Most fans think we were robbed in the Cooks trade. Others see it differently.
Now that the crazy wave of free agency figures to be over - and that whole Brandin Cooks saga - what’s next for Mickey Loomis, Sean Payton, and the Saints?
2017 Saints Free Agency
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.
The Saints did a good job of addressing a few glaring team needs on the first day of free agency. Since then, they have been fairly quiet, with the notable exception of trading a certain receiver to the NFL's Evil Empire.
Now I can figure their Cap hits for 2017.
Happy New Year, NFL fans. March 9th marked the official beginning of the 2017 season. No literal fireworks or champagne toasts, that we know of, mark the start of this calendar year. Instead, players changing homes, teams in a hurried frenzy to get signatures on contracts, and ridiculous amounts of money being thrown about are the celebration of the moment. The most important question of course is: Did your team make itself better?
The Saints were as active as expected in day one of free agency; locking up Nick Fairley, Larry Warford, Ted Ginn Jr. and AJ Klein. Though they were high on Fairley and Warford, there were concerns about the latter two players.
The 2017 NFL fiscal year rolls over tomorrow, and rumors are already flying as negotiations go down during the two-day legal tampering window. Before all chaos breaks loose, here is a recap of my suggested strategy for the New Orleans Saints.
The dreaded franchise tag removed star pass rushers like Melvin Ingram, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Chandler Jones from the free agent market. Houston Texans defender and Ohio State alum John Simon may have the best value around.
Getting role players into position to thrive is what smart teams do in free agency. Patriots defensive back Duron Harmon has proven to be a quality player on limited reps, but a starting job in New Orleans could bring him on board.
The NFL’s official salary cap for the 2017 season came in slightly lower than expected, but the Saints are headed for free agency in better shape than the past few years combined.
The Saints have done everything they can to help floundering first round pick Stephone Anthony, including hiring a new linebackers coach in Mike Nolan. But they can’t afford to wait much longer, and signing Gerald Hodges to play now makes too much sense.
Despite stellar offensive line play in 2016, the Saints still need to upgrade at the guard position.
Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton have been at it together for over a decade now, and the Saints face their most important offseason yet.
If you’re looking for players to potentially outperform their contract value, look no further.
The craziest week in the NFL is less than three weeks away. The beginning of the league's free agent signing period starts on March 9th. Players changing homes, money flying around furiously, and teams being anointed "paper champions" will be the predominant headlines throughout that weekend. What headlines will New Orleans make?
Despite annual criticism that the Saints poorly manage their salary cap, there are still several examples of quality free agent moves. Here are the five best contract values on the Saints as we begin looking towards the 2017 season.
Every year, experienced players are released from their contracts to save teams salary cap space and open up roster spots. Some of the names in that number could be surprising, which make opportunities for the Saints.
He wants to stay. The Saints want him to stay. Let’s get it done.
For years Dennis Allen has had to watch others finish projects he began. This time the Saints need to let him finish what he started with building them an NFL caliber defense.
Saints continue to look to the CFL for players, or camp bodies at least.
The Saints visit our neighbors to the north and sign two players from the CFL.
Following another 7-9 finish, we polled the Saints faithful to see what they felt was the best way to fix the team in 2017.
With a strong amount of money to spend in 2017, the Saints must avoid getting the splashy free agents and instead focus on the right ones.
A lot will happen between now and the start of free agency, but here’s the ‘way too early’ version of some favorite targets for the Saints.
Nearly 20 players could be playing their last game for the Saints in Week 17, so who should return in 2017?
Which new players should the Saints target through free agency and the draft next year?
Looking ahead to free agency, the Saints have one big player that is arguably their top priority to re-sign.
Just three games remain for some players, and we take a look at the different ones that the team will have to make a decision on.
Defensive ends like Jabaal Sheard, Melvin Ingram, and Chandler Jones could hit free agency in spring 2017. Who should the New Orleans Saints try to sign?