1. Terron Armstead
Next to Marcus Williams, the biggest loss for the Saints in free agency was Terron Armstead. Fans entered the offseason almost expecting Armstead not to be retained and there were a few good reasons for that.
First and foremost, Armstead wasn’t going to come cheap. Pro Bowl-caliber left tackles are hard to find and Armstead was one of the best in the league at his position so naturally, he was going to be paid as such. He ended up signing a five-year deal worth $72 million with the Dolphins and that was a price that the Saints were wise to avoid.
The other big reason why the Saints were wise to not re-sign Armstead was his lengthy injury history. Since entering the league in 2013, Armstead failed to appear in all 16 regular-season games. He missed half the season this past year and when a guy can’t stay healthy, paying him $72 million isn’t a good investment.
It was hard to see Armstead wearing that aqua Dolphins jersey in his first press conference in Miami, but this was a smart decision for the Saints to not retain him.
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The New Orleans Saints might have lost some contributors this offseason but not keeping these four players was a smart business move for the black and gold.