By James Parks
The defending NFC South champion New Orleans Saints are entering a crucial season in 2018, looking not only to defend their division crown, but to take full advantage of one of the most talented rosters in football and bring the city a second Super Bowl championship in the short window they have from now until Drew Brees finally leaves the game.
Moreover, the Saints have a number of high profile players who will enter the coming campaign in the final year of their respective contracts. Here is a list of the Saints’ free agents in 2019, according to Spotrac.
Mark Ingram, RB. The Saints’ lead back turned 28 back in December and has one year left on his contract. Used sparingly early in his career, Ingram enjoys relatively good health for a back hist age as a result. This offseason, however, the NFL suspended Ingram for four games to begin the season, which could put a major damper on his eventual production as he pursues a new contract. 2018 Salary: $4 million
Manti Te’o, LB. The veteran linebacker came to New Orleans last offseason and was an immediate aid for the Saints’ front seven in his initial year with the club, serving primarily as a run defender. While the team wants to get younger here, they could make room for Te’o. 2018 Salary: $1.7 million...
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