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Saints may reshuffle line for better results

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Coach Sean Payton made it very clear what his biggest concerns are after Friday's loss to Pittsburgh when he voluntarily voiced his issue with his offensive line.

The current group of Terron Armstead, Tim Lelito, Andrus Peat and Zach Strief have all underperformed.

"I'm not worried but I am aware that we have to do better," Strief said.

The problem has been identified. The question now is how do the Saints get better? One solution may be yet another shift for their 2015 first round pick. Peat has already played left tackle and right guard. But now he could be on the move again.

"He has not played very well over on that right side," Payton said. "We have to keep looking and pay close attention to it. I was hoping we would be able to put him in one spot, but I know what he can do well and we have to find a way for him to get a high enough level inside."

While Payton acknowledged that they must improve internally, he also added that the team wouldn't rule out looking externally to solve their offensive line dilemma with a player not currently on the roster. 

"This next 10-day period there will be some good football players that shift from one team to another via a lot of different ways," Payton said. "Be it from trade, be it waiver claims and free agency and I think it's an important week to focus on for your own club. How do we improve the roster?"

The Saints have already made a move by bringing in 34 year old Khalif Barnes who spent the last four years in Oakland.

Barnes may or may not be the answer to shoring up a unit that must improve in order for the Saints offense to be productive.

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