By successfully revamping much of the roster within the NFL Draft and free agency, the New Orleans Saints shouldn't stress out too badly in developing a plan for their own unrestricted free agents. Discounting Drew Brees' contract, of course. Kenny Vaccaro, Alex Okafor and Senio Kelemete headline the unrestricted free agency class for the Saints in 2018. Vaccaro is likely on his way out. Okafor and Kelemete could return to the Saints for the right price. The rest of the crop consists of role players and backups. Restricted free agency intrigues me more than anything else with the March 14 open market date approaching. Three of the Saints' four restricted free agents include Willie Snead, Brandon Coleman and Delvin Breaux. All three have drawn headlines for both potential and on-field success in their Saints careers. All three have drawn headlines for levels of doubt surrounding injuries, on-field struggles or off-field controversies. The Saints have control of all three players to a certain extent with the restricted tenders. Here's how much it would cost to keep each player within the three restricted categories, according to OverTheCap.com's estimates: First-round compensation -- $4.2 million Second-round compensation -- $2.9 million No compensation -- $1.9 million Let's eliminate Coleman from this conversation from the onset. His production from the past three seasons shouldn't warrant consideration for an annual salary nearing $2 million. Of the three, though, Coleman seems like the least risky contract because you basically know what you have with him. He's a No. 3 receiver at best good for one or two catches a game. A lack of concentration can creep up periodically, but he's worth re-signing at a lower price than an RFA tender. Snead and Breaux each present unique dilemmas for the Saints. First off, I'm not sure how much the Saints trust either player going forward. Snead's production dropped into a bottomless catch basin choked out by Mardi Gras beads in 2017.
Saints face tricky circumstances with restricted free agents like Delvin Breaux, Willie Snead
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Feb 26