Between franchise quarterback Drew Brees and Sean Peyton both retiring in the last year or so, it's been tough being a New Orleans Saints fan as of late. Now new head coach Dennis Allen is ready to lead the Saints into a new era following them missing the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
Nevertheless, the Saints could have a difficult time regrouping this offseason. While they still own all seven of their draft picks (including Pick No. 18), they're severely over the salary cap and may need to make some difficult roster decisions.
Having said that, here are three bold predictions for the Saints' offseason.
Saints Bold Predictions
1. Saints Run It Back With Winston
The Saints were a bit of a mess under center last season, with four different players seeing starts at quarterback. Out of the four, Jameis Winston was easily the best before tearing his ACL. Nevertheless, the 28-year-old impressed in the seven starts he saw, racking up 1,170 passing yards and 14 touchdowns to three interceptions in that span. Considering how none of New Orleans' other 2021 starting QBs is a viable option, the Saints should run it back with Winston for at least another season. He's still at the age where he can be a legitimate starter — especially if he picks up from where he left off last season. After all, there won't be that many great replacements on the open market.
2. Saints Replace Terron Armstead with 18th Overall Pick
As mentioned before, the Saints' cap crunch could lead to them letting go of certain players this offseason. One of the possible casualties is former All-Pro offensive tackle Terron Armstead. He's one of the best o-linemen available in free agency and will garner an asking price that New Orleans may not be able to afford. If Armstead leaves, the Saints can use the 18th overall pick at the 2022 NFL Draft to replace him. Names like Northern Iowa's Trevor Penning or Texas A&M's Kenyon Green are huge with tremendous upside, making them suitable NFL talents. Plus the money that the Saints could offer Armstead can be used to improve other areas.
3. New Orleans Cuts Bradley Roby
Veteran cornerback Bradley Roby played solidly in his first season with the Saints, however, the end of the road could be near. The 29-year-old is slated to have a $10.1 million cap hit in 2022, which is a significant cost for a cash-strapped team like New Orleans. At the same time, the Saints can save nearly $9.5 million by cutting him ahead of the 2022 NFL season. Yes, they'll still need to find a replacement, but that freed-up cap space could be used to help multiple positions. If the Saints want to bounce back with a stronger roster next season, cutting Roby is one way to help get there.
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