Bushrod's future

Coming into the offseason, the New Orleans Saints' decision-making process on starting LT (and impending free agent) Jermon Bushrod was expected to be a hot button issue: though not considered amongst the elite players at his position, he's manned the blind-side bookend position on an offensive line that has kept Drew Brees upright and productive for the past few seasons. A player like that would seem to be of great importance to the Saints; if they elect not to re-sign or tag him, he'd certainly draw heavy interest on the open market.