It almost goes without saying that the New Orleans Saints have their hands full in the upcoming offseason. They’ve got a long list of 2022 free agents to evaluate, with tough decisions ahead on who to re-sign — and that’s before they have to figure out how to sign them. New Orleans is in the red by more than $60 million, and on its face that looks daunting.
But it’s light work for Saints salary cap navigator Khai Harley and his team. He’s spearheaded New Orleans’ complicated cap maneuvers for years now, and this year’s challenges look more like a molehill compared to the $101 million mountain he climbed last summer (check here for a look at how the Saints can reach cap compliance without touching two of their biggest contracts).
That’s a discussion for another day, though. Here’s a quick look at the 18 Saints players headed for free agency, along with their various status, 2021 earnings, snaps counts, and overall Pro Football Focus grades. It should be a useful resource once the offseason kicks off in earnest: