Saints could lose invaluable 'sixth man' Senio Kelemete as free agent
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By Mike TriplettESPN Staff Writer

If the NFL had a “sixth man” of the year award ... well, it would go to Nick Foles or Case Keenum. The quarterbacks get all the love.

But if they had an “underappreciated sixth man” award, it might go to New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Senio Kelemete.

The five-year veteran started another nine games for the Saints this season, including the playoff finale, for a total of 23 starts over the past three years. And he has played all five offensive line positions during that span, which is extremely rare in the NFL.

So it will leave an extremely big void in the Saints’ depth chart if they lose Kelemete as an unrestricted free agent, which is possible if another team is willing to offer a full-time starting gig and more money.

That’s why I don’t feel great about listing the guards/centers all the way back at No. 10 in my position-by-position rankings of the Saints’ offseason needs. But when it comes to their starting lineup, at least, they are about as stacked as any team in the NFL with center Max Unger, Pro Bowl right guard Larry Warford and left guard Andrus...



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