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3 Saints Veterans Who Could Be Cap Casualty Cuts This Offseason

Jason Schandl
Saints cut candidates to save salary cap space could include Patrick Robinson.
Saints cut candidates to save salary cap space could include Patrick Robinson. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images
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The New Orleans Saints are coming off another disappointing early playoff exit following an outstanding 13-3 regular season. They've already received the good news that Drew Brees will return in 2020, though, so the Saints' window to contend for a Super Bowl with Brees is still open.

To capitalize and make a deeper run next year, they're going to have to stay vigilant throughout the offseason, putting together the most competitive roster they can. The Saints rank in the bottom five in available cap space, though, so they might have to make some tough decisions.

With that in mind, here are three veterans that could be released as cap casualties for the Saints this offseason.

1. Janoris Jenkins

Janoris Jenkins during a Wild Card matchup against the Vikings.
Janoris Jenkins during a Wild Card matchup against the Vikings. / Sean Gardner/Getty Images

The Saints claimed Janoris Jenkins off waivers after he was released by the New York Giants last season, and while there are reports the team may look to extend and re-structure his deal to reduce his cap hit, he could end up released if that doesn't come to fruition. Jenkins played well in 2019, but he didn't live up to his 2016 Pro Bowl level potential, and he's set to have the fifth-highest cap hit on the team in 2020. He's the only one of the Saints' eight highest-paid players that could be released with no dead money counting against the cap, and that would free up $11.25 million.

2. Patrick Robinson

Patrick Robinson on the sideline during a game against the Dolphins.
Patrick Robinson on the sideline during a game against the Dolphins. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

If the Saints keep Jenkins around, they could free up some space by cutting Patrick Robinson instead. That would free up a more modest $3.65 million in cap space, but it would also mean cutting ties with a much less impressive corner. Pro Football Focus (PFF) gave Robinson a lower overall grade than Jenkins as well as fellow Saints corners Eli Apple and Marshon Lattimore in 2019.

3. Nick Easton

Nick Easton before a snap against the Dolphins.
Nick Easton before a snap against the Dolphins. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

The Saints don't have many spots where they can free up a significant amount of space without losing a quality contributor, but the $3.8 million they'd save cutting guard Nick Easton is nothing to sneeze at, and it certainly wouldn't be much of a ding to the offensive line. Easton graded out poorly in both pass blocking and run blocking in 2019, per PFF, and it shouldn't be hard to find a more budget-friendly replacement for his level of play.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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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