The New Orleans Saints made it to the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs last season, but still fell short of their goal to win a Lombardi Trophy. They head into the offseason with a lot of tough choices to make regarding the construction of their roster and the future of their franchise.
One way the Saints may be able to improve their cap space situation is cutting players that are simply costing the team too much money. With that in mind, here are three veteran players that could be cap casualty cuts on the Saints this offseason.
1. Thomas Morstead, Punter
Punter Thomas Morstead has been a mainstay on the New Orleans Saints for the last 12 seasons, but his time may be finally coming to an end. Morstead would be due $4.5 million next season and the team could save $2.5 million simply by letting him go. His statistics dropped in 2020 and the Saints stashed rookie punter Blake Gilikin on the injured reserve. They could call him into action or use the money saved to sign a new punter for much cheaper. The team may benefit from cutting Morstead simply because they cannot afford to spend that type of money at a special teams position.
2. Taysom Hill, Quarterback
This may seem like a surprising move, but Taysom Hill comes with an insane $16 million cap hit next season. The Saints do not know if Drew Brees will be back next season, but the team still hasn't stated whether Hill is their quarterback of the future or not. If the front office decides to sign a big name free agent quarterback or trade for one, Hill is all but gone. He did lead the Saints to a 3-1 record as the starting quarterback last season, but only passed for an average of 208.5 yards per game. It'll be interesting to see what the Saints decide to do with the 30-year-old signal caller.
3. Emmanuel Sanders, Wide Receiver
Another veteran player that could be a cap casualty cut for the Saints this offseason is wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders will enter the second year of a 2-year, $24 million contract in 2021, but it may be better for the Saints to release him. No. 3 receiver Tre'Quan Smith showed flashes last season that make him seem capable of moving up to the No. 2 slot. The Saints could use the money saved by this move to address the bigger holes on the roster. Sanders isn't a player seen as a future piece for this team. Instead, cutting him is a move that could benefit the Saints in the long run.
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