This offseason, the New Orleans Saints are really up against it.
Not only did this team fail to make the postseason, but they enter this offseason with the worst financial situation in the entire NFL. The Saints are dead last in 2024 cap space, entering this offseason $83.6 million over the cap.
You read that correctly, and yes, it is going to be extremely difficult for the team not only to get under the cap, but make any significant additions to the roster.
It can be done through contract restructures and player cuts, but it will take a lot of work. And remember, restructures will often times add void years to the end of players' deals, which will only push problems further down the road.
To begin with, the Saints could opt for a few bold moves to try and get closer to the cap.
1. Designate Taysom Hill as post-June 1 cut
As dynamic a weapon as Taysom Hill can be for the Saints, he can also be equally useless. New Orleans has made Hill a big part of this offense, financially speaking, but he hardly has a consistent role.
Last season, Hill had four games with at least nine rushing attempts. At the same time, he had five games with two or less carries.
Looking at his receiving involvement, Hill ended the year with seven games which saw him receive one or less target. He also received at least four targets in five different games.
There is too much volatility with Hill to warrant keeping him around. This offense needs to commit to Derek Carr under center, establish a clear running identity and, once and for all, fix the tight end position and get themselves "the guy" at that position.
If Hill was designated as a post-June 1 cut, that move would save New Orleans $10 million.
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