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:
Here's how the roster breaks down by position:
T - 5
G - 4
C - 2
TE - 4
WR - 11
RB - 8
FB - 2
QB - 4
DE - 5
DT - 6
LB - 13
CB - 7
S - 5
K - 2
P - 1
LS - 3
Click the header of a column to sort it. We should find out more players numbers today.
|30||RB||San Diego St.|
|54||LB||North Dakota St..|
|--||CB||North Dakota St.|
|--||LS||New Mexico St.|
|56||LB||Jo-Lonn Dunbar||Boston College|
Saints Free Agents
Click the header of a column to sort it.
|77||G||Carl Nicks||Nebraska||RFA (Tendered)|
||Oklahoma||Signed by Vikings|
|97||DE||Jeff Charleson||Idaho St.||UFA|
|69||DT/DE||Anthony Hargrove||Georgia Tech||UFA|
|84||TE||Tory Humphrey||Central Michigan
|21||RB||Julius Jones||Notre Dame||UFA|
|--||LB||Kawika Mitchell||South Florida||UFA|
|31||S||Pierson Prioleau||Virginia Tech||UFA|
|42||S||Darren Sharper||William & Mary||UFA|
|28||S||Usama Young||Kent St.||Signed by Browns|