Did Saints’ star cornerback Marshon Lattimore signal his way out of NOLA in a recent statement he made on social media?
The New Orleans Saints are severely over the cap limit. Before the start of the next season, they are going to have to find a way to cut millions of dollars in salary money. That equates to roughly ten starters that might find their way out of NOLA.
The newest rumored departer might be a hard one to swallow. Star cornerback Marshon Lattimore might be the next big name to leave the Big Easy.
Lattimore has a contract that pays him roughly $10.244 million in 2021 with a cap hit of $0. If the Saints were to trade Lattimore pre-6/1 or post-6/1, they would be saving $10 million toward their cap this year.
With his contract up next year, Lattimore is going to be seeking massive money in a long-term contract.
In fact, it will most likely be in the ballpark of a 6-year, $100 million contract. The Saints can not afford to pay him that much especially with Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk also free agents next season.
Marshon Lattimore, himself, might be the one who has signaled his departure out of NOLA.
In a tweet by Lattimore, it seems that he has a destined date with Cleveland in the near future. That would make sense as fellow Ohio State Buckeye and friend Denzel Ward is currently there as a starting cornerback.
The other option that we could see the Saints making is a trade to the Jacksonville Jaguars who just hired Lattimore’s former college coach in Urban Meyer. They also have the cap space and the draft capital to entire the cornerback away from New Orleans.
All signs point to Lattimore leaving New Orleans, whether that be in a trade or release this year or in free agency last year. Regardless, Lattimore has done the most he can in the time he has been given in the black and gold uniforms.