3 bold moves that could save New Orleans Saints cap space in 2024

Two cuts and one restructure could make some movement for New Orleans.

New Orleans Saints, Alvin Kamara, Derek Carr
New Orleans Saints, Alvin Kamara, Derek Carr / Maddie Malhotra/GettyImages
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3. Restructure Derek Carr's contract

Finally, the biggest move the Saints could make would recoup over 25 percent of the money they're over the cap right now. Quarterback Derek Carr's contract is set up in a way that would allow the team to restructure it and save them $23 million in doing so.

The "bold" part of this, though, is that it guarantees Carr would stay in New Orleans for 2025, rather than looking for his replacement like some have suggested. The Saints wouldn't be able to get out of his contract after the coming season. Now, that might not be a negative.

Carr did finish the 2023 season strong, and New Orleans' offensive strategy also lacked an identity for much of the year. Cutting Kamara and Hill could allow this team to enter into a new era, building around Carr and Chris Olave, getting the run game more into a rhythm with a two-headed monster (hopefully) and building the tight end position the way it should be.

Carr is still a very good quarterback in this league, and committing to him for two more years gives the team peace of mind at the most important position in this game.

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