The 2021 offseason saw a mass New Orleans Saints exodus, and it was a long time coming. New Orleans did the best they could to hold onto their most valuable players: the likes of Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas, and Ryan Ramczyk all kept their spots on the salary cap with renegotiated contracts, happy smiles, and full bellies.
It was, of course, at the expense of a certain group of martyrs, those second-tier veterans who the Saints could no longer afford.
“It isn’t personal, it’s just business,” will be the mantra going forward as the Saints continue their process of keep or chop. And as much as those guillotined players may harbor a vendetta against the Saints (think Schwarzenegger’s “I’ll be back” impression”), the Saints also have something to prove. What better way than to settle it on the field?
New Orleans will be looking to make a statement to their former players. We don’t need you to win a fifth straight NFC South championship. We don’t need you to get to the Super Bowl. Come season time, the Saints will have even more reason to demolish the teams of their former players.
These are three ex-Saints players who we want to beat badly this season.