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papz 12-27-2012 08:06 AM

Staying or going?
 
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METAIRIE — With no playoff games to look forward to and the season finale coming Sunday, some New Orleans Saints began the process of taking a long look around the locker room on Wednesday.

It happens every year in the NFL, but the Saints, for the past three seasons anyway, have been thinking about the postseason — not who will or won’t be around when they reconvene for offseason workouts in April.

“This is a business. … Everyone knows that no team is going to be the same year in and year out,” middle linebacker Curtis Lofton said.

Lofton should know. Last year at this time, he was completing his fourth season with the Atlanta Falcons. Less than three months later, he was with the Saints after signing a four-year contract as an unrestricted free agent.

“It changes, but at the same time you cherish the moments that you have with these guys and relationships that will continue for years and years,” Lofton noted. “You just go out this last game, have fun and enjoy each other’s company.”

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dizzle88 12-27-2012 10:27 AM

Re: Staying or going?
 
I'm sure every member here has a list in their heads of who should go

I imagine they are all pretty similar aswell

SmashMouth 12-27-2012 11:01 AM

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Saints potential free agents
Unrestricted :
Tackle Jermon Bushrod, linebacker Jonathan Casillas, quarterback Chase Daniel, defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, wide receiver Devery Henderson, linebacker Ramon Humber, cornerback Elbert Mack, defensive end Turk McBride, wide receiver Courtney Roby, linebacker Scott Shanle.

Restricted : Center Brian de la Puente, long-snapper Justin Drescher, running back Chris Ivory.

Exclusive rights: Safety Rafael Bush, tight end Michael Higgins, guard/center Eric Olsen.

Vrillon82 12-27-2012 03:16 PM

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Let go:

Henderson
Roby
Shanle
Ellis

Trade:

Harper
Jenkins


Cap problem solved.

Danno 12-27-2012 03:18 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Vrillon82 (Post 467972)
Let go:

Henderson
Roby
Shanle
Ellis

Trade:

Harper
Jenkins


Cap problem solved.

You'd still be about 17 million over the cap.

CharityMike 12-27-2012 03:59 PM

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Yeah...you forgot to add Smith and Vilma to that. Then we would be some what straight

TheOak 12-27-2012 04:15 PM

Out with the old...... In with the new era.

I don't care to look at our roster next year and get a Steelers or Ravens feel.

Those on the decline need greener pastures.

ChrisXVI 12-27-2012 04:57 PM

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Originally Posted by SmashMouth (Post 467927)
Saints potential free agents
Unrestricted :
Tackle Jermon Bushrod, linebacker Jonathan Casillas, quarterback Chase Daniel, defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, wide receiver Devery Henderson, linebacker Ramon Humber, cornerback Elbert Mack, defensive end Turk McBride, wide receiver Courtney Roby, linebacker Scott Shanle.

Restricted : Center Brian de la Puente, long-snapper Justin Drescher, running back Chris Ivory.

Exclusive rights: Safety Rafael Bush, tight end Michael Higgins, guard/center Eric Olsen.

There's not a single unrestricted free agent on that list that I think is too important to let walk. Let 'em go. Actually, out of all 3 categories the only player that I say we lock up with a nice contract is Brian de la Puente. He's a fantastic center. Everyone else is expendable.

Rugby Saint II 12-27-2012 06:01 PM

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I don't have a warm fuzzy feeling about anyone except Drescher.

SloMotion 12-28-2012 08:02 AM

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"If you don't want me, set me free ... " - Scott Shanle



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