Some players have since parted ways with the New Orleans Saints on mutual, agreeable terms. Other players? Not so much.
When the Saints take on the Bengals in Week 6, they'll be facing a handful of familiar faces. Here are the Bengals players who have it coming for them on Sunday.
The Saints let Trey Hendrickson go in free agency after the 2020 season, and that decision has haunted them up to now.
Hendrickson was widely regarded as one of the top free agent pass-rushers and was coming off a career-best season with NOLA. New Orleans figured they could afford to lose him, Cincinnati swooped him up, and the rest is history.
Hendrickson played well enough last season in Cincy to earn a Pro Bowl, and given his recent dominant performances, he appears to be in the prime of his career.
The Saints would love to get revenge on Hendrickson, but it's a little different since they were the ones who let him go in the first place.
Bell came to Cincinnati with a wealth of playoff experience, and that helped him carve out a starting role on a then-inexperienced Bengals secondary.
The Bengals signed the safety to a three-year contract back in 2020, though there doesn't seem to be too many hard feelings between Bell and New Orleans. Bell reached the playoffs on the Saints twice as a starter and joined the Bengals at arguably the perfect time.
Cincy drafted their quarterback of the future, Joe Burrow, later that year, drafted Ja'Marr Chase the following season, and suddenly were in Super Bowl contention by 2021.
Bell has turned into one of the team's most productive playmakers in the backfield and will be looking to stunt NOLA's passing attack. Hopefully, a healthy Michael Thomas and Chris Olave can put a few over him.
Is there any cornerback more universally hated in the league than Bengals' Eli Apple? Apple joined the Bengals in 2021 after getting phased out by both the Saints and the Giants, and so far it seems his new home is treating him well.
Apple may be best remembered for insulting the Saints franchise when he posted on Twitter that he hated the Saints' fan base the most and went on to criticize New Orleans' cuisine.
All that because... the Saints declined to pick up his fifth-year option. Good riddance.
Apple will be the guy that Saints players want to humiliate the most, and for good reason. You don't go after Louisiana gumbo. You just don't.
Let's see how Apple fares against a spiteful Saints offense in Week 6.