New Orleans Saints: Three possible landing spots for Vonn Bell
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Some people may consider the price that Bell will be demanding to be too much for a New Orleans team that already is limited in their cap space for the off-season. Should the team and Bell decide to part ways, the team already has a suitable backup in C.J. Gardner-Johnson on hand who is entering only the second year of his rookie contract.
However, one thing that has defined the Saints’ run of success is their consistency and filling their lineup with players who want to play for the organization. Bell has stated that he wishes to return to New Orleans and established a winner with whom he is familiar.
Currently, the Saints only have around 9 million dollars in cap space. However, it’s also not unreasonable to assume that the Saints will clear up some more cap space by dropping other players if they have the desire to pursue Bell.
There’s no question that the team’s secondary was the weakest aspect of the defense this past season.
Eli Apple underperformed with the opportunities given to him, and the team was consistently beat from deep. Marshon Lattimore is definitely the leader of the team’s secondary, but retaining a consistent tackler and someone who has just had the best year of their career is a solid way to set the foundation for the defensive rebuild.
Not every safety needs to be a ballhawk, and having a player with a nose for the football and consistent solo tackling results is an invaluable asset to the team.
It’s likely that Bell’s max contract would cap out around 8.5 million per year, as it has been for similar box type safeties. If the Saints really want to maintain consistency, they will find a way to work out a deal.