One of the biggest question marks around this offseason is who the Saints are going to use their money to re-sign and who they will let walk.
The New Orleans Saints were considered to have one of the best “all-around” teams in the NFL this season. From both sides of the ball to the depth at each position, the Saints were locked in to be one of the best teams in the league.
After another early exit from the NFL Playoffs, New Orleans is now looking as to how to keep together the team that they have built. They are already up tight against the cap limit. How can they keep the level of play in the same cap space?
That seems to have been the question every year for the Saints. The team has 13 players that are unrestricted free agents and make over $1 million per year. Some are also ending their rookie contracts and looking to make a big leap in value.
Let’s start with those they should fully let go of without a doubt.
Out of the players that are on that list, the highest stakes player they should let go of is Jared Cook. Adam Trautman played well enough not to pay Cook $13 million per year. They should also let Sheldon Rankins, P.J. Williams, and Craig Robertson go.
That is the top-four players in terms of current contracts that the Saints have in free agency this year.
Keep and Re-Sign
Heading off the list of those that they should re-sign is Marcus Williams. He is one of the best safeties in the league. They made the mistake of not keeping Vonn Bell last year and should keep Williams this year.
Another player they should definitely fork over money to keep is Hendrickson.
Trey Hendrickson isn’t even making $1 million this year, but after a 13.5 sack season, he deserves to be. They should also keep Jameis Winston, Justin Hardee, and Ty Montgomery. There are a lot of contract decisions that have to be made this offseason.
Considering their stance up and against the cap, do not expect all five of these free agents mentioned to be brought back though.