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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the New Orleans Saints and WR Chris Olave have agreed to terms on a 4-year, fully-guaranteed $19,271,874 contract. (Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It was a big day for the Saints passing offense, as the team agreed to terms with Olave, their 1st round pick in last month's draft, and signed veteran WR Jarvis Landry. Olave enters the NFL as what many draft analysts considered the most pro-ready rookie WR. Olave is a technically sound route runner with the speed to take the top off of defenses. The main knock on Olave is that he hasn’t been much of a threat after the catch and has gone down easily, but he brings a polished skill set to the NFL which should allow him to contribute right away. Olave is worth a late-round dart throw in redraft leagues and he can be had with a mid 1st round rookie draft pick in most dynasty leagues.

Category: Transactions


Speaking on “The Rich Eisen Show”, New Orleans Saints HC Dennis Allen stated that the team plans to have QB Jameis Winston under center and ready to play for the season opener and that they “like where he’s at right now” in terms of his recovery from a torn ACL. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Winston tore his ACL last season in a Week 8 matchup against his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before the injury, Winston was having the most efficient year of his career having thrown 14 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions in less than 6 1/2 games. Winston has struggled with decision-making throughout his career which has resulted in huge interception totals. He sat behind Drew Brees during the 2020 season and appeared to learn quite a bit from the future Hall of Famer. Winston stated in 2020 that the Saints QB room was “like Harvard education in quarterback school.” Winston should have an improved supporting cast of skill position players next season with Michael Thomas returning from injury and the Saints investing a 1st round pick in former Ohio State WR Chris Olave. If Winston can continue to limit mistakes he should be a safe bet to produce QB2 numbers during the 2022 season.

Category: Rumors


Blake Bortles requested and will be released by the Saints today. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The request came following New Orleans's acquisition of Andy Dalton. The 29-year-old Bortles has started 73 games in his career, collecting 17,649 yards passing and 103 touchdowns.

Category: Transactions


ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Eagles are shipping two 2022 first round picks (numbers 16 and 19) and a 2022 6th round pick to the Saints for the 18th pick in the 2022 draft, a 2023 first round pick, and 2022 3rd and 7th round picks. (Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: In a trade with a lot of moving pieces, both teams swap draft position in attempt to better position themselves for future seasons. The Saints, who have been navigating salary cap challenges for the last few seasons, make a win-now move to acquire a second 2022 first round pick in exchange for a haul of picks that includes a 2023 first round pick that they hope will fall towards the end of the first round next season. The Eagles, in trading away one of their three 2022 first round picks, avoid having to pay guaranteed money to three 1st round rookies from the same class and avoid potentially having to attempt to re-sign three impact players when their rookie contracts expire at the same time. They also benefit from having two first round picks in 2023 now, which can be viewed as insurance in the event that Jalen Hurts doesn’t take a step forward as a passer and they decide to move off of Hurts in 2023. The 2023 quarterback class is expected to be better than this years crop, but Hurts appears to have at least one more year to prove he’s a franchise quarterback.

Category: Transactions


In an update by Field Yates, he reports that the Saints and WR Tre’Quan Smith have agreed on a contract to bring the wideout back to New Orleans. The deal is for 2 years with a max value of $6M. (Source: Field Yates via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jameis Winston needs all the weapons he can get, and bringing back Smith is a step in the right direction. With Michael Thomas coming off of injuries, Smith will serve as insurance and a solid secondary option.

Category: Transactions


Terron Armstead and the Miami Dolphins are finalizing a 5-year contract, according to Ari Meirov. (Source: Ari Meirov of PFF on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The three-time Pro Bowl left tackle will help protect Tua Tagovailoa for the Dolphins. Armstead was the top remaining free agent, and the massive deal should give the Dolphins a boost in both the passing game and the running game.


Bradley Roby extended by Saints

Tue, Mar 15th 9:30pm EDT
By Leo Sells

CB Bradley Roby agreed to an extension with the New Orleans Saints Tuesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Saints have always seemed to like Roby, going out of their way to trade for him last season and now extending him for years to come. Many thought he would be a cap causality this year, but the team worked out a way to keep him. This move will help solidify the Saint's secondary for years to come.

Category: Transactions


The New Orleans Saints restructured the contract of Marcus Davenport. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Saints converted $8 million of his base salary into a signing bonus to create $6.8 million in 2022 salary cap space. The timing is certainly intriguing as they remain in contention to make a move for Deshaun Watson.

Category: Transactions


Safety Marcus Williams is agreeing to terms on a 5-year, $70 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams provides an immediate upgrade to a Ravens secondary that struggled against opposing passing attacks last season, allowing 278.9 passing yards per game last season, finishing last in the NFL.

Category: Transactions


Per Tom Pelissero, the Saints are giving wide receiver Deonte Harty the second-round restricted free-agent tender. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: According to Tom Pelissero, Harty could still draw some interest on an offer sheet from other teams. The speedy receiver had his best season as a pro last year with the Saints recording career-highs in targets (59), receptions (36), receiving yards (570), and receiving touchdowns (3).

Category: Transactions


The Saints have restructured cornerback Marshon Lattimore's contract in an effort to create cap relief. By turning his base salary into a signing bonus, New Orleans freed up an impressive $18.45 million in cap space. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Once again, the Saints are in a brutal financial situation, but they should be able to find themselves in the positive heading into free agency. Lattimore's big restructuring is the first step towards financial flexibility for the Saints. This past season, the cornerback totaled three interceptions, 19 passes defended, 68 tackles, and one fumble recovery. He has made the Pro Bowl in four of five seasons since joining the league and is a critical piece of the New Orleans secondary.

Category: Transactions


New Orleans has converted some of Alvin Kamara's 2022 salary into a signing bonus to free up about $8.372 million in cap space. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: By converting $10.465 million of Kamara's contract, New Orleans inches ever closer to being under the cap heading into next week's free agency frenzy. The Pro Bowler had a fragmented season overall, but should remain an elite fantasy option in 2023.

Category: Transactions


The Saints signed Juwan Johnson to a one-year extension on Thursday. (Source: Nick Underhill on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson was an exclusive rights free agent, so New Orleans were able to keep him for another season. He'll continue to be a depth option at tight end for the Saints, while also being utilized in 2-TE sets.

Category: Transactions


The New Orleans Saints have converted $14.565M of WR Michael Thomas's salary into a signing bonus, opening up a massive amount of cap space. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The team started making moves to try to dig themselves out of their extreme cap debt, and restructuring Thomas's deal was a good step for the Saints. There have been rumors that the team will look to trade the star wide receiver this offseason, but this move makes him more team-friendly.

Category: Transactions


Brett Maher waived by the Saints

Tue, Feb 22nd 5:46pm EST
By Leo Sells

Kicker Brett Maher has been waived by the New Orleans Saints. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Maher was one of a few kickers the Saints brought in to try to fill in for the injured Will Lutz. While he was alright, he ultimately didn't do enough for the team to keep him another year. Look for Maher to possibly land on another kicker-needy team, especially if a big name gets injured.

Category: Transactions


Saints OT Ryan Ramczyk recently underwent offseason knee surgery aimed at cleaning it out and alleviating the issues he battled all season, according to Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The procedure was reportedly described as minor. Ramcyk only played in 10 games this past season due to the knee injury. The former First-Team All-Pro tackle should be expected to make a full recovery ahead of the 2022 NFL season.

Category: Injury Updates


Saints QB/TE Taysom Hill is prepared to undergo surgery on his left foot after suffering the injury in the season finale this past Sunday. A follow-up surgery is also expected to be needed and leaves Hill without a timetable for his return. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's a sour note for an otherwise solid season for Hill. Hill stepped into the starting role for the Saints after Jameis Winston and Trevor Siemian went down with injury and while his performance on the NFL field was less than desirable, his fantasy production was elite. Hill should have a case as the team's starting QB next season, although it's unclear whether he'll be 100% by the start of training camp.

Category: Injury Updates


Saints running back Mark Ingram, who was listed as questionable with a knee injury, won’t play in Sunday’s regular-season finale. (Source: Luke Johnson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ingram’s absence comes as no surprise considering he missed the final two days of practice this past week. With the 32-year-old sidelined, Tony Jones Jr. will operate as Alvin Kamara’s backup but isn’t on the fantasy radar.

Category: Injury Updates


According to Aaron Wilson, the Saints have placed kicker Will Lutz on the Reserve/Covid-19 list. (Source: Aaron Wilson)

Fantasy Impact: On Tuesday, the Saints placed kicker Will Lutz on the Reserve/Covid-19 list meaning he will likely miss Sunday's game.

Category: Injury Updates


Saints TE Ethan Wolf caught both of his targets for eight yards in Monday night's Week 16 loss to the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: Wolf is just a guy on the Saints depth chart. He will likely be sent back to where he come from once Adam Trautman and Juwan Johnson are both healthy and able to return.

Category: Game Recaps