New Orleans Saints Biggest Off-Season Needs
The New Orleans Saints are focused on 2019/2020 and we're getting closer to the NFL combine and then the NFL Draft.
Here's the list of all the Saints who are free agents, restricted and unrestricted via our very own Scott Prather.
With that, let's take a look at what the Saints biggest needs this off-season are, what they have and what's out there to add. Keep in mind, that the Saints have $10.8M in projected cap space (that's not including the money they'll allocate to draft picks).
Let's start with Tight End:
What They Have: Josh Hill-28, Just signed at 3 years/$8.85M
What They Need: A pass-catching tight end, free agents:
-C.J. Uzomah (CIN): 26 years old, 43 catches, 439 yards, three touchdowns.
-Jesse James (PIT): 24 years old, 30 catches, 423 yards, two touchdowns.
What They Have: Michael Thomas-25 ($1.62M final year under contract), Cameron Meredith-26 ($6.5M final year), Ted Ginn Jr.-33 ($3.5M final year), Tre'Quan Smith-23 ($830K three years remaining on rookie deal)
What They Need: Depth
-Dez Bryant (NO): Keep him on the roster, may be able to get him cheap coming off the torn Achilles. 30 years old.
-Devin Funchess (CAR): 25 years old, 44 catches, 549 yards, four touchdowns. Made $1.4M last season coming off a down year, has potential and still young.
-Adam Humphries (TB): 26 years old, 76 catches, 816 yards, five touchdowns. Made $2.9M last season.
What They Have: Terron Armstead-27 ($16.1M potentially three more years under contract), Larry Warford-27 ($10.6M potentially two more years under contract), Andrus Peat-25 ($9.6M, final year of contract), Max Unger-33 ($8.7M, final year of contract), Ryan Ramczyk-25 ($2.4M, two years left on current rookie deal), Derek Newton-31 ($930K, final year of contract), Cameron Tom-24 ($645K, final year), Will Clapp-23 ($588K three more years left on current rookie deal), Nate Wozniak-25 ($495K, two years left on current deal), Michael Ola-31 ($805K, just resigned to a one-year deal).
What They Need: Depth
*List of free agents here*
What They Have: The loss of Sheldon Rankins late last season will loom large and the team will have to go about finding an alternative to fill his budding shoes. Plus David Onyemata got in trouble for possession of marijuana earlier in the month and a suspension could be handed down. Onyemata-26 ($2.18M final year of contract), Taylor Stallworth-23 (573K, two years left on current deal), Tomasi Laulile-24 ($495K two years left of current deal).
What They Need: A starter, someone who can eat up space and aid in stopping the run in the middle of the line.
-Margus Hunt (IND): 32 years old, 30 tackles, five sacks, seven QB hits. Made $2M last season.
-Jonathan Hankins (OAK): 27 years old, 36 tackles, two QB hits. Made $2M last season.
-Damion Square (LAC): 30 years old, 31 tackles, three sacks, seven QB hits. Made $2M last season.