3 Saints Players Least Likely to Still Be on the Roster by the End of 2020

By michael obermuller
The Saints could cut cap on the offensive line by drafting more youthful replacements.
The Saints could cut cap on the offensive line by drafting more youthful replacements. / Scott Cunningham/Getty Images
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Another off-season underway and another possible New Orleans Saints Super Bowl projection upcoming. Although the Saints playoff success has been lacking of late, they are a constant contender in the NFL right now. Drew Brees was recently re-signed for two more years, so that should be the case at least for 2020-21.

Looking at this roster, there are some positive moves the Saints could make to get younger and more cost efficient. Here are three players that are unlikely to be on the roster by the end of 2020.

3. Nick Easton, C/G

Nick Easton is no longer needed because of the emergence of Erik McCoy.
Nick Easton is no longer needed because of the emergence of Erik McCoy. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Last season, New Orleans looked like geniuses again when first-round draft pick Erik McCoy played like an immediate stud at center. Nick Easton was originally brought in as insurance in that regard, currently making five million plus in 2020. The backup center is well-overpaid, and will only count as $500,000 against the cap if released post-June first. It could be only a matter of time before Easton hits free agency.

2. Mario Edwards, DT

Mario Edwards will be battling for a roster spot in preseason.
Mario Edwards will be battling for a roster spot in preseason. / Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Currently fifth on the defensive tackle depth chart, Mario Edwards is another overpaid Saints player. Although, they may allow him to compete with a DT like Malcolm Brown for a backup job. Both have cap hits above their value. Edwards' hit would be less than $500,000 if eventually released, while Brown would amount to 1.5 million in dead cap if released after June first. One of these two should be gone this summer, or maybe even both if youngsters impress.

1. Larry Warford, RG

Larry Warford is a solid guard, but his time with New Orleans may be up.
Larry Warford is a solid guard, but his time with New Orleans may be up. / Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Would you have guessed that right guard Larry Warford is second largest cap hit for New Orleans in 2020? I wouldn't have. At age 29 in 2020, the six-year veteran is making $12.875 million according to Spotrac, and would be a dead cap hit of four million and change if released. Warford has positive grades on Pro Football Focus and would not be easily replaced, but he is also a free agent in 2021 and costing the Saints a good deal of cash. With left guard Andrus Peat already returning to NOLA and the draft still ahead of us, the Saints could select their guard of the future at some point this April, which could make Warford expendable by season's end or sooner.


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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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