The New Orleans Saints’ recently-released offensive guard Larry Warford is aiming for around $7 million per year in any new contract.
Once the Saints announced that they released Larry Warford, the free agency market eagerly woke back up. Websites from all over started to write on why Warford would be the perfect fit for their franchise. Many of them make a good case to add the veteran too.
Warford, who has been on the Saints for the last three seasons after playing for the Detroit Lions for the first four seasons of his career, is reportedly seeking $7 million per year in any new deal, a price tag many teams should be capable of paying.
Houston, Arizona, Cincinnati, and several other franchises should be looking to offer Warford something in that ballpark. That said, the potential price range was brought to light by NFL Trade Rumors. It makes a good bit of sense too.
Warford’s $13 million was a pipe dream. He’s a dominant guard, but being paid as one of the top players on the Saints’ team is a bit much. The team saved around $8 million in cap space by releasing Warford with him carrying about $5.1 million in dead cap
What they’ll do with that cap space is still up in the air.
They have some needs with their lacking cornerback depth and could use additional help at wide receiver or defensive line still. However, like they were in the draft, the Saints don’t need any more help to be a Super Bowl contender.
That said, for Warford, he should be able to get even more than the $7 million. Teams have limited options on their roster and could need another strong option. After all, Warford is a three-time Pro Bowler that has missed a mere four games over the last three seasons.
The Saints needed the cap space, sadly. After the drafting of Cesar Ruiz, this seemed almost inevitable. For Warford, the Big Easy hopes for the best, even if he ends up staying in the NFC.