The New Orleans Saints have been looking for safety depth this offseason. And it appears they finally got some in the form of a new veteran signing.
According to NFL insider Tom Pelissero, the Saints are signing eight-year veteran Jeff Heath to a deal. Heath spent last season with the Las Vegas Raiders, leading the team with three interceptions.
Prior to the 2020 season, Heath spent seven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. During that span he started 54 of 106 games and recorded 11 interceptions, 346 tackles, 24 passes defended and five forced fumbles.
Not bad for a player who went undrafted out of college. Even better for a player who went to Division II Saginaw Valley State.
The #Saints are going to sign veteran safety Jeff Heath, source said. Heath led the #Raiders with three interceptions last season.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 20, 2021
The New Orleans Saints defense finished fifth in points allowed in 2020. They limited four teams to less than 10 points last season.
But that same defense struggled to stop a nosebleed in the playoffs against the rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While Drew Brees’ ensuing retirement made much of the offseason focus on the offense, the defense still needs to get some focus.
If the Saints can just sort their quarterback situation, they could be a Super Bowl contender once again. Adding a little veteran experience at safety can only help as they navigate into the post-Brees era.
What kind of an impact will Jeff Heath have for the Saints on defense this coming season?
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