Saints 2014 Free Agent Rankings, Part 1

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Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) is introduced before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agency, which is set to begin March 11th, is going to be extremely interesting time for the New Orleans Saints, and a roller coaster of emotions for Who Dat Nation. The NFL Salary Cap is estimated to increase from $123M to around $126.3M. For the Saints, the latest figure, as per Over the Cap has the Saints at $137.6M going into 2014.

Sadly, that doesn’t bode well for signing new free agents or existing free agents. However, Saints General Manager, Mickey Loomis, is a very intelligent person, and this is where he ‘does his magic’.

The Saints have a ton of decisions to make, as this is your list of free agents for the 2014 offseason.

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Some of you may be asking, ‘What is the UFA, RFA, and ERFA sorcery?’ Well, maybe not those exact words, but something to that nature. Here’s the easiest way I would break it down.

Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA) – Player is free to sign with any team. He would not have a contract with his current team. You would need to play four years, or get cut, to be in this category.

Restricted Free Agent (RFA) – Player has only three years of experience, and would not have a contract with his current team. Any team would have the option to make a contract offer, but the team (Saints) would be able to match/retain that player with said offer.

Exclusive Rights Free Agents (ERFA) – Player is not under contract, and has not reached three years of experience. If the team makes said player an offer at the three-year veteran minimum, the player has a ‘take it or leave it’ option. There is no negotiation with other teams.

Of the Saints current twenty-three players listed as free agents, we’ll break down and rank accordingly where we think the priorities go. This is a two-part series, so we’ll go from #23 to #11, and the Top 10 will appear in a separate article. Exclusive Rights Free Agents are included.

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