5 keys to a successful New Orleans Saints offseason

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New Orleans Saints linebacker David Hawthorne
Dec 7, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) runs past New Orleans Saints inside linebacker David Hawthorne (57) during the first quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

5. Trim the unwanted fat

What does that even mean?  It means properly evaluating each and every player, particularly the underachievers, the aging and the injured, and parting ways with the ones who are of little or no value to the team anymore.  You don’t want to eat the extra fat on a nice, juicy steak, just like you don’t want to spend the extra money on a player who isn’t good.

We saw it happen in 2014, but it didn’t work out so well from a leadership standpoint after the team lost some true guidance that season.  Except this time, the New Orleans Saints’ locker room is apparently in a good place.

While it’s tough to say goodbye, guys like Marques Colston, Jahri Evans, Zach Strief and David Hawthorne are counting against the salary cap, while also not performing like they once did.  The NFL is a business, and sometimes business decisions need to be made for the better.

The Saints have a lot of work to do to free up cap space in order to make noise in the free agent market, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.  Parting ways with certain players will give the team a little head start.  It’s unfortunate, but that’s just the way the ball bounces in this industry.  Out with the old, in with the new.  We’ll see how the team approaches the matter.

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