The New Orleans Saints face one of the most difficult cap situations in the league, sitting well over $50 milllion over the cap. They will have to make some cuts and restructure contracts, but the roster is also in need of some upgrades.
2022 in review
The Saints were part of a trio of NFC South teams that finished 7-10. one game behind the division champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The quarterback position was fairl unsettled with Andy Dalton going 6-8 over 14 starts with Taysom Hill being worked in intermittenly. Jameis Winston was the opening day starter, but went 1-2 before injuries kept him out of the lineup to the point of where head coach Dennis Allen decided to just stick with Dalton. Running back Alvin Kamara amassed nearly 1,400 yards on offfense despite dealing with legal issues, but he only found the end zone four times. New Orleans ranked 22nd in total offense and 18th in points.
The defense, which is getting older, remains effect, ranking in ninth in points allowed and fifth in yards allowed. Luckily most of the expected salary-based moves will come on offense. Winston is likely to be released, while Andrus Peat has always restructured his deal.
Saints free agency rumors, signings and losses
- The Saints are signing former Lions RB Jamaal Williams to a three-year deal, per Adam Schefter.
- The Saints have already made the biggest splash in free agency by signing quarterback Derek Carr to a four-year, $150 million contract.
- The Saints will retain WR Michael Thomas on a one-year, $10 million contract, per Ian Rapoport.
- Saints re-signed QB Jameis Winston to a one-year contract, per Ian Rapoport.
- The Bills are signing former Saints WR/PR to a two-year deal worth $13.5 million deal, per Ian Rapoport.
- Falcons signed former Saints LB Kaden Elliss to a three-year, $21.4 million contract with $11 million in guarantees.
- Vikings signed former Saints EDGE Marcus Davenport to a one-year, $13 million contract.
- Panthers signed former Saints DT Shy Tuttle to a three-year, $19.5 million contract, per Adam Schefter.
- Falcons signed former Saints DT David Onyemata to a three-year, $35 million contract, per Mike Garafolo.
- Andy Dalton says goodbye to New Orleans as he signs a two-year deal with the Carolina Panthers, per Adam Schefter.