Players Who the Saints Should Keep or CUT After the Season

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Nov 17, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Willie Snead (83) gets tackled by Carolina Panthers defensive back Leonard Johnson (23) in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Saints 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Willie Snead, Wide Receiver

Snead’s contract is under “exclusive rights” of the team, which essentially means that the Saints have initial control over whether the wide receiver remains under the Black and Gold fleur-de-lis helmet.

However, the fan favorite wide-out will make only $460,000 tender in 2016, a HUGE bargain considering the set of skills that he’d bring to any offense.

The Saints are building a strong core of good and perhaps even more importantly, YOUNG players. With important contract decisions coming soon with fellow receiver Brandin Cooks and safety Kenny Vaccaro; it is important to lock Snead into a long term contract right now.

The Saints cannot afford to take the risk of not locking up Snead long-term; given how vitally important that’s he become, for the team’s offensive attack.