When the Saints spring into action next week, it will be the payoff for five months of monotonous work and meticulous planning.
So much attention gets paid to the draft process, but scouting free agents and figuring out who might or might not hit the market is just as involved. New Orleans will have scouted, graded, and discussed every player who hits the market next week, as well as some who might not. The Saints will also have graded and compared every player on the market to their own to determine where upgrades could be made.
Here’s a look at how a team that operates like the Saints or has similar influences might have spent the last several months preparing for free agency.