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.