There are 20 unrestricted free agents from the Saints 2016 team roster. The list includes players like Tim Hightower, Jahri Evans, Paul Kruger, Darryl Tapp, Michael Mauti, Sterling Moore, Kyle Wilson, and Roman Harper.
There are 31 other teams in the NFL and, so far, none of them have deemed any Saints UFA worthy of signing to their team. The first and second waves of free agency have come and gone.
Signings will slow down until after the draft when teams have a better idea of what holes on their rosters need to be filled. Free agents still waiting for their phone to ring after April 29th will only be offered contracts that are most likely less lucrative and shorter in term.
The Saints did choose to retain a few of these players for the 2017 season. Travaris Cadet has reportedly been resigned along with fullback John Kuhn and safety Shiloh Keo.
The Saints also had two exclusive rights free agents (Brandon Coleman and Willie Snead) along with two restricted free agents (Kasim Edebali and Chris Banjo). Coleman signed his one year tender while Snead has not, though negotiations continue. Edebali signed a one year deal with the Broncos while Banjo signed a two year deal worth $2.6 million to remain with the Saints.
Even though it stings to see former Saints players sign with other teams, I’m not sure if it stings more than knowing almost a third of the 2016 team has been deemed worthless by the entire NFL. Ouch.