There was always one player who fit the Saints' one need better than anyone else.
Emmanuel Sanders sat at the top of the market, likely just a little bit too pricey for a team that doesn't typically spend a lot to acquire wide receivers. But, man, if they decided to open up their wallet on the position, Sanders had to be the guy.
The Saints did, and Sanders was.
The wide receiver is coming to New Orleans on a two-year deal, giving Drew Brees another option at wide receiver. An offense that once looked short on weapons is now fully loaded with Sanders, Michael Thomas, tight end Jared Cook and running back Alvin Kamara.
Perhaps even more importantly, the move fills out the roster and checks off the last of the significant needs after the Saints signed safety Malcolm Jenkins. Retaining defensive tackle David Onyemata and guard Andrus Peat earlier this week ensured no others opened. The team can now go into the draft looking to add the best available players. Chasing needs without a second-round pick could have been a tenuous situation.
But the best part of it is that the Saints didn't just plug a gap. They filled the need with the perfect player on a deal that only costs $16 million over two seasons, according to ESPN. Sanders might be the guy that finally helps put New Orleans over the top in the NFC, and he'll do it at a reasonable price.