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2017 free agency: Saints primed for big offseason

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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 /
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Nov 27, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandon Coleman (16) gestures after a touchdown catch against the Los Angeles Rams in the first quarter of the game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 27, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandon Coleman (16) gestures after a touchdown catch against the Los Angeles Rams in the first quarter of the game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /

The four Saints’ RFAs are Brandon Coleman, Kasim Edebali, Chris Banjo, and B.W. Webb.

The Saints could make an argument to keep all of these players. I think, ultimately, they do, at least before the 53-man cuts. Let me know if you agree with these assessments:

Brandon Coleman for sure has earned a roster spot. He’s struggled to live up to expectations the last few years, but he’s a solid player who can more than serve as the 4th WR on this offense.

B.W. Webb is by no means a lock-down corner. And when the Saints have their full CB roster back from injury, Webb may be the odd man out. But he’s filled in admirably for injured players in 2016, and I believe he’ll be back on the 90-man roster this offseason.

Edebali is a pretty sure thing, considering how desperate the Saints are for DE help. He isn’t yet a consistent contributor, but it’s not too late for him to turn the corner. Unless they really don’t like what they’ve seen in practice, Edebali will be back for another shot at the roster.

Chris Banjo is the only real question here. He’s played a special teams role since his signing earlier in the year. And correct if me if I’m wrong, but he hasn’t stood out. Still, the Saints are always in the market for special teams talent, and if they like what they’ve seen they may very well bring him back. If not, it’s no major loss.

None of these guys will warrant major money. I’d be surprised if their total cap hit exceeded $3 million.

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