The issue has been discussed about the New Orleans Saints needing to tighten their belt in order to help with their current salary cap numbers. Last report was that the Saints were close to being at least $20 million over the projected $121 million 2013 salary cap.
General manager Mickey Loomis always seems to find some way to play with the numbers and help the Saints not only keep key players who are going to be free agents, but reel others in as well.
The past two seasons have seen the Saints rake in numerous players and helped land running back Darren Sproles in 2011 and linebacker Curtis Lofton this past season.
Loomis also helped address the contracts of cornerback Jabari Greer, wide receiver Marques Colston, punter Thomas Morstead, and of course quarterback Drew Brees.
There are some key free agents the Saints could take in this upcoming season but as usual the Black and Gold will have to take a look at some of their own in-house ones as well.
Left tackle Jermon Bushrod will be a free agent in a few months and tight end Jimmy Graham will be one next year. Bushrod will likely want to test the waters of free agency to see where he rates and the team will want to get Graham under a contract extension prior to next year.
Retaining Bushrod could be the most difficult since the Saints have shown that they won’t pull a Dan Snyder and shower you with money on an instant.
Regardless, in order for the Saints to retain players and be somewhat of a player in free agency they’ll need some help from players who can afford to spare some and restructure their current contracts.