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Saints News, 3/31/15: Saints Down to $850K in Cap Space

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From Mike Triplett at ESPN.com: The New Orleans Saints are down to roughly $850,000 in salary-cap space according to updated information from ESPN Stats & Information and the NFL Players Association -- a decrease of $700,000 from previous estimates. The difference comes from linebacker Dannell Ellerbe’s deal. It was originally believed that a $2.1 million roster bonus due April 1 would count against the Miami Dolphins’ salary cap. Instead, it will count against the Saints’ cap at $700,000 per year from 2015-17.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> down to $850K in cap space based on new information from Dannell Ellerbe deal <a href="http://t.co/IYOqAITPSt">http://t.co/IYOqAITPSt</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/582669018076676096">March 30, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> only have about $850K in cap space, per <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo">@ESPNStatsInfo</a> and NFLPA records. Ellerbe&#39;s $2.1M roster bonus does count (700k per year)...</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/582658766639886336">March 30, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It was originally believed that bonus would not count against <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a>&#39; cap, but it does. Only a $700k cap difference this year...</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/582658949083754497">March 30, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>But that means <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> need roughly $2 million in cap space this year to sign draft picks (and more if they want to add FAs above minimum).</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/582659132555206656">March 30, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> Sean Payton said a reworked deal for Jahri Evans was in plans and possibly extension for Cam Jordan. Either could create cap space.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/582659690993180673">March 30, 2015</a></blockquote>

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