It’s a quiet day in the world of the New Orleans Saints, but all that means is we get to spend more time speculating about the team, it’s draft picks and how it will perform next season.
Today we’ll look at the Saints weakest link, the salary cap issues plaguing the team and more.
Let’s take a look.
Per Pat Yasinskas:
Time to continue our division-wide look at each team’s weakest link with the New Orleans Saints and their pass rush.
After fielding the league’s worst defense last season, the Saints decided to hire coordinator Rob Ryan and switch to a 3-4 defense. That scheme relies heavily on the outside linebackers generating a strong pass rush and many expected the Saints to try to get a big-name pass-rusher in free agency or the draft.
That didn’t happen and the Saints don’t have the salary-cap room to make any significant moves. New Orleans’ biggest move in this area was signing outside linebacker Victor Butler, who has some history with Ryan from their time together in Dallas. I think the Saints have big plans for Butler.
Per Pat Yasinskas:
The Saints now have $145.5 million committed toward a 2014 cap that’s likely to be only slightly more than $120 million. Only the Dallas Cowboys ($145.8 million have more committed toward the 2014 cap).
After this season, the Saints will be looking at another chapter in which they’ll have to trim cap room by restructuring contracts or releasing players. Let’s take a look at the 10 highest scheduled cap figures for 2014 for the Saints:
Drew Brees $18.4 million
Will Smith $13.9 million
Jahri Evans $11.0 million
Ben Grubbs $9.1 million
Marques Colston $8.3 million
Roman Harper $7.9 million
Jabari Greer $6.8 million
Brodrick Bunkley $6.1 million
Curtis Lofton $5.2 million
Lance Moore $5.1 million
Per Larry Holder:
Brees ranked as the third highest-paid American athlete in 2012 grossing $47.8 million, according to Sports Illustrated. Only Floyd Mayweather and LeBron James ranked ahead of Brees in SI’s annual listing.