New Orleans Saints need more players to help with salary cap number

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December 26, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (98) against the Atlanta Falcons during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Falcons 45-16. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

So far the New Orleans Saints have been fortunate to make necessary moves in free agency due to players restructuring or extending their contracts.  They’ll need more to do the same in order to complete the roster.

In fact, the Saints will actually benefit from making a few more deals in free agency such as find a suitable backup at the cornerback position.  Right now second-year player Johnny Patrick is the only one at left and right cornerback.

And let’s not forget the elephant in the room which is quarterback Drew Brees.  Brees and the Saints still need to come to terms on a multi-year contract for the franchise player which will likely be at least $110-$115 million total.

On Friday, cornerback Jabari Greer signed a contract extension and linebacker Jonathan Vilma restructured his contract, both of which helped the salary cap situation.

According to’s Aaron Wilson, the Saints salary cap space available was at $1.656 million on Saturday.  It was unclear if this had the updated contract information on Friday added in or not.

Regardless, that isn’t much more room to work with and the Saints would do well to ask other players to either sign a cap friendly contract extension or restructure their existing contract to help out.

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