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New Orleans Saints set to hit free agency in 2018

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Some 26 players hope to be back in black and gold for 2018, but the reality is that not all of them will.

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Free agency is set for March 14, and is sure to bring a lot of excitement across the NFL. For the New Orleans Saints, they have many decisions to make when it comes to keeping some of their own. The team was pretty active last offseason, acquiring A.J. Klein, Alex Okafor, Ted Ginn Jr., and Larry Warford. New Orleans looks to backfill some depth spots, while upgrading some positions in the process. Here’s a glimpse at who’s set to hit free agency for the black and gold.

Exclusive Rights Free Agents (2)

Exclusive Rights Free Agents (ERFA) – Player is not under contract, and has not reached three years of experience. If the team makes said player an offer at the three-year veteran minimum, the player has a ‘take it or leave it’ option. There is no negotiation with other teams.

  • Jack Allen, OL (25)
  • Zach Wood, LS (25)

Restricted Free Agents (4)

Restricted Free Agent (RFA) – Player has only three years of experience, and would not have a contract with his current team. Any team would have the option to make a contract offer, but the team (Saints) would be able to match/retain that player with said offer.

  • Willie Snead, WR (25)
  • David Parry, DT (25)
  • Delvin Breaux, CB (28)
  • Brandon Coleman, WR (25)

Unrestricted Free Agents (20)

Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA) – Player is free to sign with any team. He would not have a contract with his current team. You would need to play four years, or get cut, to be in this category.

  • Drew Brees, QB (39)
  • Kenny Vaccaro, S (26)
  • Alex Okafor, DE (26)
  • Senio Kelemete, G (27)
  • John Kuhn, FB (35)
  • Tony McDaniel, DT (32)
  • Chase Daniel, QB (31)
  • Clay Harbor, TE (30)
  • Sterling Moore, CB (27)
  • John Phillips, TE (30)
  • Rafael Bush, S (30)
  • Josh LeRibeus, OL (28)
  • Zach Line, FB (27)
  • Gerald Hodges, LB (26)
  • Michael Mauti, LB (27)
  • John Hughes, DL (29)
  • George Johnson, DE (30)
  • Jonathan Freeny, LB (28)
  • Kasim Edebali, LB (28)
  • Audie Cole, LB (28)

Which players do you see the Saints re-signing?