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DT Cody expected to visit Saints

DT Cody expected to visit Saints
The Saints have lined up a visit with free-agent defensive tackle Shaun Cody, according to a league source.

Cody, who is scheduled to arrive today, is the first known defensive tackle to visit New Orleans . The Saints are likely considering him as a backup in the tackle rotation behind starters Sedrick Ellis and Kendrick Clancy.

Cody, 26, was a second-round pick out of Southern California in 2005, but he has spent most of his four-year career with the Detroit Lions as a backup. The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder is more of a run stuffer than a pass rusher. He has not recorded a sack since his rookie season, but he had a career-high 36 tackles last season and played in all 16 games.

The Saints have decent depth at defensive tackle with veterans Brian Young and Hollis Thomas and second-year pro DeMario Pressley, among others, behind Ellis and Clancy. But they aren't likely to re-sign free-agent backup Antwan Lake, and Young and Thomas could be salary-cap casualties during the offseason.

BREES PRAISES TOMLINSON: Saints quarterback Drew Brees admitted that he would love to be reunited with close friend and former teammate LaDainian Tomlinson, assuming the San Diego Chargers cut the former MVP tailback loose.

While discussing Tomlinson's contract standoff on San Diego radio station 1090-AM, Brees said the "best-case scenario" would be for Tomlinson to stay in San Diego because of what he's meant to the team, the fans and the community. But he also admitted: "I'm just waiting for the opportunity if he is available to come and snatch him away."

When asked if he has discussed that possibility with Tomlinson, Brees said: "I think that's pretty obvious, don't you think?"

Brees then backed off when the radio hosts jokingly brought up the idea of tampering, and said, "No, it's just two buddies talkin' on the phone."

Obviously, Brees was speaking more in fantasy terms than reality terms. The idea of Tomlinson landing in New Orleans is pretty far-fetched, considering the Saints' lack of salary-cap space and the depth they already have at the tailback with Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas. But then again, the scenario can't be ruled out. Brees does have a tremendous amount of pull at Saints headquarters.

Before the LT-to-New Orleans idea was brought up, Brees said he doesn't believe Tomlinson should be willing to accept a pay cut from the Chargers "because look at his track record."

TEAMS CONSIDER MOORE: Saints restricted free-agent receiver Lance Moore has not gone on any free-agent recruiting visits this year, but he has received some legitimate interest around the league, according to a league source.

A report in the Tennesseean on Sunday suggested that the Titans are "intrigued" by Moore.

Teams would have to pay a stiff price to snatch Moore away from the Saints. New Orleans tendered him a contract offer at the second-round compensation level last month. That means the Saints would first have the option to match any offer sheet he signs with another team. If they elect not to match the offer, the team would owe New Orleans a second-round pick.

Two of the Saints' other restricted free agents are even less likely to go anywhere. The team tendered guard Jahri Evans at a first- and third-round compensation level, and they tendered backup offensive tackle Zach Strief at a second-round level.

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Mike Triplett can be reached at mtriplett@timespicayune.com or 504.826.3405.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 9, 2009

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