With a small amount of salary-cap space to work with (an estimated $7 million to $8 million) and a daunting list of unsigned free agents on their roster, the Saints almost certainly will lose some key pieces in the coming weeks. All-Pro guard Carl Nicks, for one, told WWL radio, “In my mind, I pretty much am gone,” as he seeks to become the highest-paid guard in NFL history at more than $8.5 million per year.
Condemning Gregg Williams is easy. He’s the former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator who organized a practice of paying his players four-figure bonuses for hits that knocked an opponent out of the game. Yeah, he’s that guy. The one commissioner Roger Goodell might choose to flog before all this is done. Being rewarded for inflicting injury is unseemly, it violates the league’s collective-bargaining agreement as well as the most basic tenets of sportsmanship. No one with half a conscience and a shoe size worth of IQ is going to condone it.
The Saints haven’t offered tenders to their other two restricted free agents – quarterback Chase Daniel or linebacker Ramon Humber – but those moves could come soon with free agency beginning Tuesday.
He is satisfied with the one-year tender, a source close to Jackson said last week, even if “On My Dip” has a better shot of winning a Grammy this year than he has of getting the long-term contract he covets. As of Saturday, Jackson had yet to sign the Eagles’ tender because the NFL had yet to finalize the salary cap number for 2012, which would in turn set the tag figures. Franchised wide receivers are expected to be guaranteed $9.4 million once they sign.
The Oakland Raiders released cornerback Chris Johnson and safety Hiram Eugene on Friday, Yahoo! Sports reported. The cuts are the latest in a series of moves the team has made recently to stay under the salary cap. Shedding the two defensive backs is expected to save Oakland $6 million against the cap in 2012. Eugene didn’t play at all last season after dislocating a hip in the preseason. Johnson went on injured reserve with a hamstring injury after four games.
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