The Saints won’t have much cap space, but they’ll still likely look to be active in free agency. That said, let’s look at one Buccaneer they may consider signing.
It’s going to be a hectic next few months for the New Orleans Saints.
Mickey Loomis will have his hands full trying to navigate the team’s cap space situation. The Saints rank dead last in cap space and have already cleared $30 million with the restructuring of Drew Brees‘ contract and the releasing of Nick Easton.
That said, the Saints, who, like every other team, will look to improve their roster, may have their options limited. One of the players that just won a Super Bowl with the Bucs that they could target is Rakeem Nunez-Roches.
Nunez-Roches would help supplement the void that will undoubtedly be left when Sheldon Rankins eventually parts ways with the team. Players like Rankins, Trey Hendrickson, and Marcus Williams may head elsewhere and force the Saints to find cheaper replacements.
As for Nunez-Roches, he’s ironically played for the Bucs the last three seasons and was with the Chiefs the three before. He’ll be entering his seventh season in the NBA in 2021. While it’s likely he re-signs as the Bucs are coming off a Super Bowl victory, Nunez-Roches may be the odd man out.
That said, last season, he ended with 11 starts and 20 tackles. He also had three quarterback hits. The Saints will either replace Rankins with undrafted free agents, in the draft, or with a free agency signing.
While he didn’t put up big-time numbers, Nunez-Roches did play in all 16 games and didn’t miss a single tackle. It’s not the ideal replacement, but the 27-year-old former sixth-round pick has the potential to come in and serve a meaningful role on the Saints roster.
The Bucs will have several other priorities and could easily allow Nunez-Roches to walk. Given that the Saints are dead last in available cap space, they should be the ones there to snatch him up.