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Saints free agency primer: Offensive line is set — for now. Will Saints address the future?

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By Luke Johnson | NOLA.com

The start of NFL free agency is right around the corner (March 17), and that means we should soon start to get an idea for the shape of the New Orleans Saints roster.

One way or another, this promises to be an off-season of change for the Saints, who have already navigated some coaching staff turnover. They might be debuting a new starter under center for the first time since 2006 and will likely be faced with some tough roster decisions in order to get under the salary cap.

With that in mind, here is a position-by-position look at who the Saints currently have under contract, who from their 2020 team is a free agent, and how they could build their 2021 roster this offseason.

Offensive line
Under contract: Terron Armstead, Andrus Peat, Ryan Ramczyk, Cesar Ruiz, Erik McCoy, Ethan Greenidge, Derrick Kelly, Calvin Throckmorton

Free agents: James Hurst ...

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Saints: 3 less-expensive running backs than Latavius Murray

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By Matthew Beighle | Whodatdish

Latavius Murray gave the Saints a spark of life this year. He was more than just a change-of-pace running back to Alvin Kamara; he ended up being a strong, reliable, downhill runner for the team that proved his worth.

Last season, Murray ran for 656 yards and four touchdowns. He also ended up starting for seven games this season. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry which was on the better side of running backs in the NFL in 2020.
If the New Orleans Saints decided to cut running back Latavius Murray, here are three free-agent options that are cheaper than Murray.

Murray’s cap hit only runs just over $4 million. When you look at the production that Murray gave last year, he has proved to be worth $4 million to the Saints. However, I would still not be surprised if they chose to cut Murray ahead of the new league year.

If they chose to go that way, the only way it would make sense is if they signed someone to back up Kamara that was cheaper than Murray. Therefore, they would have to sign a free agent for less than $4 million. Here are the top three that they could sign. ...

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Fleur-de-Links, March 8: Saints retain a player, restructure two contracts over the weekend

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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Officially licensed Saints face coverings are now available, with a new, more protective design.

A look at Deonte Harris’s 2020 season with the Saints, his second season with the team.

Fan Nation predicts that the Saints will use their first round draft pick to draft linebacker Nick Bolton.

A look at three wide receivers that the Saints could draft in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Saints have re-signed Ty Montgomery with a one-year contract.

A look at some of Thomas Morstead’s teammates’ social media reactions following the announce of his release.

By restructuring the contracts of both...
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Jameis Winston and the Saints make sense for each other

  • News source: Ed Daniels
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Every so often, a player and a franchise make sense together.

On the verge of NFL veteran free agency, Jameis Winston and the New Orleans Saints are a match, if there ever was one.

Winston could go other places, maybe for more money, but he knows that he cannot find a better place to rebuild his career than in New Orleans.

It is the right head coach and the right supporting cast.

As free agency kicks off, they’ll be speculation about Winston and other franchises, namely the New England Patriots.

So you ask the following of Winston:

Would you rather hand the football to Damien Harris...
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Saints free agency primer: Tough decision ahead regarding DE Trey Hendrickson

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The start of NFL free agency is right around the corner (March 17), and that means we should soon start to get an idea for the shape of the New Orleans Saints roster.

One way or another, this promises to be an off-season of change for the Saints, who have already navigated some coaching staff turnover. They might be debuting a new starter under center for the first time since 2006 and will likely be faced with some tough roster decisions in order to get under the salary cap.

With that in mind, here is a position-by-position look at who the Saints currently have under contract, who from...
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If Seahawks trade Russell Wilson, what’s their plan at quarterback?

  • News source: Mike Florio
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As a sense of unease and dysfunction hovers over the relationship between Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, a persistent question emerges regarding the aftermath of a potential trade.

If Wilson goes, who replaces him at quarterback?

The Seahawks don’t keep a highly-competent backup on the roster, surely due in part to the fact that Wilson never misses games. There’s also a vague notion that coach Pete Carroll’s “always compete” mantra doesn’t apply to the QB1 position. (It will be interesting to see whether that changes in 2021, if Wilson stays.) So the easy answer is to say the successor...
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Saints free agency primer: Offensive line is set — for now. Will Saints address the future?

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The start of NFL free agency is right around the corner (March 17), and that means we should soon start to get an idea for the shape of the New Orleans Saints roster.

One way or another, this promises to be an off-season of change for the Saints, who have already navigated some coaching staff turnover. They might be debuting a new starter under center for the first time since 2006 and will likely be faced with some tough roster decisions in order to get under the salary cap.

With that in mind, here is a position-by-position look at who the Saints currently have under contract, who from...
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Saints free agency primer: Sheldon Rankins says he feels great. What does that mean for his future?

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The start of NFL free agency is right around the corner (March 17), and that means we should soon start to get an idea for the shape of the New Orleans Saints roster.

One way or another, this promises to be an offseason of change for the Saints, who have already navigated some coaching staff turnover. They might be debuting a new starter under center for the first time since 2006 and will likely be faced with some tough roster decisions in order to get under the salary cap.

With that in mind, here is a position-by-position look at whom the Saints currently have under contract, who from...
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Saints could benefit from some ‘magic’ in 2021

  • News source: Rene Nadeau
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The New Orleans Saints might be due for a little magic in 2021.

First, let reflect on the career of longtime NFL quarterback Earl Morrall, who proved to be more than just an insurance policy during his 21 years of service in the National Football League. The four-time NFL champion and 1968 league MVP was most valuable when his team really needed him most.

Following a trade from the New York Giants to the Don Shula-coached Baltimore Colts, Morrall replaced the injured Johnny Unitas after am elbow injury to his throwing shoulder shelved the legend in the final preseason game in ’68. The...
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Saints restructure contracts of Demario Davis, Cam Jordan

  • News source: CCS Staff
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The salary moves keep on coming in New Orleans.

The Saints have reached agreements with linebacker Demario Davis and defensive end Cameron Jordan to restructure their contracts, according to multiple reports.

Jordan was scheduled to have an $18.9 million cap hit while Davis was set to cost $10.8 million against the 2021 cap. The two moves are slated to shave more than $13 million their cap deficit.

New Orleans must trim down more to be under the cap by the start of the NFL fiscal year March 17.
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Saints agree to terms with Ty Montgomery

  • News source: Justin Macione
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New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Saturday that the club has agreed to terms with Ty Montgomery II on a one-year contract.

Montgomery, 6-0, 216, was originally a third round pick (94th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Stanford. After he was originally selected as a wide receiver, he transitioned to running back in 2016 and played both positions for New Orleans in 2020. Montgomery has appeared in 62 career games with 17 starts for Green Bay (2015-18), Baltimore (2018), the New York Jets (2019) and New Orleans (2020), carrying 243 times...
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Saints create $13 million in cap space through restructures of two key players

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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Heading into Saturday morning, the New Orleans Saints were sitting just under $60 million over the 2021 season’s salary cap. Veteran Ty Montgomery was re-signed to a one deal, but the deal actually saved around $200k in cap space. To be clear, only the top 51 players’ salaries count towards the cap, which is why Montgomery’s deal saves some cap space by bumping the previous player in the 51st spot down to 52nd. Where the Saints made much larger headway was in the restructuring of defensive end Cameron Jordan and linebacker Demario Davis’ contracts.

Restructures like this were expected...
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New Orleans Saints continue reload with one-year deal for WR/RB Ty Montgomery

  • News source: Ross.Jackson
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In accompaniment with a couple of restructures on Saturday, the New Orleans Saints have brought back Ty Montgomery. The WR/RB hybrid signed with the Saints ahead of the 2020 season last year to the tune of a lot of excitement around the fanbase. That excitement now continues as the Saints have re-signed Montgomery to a one-year vet minimum deal.

Montgomery had an interesting first year with New Orleans. Between Alvin Kamara’s astonishing season and Montgomery’s early-season injury, the former Green Bay Packer’s contributions were limited early, playing more than 3% of snaps in only four...
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Will the Bears be able to land Russell Wilson?

  • News source: Mike Florio
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The Bears need to upgrade the quarterback position. They’re reportedly planning to make a run for the ultimate potential upgrade: Russell Wilson.

The mutual interest makes plenty of sense. The Bears haven’t had a true franchise quarterback since Sid Luckman. Wilson, in turn, wants to be the Patrick Mahomes of an offense, with the attack running through him and built around him. Who better than Matt Nagy, who spent 2017 in Kansas City as offensive coordinator while the Chiefs quietly prepared to unleash Mahomes, to do it?

Even if Wilson can’t quite reach Mahomesian levels, Wilson becomes...
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Saints restructure Demario Davis, Cam Jordan contracts

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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The Saints remain well over the 2021 salary cap, but they’re chipping away at it.

Today they’ve reached agreements with linebacker Demario Davis and defensive end Cameron Jordan to restructure their contracts, according to multiple reports.

Jordan was scheduled to have an $18.9 million cap hit, the biggest on the team. Davis was scheduled to have a $10.8 million cap hit. The two moves are slated to shave more than $13 million off the Saints’ cap in 2021.

Restructuring contracts to create short-term cap space while pushing more money into the future is something the Saints have done a...
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Saints restructure contracts of LB Demario Davis, DE Cameron Jordan to save $13.4 million: report

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints restructured two more large player contracts on Saturday to help them save against the salary cap for 2021.

The Saints restructured linebacker Demario Davis' contract, a source told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate, and also restructured defensive end Cameron Jordan's contract, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

The restructures collectively save the Saints $13.4 million against the salary cap, according to Rapoport. The news regarding both Davis and Jordan was first reported by Rapoport.

Jordan's cap hit, before the restructure, was originally $18.9...
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