Monday, March 8, 2010
Nola.com quoted Fujita as saying, "in planning for their future, the Saints just didn't value that partnership the same way;" as he talked about how much the team and city meant to him. My guess from that quote, reading between the lines, is that the Saints weren't interested in bringing him back at all. Perhaps down the line at a discount, but not at the price the Browns were willing to have him.
One interesting point of note was that Fujita was seen blitzing more than ever under the 2009 Saints' defense, orchestrated by new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. While Fujita is a well rounded versatile player that's capable of doing most things fairly well, he doesn't exactly strike fear coming off the edge as a legitimate passing rushing threat. My guess is the Saints want to get younger at linebacker with Vilma and Shanle holding down starting spots of their own, and they want to find a young pass rushing linebacker that can be more of a threat blitzing in passing situations. We'll have to see how that pans out in the draft. With Grant and Fujita both gone, the Saints have some work to do to upgrade their defense. The only good news that comes from this departure is that the Saints are now able to sign a free agent, though it's a small consolation.
Scott - thanks for the memories. You were a great Saint and you're a terrific guy. I'll really miss seeing you play in a Saints uniform, but I'll continue to root for you on Sundays (as long as you're not playing the Saints!).