2016 New Orleans Saints Free Agency and Player Tracker

Aug 30, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis before a preseason game against the Houston Texans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 30, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis before a preseason game against the Houston Texans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Although it’s been relatively quiet as free agency heats up and the new league year approaches, the New Orleans Saints are sure to have plans of attack out of their facility on Airline Drive in Metairie, Louisiana.

The NFL’s salary cap is set for $155.27 million, and the black and gold have a little wiggle room to make potential moves even without a Drew Brees contract restructure. However, their chances of landing some key free agents would rapidly accelerate if an extension would be reached. 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

Restricted Free Agents

  • Senio Kelemete, G/C (25) 3/6: Re-signed to a 2-year, $4 million contract
  • Khiry Robinson, RB (25) 3/10: Signed by the New York Jets on a 1-year, $1.175 million contract
  • Tim Lelito, G (26) 3/9: Reportedly tendered at first level ($1.67 million)
  • Josh Hill, TE (25) 3/9: Tendered at first level ($1.67 million); 3/22: Received offer sheet from Chicago Bears; Saints matched offer on 3/25

Unrestricted Free Agents

Released/Waived/Traded Players

  • February 8: David Hawthorne, Seantavius Jones, Ramon Humber (3/9: signed with New England Patriots), Jahri Evans
  • February 29Marques Colston
  • March 10: Brandon Browner (post-June 1 designation)

Contract Restructures/Extensions/Pay Cuts

Reserve/Future Deals

  • January 5Reggie Bell, WR; Brandon Dixon, CB; Alden Darby, S; Bryan Witzmann, OT; Cyril Lemon, G; Chris Manhertz, TE; Ashaad Mabry, DT
  • January 7Shane Wynn, WR
  • January 8R.J. Harris, WR; Phillip Hunt, DE
  • February 2Kyle Prater, WR
  • February 3Vick Ballard, RB

New Players

  • February 2Erik Harris, LB/S (Formerly of the CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats)
  • March 4Josh Scobee, K (Formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars1-year, $985K contract
  • March 9Coby Fleener, TE (Formerly of the Indianapolis Colts) 5-year, $36 million contract
  • March 16Nathan Stupar, LB (Formerly of the Atlanta Falcons) 3-year, $5 million contract
  • March 16: James Laurinaitis, LB (Formerly of the St. Louis Rams3-year, $9.75 million contract
  • March 22: Craig Robertson, LB (Formerly of the Cleveland Browns) 3-year, $5 million contract
  • March 28: Nick Fairley, DT (Formerly of the St. Louis Rams1-year, $3 million contract

Salary Cap Implications (Dead Money estimate: $24.9 million)

  • Junior Galette – $12.1 million
  • Jahri Evans – $5.1 million
  • Marques Colston – $2.7 million
  • David Hawthorne – $2.2 million
  • Brodrick Bunkley – $1.6 million
  • Erik Lorig – $500,000

2016 Draft Picks

  • 1st Round – 12th Overall
  • 2nd Round – 47th Overall
  • 3rd Round – 78th Overall
  • 4th Round – 112th Overall
  • 5th Round – 152nd Overall
  • 6th Round – 187th Overall (traded to Washington)
  • 7th Round – 237th Overall

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

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