Talk about an up-and-down season. The New Orleans Saints started the year out by losing five of its first seven games and looking like a threat for a top-five overall draft pick. Three straight wins at the end of December kept them alive in the NFC South, though, before being eliminated in Week 17.
The upcoming offseason is going to answer a ton of questions for Saints fans. An unstable situation at the quarterback and wide receiver positions needs to be addressed in order for the offense to successfully counteract a stellar defense. That is certainly not going to be an easy thing to achieve.
With that being said, here's a look at three Saints players who won't be on the roster in 2023.
Saints Offseason Rumors
1. Andy Dalton, QB
As mentioned above, the Saints are far from steady when it comes to who their starting QB will be in 2023. Veteran Jameis Winston is under contract for another year, so it's much more likely that free agent Andy Dalton will be the one not brought back. Dalton posted a 6-7 record across 13 starts this year and threw for 17 touchdowns compared to 9 interceptions. He had moments where he looked like a viable QB, but other moments where he looked completely lost in head coach Dennis Allen's system. The Saints are going to need to add at the QB spot and it's likely they do so through the NFL Draft or free agent market. There's simply younger options with higher upside than Dalton out there.
2. Mark Ingram, RB
Mark Ingram is another NFL veteran who has likely taken his final snaps with the Saints. The 12-year pro averaged only 3.8 yards per carry this season after managing just 3.5 yards per carry in 2021. He has also scored just 5 touchdowns over the last three season and his role in pass protection alone is not going to warrant another contract from New Orleans. The Saints can find a running back of similar talent in the later rounds of the draft to help them both in 2023 and for years down the road. New Orleans is projected to have the least cap space available of any NFL team, so bringing back someone whose best days are in the past makes little to no sense.
3. Cam Jordan, DE
There's no denying that Cam Jordan has been a fan favorite in New Orleans for years and makes a huge impact along the defensive line. The simple fact is that the end of his career is coming up sooner rather than later. He is only under contact through 2024 and the Saints may opt to get value in return for the seven-time Pro Bowler while they can. Any contending team in need of a pass-rusher is going to be interested in trading for Jordan. After all, the 33-year-old has logged 59 tackles (12.0 for loss), 8.5 sacks, 2 pass breakups and 2 forced fumbles in 15 games this year. The Saints don't have many early-round picks in 2023 and trading Jordan gives them an opportunity to acquire one.
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