The New Orleans Saints continue to make roster changes as they prepare for next season
By Bob Garcia
This week has seen a lot of positive movements for the Saints’ roster
On Wednesday, the decision to keep J.T. Gray at home with the New Orleans Saints was announced and confirmed. However, this wasn’t the only move the Saints made yesterday. It was also reported by the NFL Network that defensive tackle David Onyemata reached an agreement with the team that consisted of a contract restructure. This will save the team more than $4 million right at the perfect time so it can stay below the 2021 salary cap the team has been concerned about lately. The Saints have made several roster adjustments already this week and more are set to come.
Gray was supposed to be the only player restricted free agent this offseason, but that was avoided in an agreement that included a contract that pays Gray a total of $2 million in guaranteed money. The player re-signed a two-year contract extension worth $4 million. After being with the team for a while, Gray has gained confidence from special teams and, despite having only played 40 defensive snaps in his first three NFL seasons, he was already named a second-team All-Pro in 2019 due to the great performance shown on the defensive line.
When it comes to Onyemata, the terms of his new contract restructure still aren’t well specified but it seems that the Saints are using their common tactic by converting a piece of his base salary into a signing bonus. As an example of what he achieved in the 2020 season, Onyemata recorded some awesome numbers, including career highs in sacks (6.5), tackles (44) and tackles for loss (10).