Here are 3 ways the New Orleans Saints can create cap space in 2022

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A potential way to clear cap – No. 2: Cut Bradley Roby

The team traded for Bradley Roby in September sending a third-round pick to the Texans in exchange for the starting-caliber cornerback.

Fans were very excited by this move, hoping he could be the guy to pair next to Marshon Lattimore. Sadly things just didn’t seem to work out. Roby had some solid moments but never became the true full-time corner the Saints needed, only playing 42% of snaps. It didn’t help his case when rookie Paulson Adebo played pretty well, furthering Roby’s chances at sticking with the team past 2021.

While Roby is a fine player, if the Saints were to keep him, his current cap number is over $10 million. With the lack of usage, it only makes sense for the team to cut Roby.

If the team were to cut Roby, it would free up $9,491,575. He’s also turning 30 in May and with the team needing money, this move is all but certain. This decision was probably planned for when the team traded for Roby, as his contract has $0 in guaranteed money. This means that the team is not on the hook for any of his salary since none of it was guaranteed.

This is a win-win solution for Roby and the Saints. New Orleans gets to clear cap space and Roby gets to pick a new team to sign with and start the next chapter of his career.