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Saints Face Another Bumpy Offseason


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The bounty scandal may be a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean the New Orleans Saints are in for a quiet offseason.

Coach Sean Payton has to get reinstated from his season-long suspension and presumably signed to a new contract extension. His previous deal was voided by the NFL due to some language in the contract and that’s led to speculation that Payton could jump elsewhere.

There still could be some turbulence on that front. But even if things go smoothly with the reinstatement and the contract, the Saints still face a huge offseason issue: the salary cap.

At the moment, the Saints have $137.5 million committed toward the 2013 cap. That’s second only to the New York Jets ($142.5 million). The exact cap won’t be set until the spring, but the NFL has told teams to prepare as if the cap is going to be $120 million. It’s likely to be a little higher than that, but the Saints are going to be way over whatever the cap is.

That means they’re going to have to make some difficult choices because they have a lot of veterans with big cap numbers. Undoubtedly, they’ll restructure some deals and quarterback Drew Brees, who has the biggest cap figure at $17.4 million isn’t going anywhere.

But the Saints, who also will need to make room to re-sign some of their own free agents and pursue players from other teams (and, later on, sign a draft class), almost certainly will have to release some big-name players to get under the cap by March.

I’m looking at the individual cap figures for 2013 and here’s a list of guys that jumped out at me as being candidates for restructure or release:

I know, not TATF. But it should be fun to watch them cut a bunch of players and try to have enough money to sign their draft class on top of seeing there Payton goes next offseason.

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maybe Lofton will be all butthurt of the Saints cut him ad come back to ATL on the cheap to be a 2 down LB.

Lance Moore not being in NO would be great as well.

There are alot of players that wll be easy cuts when you weigh their production vs the cap hit.

That's like 42M right there. Will Smith is the only one of them, and maybe Lofton, that really would even effect that already poor defense.

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maybe Lofton will be all butthurt of the Saints cut him ad come back to ATL on the cheap to be a 2 down LB.

As much as I hate him, the idea of Lance Moore in the slot isnt terrible eaither (as long as his contract says he hs to wear 0 or 2 eye blacks, because wearing just one is gay)

What would be even more gravy is if he tried to come back because he wants to "play for a championship team." lol

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maybe Lofton will be all butthurt of the Saints cut him ad come back to ATL on the cheap to be a 2 down LB.

Lance Moore not being in NO would be great as well.

There are alot of players that wll be easy cuts when you weigh their production vs the cap hit.

That's like 42M right there. Will Smith is the only one of them, and maybe Lofton, that really would even effect that already poor defense.

you do realize when you cut a player that does not make the cap hit go away, right? It can help/hurt depending on how the contract was structured. Cap hit for cutting a lot of these guys would be big as well.

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