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Saints snag potential replacements for OLT Brown, TE Shockey

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By Dan Parr

The Saints' second-round pick of USC OT Charles Brown will only ramp up speculation that they will trade OLT Jammal Brown this offseason or let him walk after 2010. There's been talk throughout the offseason that New Orleans had interest in moving Jammal Brown, a two-time Pro Bowler, after winning a Super Bowl in a season when he didn't play a single down.

How's that for a sign you're expendable?

GM Mickey Loomis can't deal Brown until he signs his restricted free-agent tender, and he has not given an indication of when he plans on doing so.

The Saints took Charles Brown with the 64th overall pick and they're confident OT Jermon Bushrod has a bright future after gaining some valuable experience playing in place of Jammal Brown last season.

New Orleans also plucked a potential replacement for TE Jeremy Shockey by drafting TE Jimmy Graham with the 95th choice. Graham is very raw after having played only one season of college football at Miami — he spent four years on the Hurricanes' basketball team — but he should have time to develop considering that Shockey's deal doesn't expire until after the 2011 campaign.

 

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