.5.
Sign some receivers.
The Dallas Cowboys signed tight end Jason Witten to a one-year contract last year that will pay him $6 million this season.
But Witten has had plenty of trouble making the Cowboys, so signing him to a long-term deal with a team with a long history of success is a risk that pays off big.
Witten caught just 19 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown last season in Dallas, but when he was healthy, he was a solid No. 2 receiver.
He’s a solid player who has the potential to be an elite receiver.
The Cowboys also have plenty of targets on the roster.
Receiver Terrance Williams, who was a second-round pick by the New Jersey Devils in 2014 but signed a one year, $2.5