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All Things Off-Season

All Things Off-Season

Stay tuned here for regular updates to the Saints Free Agent tracker, and be sure to check out some of our off-season articles.

4/2: Saints sign S Marcus Ball to a 3-year contract.

4/1: Saints re-sign LB Parys Haralson to a 1-year contract. 

3/26: Saints re-sign QB Luke McCown to a 1-year contract.

3/19: Saints re-sign WR Joe Morgan to a 1-year contract, and sign free agent FB Erik Lorig, formerly of the Bucs, to a 4-year contract worth $4.8M.

3/17: Saints re-sign RT Zach Strief to a 5-year contract worth $20.5M, $8.5M is guaranteed.

3/13: Saints traded RB Darren Sproles to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 2014 fifth-round draft pick. The team saves $3.5M in salary cap space.

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

January Reserve/Future Contracts: DB Derrius Brooks, K Derek Dimke, WR Charles Hawkins, RB Austin Johnson, OT Marcel Jones, OG Senio Kelemete, OT Ty Nsekhe, WR Andy Tanner

Saints Free Agent Player Tracker

Player
Position
Age
Free Agent Status
2014 Team
Latest News (i.e. Date, Contract Details, Cap Savings, Other Info)
Malcolm JenkinsSafety26UnrestrictedPhiladelphia Eagles3/11: (3YR/$16.25M)
Jonathan VilmaLinebacker31UnrestrictedTeam announced will not re-sign
Zach StriefTackle30UnrestrictedNew Orleans Saints3/17: (5YR/$20.5M), $8.5M Guaranteed
Brian de la PuenteCenter28UnrestrictedChicago Bears4/6 (1YR)
Jimmy GrahamTight End27UnrestrictedNew Orleans Saints2/28: Received non-exclusive franchise tag
Parys HaralasonLinebacker29UnrestrictedNew Orleans Saints4/1 (1YR)
Charles BrownTackle26UnrestrictedNew York Giants4/1 (1YR)
Tom JohnsonDefensive End29RestrictedMinnesota Vikings3/19 (1YR)
Robert MeachemWide Receiver29UnrestrictedTeam reportedly interested in re-signing
Kenyon ColemanDefensive End34UnrestrictedRetiredAnnounced retirement
Will HerringLinebacker30Unrestricted3/14 Agreed to one-year contract with Cowboys, but deal called off
Ramon HumberLinebacker26UnrestrictedNew Orleans Saints3/14 (1YR)
Joseph MorganWide Receiver25RestrictedNew Orleans Saints3/19 (1YR)
Rafael BushSafety26RestrictedNew Orleans Saints4/7 (2YR/$4.5M) - Saints matched Falcons offer
Jed CollinsFullback27RestrictedDetroit Lions3/19 (1YR)
Luke McCownQuarterback32UnrestrictedNew Orleans Saints3/26 (1YR)
Bryce HarrisTackle24Exclusive RightsNew Orleans Saints2/14 (1YR/$570K)
Kyle KnoxLinebacker24Exclusive RightsNew Orleans Saints1/1 (3YR/$1.335M)
Keyunta DawsonLinebacker28UnrestrictedNew Orleans Saints2/12 (1YR/$570K)
Jordan PughCornerback25Unrestricted
Trevin WadeCornerback24Exclusive RightsNew Orleans Saints2/14 (1YR/$570K)
Shayne GrahamKicker36UnrestrictedNew Orleans Saints2/14 (1YR/$955K)
Roman HarperSafety31UnrestrictedCarolina PanthersContract terminated 2/12; 3/15 (2YR/$4.5M)
Jabari GreerCornerback32UnrestrictedContract terminated 2/12
Will SmithDefensive End32Unrestricted4/1: Reportedly met with New England Patriots
Lance MooreWide Receiver30UnrestrictedPittsburgh Steelers3/21 (2YR/$3M)
Darren SprolesRunning Back30Contracted through 2014Philadelphia Eagles3/13: Traded to Philly in exchange for 5th Round Pick ($3.5M Cap Savings)

The 'New Blood'

Player
Position
Age
2013 Team
Contract Details
Jairus ByrdSafety27Buffalo Bills3/11 (6YR/$54M)
Erik LorigFullback27Tampa Bay Buccaneers3/19 (4YR/$4.8M)
Marcus BallSafety26Toronto Argonauts (CFL)4/2 (3YR/$1.536M)
Champ BaileyCornerback36Denver Broncos4/4 (2YR/$7M Guaranteed)

This is the 2013 Offseason Timeline.

Saints 2013 Season In Review: Part 1, Awards
Saints 2013 Season In Review: Part 2, Grades
Saints 2013 Season In Review: Part 3, Top 10 Plays (The Bad)

Salary Cap 2014 – Top 10 Decisions for the Saints
Saints 2014 Free Agent Rankings, Part 1
Saints 2014 Free Agent Rankings, Part 2

Five Insane (But Not Impossible) Predictions for the 2014 Saints
Saints Defensive Turnaround Should Be Praised

2014 NFL Dates

Monday, April 7Teams with new head coaches hired after 2013 regular season end may begin off-season workout programs
Monday, April 21Teams with returning head coaches may begin off-season workout programs
Wednesday, May 2Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets
Monday, May 7Deadline for prior team to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents
May 8-10NFL Draft in New York at Radio City Music Hall - First Round begins at 7PM CST
May 19-21Spring meeting in Atlanta