Originally Posted by ROYDESTROY
The point is they will have 10.4 million invested in three DEs alone for 2005, this does not include Bryants contract which will bump it up further dependent on rule 51.
The point is that having vested two first rounders recently, with DHs 7 million in addition to Bryant plus any other DE salary on the books...it is simply way too much vested by way of picks, $$$ and cap space that limits what the SAints can do in FA especially since they cannot negotiate with DH on a long term deal until July 15. This would eliminate them from adding any June 1 FAs as well and lock up a significant amout of cap $$$ that could be wiped out if traded.
The Bryant signing in and of itself does not mean they have to unload DH, but it does mean they have way too much money vested in the DE position in general (10-11 million) and in backup DEs in particular ( 7-8 million) which is more than both their starters combined...(2.6 million).
[View Full Quote]That my friend is prohibitive especially since thay can get something back for DH and wipe most if not all of his salary off the books!!
According to the last time I heard the Saints were something like 5.5 million under the cap. They are trying to rework Joe Horn and Mike McKenzies contracts as we speak which will free up some cap space from this year (Horn carries something like a 4.3 million dollar cap charge). They also have several veterans that might be released post June 1st, Ashley Ambrose, Orlando Ruff and Fred Thomas, who will save some more cap space.
They also appear to be close to done in free agency and I don't expect any big time moves to be made, even post June 1st.