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2017 New Orleans Saints free agency and rumor tracker

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The free agency frenzy is about to hit overdrive with the start of the new league year. Will the Saints be players? Keep up with all the rumors, signings, and moves here.

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Today is the day, as the NFL's new season officially kicks off at 3:00 p.m. CST on Thursday afternoon. The New Orleans Saints look to be big players, but the buzz has been relatively quiet since the start of the league’s legal tampering period. Here’s your official tracker for all the latest and greatest from Airline Drive in Metairie.

Saints cap space: $6,134,475 (NFLPA records)

Players under contract: 65

Team needs: DE, OL, LB, RB

Re-Signings

New Players

Trades

  • Saints deal Brandin Cooks and 4th Round pick (No. 118 overall) to Patriots in exchange for New England’s 1st Round pick (No. 32 overall) and 3rd Round Pick (No. 103 overall)

Rumors

  • CB Malcolm Butler and Saints working to finalize a deal - 3/16 (source)
  • CB Malcolm Butler and Saints already negotiating long-term contract - 3/16 (source)
  • CB Malcolm Butler to visit Saints on Thursday - 3/16 (source)
  • LB Alex Okafor to visit on Monday; signed with Saints (source)
  • LB Dont’a Hightower was set to visit Saints, but visit was canceled (source)
  • LB Manti Te’o to visit on Thursday, left without a contract
  • Patriots considering trading CB Malcolm Butler for WR Brandin Cooks (source)
  • Saints interested in OG Kevin Zeitler (source); signed with Browns
  • Saints turned down No. 18 overall pick from Titans (source)

2017 Saints Free Agents

  • Kasim Edebali, DE (signed with Broncos on one-year deal)
  • B.W. Webb, CB
  • Paul Kruger, DE
  • Roman Harper, S
  • Michael Mauti, LB (rumored interest to return - source)
  • Jahri Evans, G
  • Tim Lelito, G (rumored interest to return - source)
  • Darryl Tapp, DE (rumored interest to return - source)
  • Jamarca Sanford, S
  • Justin Drescher, LS
  • Tim Hightower, RB (visiting with 49ers - source)
  • Kyle Wilson, CB
  • Tony Hills, OT (32)
  • Sterling Moore, CB (rumored interest to return, will test market - source)
  • Travaris Cadet, RB (visiting the Jets ; weighing offers from Jets, Saints and Bills - source ; re-signed with New Orleans - source)
  • John Phillips, TE
  • Sam Barrington, LB
  • Jason Trusnik, LB