The New Orleans Saints have done and outstanding job re-building the roster in a weeks time after the NFL’s sudden end to the lockout last Monday.
Safety Roman Harper, receiver Lance Moore, and left tackle Jermon Bushrod were all unrestricted free agents that could have gone to other teams. Instead the Saints were able to retain them all.
Starting Monday night the team began filling out the training camp roster by dipping into the undrafted free agent pool, coming to terms with a handful of promising young talent, including strong safety DeAndre McDaniel.
Although the Saints made an effort to retain Reggie Bush, who would have counted 16 million towards the cap, in the end he decided to take more money and a chance at being a featured running back with the Miami Dolphins.
The icing on the cake was that Bush was traded, not released, so not only where the Saints able to clear his cap space but they received draft compensation and promising special teams player Jonathon Amaya.
The Saints front office was not discouraged however when Bushe was traded, within hours they had come to an agreement to sign free agent running back Darren Sproles, who is arguably better and significantly cheaper then Bush would have ever been.
Throw in the fact that the Saints were able to get all of their 2011 draft picks signed, with exception to one, and in camp and what you have is an incredible job by an incredible front office. Like magic, a championship roster is nearly complete.
The lone draft pick still unsigned is the teams top draft choice, defensive end Cameron Jordan. An unusual off-season has negated much of the time he normally would have had to acclimate to the Saints defense, the longer he holds out of training camp the less chance he has of contributing immediately.