3 Saints free agents who could be forced into retirement

As the NFL prepares for free agency, the New Orleans Saints have a few pending free agents that could be heading towards retirement.

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Free agency is approaching for the NFL, and like everything else with the league, it’s expected to be a big one. There will be a nice amount of quarterback movement, which always creates headlines, but there will certainly be a ton of other big moves throughout the league.

Something else that free agency also brings is the end of careers. As the league transitions to a new season, some players decide to hang their cleats up. The NFL world recently witnessed this, as Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce announced his retirement. There will be a few others like Kelce who decide to walk away from the game, and there will also be some players that are essentially forced out.

As older players throughout the league watch their contracts expire, they’ll enter free agency only to be met with the reality that interest for them is no longer high. Whether it be no interest at all, or only opportunities that the players aren’t interested in, there will be players that decide to retire after taking a look at the market.

The New Orleans Saints have a few players on the roster that could fall into that category. Obviously, it’s the offseason and anything could happen, but here are three Saints players that could be forced into retirement this offseason.

3. Tackle Cameron Erving

Cameron Erving, who will turn 32 in August, just finished up his ninth season in the NFL. During the year, Erving spent most of the 2023 season on New Orleans’ practice squad, playing in just three games all year. This comes after a season where he didn’t start any games for the Carolina Panthers.

Erving has also spent time with the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, and Dallas Cowboys. While he was a starting-caliber linemen early in his career, Erving has just been a depth piece as of late. He could continue to bounce around the league as a reserve lineman, or he could decide to call it a career this offseason.