Stay tuned here for regular updates to the Saints Free Agent tracker, and be sure to check out some of our off-season articles.
3/11: Saints sign former Bills safety Jairus Byrd to 6-year, $54M contract ($28M guaranteed); team announced that RB Darren Sproles has drawn a considerable amount of interest on market, and will trade him. Zach Strief reportedly receiving interest from the Jets, Malcolm Jenkins signs with Eagles.
3/7: Saints terminate contract of WR Lance Moore. Team was unable to re-sign T Zach Strief.
3/6: Saints tender RFA Rafael Bush ($1.431M); ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the team has been shopping RB Pierre Thomas and WR Lance Moore, and is open to trading RB Darren Sproles.
3/3: Saints officially uses franchise tag on TE Jimmy Graham
2/27: Saints host ex-Lions safety Louis Delmas; team expresses interest to retain LB Ramon Humber and S Rafael Bush, WR Joe Morgan status is unclear.
2/25: Saints reportedly discussed new contract with LB Parys Haralson, S Rafael Bush, RB Pierre Thomas, and WR Joe Morgan. FOX’s Mike Garafolo reports that Jimmy Graham and team are “several million dollars per season apart” on long-term deal.
2/24: Philadelphia Inquirer suggests that S Malcolm Jenkins is a target for the Eagles. Saints reportedly discussed new contract with T Zach Strief.
2/22: Saints reportedly discussed new contract with WR Robert Meachem.
2/21: Saints DE Kenyon Coleman is expected to retire.
2/20: Saints announced that they will not tender RFA DT Tom Johnson, making him an unrestricted free agent on March 11th.
2/14: Saints re-sign CB Trevin Wade to one-year contract at veteran minimum ($570K); Saints re-sign K Shayne Graham to one-year contract ($955K) and re-sign T Bryce Harris to one-year contract at veteran minimum ($570K)
2/12: Saints re-sign DE/OLB Keyunta Dawson to one-year contract at veteran minimum ($570K); Saints release veterans Will Smith (LB), Jabari Greer (CB), and Roman Harper (S). The move saves the Saints roughly $17M in Salary Cap space. The team also announced that they would not re-sign LB Jonathan Vilma.
2/5: Saints hire Mike Neu as quarterbacks coach, previously at Tulane
1/20: Quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi hired as Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator
Free Agent Status
Other Info (i.e. Date, Contract Details, Cap Savings)
|Malcolm Jenkins||Safety||26||Unrestricted||Philadelphia Eagles||3/11: (3YR/$16.25M)|
|Jonathan Vilma||Linebacker||31||Unrestricted||Team announced will not re-sign|
|Zach Strief||Tackle||30||Unrestricted||3/7: Team unable to work out a deal to re-sign|
|Brian de la Puente||Center||28||Unrestricted||3/10: New York Giants reportedly interested|
|Jimmy Graham||Tight End||27||Unrestricted||2/28: Received non-exclusive franchise tag|
|Parys Haralason||Linebacker||29||Unrestricted||Team reportedly interested in re-signing|
|Tom Johnson||Defensive End||29||Restricted||Team announced that they will not tender Johnson on 2/20|
|Robert Meachem||Wide Receiver||29||Unrestricted||Team reportedly interested in re-signing|
|Kenyon Coleman||Defensive End||34||Unrestricted||Retired||Announced retirement|
|Ramon Humber||Linebacker||26||Unrestricted||Team reportedly interested in re-signing|
|Joseph Morgan||Wide Receiver||25||Restricted||Team reportedly interested in re-signing, but at cheaper tag|
|Rafael Bush||Safety||26||Restricted||New Orleans Saints||3/6 (1YR/$1.4M) - RFA Tender|
|Luke McCown||Quarterback||32||Unrestricted||Team reportedly interested in re-signing|
|Bryce Harris||Tackle||24||Exclusive Rights||New Orleans Saints||2/14 (1YR/$570K)|
|Kyle Knox||Linebacker||24||Exclusive Rights|
|Keyunta Dawson||Linebacker||28||Unrestricted||New Orleans Saints||2/12 (1YR/$570K)|
|Trevin Wade||Cornerback||24||Exclusive Rights||New Orleans Saints||2/14 (1YR/$570K)|
|Shayne Graham||Kicker||36||Unrestricted||New Orleans Saints||2/14 (1YR/$955K)|
|Terrence Frederick||Cornerback||23||Exclusive Rights|
|Roman Harper||Safety||31||Unrestricted||Contract terminated 2/12|
|Jabari Greer||Cornerback||32||Unrestricted||Contract terminated 2/12|
|Will Smith||Defensive End||32||Unrestricted||Contract terminated 2/12|
|Lance Moore||Wide Receiver||30||Unrestricted||Contract terminated 3/7|
|Darren Sproles||Running Back||30||Contracted through 2014||Team will trade Darren Sproles|
|Jairus Byrd||Safety||27||Unrestricted||New Orleans Saints||3/11 (6YR/$54M)|
This is the 2013 Offseason Timeline.
2014 NFL Dates
|Monday, February 17||First day teams are allowed to designate franchise or transition players|
|February 19-25||NFL Combine for Draft Prospects at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis|
|March 8-11||Teams may contact and enter negotiations with players who are set to become unrestricted free agents - Contracts cannot be executed until after 3PM CST|
|Tuesday, March 11||New league year begins, and free agency officially opens|
|Tuesday, March 11||3PM CST Deadline: Teams must exercise options for 2014 on all players who have option clauses in their 2013 contracts.|
|Tuesday, March 11||3PM CST Deadline: Teams must submit qualifying offers to their restricted free agents with expiring contracts.|
|Tuesday, March 11||3PM CST Deadline: Teams must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2013 contracts to all exclusive rights free agents|
|Tuesday, March 11||All teams must be under 2014 Salary Cap prior to 3PM CST|
|March 23-26||Owners meeting in Orlando|
|Monday, April 7||Teams with new head coaches hired after 2013 regular season end may begin off-season workout programs|
|Monday, April 21||Teams with returning head coaches may begin off-season workout programs|
|Wednesday, May 2||Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets|
|Monday, May 7||Deadline for prior team to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents|
|May 8-10||NFL Draft in New York at Radio City Music Hall - First Round begins at 7PM CST|
|May 19-21||Spring meeting in Atlanta|