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New Orleans Saints Pre-Free Agency Recap

Until now we’ve read about all kinds of rumors but tomorrow the real madness begins: the NFL free agency period will officialy open. I thought it might be helpful to write down a recap of every transaction of the New Orleans Saints in the time span between the end of the 2013 season and the beginning of free agency.

Coaching Staff

QB coach Joe Lombardi joins the Detroit Lions as the offensive coordinator; former Tulane QB coach Mike Neu hired by the Saints to replace Lombardi.

Pending Free Agents

QB Luke McCown (UFA)

FB Jed Collins (RFA)

WR Joe Morgan (RFA), good chance he stays with the team

WR Robert Meachem (UFA), good chance he stays with the team (1-year deal is the most likely scenario)

RT Zach Strief (UFA), likely to be re-signed even if he becomes a free agent

OT Charles Brown (UFA)

C Brian De La Puente (UFA)

DT Tom Johnson (RFA)

LB Will Herring (UFA)

LB Ramon Humber (UFA)

LB Parys Haralson (UFA)

S Malcolm Jenkins (UFA)

CB Jordan Pugh (UFA)

Released Players

WR Lance Moore

CB Jabari Greer

DE Will Smith

S Roman Harper

S Isa Abdul-Quddus is waived and later picked up by the Detroit Lions

LB Jonathan Vilma will not be re-signed

RB Darren Sproles is expected to be traded/released

Re-signed Players

OLB Keyunta Dawson (1-year contract)

K Shayne Graham (1-year contract)

CB Trevin Wade (1-year contract)

OT Bryce Harris (1-year contract)

S Rafael Bush (restricted free agent) is tendered by the team ($ 1.431 million)

Franchise Tag

Team uses the franchise tag on TE/WR Jimmy Graham. Graham got tagged as a tight end ($7 million salary), team expects player’s agent to file a grievance.

Salary Cap

NFL increases the salary cap from $123 million to $132, 996, 000. Team currently has $2,154, 240 in cap space, according to overthecap.com.

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