Another cap casualty from an offseason ago was Emmanuel Sanders, who was signed in the 2020 offseason to be the WR2. Michael Thomas had the WR1 spot locked up and while Sanders was no longer a WR1, he still presented a very good WR2 option.
When Thomas went down with injuries, however, Sanders never rose up and took over games. He finished the year with 61 receptions for 726 yards and five touchdowns through 14 games. After he was cut by NOLA, Sanders signed with the Bills and had 626 yards and four touchdowns through 14 games.
While he’s not at the top of his game anymore, the former Saints wide receiver has shown that he’s still a solid target. New Orleans doesn’t necessarily need to sign Sanders, as they have Thomas back for the 2022 season, drafted Chris Olave in the first round, and signed Jarvis Landry, giving them a solid trio at the position.
Sanders likely doesn’t begin the season as a free agent though. Someone will bring him in.