Update: Current New Orleans Saints Free Agency & Roster Breakdown

Before I get started, let's first give a round of applause to Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis. Like the 2011 NFL Draft, I think they're doing a tremendous job with this highly unusual and fast-paced free agency period. I really like all the moves they're making. With each one my excitement for the 2011 season grows. If I were handing out free agency grades, I'd give it an A. 

Yesterday I broke down the Saints official roster so everyone could get a better idea of where the team currently sits personnel-wise. But with things changing so quickly during this expedited free agency period, I figured I should update everything again. Here is where the Saints stand now after all of yesterday's activity. 

Currently, the Saints have 79 players under contract or agreed to terms, including the 21 undrafted free agents.

They still have all three rookies left to sign, but those are all but definite. I would hope to see at least Martez Wilson sign today, if not either of the two first rounders (Jordan & Ingram). 

That gives the Saints a total of 82 players on their official roster.

With a roster limit of 90, that leaves 8 open roster spots left to fill, either by re-signing one of their own free agents or bringing in a new free agent player. Unless they make more cuts to make more room. 

 

 

Still a priority for the team would be to have Carl Nicks sign his tender offer and to re-sign tight end David Thomas and safety Roman Harper. Hopefully those both happen today. Other players they might want to think about holding on to are Heath Evans, Zach Strief, Jonathan Goodwin and Anthony Hargrove. That's seven of the eight open spots right there. 

The Saints have been rumored to show interest in defensive end Cullen Jenkins. Something to keep your eye on today. 

With the signing of Darren Sproles, I would say Courtney Roby may now be left out in the cold. I don't expect the Saints to re-sign him. 

There's a definite crowd at running back and also at linebacker. Free agents like Ladell Betts, Julius Jones, Kawika Mitchell and Anthony Waters don't appear to have a good shot at getting offered contracts by the Saints. If the Saints plan to sign any more players at either of those positions, they may release someone from that position to make room. 

If the Saints need to make room to sign a veteran free agent, I would expect them to release one of their recent undrafted free agent signings at either the long snapper, fullback or linebacker position. 

Below you'll find a roster breakdown by position. Then you'll be treated to a complete, up-to-date roster (as of the publishing of this post) and full sortable Saints roster. It includes the three remaining not-yet-but-soon-to-be-signed 2011 draft picks. That's followed by a list of the Saints remaining unsigned free agents, also in an easy to use, sortable table. But first, a quick recap of yesterday's action 

 

In case you missed it:

Saints Sign Darren Sproles

Saints Re-Sign Danny Clark

Saints Release Cornerback Randall Gay

Saints Re-Sign Chris Reis

Saints Re-Sign Jo-Lonn Dunbar

Saints Re-Sign Scott Shanle

Saints Sign Johnny Patrick

Cleveland Browns Sign Usama Young

Saints Sign Jermon Bushrod

Saints Sign Nate Bussey

Saints Sign Greg Romeus

Reggie Bush Traded To Miami

Remi Ayodele Leaves Saints, Signs with Vikings


Here's how the roster breaks down by position:

OFFENSE

T - 5

G - 4

C - 2

TE - 4

WR - 11

RB - 8

FB - 2

QB - 4

Total: 40


DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

DE - 5

DT - 6

LB - 13

CB - 7

S - 5

K - 2

P - 1

LS - 3

Total: 42

 

 

Current Roster

Click the header of a column to sort it. We should find out more players numbers today. 

 

Number Position Player College
70 G/T Roger Allen Missouri Western
53 LB Stanley Arnoux Wake Forest
87 WR Adrian Arrington Michigan
43 RB Joique Bell Wayne State
94 DE Cameron Jordan Cal
89 WR Montez Billings Auburn
9 QB Drew Brees Purdue
96 DE Alex Brown Florida
71 T Charles Brown USC
-- S Jonathon Amaya Nevada-Reno
62 LB Ezra Butler Nevada
4 QB Sean Canfield Oregon St.
95 LB Martez Wilson Illinois
52 LB Jonathan Casillas Wisconson
10 QB Chase Daniel Missouri
45 FB Jed Collins Washington St. 
12 WR Marques Colston Hofstra
28 RB Mark Ingram Alabama
60 G  Brian de la Puente California
47 LS Justin Drescher Colorado
98 DT Sedrick Ellis USC
73 G Jahri Evans Bloomsburg
93 DE Junior Galette Stillman
-- RB Darren Sproles Kansas St.
80 TE Jimmy Graham Miami
33 CB Jabari Greer Tennessee
30 RB Lynell Hamilton San Diego St.
-- WR Michael Galatas Millsaps
5 K Garrett Hartley Oklahoma
19 WR Devery Henderson LSU
54 LB Ramon Humber North Dakota St..
75 DT Mitch King Iowa
29 RB Chris Ivory Tiffin
27 S Malcolm Jenkins Ohio St. 
72 DT Tom Johnson Southern Miss.
57 LS Jason Kyle Arizona St.
82 TE Tyler Lorenzen Connecticut
17 WR Robert Meachem Tennessee
95 DT Swanson Miller Oklahoma St. 
16 WR Lance Moore Toledo
6 P Thomas Morstead Southern Methodist
38 CB Mark Parson Ohio
22 CB Tracy Porter Indiana
34 CB Patrick Robinson Florida St. 
92 DT Shaun Rogers Texas
91 DE Will Smith Ohio St. 
78 T Jon Stinchcomb Georgia
14 WR Andy Tanner Midwestern St.
36 RB Chris Taylor Indiana
65 C/G Matt Tennant Boston College
23 RB Pierre Thomas Illinois
51 LB Jonathan Vilma Miami
61 LB Nate Bussey Illinois
32 CB Johnny Patrick Louisville
79 DE Greg Romeus Pittsburgh
-- K Jake Rogers Cincinnati
-- S Isa Abdul Quddus Fordham
-- T Harold Beilby Marian University
-- WR John Chiles Texas
-- QB Ryan Colburn Fresno St. 
-- WR Jarred Fayson Illinois
-- TE Harry Flaherty Princeton
-- RB C.J. Gable USC
-- CB Josh Gatlin North Dakota St. 
-- TE Michael Higgins Nebraska-Omaha
66 LB Jeremiha Hunter Iowa
-- FB Kolby Hurt Missouri St. 
-- G Carl Johnson Florida
-- DT Dexter Larimore Ohio St.
-- S DeAndre McDaniel Clemson
-- WR Joseph Morgan Walsh
-- LS Kyle Nelson New Mexico St.
-- LB Dwight Roberson Oregon St.
-- T Mike Smith Nebraska
-- C Ryan Taylor UCLA
-- LB Will Herring Auburn
24 CB Leigh Torrence Stanford
56 LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar Boston College
55 LB Danny Clark Illinois
74 T Jermon Bushrod Towson
39 S Chris Reis Georgia Tech
58 LB Scott Shanle Nebraska

 

 

Saints Free Agents

Click the header of a column to sort it. 

 

Number Position Player College Status
59 LB Anthony Waters
Clemson
RFA
77 G Carl Nicks Nebraska RFA (Tendered)
92 DT Remi Ayodele

Oklahoma Signed by Vikings
46 RB Ladell Betts Iowa UFA
97 DE Jeff Charleson Idaho St. UFA
44 FB Heath Evans Auburn UFA
37 S Matt Giordano California UFA
76 C Jonathan Goodwin Michigan UFA
69 DT/DE Anthony Hargrove Georgia Tech UFA
41 S Roman Harper Alabama UFA
84 TE Tory Humphrey Central Michigan

UFA
21 RB Julius Jones Notre Dame UFA
-- LB Kawika Mitchell South Florida UFA
50 LB Marvin Mitchell  Tennessee UFA
31 S Pierson Prioleau Virginia Tech UFA
15 WR Courtney Roby Indiana UFA
42 S Darren Sharper William & Mary UFA
64 T Zach Strief Northwestern UFA
85 TE David Thomas Texas UFA
99 DE/DT Jimmy Wilkerson Oklahoma UFA
35 RB DeShawn Wynn Florida UFA
28 S Usama Young Kent St. Signed by Browns
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