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New Orleans Saints Free Agency: Which Players Need to Be Re-Signed

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By Chad Breaux | LWOS

After two years of devastating playoff exits, the New Orleans Saints find themselves in a state of flux. They went “all in” in 2018 only to find defeat in the NFC Championship game. Free agent signings and trades have left the Saints front office in a conundrum. The championship window being held open by Drew Brees is closing, and the Saints lack the resources to shore up weak areas. In order to overcome the disappointment of the past two seasons, the Saints must re-sign their own free agents. The two most important are Mark Ingram and Wil Lutz.

New Orleans Saints Free Agency: Players Who Need to Be Re-Signed
The Draft and the Cap

New Orleans sacrificed this years’ draft. Aggressive trades have left the Saints with a depleted draft stock. Their first pick doesn’t come until the end of the second round. It will be the team’s lone pick in the first four rounds. The Saints do have two picks in each of round five, six, and seven. However, with the Saints’ considerable depth, the team will be hard-pressed to find someone to make the final 53-man roster, much less a difference maker. ...

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Mark Ingram wants 10,000 rushing yards, Super Bowl ring before NFL career ends

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By Mark Inabinett | AL.com

Approaching a crossroads eight seasons into his NFL career, running back Mark Ingram has things he still wants to accomplish in football.

“I’m going into my ninth year, I feel like I’m better than ever,” Ingram said during an appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show” last week. “I feel like my career’s still going up. I want to rush for 10,000 yards. Clearly, I want to win the Super Bowl. I just want to keep pressing forward, keep doing the best I can do and just control what I can control.”

But will Ingram be striving for those milestones with the New Orleans Saints, the team that brought him into the NFL from Alabama as the 28th selection in the 2011 draft?

Ingram has played out a four-year, $16 million contract signed in 2015. If the Saints don't re-sign him before the NFL's 2019 business year starts on March 13, Ingram will become a free agent. He was headed toward free agency in 2015, but he re-signed with the Saints a few days before reaching that point. ...

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Short on picks, Saints make the most of 7-round mock draft

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints have few picks to work with in the 2019 NFL Draft, but they made the most of them in a recent mock draft. Trevor Sikkema of The Draft Network charted all seven rounds, suggesting players to fit each of the Saints’ selections. Here’s who he picked up for the black and gold:

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Round 2, Pick 62: TE Dawson Knox
Saints get a pass-catching tight end.
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Knox was underused but efficient in college. ...

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Saints can’t afford Andrus Peat without sweetheart deal

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By Roy Anderson | WhoDatDish

An interesting piece from ESPN.com on Thursday, Feb. 14, suggests the Saints give Andrus Peat a massive pay raise. We say ain’t gonna happen.

We’ve done a fair amount of talking about the issues about to come up for the Saints with left guard Andrus Peat. Between Peat and Terron Armstead, without any kind of contract restructuring, those two will account for just over $31 million toward the team’s 2019 salary cap.

Peat’s number for 2019 is $9.625 if the team kicks in the fifth year option on the contract for the Saints first round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Armstead is set to make over $10 million a year for the next three years running. ...

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The Saints’ 2019 contract triggers

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By James Parks | 247 Sports

The New Orleans Saints have some pressing business to get to.

A few prominent players are entering the offseason as free agents, including the likes of running back Mark Ingram and reserve quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, among others.

Over the next month or so, the Saints will have to deal with a few triggers in the existing contracts for several of their players, in addition to others that will come in later years.

“Teams will need to decide before each date whether or not to exercise the trigger,” according to the analysis of Over the Cap. “In many cases, the contract must be terminated in order to avoid the clause in question from triggering.”

Here is a list of the upcoming contract triggers for the Saints. ...

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