The New Orleans Saints cut ties with their starting guard, Larry Warford, on May 8th. It is a move that saved them around $7M against the cap. This was a much-needed move after the team signed backup quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill the prior week.
Warford is a solid NFL starter and will spark the interest of several teams that need help on the interior offensive line. The Saints were a solid team with him in the lineup but simply needed money in addition to opening up a roster spot for their first-round draft pick Cesar Ruiz.
What teams have shown interest in Larry Warford?
The Chicago Bears were interested right away but there has already been reports that they have dropped out.
As of right now, it is being reported that the Houston Texans are interested and are exploring deals to bring in Warford.
What teams should give Warford a look?
This is a must explore for the Minnesota Vikings. The 28-year old would be the most experienced and competent interior offensive lineman on the team. The only downside is that the Vikings are looking to improve their pass protection and Warford’s strength is in the run game. In addition to that concern, the Vikings are currently up against the cap. They have enough money to get it done but would be pushing it tight. That may be enough to make them show no interest, especially if they don’t feel he is a scheme fit.
Like the Vikings, Warford isn’t the best scheme fit for the Cleveland Browns. The Browns seem desperate to find a way to protect Baker Mayfield. Taking a chance on a good veteran player regardless of fit might be a good low risk move for the Browns.