Dec 6, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints fans argue from the stand during the second half of the Saints’ game against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Panthers won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
It’s hard to believe that in just a few days from now, the 2015 NFL season will be over for the New Orleans Saints — although realistically it was “over” way earlier than that.
You could argue that looking back at the 2015 season ala the film Memento in reverse, the Black and Gold squad’s year was “done for” in the waning weeks of training camp.
As many have noted, it will be an interesting offseason to say the least in regards to not only potential coaching shifts such as at defensive coordinator, but also on the roster as well.
And no I’m not talking about the ridiculous speculation about quarterback Drew Brees being released or traded due to salary cap concerns.
The future of veterans like offensive tackle Zach Strief and wide receiver Marques Colston hang in the balance after seeing that both struggled at times during the year.
But their struggles are the tip of the iceberg as Colston carries a cap hit of $5.9 million for 2016 in the final year of his contract; while Strief has three years remaining and has cap hits of $4.6 million (2016) and $5.1 million (2017, 2018).
And these are just a few of the players the Saints will be taking a hard look at following Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, which means that if there are cuts then those spots must be filled.
With free agency and the draft coming up, this is usually the well NFL teams drink from to replenish their ranks and the Saints will be no different.
Of course while the Saints haven’t had too much success in the past with either, they really need to start focusing on utilizing the draft in order to build their roster instead of depleting an already strapped salary cap with free agents.
Depending on the outcome of Sunday’s game, the team could find themselves in different positions — which is leading Who Dats to pull for one of two scenarios.
The first of which is…………………….
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