The New Orleans Saints have 18 players entering free agency

The New Orleans Saints have 18 players entering free agency

The end of the regular season for the Saints means it’s time to start making deals

The end of a regular-season means that important information comes to light for many NFL teams. In the case of the New Orleans Saints, it appears they will have an extensive task to accomplish in the upcoming offseason. That’s because of the long list of free agents they have to evaluate this year, especially since there are many decisions that don’t seem to be so easy to make about who to re-sign.

One of the most discouraging factors is that New Orleans is more than $60 million in the red, so once again, it looks to be an offseason where management will be looking for various strategies to survive. Khai Harley, the Saints’ salary cap navigator, and his team appear to already have the experience necessary to meet these challenges.

Harley has spearheaded the complicated maneuvers the Saints have had over the past few years. However, this year’s challenge appears to be an easy one to overcome, especially after surviving a $101 million cap hit last summer.

Still, this conversation is destined for another table as it is essential to take a look at some of the Saints’ top players in the free agency room. Undoubtedly one of the most notable is quarterback Jameis Winston. His status for this year remains as an unrestricted free agent, which means the team can retain him with an extension or franchise/transfer tag. Winston was key in some of the team’s games this season, so it’s very possible the Saints will want to keep him on their roster.

A similar condition presents itself for wide receivers Ty Montgomery and Tre’Quan Smith, as both are unrestricted free agents. After being an important part of the team, it remains to be seen if Saints management decides to keep them on hand in order to have an outstanding 2022 season.

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