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New Orleans Saints emerge as front runners for six-time Pro Bowler

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In the aftermath of the New Orleans Saints' 2014 campaign - a season that ended with a 7-9 record and second spot in the NFC South - head coach Sean Payton was amongst the first to say the franchise had under-performed.

What followed was an offseason overhaul that included the departure of a number of big names on offense and a thorough look into exactly what had gone wrong on the defensive side of the ball.

Pro Bowl talent

Now, with the second phase of free agency beginning in earnest this week, it looks like the Saints have found one player they feel can help solve that second issue. His six Pro Bowl appearances certainly suggest as much.

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Saint sideline reporter Kristian Garic was the man to reveal that the Saints had brought in defensive tackle Kevin Williams on a visit:

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Although there is no official word yet on whether a deal will be forthcoming the Saints would be wise to take the opportunity to add some much needed depth and experience at the position.

No substitute for experience 

Williams may be 35 by the time the 2015 season gets underway but his career in the NFL is worth taking a risk on.

Alongside his six Pro Bowl honors, the 2003 first round pick has made the First-Team All-Pro on five occasions.

Last season for the Seahawks, his first away from the Vikings franchise, his numbers held up too - he racked up 30 tackles and three sacks whilst appearing in every game. Indeed, in 12 seasons in the NFL Kevin Williams has never appeared less than 14 times (nine complete campaigns).

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The New Orleans Saints struggled almightily on defense last season, the Falcons the only team to give up less yards than Rob Ryan's cohort.

With six of the team's nine 2015 draft picks defensive players, a contract for Williams would be a further indication that the Saints are focussing on keeping points off the board next year.

With one draft pick coming in the form of defensive tackle Tyeler Davison (Fresno State) there can't be many better players for a young player to learn from than Kevin Williams.

Saints fans: Is defense the main issue in New Orleans, or should your team be worried about replacing departed offensive stars? Have your say in the comments section below...

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