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Fujita, Payton talk about parting ways

S. Fujita.jpgLinebacker Scott Fujita’s departure signaled the obvious in New Orleans.  It’s a new year.

The divorce didn’t seem to surprise the Saints, and Fujita was gracious on the way out the door. 

“In planning for their future, the Saints just didn’t value [our]
partnership the same way,” Fujita said.  “And that’s fine — this can be an interesting
business, but I wish the Saints nothing but the best.”

Fujita went on to thank the organization and promised to always come back to the city.    It’s clear from Fujita’s relatively modest contract in Cleveland indicates that the Saints wanted to upgrade at Fujita’s spot.

Sean Payton lauded Fujita’s contributions, but said it was strictly business. 

“In this profession, you know in the end it’s an equation,” Payton said.
“What are you going to do with Jahri Evans and Darren Sharper and Scott
Fujita and other players and all of that comes into play at this time
of year. How are you going to allocate your dollars?”

The Saints are well served to allocate their money on young players.  They have a lot of quality young players in restricted free agency.  Signing them long-term should take priority over a 31-year-old linebacker like Fujita. 

The fact the Saints aren’t emotionally trying to bring back the exact same team bodes well for their chances of sustained playoff appearances.

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4 Responses to “Fujita, Payton talk about parting ways”
  1. trimitdan says: Mar 8, 2010 12:47 PM

    Browns fans welcome him with open arms! We need a solid veteran and class guy to help the younger players! Way to go Big Show!!!

  2. SF Saints Fan says: Mar 8, 2010 1:09 PM

    Rosenthal,
    Yesterday Florio was spouting off about the Saints being “cheap” when they did not offer Fujita a contract comparable to the contract the Browns offered him. A few days ago, in Florio’s list of free agent linebackers and their guaranteed contract worth, Fujita was not in the top ten, which started at under $6 million per year. Now, the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that Fujita signed a contract with $8 million guaranteed. So what is it now, did the Browns overpay (Yes), or is it that the Saints are cheap (No)?
    Fujita is a good solid player, nothing special, and 3 years $14 million with $8 million guaranteed is too much money for a player of his caliber and age.
    Good luck Fujita. There is only one game I want you to lose next year…….in the Superdome.

  3. Ilovefoolsball says: Mar 8, 2010 1:26 PM

    Browns fans you are getting a quality individual who is a great leader and a tackling machine. This guy always gives his best and I promise you many New Orleans Saints fans are sad to see him go. At the same time you really can’t question an organization who just won the SuperBowl, so we’ll see what the future holds for whoever assumes his position now that’s he’s a Brown.

  4. Seth says: Mar 8, 2010 1:32 PM

    “Modest contract”? If you say so. Relatively speaking, Fujita made about 2 million this past year. His new contract banks him over 4 million a year, a 200% increase. Scott was good, definitely worth the 2 mil. but i dont think he was THAT good to pay him over 4 mil. Apparently the Saints agreed, Gregg.

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