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2015 New Orleans Saints Free Agency and Player Tracker

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Things have been far from quiet on Airline Drive in Metairie, Louisiana over the past couple of months. After learning of several early moves in February, the team had remained relatively quiet until the deadline drew closer to getting under the league’s salary cap figure of $143.28 million.

However, that’s old news. The Saints have made more noise this offseason than a Mardi Gras parade. Let’s look at the New Orleans Saints movements as of today, which includes the up-to-the-minute latest moves.

Exclusive Rights Free Agents

Senio Kelemete, Guard (2/9: tendered 1-year, $585K minimum)

Restricted Free Agents

Bryce Harris, Tackle (3/20: re-signed with Saints)

Travaris Cadet, Running Back (3/18: signed 2-year deal with the Patriots)

Tyrunn Walker, Defensive Tackle (3/12: signed 1-year deal with Lions, $1.75 million contract)

Re-signed Unrestricted Free Agents

Jamarca Sanford, Safety (3/6: 1-year, $825K contract )

Luke McCown, Quarterback (2/5: 1-year, $970K contract)

Ramon Humber, Linebacker (3/12: 2-year, $3.05 million contract)

Mark Ingram, Running Back (3/7: 4-year, $16 million contract)

Parys Haralson, Linebacker (2/12: 1-year, $870K contract)

Shayne Graham, Kicker (2/12: 1-year, $980K contract)

Unrestricted Free Agents

Jonathan Goodwin, Center

Cheta Ozougwu, Defensive End

Moise Fokou, Linebacker

Brandon Deaderick, Defensive Tackle

Robert Meachem, Wide Receiver

Patrick Robinson, Cornerback (3/19: Signed a 1-year, $2 million contract with San Diego)

Released/Traded Players

Pierre Thomas, Running Back (3/4: Released by team, saved $1.735 million)

Curtis Lofton, Linebacker (3/9: Released by team, signed 3-year, $18 million deal with Oakland on 3/11)

Jimmy Graham, Tight End (3/10: Traded to Seattle along with New Orleans’ 4th Round Pick in exchange for Max Unger and Seattle’s 1st Round Pick)

Ben Grubbs, Guard (3/12: Traded to Kansas City in exchange for a 5th Round Pick)

Kenny Stills, Wide Receiver (3/13: Traded to Miami in exchange for Dannell Ellerbe and Miami’s 3rd Round Pick)

Corey White, Cornerback (3/13: Released by team, saved $1.5 million)

Contract Restructures/Extensions/Pay Cuts

David Hawthorne, Linebacker (base salary dropped from $4 million to $1.75 million)

Marques Colston, Wide Receiver (base salary dropped from $6.9 million to $1.445 million)

Brodrick Bunkley, Defensive Tackle (base salary dropped from $4.4 million to $1.25 million)

Jairus Byrd, Safety (roster bonus converted to signing bonus, saving $4.8 million)

Junior Galette, Linebacker (roster bonus converted to signing bonus, saving $10 million)

Dannell Ellerbe, Linebacker (base salary dropped to $8.45 million to $1.2 million)

Jahri Evans, Guard (contract extension through 2017; base salary dropped from $6.8 million to $1.003 million)

New Players

Max Unger, Center (acquired via previously mentioned Jimmy Graham trade)

Brandon Browner, Cornerback (3/12: Signed a 3-year, $15 million contract)

Dannell Ellerbe, Linebacker (acquired via previously mentioned Kenny Stills trade)

C.J. Spiller, Running Back (3/13: Signed a 4-year, $18 million contract)

Kyle Wilson, Cornerback (4/1: Signed a 1-year, $745K contract)

Anthony Spencer, Linebacker (4/10: Signed a 1-year, $950K contract)

Salary Cap Implications

  • Dead Money Estimate: $22 million
    • Jimmy Graham – $9 million
    • Ben Grubbs – $6 million
    • Curtis Lofton – $5 million
    • Pierre Thomas – $830K

2015 Draft Picks (Reflects Compensatory)

1st Round – 13th Overall: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
1st Round – 31st Overall (acquired from Seattle): Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson
2nd Round – 44th Overall
3rd Round – 75th Overall
3rd Round – 78th Overall (acquired from Miami)
4th Round – 109th Overall (traded to Seattle)
5th Round – 148th Overall
5th Round – 154th Overall (acquired from Kansas City)
6th Round – 186th Overall
7th Round – 230th Overall

As moves continue to unfold, we’ll regularly update our tracker for anything related to New Orleans Saints players.

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