METAIRIE, La. -- Trey Hendrickson's timing couldn’t have been any better. The New Orleans Saints' defensive end had one of the NFL’s most surprising breakouts in 2020 with 13.5 sacks -- just before he was set to hit free agency.
As a result, Hendrickson might draw more interest around the league than Saints safety and fellow free agent Marcus Williams.
But for the Saints' money, Williams is probably the one they would rather invest in long term because they have held him in higher esteem over the course of four years -- and they are thinner at the safety position than they are at defensive end.
METAIRIE, La. -- Technically, the Minnesota Vikings have spoiled the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl hopes in two of the past three years.
In 2017, it was the “Minneapolis Miracle” in the divisional round of the playoffs. Last season, the sixth-seeded Vikings upset the 13-3 Saints with an overtime win in the wild-card round.
But it’s not really the Vikings (6-8) who are standing in the way again as they head into the Superdome for a Christmas Day rematch (4:30 p.m. ET, Fox).
The Saints (10-4) need to get themselves right as they try to snap out of their current two-game losing streak to clinch their fourth straight NFC South title. More importantly, they need to figure out how to peak at the right time to finally turn those division titles into a Super Bowl appearance.