An early look at the 2016 New Orleans Saints free agents

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The New Orleans Saints currently have 22 free agents at this point in time with 5 weeks left in the regular season.

Ultimately, the Saints will have another eventful offseason when it’s all said and done. Sure, there’s lots of football still left on the schedule, but another loss likely ends the playoff hopes of the black and gold and will make us all look towards next season (if you haven’t already). We’re really going to see what this team is made of in terms of character and adversity when they take on the Carolina Panthers this Sunday.

Here’s a look at the team’s free agents heading into 2016.

Exclusive Rights Free Agents (2)

Exclusive Rights Free Agents (ERFA) – Player is not under contract, and has not reached three years of experience. If the team makes said player an offer at the three-year veteran minimum, the player has a ‘take it or leave it’ option. There is no negotiation with other teams.

Restricted Free Agents (5)

Restricted Free Agent (RFA) – Player has only three years of experience, and would not have a contract with his current team. Any team would have the option to make a contract offer, but the team (Saints) would be able to match/retain that player with said offer.

Unrestricted Free Agents (15)

Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA) – Player is free to sign with any team. He would not have a contract with his current team. You would need to play four years, or get cut, to be in this category.

Next: An early look at the New Orleans Saints 2016 Cap Figures

If you were hoping that the Saints would actually have the ability to nab any free agents during the offseason, then you might be disappointed. NFL.com’s Albert Breer reported earlier that the league’s salary cap won’t favor the team whatsoever.

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