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Saints News, 3/20/14: Saints GM Mickey Loomis Continues To Create More Salary Cap Space

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After some recent financial wizardry, Mickey Loomis now has the Saints $3,089,212 under the cap, according to the NFLPA. Pierre Thomas' recent contract extension helped save the team $1.3 million in cap space and a restructuring of Keenan Lewis' contract saves them $1.2 million this year. This $3,089,212 cap space figure includes the new contracts for wide receiver Joe Morgan and linebacker Ramon Humber. Does Mickey have some other possible free agent acquisitions in mind and would they include re-signing center Brian de la Puente?

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> RB Pierre Thomas actually took slight pay cut this year from $2.9 million in salary/bonuses to $2.4 million. But its all guaranteed.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/446731219536187392">March 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Total value of Thomas&#39; new deal with is 3 years, $6.9 million. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> saved $1.33 million off this year&#39;s salary cap.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/446731419558367232">March 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Base salary: $495,000 "<a href="https://twitter.com/philallen76">@philallen76</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder">@LarryHolder</a> any word on the numbers for the Joe Morgan contract"</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/446712948871163904">March 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> have restructured Keenan Lewis&#39; contract to save a little cap space this year. Also saved a little space on Pierre Thomas&#39; new deal.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/446706929902309376">March 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RT <a href="https://twitter.com/MickeyLoomis">@MickeyLoomis</a> That ought to be enough to sign another 8 or 9 guys. Stay tuned. RT <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder">@LarryHolder</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> have $3,089,212 in cap space now</p>&mdash; Biff Jerky (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/446699066979016704">March 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> have $3,089,212 in cap space now, according to NFLPA. Includes Lewis, Thomas, Morgan, Humber deals.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/446697924970295296">March 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Per source, Brian de la Puente wrapped up <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Redskins&amp;src=hash">#Redskins</a> visit. Still mulling options including Redskins, <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>, others.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/446728499374854144">March 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>As it turns out, 31 of 32 teams made it to Missouri Pro Day. The Redskins are the one that didn&#39;t get here.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/446730355974762496">March 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> FB Erik Lorig may never have taken a handoff in the NFL, but he&#39;s said he&#39;s plenty ready for new job in <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23nola&amp;src=hash">#nola</a> <a href="http://t.co/o6cU7fBvaD">http://t.co/o6cU7fBvaD</a></p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/statuses/446730410249039872">March 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RT <a href="https://twitter.com/OJBrigance">@OJBrigance</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGleason">@TeamGleason</a> Happy 37th Birthday! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NoWhiteFlags&amp;src=hash">#NoWhiteFlags</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23saints&amp;src=hash">#saints</a> &#10;...Thanks OJ!&#10;-SG</p>&mdash; steve gleason (@TeamGleason) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGleason/statuses/446739990736031745">March 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Went to Miley Cyrus concert a couple days ago, &amp; all I got was this janky rendition of &quot;Wrecking Bark&quot;: <a href="http://t.co/69tjQeKEVU">http://t.co/69tjQeKEVU</a> &#10;Refund?&#10;-SG</p>&mdash; steve gleason (@TeamGleason) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGleason/statuses/446743207905611776">March 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/nfl">@nfl</a>: A little advice to the rest of the NFC South...&#10;&#10;DON&#39;T KICK IT TO HESTER! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NFLFreeAgency&amp;src=hash">#NFLFreeAgency</a> <a href="http://t.co/oV0SOSc5DT">pic.twitter.com/oV0SOSc5DT</a>"&#10;&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WHODAT&amp;src=hash">#WHODAT</a></p>&mdash; Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead/statuses/446738747233550336">March 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Thomas Dimitroff and crew sure are a bunch of idiots.</p>&mdash; Biff Jerky (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/446733689536671744">March 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Out early this AM <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23grinding&amp;src=hash">#grinding</a> to get my yard and grass right Nothing too big for me &amp; &quot;the help&quot; can&#39;t handle <a href="https://twitter.com/self24">@self24</a> <a href="http://t.co/XOakeah3AK">pic.twitter.com/XOakeah3AK</a></p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/statuses/446737465538129920">March 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>THIS JUST IN: The Panthers announce the signing of WR Jerricho Cotchery to a 2 year deal. <a href="http://t.co/ysBlrNZ8XR">pic.twitter.com/ysBlrNZ8XR</a></p>&mdash; NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNNFL/statuses/446719644204679168">March 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/Reggie_Stone">@Reggie_Stone</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/jairusbyrd">@jairusbyrd</a> you got the Big O going far in the tourney?"&lt; of course! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23GoDucks&amp;src=hash">#GoDucks</a></p>&mdash; jairus byrd (@jairusbyrd) <a href="https://twitter.com/jairusbyrd/statuses/446721668762054657">March 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Listen to today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@blackbluereport</a> -&gt; <a href="http://t.co/UcdTBsc5Ct">http://t.co/UcdTBsc5Ct</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/446714991732092928">March 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>A slimmer, more dapper Rob Ryan on Thomas and Friends. His head coaching look? <a href="http://t.co/5Gbqmpj0M7">pic.twitter.com/5Gbqmpj0M7</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/446673745021632512">March 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

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Before the extension, Thomas was supposed to count $2.9 million against the salary cap in 2014, the last year of his contract. But with the extension, the site said, Thomas will count $1.33 million against the cap: that’s his base salary of $855,000, one-third of his signing bonus ($415,000) and a $300,000 roster bonus.

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New Orleans Saints present Steve Gleason with a jersey for his 37th birthday
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Darren Sharper, WTF!?

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