The major news coming out of the New Orleans Saints this weekend is of course Roman Harper’s restructured contract and what it means for the franchise as a whole, but there are a variety of other things to look at as well briefly.
Let’s take a look at the new contract for Harper and more.
Per Nakia Hogan:
The Saints were just $1.6 million below the salary cap before Harper restructured his deal, but the team was able to save $3.44 million against this season’s cap.
Harper is now set to count $3.66 million against the cap, down from $7.1 million. The extra cap space means the Saints now have the 17th most available cap space, according to figures from the NFL Players Association.
Per Larry Holder:
Harper took a pay cut of $1.5 million this year as part of the deal (from $5.35 million to $3.85 million). But it was a win-win now that he gets almost all of the money up front and doesnt have to worry about being released as a cost-saving measure.
Harper received a signing bonus of $2.91 million, plus a base salary of $840,000 in 2013. He also kept his $100,000 workout bonus.
Next year Harpers salary will drop from $6 million to $2.35 million, with another $800,000 in bonuses. His cap number will drop from $7.9 million in 2014 to $5.87 million.
The new deal now includes an extension into 2015. Harpers salary will be $2.7 million that year, with another $800,000 in bonuses and a cap figure of $4.47 million.
Per Pat Yasinskas:
Chris Ivory is now with the Jets, but the Saints still have a full stable of capable backs. In his first two NFL seasons, Mark Ingram has rushed for only 1,076 yards combined and has averaged under 4.0 yards per carry. But I expect Ingram to break out in 2013. Health issues have been a problem since he entered the league, but, as the 2012 season went along, he looked more and more comfortable. Despite its great prowess throwing the ball, Sean Payton’s offense stresses a physical, inside running game, which suits Ingram very well. Darren Sproles turns 30 before the season, but he is not at all short on quickness, speed or explosiveness. He is an elite receiving back who has caught 161 balls over his past 29 regular-season games. Pierre Thomas isn’t huge on production numbers, but he is extremely effective on a per-touch basis as a runner or receiver. He could fill in very ably in Ingram’s or Sproles’ role for a short period of time. The Saints use Thomas extremely well. Travaris Cadet could have a small role for New Orleans.