New Orleans Saints
Mon, Apr 5th 1:24pm EDT
By Andersen Pickard
While questions continue to swirl regarding the Saints' quarterback situation, Albert Breer of SI provided some clarity in his column on Monday morning. Specifically, he said that New Orleans' quarterback approach "will be built with flexibility to play either guy."
Fantasy Impact: The Saints, of course, are entering 2021 without Drew Brees after the future Hall of Famer retired. They brought back Jameis Winston and restructured Taysom Hill's contract, leaving one starting job and two candidates. Now, though, it looks as if both will be incorporated. Breer noted that Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill are both different-styled quarterbacks, so "Payton’s plan, in conjunction with coordinator Pete Carmichael and the offensive staff, will be to a lay a foundation that works for both quarterbacks, with tweaks to highlight each guy’s talents."
Sheldon Rankins agreed to a two-year deal worth up to $17 million with the Jets Sunday, according to Mike Garafolo. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Rankins joins fellow defensive lineman Carl Lawson, Lamarcus Joyner, Justin Hardee, Marcus Maye, and Jarrad Davis as defensive additions for the Jets. Rankins appeared in 12 games for the Saints last season - totaling 13 tackles, nine QB hits, 1.5 sacks, and three tackles for loss. He graded out as Pro Football Focus' 65th-best interior defensive lineman.
Sat, Mar 20th 3:08pm EDT
By Brad Camara
DB Marcus Williams officially accepted his franchise tag. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Williams and the Saints can now work towards a long-term deal. It’s unlikely that Williams will receive a long-term extension given the Saints cap situation. Williams is one of the top safeties in the league, racking up 59 tackles (39 solo) and three interceptions across 14 games in 2020.
Wed, Mar 17th 5:04pm EDT
By Brad Camara
Emmanuel Sanders officially signed his one-year, $6 million contract with the Bills on Wednesday. (Source: Buffalo Bills on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Sanders was officially released by the Saints on Wednesday, clearing the way to sign his new deal with Buffalo. The 34-year-old WR hauled in 61 receptions on 82 targets for 726 yards and five touchdowns across 14 games for the Saints in 2020. Sanders will replace recently released John Brown and compete for targets with a loaded Buffalo wide receiver group that includes Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis. The veteran WR will mainly be an option in deep-league formats.
Tue, Mar 16th 5:19pm EDT
By Matthew MacKay
Former New Orleans Saints DT Malcolm Brown has reportedly been traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Brown is the latest acquisition made by new Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer, adding depth to their defensive line in 2021. Brown recorded 27 tackles and a sack in the 2020 regular season across 12 games for the Saints, including three tackles against the Bears in the postseason. The sixth-year defensive tackle will look to make an immediate impact for his new team in Jacksonville.
Mon, Mar 15th 10:45pm EDT
By Avram Avramov
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Bengals have signed DE Trey Hendrickson to a four-year, $60M deal. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: After losing Carl Lawson the Bengals were able to get an immediate replacement in Hendrickson. The 26-year old is coming off a breakout season in 2020, where he was amongst the league leaders in sacks with 15.5. In total the deal is a four-year contract worth $60M.
Sun, Mar 14th 5:42pm EDT
By Avram Avramov
Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Saints have restructured QB Taysom Hill’s contract, which includes a four-year $140M extension that is entirely voidable. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Wasting no time after Drew Brees shared his retirement, the Saints announced that they have given Hill a four-year, $140M extension. While these are big numbers this should essentially be viewed as a move to create further cap space for the Saints as Hill’s contract is fully voidable. Hill started four games at QB in 2020 and totaled 928 yards passing with 4 TD’s and 2 Int’s.
Sun, Mar 14th 5:11pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma
Saints QB Drew Brees took to Instagram on Sunday evening to officially announce his retirement from the National Football League. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Brees lasted 20 years in the NFL, including 15 as a member of the New Orleans Saints. He won a Super Bowl MVP award and set several all-time passing records. Unfortunately, the Saints were never able to get back to the Super Bowl after their 2010 victory, but that doesn't diminish Brees' status as one of the all-time great quarterbacks. We'll now see where the Saints go from here. Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill are both in play to be New Orleans' starter come Week 1.
Fri, Mar 12th 7:12am EST
By Kyle Williams
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Saints and WR Michael Thomas have agreed to a contract restructure that will save the team $8.7 million. (Source: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network)
Fantasy Impact: After a year in which Thomas struggled missing 9 games, the 2019 All-Pro agreed to restructure his contract with the Saints. With the move, the recent speculation of a trade will likely die down.
The Saints are releasing veteran CB Janoris Jenkins. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The move saves the team $7 million against the cap. The 32-year-old was limited to 13 games this year but was a respected veteran presence on the defense. New Orleans had one of the worst cap situations in the league entering the week, and they're making moves now to clean it up.
Wed, Mar 10th 1:34pm EST
By Avram Avramov
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the New Orleans Saints are expected to release LB Kwon Alexander “in the coming days”. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Add Alexander to the list of veterans the Saints will cut as they try to navigate one of the worst cap situations in the NFL. The expected release will save the Saints more than $13M with no dead cap. Alexander joined the Saints in November of 2020 via trade, but only managed to play in seven regular season games finishing with 27 tackles prior to his Achilles injury. This move will go a long way in helping the Saints create cap space especially if they want to be players in free agency.
Wed, Mar 10th 7:22am EST
By Kyle Williams
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Saints and OT Andrus Peat have agreed to terms on restructuring the veteran tackles contract. The deal will save the team $6 million. (Source: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network)
Fantasy Impact: The restructures continued on Wednesday with Peat and Malcolm Jenkins both agreeing to restructure their contracts. The move comes at no surprise as the team is over the cap, especially after franchise tagging star safety Marcus WIlliams on Tuesday.
Wed, Mar 10th 7:19am EST
By Kyle Williams
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Saints and S Malcolm Jenkins have agreed to terms to rework his contract saving the team $3.4 million. (Source: Ian)
Fantasy Impact: The string of salary cap maneuvers continues for the Saints as they reworked Andrus Peat and Malcolm Jenkins this morning. These deals mark the sixth salary cap reowrkings for the Saints just this week.
New Orleans Saints RB/ST Dwayne Washington has been re-signed for the 2021 season, as reported by ESPN's Field Yates. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Washington is primarily a core special teamer for the Saints but he also adds value to their depth at running back, as head coach Sean Payton frequently incorporates a heavy utilization of rushing schemes within his offensive gameplan. This move doesn't provide much for fantasy purposes but it is worth recognizing the progress being made within the Saints' front office, as they continue to battle against the reduced salary cap for the 2021 season.
The Saints re-signed RB/WR Ty Montgomery to a one-year deal on Saturday. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Montgomery re-signs a one-year veteran benefit contract with the Saints on Saturday. The deal includes a $137,500 signing bonus. Montgomery will most likely be third on the Saints RB depth chart behind Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray. The hybrid RB/WR logged 19 carries for 101 rushing yards and hauled in three receptions on six targets for 27 receiving yards across six games for the Saints in 2020.
Thomas Morstead is being released by the Saints after 12 seasons, per Katherine Terrell. (Source: Katherine Terrell on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Morstead was drafted by the Saints in 2009 and made the Pro Bowl in 2012. The 34-year old will look to kick for another team next season.
Thu, Mar 4th 7:24am EST
By Kyle Williams
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Saints kicker Wil Lutz restructured his contract to help save the Saints $1.74 million in cap space. (Source: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network)
Fantasy Impact: The Saints continued their spree of cap maneuvers on Wednesday by restructuring veteran kicker Wil Lutz. The move saved the Saints $1.74 million in cap space this season. Last season, the veteran kicker nailed 23 of his 28 kicks.
The Saints officially released TE Josh Hill. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Hill had a limited role in the Saints offense, hauling in just eight receptions for 46 yards and one touchdown across 14 games in 2020. He was primarily used as a blocking tight end and clearly behind recently released Jared Cook on the depth chart. Hill will look to latch onto another team this offseason after spending his entire career in New Orleans.
The Saints officially released TE Jared Cook. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The team also released TE Josh Hill. The Cook move is a procedural one as he was due an $8.04 million roster bonus on the second day of the new league year. Adam Trautman is a name to watch in New Orleans entering his sophomore campaign.
Juantavius Tavon (J.T.) Gray has signed a new 2-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The two sides agreed on a 2-year contract worth $4M with $2M guaranteed. Gray, a core special teams player, joined the Saints in 2018 as an undrafted free agent and was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2019 as a special teamer. The Saints lock up a valuable contributor at a good price.