New Orleans Saints get it right with restructuring Nick Vannett

New Orleans Saints, Nick Vannett (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
New Orleans Saints, Nick Vannett (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

As the New Orleans Saints continue to prepare for the upcoming regular season, it’s all about finalizing their roster and making sure they’re always in a position to improve their salary cap situation. That’s exactly what they accomplished when they decided to restructure the contract of tight end Nick Vannett.

As per ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates, he confirmed via Twitter that the Saints restructured Vannett’s current contract to where he’ll now earn $1.35M instead of $2.6M heading into 2022. This move has created $1.55M in salary cap relief as the Saints did the right thing here based on everything Vannett brings to the table.

It’s no secret that even though Vannett is a seasoned veteran heading into his seventh NFL season, he’s unfortunately been too injury-prone. He missed most of last season due to a lingering knee injury as the main value he brings to the Saints’ offense is his above-average blocking skills.

New Orleans Saints were right to restructure Nick Vannett’s contract

This is an area he definitely excels at but make no mistake about it, he shouldn’t obviously be paid top starting tight end money or anything due to being primarily used as a blocker. Yes, there is definitely a place for him on the Saints’ roster but restructuring his contract to keep him around and also add that salary cap relief at the same time was a very smart thing to do.

General manager Mickey Loomis hit two birds with one stone by doing this simple restructuring as now, both sides are happy and everyone can continue moving on to that huge Week 1 season opener against the Atlanta Falcons. Even though it’s unlikely Vannett will contribute more to the Saints besides being a solid blocker, here’s to hoping that they can get better production out of the positional group.

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Hopefully, tight end Adam Trautman can lead the charge to make bigger plays from the positional group and have it be something worth talking about all season long. Only time will tell but for now, at least the Saints get to keep one of their main blocking tight ends in Vannett for 2022 to do his part for a successful season.