3 New Orleans Saints that could become a casualty by way of the salary cap
G/C, Nick Easton
Cap Hit: $5.343 million
The offensive line for the New Orleans Saints is probably the best in the NFL — especially when you are paying your third-string center over $5 million per year. Last year after Peat got injured, it was Will Clapp that stepped in not Nick Easton.
The problem is, Easton isn’t a bad player; the New Orleans Saints just don’t have the money to continue to pay a backup more than the starter is getting paid. Easton is a fourth-year player that the Saints acquired from the Vikings.
The more time Easton spends on the bench, the more money is being wasted. You could take Easton’s contract and give it to new draftee Cesar Ruiz and solidify his placement in the line for the Saints as well.
No matter how the New Orleans Saints want to use the money, they will need it. Easton is currently making more than Marcus Davenport, Marshon Lattimore, Emmanuel Sanders, and so on.
He is expendable for his $5.3 million. Fellow replacement Clapp is making just over $750,000.