5 predictions for the Saints offseason

Kristian Garic
February 18, 2019 - 3:21 pm

We’re weeks removed from the end of the NFL season, and time has passed from New Orleans No Call game that frankly still agitates me. None the less the Saints face a few questions in the off-season with free agency kicking off next month and draft in April; not to mention their own free agents. Here are five predictions that I think will happen this spring.

  1. Mark Ingram will sign with another team in free agency. Ingram has spent his entire career in New Orleans, and he will turn 30 years old in the 2019 season. The Saints want him back, and he wants to be back with the Black and Gold. However, I think the Saints will get priced out of the market and will be forced to let Ingram sign with another team.
  2. The Saints will release safety Kurt Coleman. Last spring the Saints signed the veteran to a three year, back-loaded contract. Coleman produced very little in his first season with the Saints and played just three defensive snaps in the postseason. He counts for $7 million against the cap this coming season. If the Saints cut Coleman, they’ll save $4 millionwith $3 million of dead cap space.
  3. Mike Thomas will get an extension. Thomas had a record setting season, catching 125 passes for 1,405 yards and 9 touchdowns. Thomas has crossed the 1,000 yard receiving mark in each of his first three seasons with the Saints. He is entering the final year of his contract, and the Saints will do the wise thing and ink him to a long term deal before the season starts.
  4. The Saints will trade G Andrus Peat. What? Yep, he’s one player the Saints could use to restore some lost draft capital this offseason. Peat was reportedly on the trade block early last season when a deal for Arizona’s CB Patrick Peterson fizzled between the two teams. Peat’s entering his fifth season, and the Saints have yet to pick up the former first rounder’s option for this year.  That deadline looms later this spring.
  5. The Saints will draft a tight end with their 2nd round (highest selection) pick in April. As of right now, the Saints have just two tight ends under contract for next season. Ben Watson retired, and Michael Hoomanawanui spent the entire season on injured reserved in concussion protocol. This is a position the Saints would classify as a “must have.” The Saints have to find a way to add more dimension to an already explosive offense.

Lagniappe: What about Teddy Bridgewater? I think he’s all but gone! Not that the Saints don’t believe in him but because several teams will believe in him a lot.  There should be big money coming his way on the open market, not to mention a chance to start and play this season instead of sitting behind Drew Brees. The Saints will likely get a compensatory pick for Bridgewater if he with another team this offseason.

Free agency starts on March 11th, and the NFL draft is April 25-27th.

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