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Grading the New Orleans Saints recent flurry of transactions

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The news has gone from quiet to booming for the New Orleans Saints in the past couple of days, as the team has officially entered into the 2015 NFL season with a bang. The NFL’s salary cap figure of $143.28 million looked to pose a problem for the Saints upon first glance. However, the team made several moves (and tough choices I might add) to get under the salary cap figure. Let’s recap some of the moves.

  • Release of veteran RB Pierre Thomas
  • Pay cuts from DT Brodrick Bunkley, LB David Hawthorne, and WR Marques Colston
  • Release of veteran LB Curtis Lofton
  • Conversion of LB Junior Galette and Jairus Byrd roster bonus to signing bonus

While big names like Ndamukong Suh, DeMarco Murray, Rodney Hudson, Darrelle Revis, Jeremy Maclin, and Byron Maxwell cashed in on large contracts, the Saints didn’t make any official signings when free agency began, but completely shocked everyone by their decision to trade tight end Jimmy Graham.

Let’s go into a little more detail with the moves, and give them appropriate grades.

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