The New Orleans Saints made a surprise transaction releasing former Detroit Lions guard, Pro Bowler, Larry Warford.
The New Orleans Saints used a 2020 first-round draft choice on Cesar Ruiz of the Michigan Wolverines. Ruiz was widely considered as the top interior lineman in the entire NFL draft. It’s a move that signals the Saints are dedicated to protecting their veteran quarterback Drew Brees in hopes of one final Super Bowl run before he heads to the broadcast booth. He’s already put ink to paper on his future endeavor. So, why release the former Detroit Lions guard Larry Warford?
The Saints cut Warford to shed $7-million against the cap, which allowed for the organization to retain the unique talent of Taysom Hill. Hill is a quarterback by trade but a swiss army knife on offense that head coach Sean Payton can deploy as an H-back/tight end, wide receiver, and a gunner on special teams.
New Orleans also signed Jamies Winston to a one-year contract to perhaps be Drew Brees‘ successor next season. Something needed to give to allow the Saints to roster and pay both of those players. After drafting the versatile Ruiz, a guy that can play either guard or center position allowed for Warford’s dismissal.
After adding Ruiz, the Saints will be able to deploy one of the fastest offensive lines in all of football. Warford is one of the slowest offensive guards in football. He’s a tremendous talent in the right scheme, a power run offense. When the Saints were handing the rock to Mark Ingram, Warford was at his best. Warford to Baltimore is too good to be true, a perfect fit? Yes, but they are already loaded with talent and there are three below-average teams that should be desperate to add Warford.
Now, as one of the best available players on the market, where could Larry Warford end up?