MOBILE, Ala. — Common supervisor Mickey Loomis acknowledged this shall be a “daunting” offseason for the New Orleans Saints, who will probably want to exchange Drew Brees at quarterback and may very well be near $100 million over the wage cap.
However Loomis made it clear that the Saints aren’t going into rebuilding mode after successful the previous 4 NFC South titles.
“Hear, we have an excellent roster. And I am unable to foresee a circumstance the place we’re not going to say, ‘Man, we’re gonna do every little thing we are able to to win — win now and compete for a championship,'” Loomis mentioned throughout a videoconference with the media whereas attending the Senior Bowl.
He did not get into many specifics, saying there are nonetheless “extra unknowns than there are knowns” at this level within the calendar, together with:
No official phrase but on whether or not Brees will certainly retire as he takes time to decompress together with his household after his 20th season.
No official phrase on simply how low the wage cap will drop after misplaced revenues from the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The cap might drop as little as $175 million per staff after it was $198.2 million in 2020, although it may very well be greater.
The Saints haven’t but completed their in-house participant evaluations.
So it is too quickly to say whether or not the Saints will attempt to re-sign pending free brokers akin to quarterback Jameis Winston, security Marcus Williams, defensive finish Trey Hendrickson, defensive sort out Sheldon Rankins and tight finish Jared Cook — or whether or not they might get into the marketplace for a high-priced QB like Matthew Stafford or any others that change into out there by way of commerce.
“All that analysis and what occurs with that also stays to be seen,” Loomis mentioned. “We like [quarterback Taysom Hill]. We like Jameis. We preferred what they did for us. However similar to any place, we’ll have lots of dialogue over the subsequent week or two.”
The Saints are at present projected to have $277.eight million in salary-cap costs for 2021 with simply 43 salaries on the roster, in response to ESPN’s Roster Administration System. Nevertheless, they may save at the very least $13.5 million in cap area — and probably extra — if Brees retires. And so they have been some of the aggressive groups within the NFL for years in relation to pushing cap prices into future seasons. So they may proceed to try this in the event that they need to maintain as a lot of the present roster intact as attainable.
For years, it appeared just like the Saints would “catch up” with the wage cap and possibly go into rebuilding mode at any time when Brees retired. However then they reloaded a championship-caliber roster round him with terrific draft lessons in 2016 and 2017 that included stars akin to receiver Michael Thomas, operating again Alvin Kamara, cornerback Marshon Lattimore, offensive sort out Ryan Ramczyk, Williams, Hendrickson and Rankins.
One main resolution going through the Saints is whether or not they need to prolong pending 2022 free brokers akin to Lattimore, Hill and offensive tackles Ramczyk and Terron Armstead. One other could be whether or not they would think about any blockbuster trades to liberate cap area and add draft picks like they did with stars Jimmy Graham and Brandin Cooks previously.
“Look, for certain it is going to be difficult,” Loomis mentioned of the wage cap. “And but I do not need to speculate as to how difficult it is going to be till now we have a greater understanding of what is going on to be out there — not only for this 12 months, however even for the 12 months after. So I am unable to actually reply that query apart from to say, yeah, it is going to be daunting. I feel it is going to be daunting for a majority of groups in our league.”