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Old 02-01-2024, 04:44 AM   #1
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Where do the Saints spend money in FA this season?

Who would you like to see in Black and Gold next year?



https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/free-agents/
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Old 02-01-2024, 07:11 AM   #2
 
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Re: Official 2024 Free Agency Discussion

Need to free up some first ... lots of work ahead.
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Old 02-01-2024, 08:48 AM   #3
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Need to free up some first ... lots of work ahead.
We've got some $34.5 million in roster bonus for simple conversion. Should free up some $28-$29 million.

It looks like we can free up an additional $91 million through simple salary conversions.

We also have $3.6 million in 2023 rollover. All of this can be done with no, or minimal, player or agent intervention so it is readily available.

So, without any negotiated contract restructuring we can cover the annual deficit and have up to around $39-$40 million available for free agency and draft picks (usually around the $5 million range).

That's easily enough for a dozen or more free agent signings with the way Harley structures the deals.
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Dorance Armstrong - DE Dallas Cowboys

Very consistent player that gets in the backfield.

Saints need more effective pass rushers badly. Running QBs have killed N.O.
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Marcus Davenport and Sheldon Rankins are available.

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A TE.

The Saints have been meh at the position ever since Jared Cook left.

Noah Fant
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2024 Saints Off-Season General News and Discussion

Thought we needed a catch all spot for general news and discussion for the off-season content.
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Old 02-02-2024, 10:20 AM   #9
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Re: 2024 Saints Off-Season General News and Discussion

Looks like they're already starting the salary cap shell game. Carr is likely to take restructure. So it looks like with that and the 'No Trade' clause, it looks like he's a Saint for the forseeable future.

This is the horse we're riding for good or ill, so strap yourselves in for the ride guys!

https://saintswire.usatoday.com/2024...ary-cap-space/
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Old 02-02-2024, 10:48 AM   #10
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Looks like they're already starting the salary cap shell game. Carr is likely to take restructure. So it looks like with that and the 'No Trade' clause, it looks like he's a Saint for the forseeable future.

This is the horse we're riding for good or ill, so strap yourselves in for the ride guys!

https://saintswire.usatoday.com/2024...ary-cap-space/
If we are smart, which in my experience Mickey Loomis is not, we can realistically move on from Carr in spring 2025. His 2024 $30 millionsalary was guaranteed so we could not save anything much by cutting him, and although the restructure will make the dead cap higher to cut him in 2025 we had to restructure 3/4 of our veterans and it does not matter that much which we choose as long as we cut some of the lousy ones not some of the good ones. It becomes a sunk cost whether the restructure is Carr or Jordan or McCoy etc. Restucturing Carr does guarantee his 2025 $10 million roster bonus but his $30 million 2025 base salary is not guaranteed. $10 million guaranteed is a lot easier to move on from than $30 million guaranteed but the dead cap hit to cut in in 2025 would be big, like $50 million, but at least we save that $30 million to offset. The big thing we need to do to be smart is to get ourselves in a better position with the 2025 cap so we can afford to move on from Carr if needed. To do that we need to use whatever small amount of cap flexibility we can create in 2024 to move on from other aging vets without guaranteed salaries, not to add players to win now as if Hunter Renfrow will be our answer to Patrick Mahomes. If we take some cap hits to offload a few plyers like Thomas, Winston, Kamara, Ram, Lattimore trade, Hill, etc, not all but some, we can free up cap to have options with Carr in 2025. If we go all in, Carr could go 0-17 and curse the popes name to Gayles facr and we will have to restructure him for life.
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