The New Orleans Saints may have to let some familiar faces go in 2021, but that doesn’t mean this team won’t have the talent to remain atop the NFC South.
Everyone knows that the New Orleans Saints aren’t in the best place with their salary cap.
That isn’t some secret that only general manager Mickey Loomis is aware of. The entire league knows they need to make some moves to relieve the more than $70 million that they’re in the hole.
That said, while they may release some players (already having released Nick Easton), the bulk of the Saints that made a big impact in 2020 that won’t be back in 2021 will head elsewhere as they’ll hit the free agency market.
It will be players like defensive end Trey Hendrickson and safety Marcus Williams that may not return. However, even if the team doesn’t have both of them back, the Saints will still have a shot at a fifth-straight NFC South title.
Why? Well, it’s because the team signed the infrastructure needed to continue their dominance in the last few offseasons. With coaches like Sean Payton and Dennis Allen returning, the Saints staff will return an elite staff.
New Orleans will also bring back running back Alvin Kamara, Ryan Ramczyk, Marshon Lattimore, Terron Armstead, Michael Thomas, Demario Davis, and a plethora of other players that will help them win big-time games.
That’s not to say that this team won’t have some question marks like who will play quarterback or how they’ll replace Hendrickson (assuming he leaves) this offseason. The potential struggles of not bringing back a future Hall of Fame quarterback could be intense.
But, with top-tier stardom on both sides of the ball, the talent will be there regardless of what cap-clearing moves must be made. Fans shouldn’t worry about what must be done because the team made their decision last offseason of who to extend.
Without knowing Hendrickson would breakout, the Saints gave Demario Davis and Kamara big-time deals. Both players will be crucial to the team’s success next season. As long as they stay healthy, the Saints have ensured success by retaining such talent.
Loomis is smarter than to know this situation would arise in 2021, so he already made the decision last offseason. Let’s hope it pays off next season.