Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints, Should Pursue RB DeAngelo Williams

After the New Orleans Saints struggled all season with injuries to their running backs, it is clear that the team needs to find a reliable, dependable starter who can do everything they need on offense.

The Saints reportedly tried to trade for Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch prior to the 2010 trade deadline.

The Buffalo Bills decided to trade Lynch to the Seattle Seahawks.

Oddly enough, Marshawn Lynch completed one of the most heroic postseason runs of all time, a 67 yard touchdown, which sealed the Seahawks’ upset victory over the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints’ top three running backs were all injured at one point this season.

Pierre Thomas suffered from an ankle injury for almost the entire season. He was placed on injured reserve prior to the Wild Card round.

Reggie Bush broke his leg and missed about half of the season. Following their Wild Card loss to the Seahawks, it was revealed the Bush hurt his leg and it would cost him two to three weeks if the Saints advanced.

Rookie Chris Ivory took a while to find his groove. Once he found it, he performed well. He was then placed on injured reserve prior to the Wild Card round with a foot injury.

The Saints won the Super Bowl with a backfield of Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush. Injuries to the running back core may have cost them back to back Super Bowl appearances.

It is time for Sean Payton and New Orleans to move on from this backfield. Reggie Bush never materialized like many thought he would coming out of USC in the 2006 Draft.

The Carolina Panthers running back is finally a free agent this offseason and will be looking for a new home as the Panthers give Jonathan Stewart the starting gig.

DeAngelo Williams is a perfect fit for Sean Payton’s offense. He has fantastic speed, power, vision and receiving ability. He is one of the most complete running backs in the league. Although Williams was placed on injured reserve this season with a foot injury, he is not known for being injury-prone like the Saints current running back group.

Williams would provide the Saints offense with a running back they have never seen before. He would excel working with Drew Brees and Sean Payton and would re-emerge as one of the game’s elite runners. With Williams on board, the Saints would make another Super Bowl run as they would have a consistent back they could depend on to take pressure off Drew Brees and the passing game.

DeAngelo Williams enjoyed a breakout season in his third year with the Panthers. He rushed for 1515 yards and 18 touchdowns while catching 22 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

In his five year career with the Carolina Panthers, DeAngelo Williams has rushed for 4211 yards and 31 touchdowns in 64 career games. He has also caught 118 passes for 922 yards and four touchdowns.

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