Saints to bolster offensive line with two veteran signings

Facing some uncertainty on the offensive line, the Saints reinvested — via their second first-round tackle pick in three years — over the weekend and are continuing to add to the group. They are bringing in two veteran pieces Monday.

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Shane Lemieux and Justin Herron are signing with the team,’s Nick Underhill tweets. Lemieux came to town on a visit Monday, per’s Field Yates. Lemieux played out his rookie contract with the Giants last season, while Herron split his with the Patriots and Raiders.

The Saints added Oregon State tackle Taliese Fuaga at No. 14 overall but did not draft any more O-linemen over the weekend. Lemieux and Herron will now represent potential depth pieces for an offensive front that is going into OTAs with significant questions.

Trevor Penning, a 2022 first-rounder, has not panned out. Three-year starter James Hurst, who filled in at both guard and left tackle, retired just before the draft. All-Pro right tackle Ryan Ramczyk is not certain to play this season, putting his career at a crossroads.

Injuries on their rookie deals left Lemieux and Herron at crossroad points early in their careers — Lemieux more so than Herron. The Giants used Lemieux as a regular guard starter in 2020, but a severe foot injury sidelined him for almost all of the 2021 and ’22 seasons.

Lemieux returned in 2022 but played in only one game. This represents an interesting flier by the Saints, as Lemieux has only suited up for five contests since that 2021 foot injury. A biceps injury in practice last October ended Lemieux’s contract year on a familiar note.

Chosen a round after Lemieux in 2020, Herron — a sixth-round selection by the Patriots — started 10 games for New England from 2020-21. Herron saw most of his work at left tackle, filling in for Isaiah Wynn, in 2020 before splitting time between left and right tackle the following year.

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Traded to the Raiders in a pick-swap deal in September 2022, Herron played in only seven games (one start) with Las Vegas. He suffered a torn ACL in October 2023.

While Herron and Lemieux could represent swing options for the Saints up front, both qualify as reclamation projects. The team has not re-signed longtime starter Andrus Peat and has added Vikings spot starter Oli Udoh.

Penning could continue as an overdrafted swing tackle — though, the Saints may well need the Northern Iowa alum to start, given Ramczyk’s status — while the Saints also traded up for O-lineman Nick Saldiveri in last year’s fourth round.

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