The NFL sent out a reminder to all 32 teams to inform them of the three-day window that franchises have for contacting players scheduled to become free agents. For the New Orleans Saints, it’s a great time to pitch their best case for bringing in respective players to the Big Easy.
Pro Football Talk obtained a copy of the memo with the specifics. Here are some bullet points:
"1. A team is allowed to submit a written summary of its negotiating position to agents for free agents still under contract with other teams, including length of contract, signing bonus, compensation, and related subjects.2. A team is allowed to adjust its negotiating position based on the position presented by a player’s agent.3. While negotiations may occur, teams must say that they are not making offers.4. Teams cannot execute contracts with free agents from other teams, submit a draft contract, enter into an express or implied agreement or make any promises about the terms that would be available once the free-agency period opens, or provide assurances of intent as to the future execution of a contract."
If you recall last year’s offseason, this is likely a way the team was able to snag Jairus Byrd. Granted, Byrd didn’t necessarily work out in 2014, but the Saints shocked everyone by bringing him on board. After all, they weren’t even figured to be in play for the league’s top free agent given their salary cap situation. Enter Mickey Loomis.
The New Orleans Saints will look to solve some of their largest needs this offseason through free agency. Coach Sean Payton has stated that he believes cornerback, edge rusher, and offensive line is where he wants to attack. An edge rusher looks to be acquired through the draft, while the other positions could be solved in free agency.
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