It's finally over. The New Orleans Saints have officially ended the regular season at 7-10 and well, it's time to see what changes await in the long offseason ahead. It's no secret the Saints have a lot to work on from their coaching staff, positions, and what needs to happen to get back to their winning ways next season.
It won't be easy but as always, the NFL offseason is filled with hope that the Saints can indeed turn things around. It won't be easy but it's clear that patience will be needed as they try to right the ship to better days ahead.
Now that the regular season is over, Who Dat Nation can put this season behind them and be optimistic about 2023. It might take longer than usual but hopefully, all the pieces fall into place so there is more clarity over the most glaring areas of opportunity across the team.
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Saints’ 2023 draft pick traded to Eagles ends up at No. 10 overall [John Sigler , Yahoo! Sports]
At this point in time, that first-round draft pick the Saints traded back in April to the Philadelphia Eagles is now officially the No. 10 overall pick. This couldn't have come at a worse time since the Saints are trying to rebuild but at least they still have their second and third-round picks to work with. Maybe they can get a first-round pick if head coach Sean Payton is indeed traded to another team this offseason.
Source: Michael Thomas agrees to restructured deal with Saints [Field Yates, ESPN]
Wide receiver Michael Thomas is definitely going to be a hot topic this offseason as the Saints wanted to be proactive and restructure his contract now to see what is best to do in the future for both sides. It remains to be seen if he'll hit free agency or not as his injuries have caused frustration all across the board but time will tell what will ultimately happen this offseason.
Report: Saints, Broncos ‘appear to be on the same page’ on Sean Payton trade value [John Sigler, Yahoo! Sports]
Speaking of Payton, the wheels are indeed in motion for an NFL team to acquire his services for 2023. Since the Saints own his rights, they'll undoubtedly be working with other teams this offseason to get the best trade possible that'll not only be great for Payton but also help the franchise rebuild for a brighter future. So far, it's looking like the Denver Broncos are trying to jump in quickly before another franchise beats them to it.