Finishing top five in sacks in the entire NFL, Trey Hendrickson was an actual beast for the Saints. He was phenomenal and was easily the breakout player of the year for New Orleans. Hendrickson ended the season with 13.5 sacks.
The 6-foot-4 Hendrickson was part of that insane 2017 draft class. Not a first-round pick, Hendrickson will enter the free agency market, and as one of the top pass rushers, he’ll likely command a price the Saints can’t match.
Playing in 13 games last season, Hendrickson started three with Marcus Davenport sidelined. The former first-round pick was often sidelined again this season, but Hendrickson didn’t give that starting role back.
There are 17 edge rushers that make over $15 million or more per year. Hendrickson will likely be one of them next season, and the Saints won’t be able to give him that with their cap space already extremely limited.
It’s, for the first time in this article, not due to age, play, or a replacement on the way. Hendrickson was an elite option, and it’s looking more and more like he just won’t be able to be retained.