The New Orleans Saints continue to make noise in the offseason in many different ways. One thing remains evident – the team is extremely hungry, and they’re ready to get out on the field. We bring you some news items that are sure to interest you!
- In case you missed it, the biggest news from yesterday was the Saints decision to exercise their fifth-year option on defensive end Cameron Jordan.
- Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem will make $855,000 in base salary for 2014.
- If you’re a local native of the New Orleans area, tickets are still available for the Ben Grubbs Charity Softball Event, which is slated for Wednesday, May 21, at 6:00PM.
Mike Triplett | ESPN | Saints’ 2015 cap is loaded — but worth it
Sure, the Saints are facing even more salary-cap constraints in 2015 and beyond. They now have $134 million counting against their 2015 salary cap for just 42 players, according to ESPN Stats and Information. And that doesn’t include the looming new mega-deal for tight end Jimmy Graham.
As usual, Mickey Loomis will have his hands full ‘making it happen’ for the team in next year’s offseason. The Saints have had a ‘now or never’ type mentality going into this season, and the moves that have been previously conducted have reflected it. Many aren’t exactly worried about next year’s cap at this point, but it’s a subtle elephant in the room. Triplett adds that the team is roughly $3.5 million under the salary cap.
Katherine Terrell | NOLA.com | New Orleans Saints 2014 NFL draft outlook | running backs
We predicted the Saints wouldn’t do much at this position in free agency, and for the most part, that was the case. The Saints dealt away running back Darren Sproles and extended Pierre Thomas to a more cap-friendly deal. There weren’t any indications they were considering any running backs during free agency.
With Sproles gone, the Saints have a specific need to fill.
Let’s face it, you can bet your bottom dollar that the Saints will add a running back to the team in one way, shape, or form in this year’s draft. Whether it is through the actual draft or through the undrafted pool, it will happen. The Saints have got to keep an eye out for someone who can double as a returner, and as Terrell points out, the team hints that Travaris Cadet may be a capable candidate to replace Sproles, but it’s not a given.
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