The Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers also made claims on Ekpre-Olomu after he was released by the Cleveland Browns, according to Yates' source. The Saints would have gotten him ahead of both of those teams, based on the NFL's waiver priority.
Ekpre-Olomu would have been an interesting long-term prospect for the Saints. He was once considered a potential first-round draft pick at Oregon before he tore his ACL. Instead, the Browns drafted him in Round 7 last year, but he has not yet fully recovered from the injury.
The Saints have decent depth at cornerback but a ton of question marks with so many players returning from injuries. Delvin Breaux and Keenan Lewis are the projected starters, with second-year pros Damian Swann and P.J. Williams among those competing for the nickel corner job. Lewis (hip), Swann (concussion) and Williams (hamstring) all wound up on injured reserve at some point last season.