SAINTS' OFFSEASON DEFENSIVE BLUEPRINT
UFA: Unrestricted free agent
RFA: Restricted free agent
ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent
NAME, POSITION, 2002 STATS, CONTRACT, 2003 CAP VALUE, COMMENT
James Allen LB 10 tackles, 1 start 2004 $460,333 Projected starter at WLB.
Jay Bellamy S 98 tackles, 3 Int. 2004 $1.25M Could be released; team would take $300,000 cap hit.
Fakhir Brown CB 16 tackles FA None Not a signing priority.
Travis Carroll LB 12 special teams tackles 2003 $303,000 With broken leg healed, will go to camp.
Dale Carter CB 28 tackles, 1 Int. 2008 $1,995,237 Returning starter; 2003 cap hit if he's cut would be $2.57 million.
Martin Chase DT 23 tackles 2003 $621,500 Provides quality depth, probably not a starter.
Charlie Clemons LB 112 tackles, 1/2 sack UFA None Voided of 2003 and likely won't be re-signed; team would take $500,000 cap hit.
Bryan Cox LB 5 tackles, 1 start UFA None Retirement likely.
Keyuo Craver CB 15 tackles 2004 $391,083 Good prospect and special teams player.
Steve Gleason S Led special teams with 27 tackles ERFA None Special teamer likely to be re-signed.
Charles Grant LDE 36 tackles, 7 sacks 2006 $993,750 Projected full-time starter.
Toby Gowin P Avg. 41.9 yards per punt UFA None Roster spot no guarantee.
Norman Hand DT 47 tackles, 2.5 sacks 2004 $5.475M A likely cap casualty who will cost $2.75 million against the 2003 cap.
Michael Hawthorne DB 36 tackles, 1 Int., 4 starts RFA None Unlikely to be re-signed.
Sedrick Hodge LB 88 tackles 2003 $560,666 Returning starter at SLB.
Curtis Holden LB Spent season on IR ERFA None Coming off reconstructive knee surgery.
Darren Howard DE 56 tackles, team-high 8 sacks 2003 $846,000 Team likely to extend his contract.
Ken Irvin CB 61 tackles, 2 INT FA None Solid veteran who might be re-signed.
Grady Jackson DT 53 tackles, 5.5 sacks 2003 $2.375M Returning starter; needs to lose weight.
J.J. Jones LB 11 special teams tackles 2003 $300,000 Will go to camp.
Roger Knight LB 10 tackles ERFA None Quality reserve.
Sammy Knight S Led team with 127 tackles, 5 Int. UFA None Unlikely to be re-signed; would cost $400,000 against 2003 cap.
Mel Mitchell S 27 special teams tackles 2004 $338,500 Projected starter at strong safety.
Darrin Smith LB 123 tackles, 3.5 sacks 2004 $2.187M Likely to return as backup.
Kenny Smith DL 18 tackles, 3.5 sacks 2003 $543,166 Prospect made strides at end of season.
Fred Thomas CB Career-high 5 Int., 1 sack 2003 $1.7M Returning starter.
Willie Whitehead DL 41 tackles, 3 sacks UFA None Looking for starting role with another team.
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