What are the next dominoes to fall on the Saints offseason? Some moves are obvious, like a restructure for superstar wide receiver Michael Thomas (especially if his sidekick Emmanuel Sanders gets traded). Others take a little more work to figure out, but the clock is ticking in New Orleans. With more than $46 million to chip away before the Saints can comply with the expected salary cap, more pieces will start moving very soon.
Much of the heavy lifting can be accomplished through contract extensions with players whose 2021 cap hits rank highest on the team. Now, whether that’s the right move (as opposed to trading or releasing them) is up for debate. So here are four candidates to consider as we approach the mid-March deadline: