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Payton: Keeping Jimmy Graham will require “tough decisions”

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The Saints don’t want to lose Jimmy Graham in free agency and will almost certainly do whatever it takes to keep him. Which means they won’t be able to keep some of their other key players.

Saints coach Sean Payton said as much in an interview on FOX Sports 1, saying that the Saints will work very hard at getting a deal done with Graham even as they know that with the NFL’s salary cap, every dollar they commit to Graham is a dollar they can’t spend elsewhere.

“With that being said, the first thing that comes to my mind with free agency is your own roster,” Payton said, via the Times-Picayune. “I think often times that gets overlooked. The most challenging part of your job as a coach, and I share that with [G.M. Mickey Loomis] or anyone that has been with an organization as long as we have been, going on year nine, is some of the tough decisions that have to be made with regards to your cap with the ability that you possibly can sign Jimmy Graham.”

The first issue the Saints have to deal with is whether Graham will be considered a tight end or a wide receiver for purposes of the franchise tag. The Saints will want to have the ability to tag him for a $6.8 million tender offer, which is the tight end amount, while Graham will want to be tendered at $11.6 million, the wide receiver amount.

Even if the Saints are able to tag Graham as a tight end, they don’t have much cap space in the first place, and there may not be room under the cap for other soon-to-be free agents including safety Malcolm Jenkins, tackle Zach Strief and center Brian de la Puente. Players who may need to be cut in order for the Saints to get under the cap include linebacker Will Smith, safety Roman Harper, receiver Lance Moore, defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley, cornerback Jabari Greer and running back Pierre Thomas.

Those are all tough decisions. Keeping Graham, on the other hand, won’t be a tough decision. Just an expensive one.

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72 Responses to “Payton: Keeping Jimmy Graham will require “tough decisions””
  1. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Feb 8, 2014 4:51 PM

    Drew Brees could take a pay cut. The NFL rookie pay scale went from overpaid busts to QBs pockets.

  2. dinofrank60 says: Feb 8, 2014 4:55 PM

    The salary cap is a mess. You have to play games to play a game? The owners don’t trust themselves, so they have to make decisions like this.

    These guys do more to make you leave a sport than the actual participants.

  3. JackedUpSports says: Feb 8, 2014 4:55 PM

    uhh that’s probably the EASIEST decision you’d ever have to make. KEEP HIM YOU FOOLS

  4. nfl4days says: Feb 8, 2014 4:56 PM

    Malcolm Jenkins and Roman “Grey Bear” Harper needed to go regardless. Tired of watching out safeties, other than kenny, chasing a receiver or running back running for a TD. Lance Moore was really ineffective most of this year. With Kenny still emerging we can let him go and possibly get a cheap FA receiver. Our defense was so good without will smith, there’s no reason to bring him back. Especially as exepsnive as he is. We can possibly replace strief or de la punete in the draft. Bunkley, Pierre, and Jabari are the only ones I would want to keep.

  5. nfl4days says: Feb 8, 2014 4:58 PM

    I also agree with drew taking a pay cut.

  6. thevikesarebest says: Feb 8, 2014 4:59 PM

    He should come to the great Viking dynasty next season. We would truly be an unstoppable weapon.VIKINGS ARE THE BEST.SKOL

  7. qdog112 says: Feb 8, 2014 5:00 PM

    Most of Grahams snaps come from the WR position. He should be classified as a WR. The Saints should have already inked him, if their bean counters are doing their job. It’s an embarrassment to have talks drag on.

    If they wanna mess around an insult the man with a low ball or late offer, he should hit the market and get paid. I’m sure they will tag him before that. Low balling a guy like him would be like what Orlando did to Shaq. They had the money, but shamed him with a low offer to open negotiations. They’ve never recovered.

    There are 31 teams that will pay him.

  8. jcmeyer10 says: Feb 8, 2014 5:02 PM

    *Stares right at Drew Brees when he says it*

  9. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Feb 8, 2014 5:02 PM

    Notice how the Steelers are never in these positions. We are ahead of the game and miles ahead of the league. Our trophy case reinforces this.

  10. captainwisdom8888 says: Feb 8, 2014 5:04 PM

    I wouldn’t sweat this situation too much if I were the Saints. Yes, they are going to have to shovel out big bucks to keep this guy, but I think Jimmy Graham knows that his best chance at success is playing in the Big Easy with Breesy.

  11. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 8, 2014 5:05 PM

    Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis, Julius Thomas:

    All SHUT OUT by the champs.

  12. franklamar says: Feb 8, 2014 5:05 PM

    Drew will take a pay cut.

  13. rainmaker1982 says: Feb 8, 2014 5:06 PM

    Better not let him get to FA, because he is the one guy I believe BB and the Patriots would back up the Brinks truck for.

    I would be shocked if he doesn’t get tagged.

  14. gritzblitz66 says: Feb 8, 2014 5:08 PM

    The easy answer is, of course, pay him. But what he wants and/or deserves will really put NO in a bad situation. one thing though is he does need to be franchised at the WR amount. By the rule that’s where he played the majority of his snaps.

  15. lucasblack12 says: Feb 8, 2014 5:08 PM

    Nfl4days you make fantastic points, I totally agree with you. I think they could almost afford to get rid of an aging Pierre Thomas as well as vilma don’t know if you mentioned him; as much as Pierre does well the emergence of Khiry, and mark finally showing production it’s time to let the young guys step up, drew needs to take a “pay cut” when all actuallity it’s just a conversion into a signing bonus where he gets it up front because of the loop hole in the cba. Either way they need to fix his number on the cap cause it’s putting the saints in a choke hold.

  16. nfl4days says: Feb 8, 2014 5:08 PM

    Most of Grahams snaps come from the WR position. He should be classified as a WR. The Saints should have already inked him, if their bean counters are doing their job. It’s an embarrassment to have talks drag on.

    If they wanna mess around an insult the man with a low ball or late offer, he should hit the market and get paid. I’m sure they will tag him before that. Low balling a guy like him would be like what Orlando did to Shaq. They had the money, but shamed him with a low offer to open negotiations. They’ve never recovered.

    There are 31 teams that will pay him.
    —————————————————————————————————
    Not when the two best teams in the NFL show it’s still all about defense. You think teams are jumping at the chance to spend 80-100 million on a TE/Receiver? Would rather put that into the defense.

  17. scw1993 says: Feb 8, 2014 5:08 PM

    Geez Pft…Captain Obvious, as in obvious to the Saints organization, not to you. Don’t be so sensitive.

  18. omniscient48 says: Feb 8, 2014 5:09 PM

    Graham is a tight end. In fact, he is the second best tight end in the league behind Gronkowski (even though Graham is not a great blocker). The Saints need to keep him and need to cut the cord on Lance Moore and any other short receivers (though Moore has been reliable over many years).

  19. mantastic54 says: Feb 8, 2014 5:11 PM

    This is what happens when the qb tries to squeeze every last dollar out if his team. Saints had to let their LT walk last year and now they might lose their biggest receiving threat

  20. jjb0811 says: Feb 8, 2014 5:17 PM

    Trade him for picks. Get a 1st this year and 3rd next. Saving cap room & Drew has shown over his career, he can get it done w/ anyone.

  21. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Feb 8, 2014 5:18 PM

    To those who say Graham is a WR; how many snaps at TE did any of the top WRs take this year?

  22. jcmeyer10 says: Feb 8, 2014 5:23 PM

    Would the Pats rather pay Jimm Graham or Larry Fitzgerald?

    I have been drinking but pose this as a serious question.

  23. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 8, 2014 5:23 PM

    omniscient48 says:
    Feb 8, 2014 5:09 PM
    Graham is a tight end. In fact, he is the second best tight end in the league behind Gronkowski (even though Graham is not a great blocker). The Saints need to keep him and need to cut the cord on Lance Moore and any other short receivers (though Moore has been reliable over many years).

    ________________

    Graham is the best TE in the league. Gronk has had so many surgeries, he’s now a certified nurse practitioner.

  24. natijim235 says: Feb 8, 2014 5:31 PM

    that’s an insult to nurse practitioners

  25. dartwick says: Feb 8, 2014 5:33 PM

    When hes on the field Gronk is the best.

    At this point though I would rather have Graham on my roster.

  26. bert1913 says: Feb 8, 2014 5:42 PM

    Who’s jimmy?

  27. amazingguy101 says: Feb 8, 2014 5:54 PM

    Just draft another stud. He’s not worth losing players over

  28. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 8, 2014 6:05 PM

    amazingguy101 says:
    Feb 8, 2014 5:54 PM
    Just draft another stud. He’s not worth losing players over

    _____________

    What are you doing wasting your talent on the internet? With knowledge like that, you should be making 7 figures as a GM.

  29. backdapack4evr says: Feb 8, 2014 6:09 PM

    If he leaves he will be on the wrong side of the bounty hunters!!

  30. surfinbird1 says: Feb 8, 2014 6:13 PM

    Talib shut this guy down cold. That wouldn’t happen with Gronk,

  31. skinsfantom says: Feb 8, 2014 6:18 PM

    ROBERT will beat the hawks, dont fear.

  32. meccaho says: Feb 8, 2014 6:24 PM

    Drafted as a TE, broke records as a TE, went to probowl as a TE, considered one of the best TE if not the best since Gronk is hurt.

    Now all of a sudden he is a receiver when it’s time to pay him.

    Saints aren’t stupid, they won’t fall for his agent’s tricks like all of you.

  33. bigjoe2269 says: Feb 8, 2014 6:25 PM

    12 million over the cap already- he will get the wr tag number for another 12 million – where do they find 24 million? plus resign other players and pay the guys they draft …not looking good

  34. bigjoe2269 says: Feb 8, 2014 6:30 PM

    he will get the tag number for a wr not a te – he lines up outside or in the slot more than he does at te and as per the nflpa cba thats how he will get jugded

  35. cursedvikings1998 says: Feb 8, 2014 6:33 PM

    Whenever Sean Payton refers to “tough decisions” he ends up letting go of players he should have kept. I hope he’s not thinking of letting go of people like Lance Moore or Pierre Thomas. That would be incredibly stupid.

    Drop Will Smith and Roman Harper and you get under the cap just like that. Then renegotiate the contracts of Marques Colston, Jabari Greer, Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, Lance Moore, and a handful of others, and you’ll have more than enough money to not only sign Graham to an extension, but also to pick up a couple free agents.

  36. wsdbiker says: Feb 8, 2014 6:36 PM

    I guess Payton hasn’t learned that offense doesn’t win championships. His only Super Bowl victory was because his defense had a career year, not because of his offense. His offense is better now, yet no more championships. Why? Because he has no defense. let graham go! and get more defense.

  37. DrSteveBrule says: Feb 8, 2014 6:40 PM

    They could tag him and see what the trade market might be like. Some desperate team might give up pick’s for him. Worst case is that the tag price is relatively cheap.

  38. 12brichandfamous says: Feb 8, 2014 6:40 PM

    It’s easy, tag him and pay the average of top 5 guys at the position. That’s less than the. Market rate for a receiving weapon. draft his replacement and let him hit free agency next year. He will find out that under the new CBA, there are no more huge FA paydays. Teams are learning to draft talent or develop UDFA’s rather than pay big bucks to FA’s.

  39. wiseace9 says: Feb 8, 2014 6:43 PM

    Cutting all the players above (Smith, Moore, Thomas, Greer, Harper and Bunkley) will only save $23.611 million. Per over the Cap they currently sit at roughly $140.4 million. The 2014 projected cap is $126.3 million which puts us $14.1 million over the cap. Which means after cutting 6 players, we will be at $9.511 million under the cap.

    Lets put the cuts in perspective. Considering when you’re tight against the cap, you don’t want dead money counting towards you and Mickey Loomis has been great at that over the years. So, here’s my take on cutting the mentioned players from highest cap number to lowest. To figure out the percentage of money lost for the cap is taking the cap savings and dividing it by cap number.

    1. Will Smith. He has been great to the Saints organization but with that that cap number, age, coming off major injury and decline in play combined with the fact he’ll save them over $11 million in cap relief makes it an easy business decision. $2.352 million in dead money as opposed to the $11.55 million cap savings is acceptable. This percentage lost for Smith is 17%. The Saints will probably offer him a deal near the veteran minimum to try to keep him on the team.

    2. Brodrick Bunkley. He has been a tribute to a resurgent defense and a big body who excels in stopping the run and dominating the line of scrimmage but his talent and production don’t match the $6.11 million cap number he carries. He’ll only save them $1.275 million. That’s $4.387 million in dead money. That is 71.8% lost for his cap number. The Saints best bet is to offer a reduced contract. It’s crazy to lose that much money on a player.

    3. Roman Harper. He has been a great asset to the pass rush but consistently struggles in coverage.
    Part of the Safety position is coverage. He carries $5.87 million cap number and he’ll only save them $2.18 million. That’s $3.69 million in dead money. That is 63% lost for his cap number. The Saints best bet is to offer a reduced contract once again.

    4. Jabari Greer. He has been a cornerstone of the secondary for years but age and coming off major injury make his $5.825 million cap number expendable. He’ll save them $2.65 million. That’s $4.387 million in dead money. That is 55% lost for his cap number. The Saints best bet is to offer a reduced contract again. I hope you notice a trend here…

    5. Lance Moore. He has been a fan favorite an a solid contributor to the receiving core since joining the Saints practice squad in 2005. He fell behind Rookie Kenny Stills this year and was less effective. Given the fact Joe Morgan has the opportunity to be back at 1/5th the cost makes him extremely expendable. He carries a $5.068 million cap number and will only save them $2.531 million. That’s $2.537 million in dead money. That is 50% lost for his cap number. The Saints best bet is to offer a another reduced contract but not as drastic amount of money as the previous players.

    6. Pierre Thomas. What hasn’t PT done for the Saints since joining the team as an Undrafted Free Agent in 2007? He’s a power runner with great vision, great pass protector, phenomenal receiver and has been very valuable on special teams. He carries a $2.9 million cap number and will not count as any dead money toward the cap if he is cut. He ideally is the easiest player to cut other than Smith but is so important to the Saints offense. He deserves every penny and should actually earn a pay raise in a perfect world.

    In conclusion, cutting all 6 players will save $23.611 million. The salary cap is projected at $126.33 million. That will be $25.368 million in dead money for 2014 alone. That is 20% of our allotted cap room which is financially irresponsible. Best bet is offer close to veterans minimum to Smith or cut him outright which will save around $10 million. Offer reduced contracts to Bunkley, Harper, Greer and Moore by about $1-2 million per player before cutting them outright and eating the dead money. That would save around $4-8 million. Don’t even think of cutting PT because to me he is the most valuable of the 6 players.

    All moves above make the Saints either at the salary cap or $4 million under. Than Mickey Loomis can work his restructure magic or extend Brees to free up money for the Jimmy Graham deal, rookie contracts and maybe some free agents. What are your thoughts?

  40. doubleogator says: Feb 8, 2014 6:48 PM

    Offer him the average of a WR and TE. Add them up divide by two, should be around 8.5 Per yr. Let Will Smith, Lance Moore, Jabari Greer (Wouldn’t say that without that ugly injury), Bunkly, Pierre Thomas, and Sproles all take pay cuts. Love Sproles, but he definitely looks like he slowed down last year. Last but not least try to find a few bargain Free Agents, and draft wisely. All easier said than done…

  41. musicman495 says: Feb 8, 2014 6:54 PM

    nfl4days says: Feb 8, 2014 5:08 PM

    Most of Grahams snaps come from the WR position. He should be classified as a WR. The Saints should have already inked him, if their bean counters are doing their job. It’s an embarrassment to have talks drag on.
    ———————-
    “Drag on”? The season only ended a week ago, and free agency does not even start for another month.

    Graham is a TE. Tony Gonzales had more snaps at WR and is still a TE. This classification “dispute” is agent posturing.

    As to who or what is an embarrassment….

  42. qdog112 says: Feb 8, 2014 7:03 PM

    meccaho says:
    Feb 8, 2014 6:24 PM
    Drafted as a TE, broke records as a TE, went to probowl as a TE, considered one of the best TE if not the best since Gronk is hurt.

    Now all of a sudden he is a receiver when it’s time to pay him.

    Saints aren’t stupid, they won’t fall for his agent’s tricks like all of you.
    ******************
    None of that matters. It’s all about the position he actually played If he lines up at WR more than TE, the NFL regulations under the CBA, say he’s a WR. It’s really that simple. There is no “all of a sudden crap. It’s not that the Saints have to be stupid to pay him WR money. It’s that the rules dictate it. Are you knew to the game?

  43. bigslizzle4twizzle says: Feb 8, 2014 7:32 PM

    Sounds like a perfect replacement for Gonzalez. Saints won’t pay him what he’s worth?? ATL has big bucks to spend in free agency and graham would get revenge 2x a year. Saints will end up tagging him thou and he will leave pissed off next year. In the mean time I’ll just wait for Katrina to come back and wipe out that toilet bowl you call New Orleans.

  44. infinitig says: Feb 8, 2014 7:40 PM

    I dislike the Saints but Jimmy Graham is the one receiver on that team you have to stop. The Seahawks did it but not many others did.

  45. datdude84 says: Feb 8, 2014 7:50 PM

    I agree with the guy who wrote a bonified novel on the saints cap issues here. But mark my words. Will “fat” Smith is gone and so is harper. Harper can still produce but usnt worth that contract. I believe lance moore either takes a pay cut or gets cut. Bunkley imo isn’t going anywhere and neither is greer. Wouldnt be surprised if pierre goes. Cutting smith and harper basically gets them under the cap. So would a brees extension. And all of this dead money talk is a lil oveerated. U deal with the dead money issue in order to sign graham. No question about it. I also think the saints will look to trade one of their key players. But imo graham and malcolm (who may be the most underated players on the roster. Most likely a one or 2 year deal). Strief walks cause he is trash. Its not as bad as everyone thinks. They say this every year about the saints and loomis. Yet, we get under the cap and are players in fa. Their will be a day of reckoning but that will be the day brees retires. Also look for colston to be asked to take a paycut.

  46. datdude84 says: Feb 8, 2014 7:55 PM

    Streirf and la puenta are both garbage. And so was bushrod. Center is already on the roster. Rt def needs to be addressed.

  47. nfl4days says: Feb 8, 2014 8:11 PM

    Bushrod was our pro bowl beast left tackle we let go to the bears. I think you mean Charles Brown. De la puente is the center.

  48. marcinhouston says: Feb 8, 2014 8:15 PM

    Take the picks. Drew had better stats without Jimmy when he played with better offensive tackles. Too much money is already tied up in Colston to spend more on great version of Colston when we dont have a good version of an offensive tackle.

  49. rodgers4mvps says: Feb 8, 2014 8:21 PM

    Mr. Wiseace9 , what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I’ve ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response was there anything that could even be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

    In all seriousness though, good post and I completely agree.

  50. nickyleacy says: Feb 8, 2014 8:37 PM

    @Wiseace9 It sounds good to repeatedly say “The Saints best bet is to offer a reduced contract” but how many will actually accept that?

    In the case of Bunkley, he’s due $4.4m in base salary just this season. The only reason Bunkley would accept a pay cut of less than $4.4m is if it was fully guaranteed and more than what him and his agent would expect to get as a free agent.

    Offering Bunkley an adjusted salary to $2m will only give the Saints $2.4m in cap relief and this is still probably too low for Bunkley to accept.

    Another option for the Saints is to move some of Bunkley’s salary to 2015 or 2016 and to guarantee some of this salary in return. This will shift some of this year’s cap problems onto later years but with Brees cap number above $26m the next 2 years (and their starting guards taking up $20m) this probably isn’t a good idea.

    Their best bet, in my opinion, is to cut him after June 1, thus creating $4.5m cap space this year and only paying $3m next year.

    For people saying there are no rough decisions for the Saints, the example above is just one of several tough moves they’ll have to make.

    Personally, regardless of whether they’re pro bowlers, I think $20m is too much cap space for 2 guards on a team that’s stuck for cap space. A June 1 cut for Grubbs would result in an extra $6m cap this year (whilst having to bite the bullet next year on $6m on a player no longer on their team.)

    Keeping Jimmy Graham should be a priority but signing him at any more than the $6.8m tender will only further hamstring this team.

    Best case scenario they get a long-term deal done with low cap numbers the first 2 years

  51. datdude84 says: Feb 8, 2014 8:40 PM

    Nfl4days bushrod was terrible. He continually graded out as one of the worst lts in the game. Chicago took him off our hands. He wasn’t very good. Neither was brown and or streif. Saints have a guard that was an undrafted fa that showed promise and believe he will move to center.

  52. pftstory says: Feb 8, 2014 8:45 PM

    There is allot to be said for the question, “how many QB’s have won (or even gotten to) the SB after getting their top 5 deal?”

    And its not because they get lazy after the big payday, they lose the help they need to win a TEAM game.

    Why would Graham be looking for revenge twice a year if the Saints couldn’t afford him? It would not be like they slapped his sister.

    Of course the premise that Atlanta needs to spend huge money on a TE because Gonzalez retired is also silly. They nothing more than O-line help and defense. How often does a top TE play in the Super Bowl? Gonzalez & Gates were not regular players in February. You can win with an every day average but solid TE (heck even a weak one).
    There are plenty of teams (like Atlanta) where Graham would be an expensive luxury that they cannont afford, because they already have two or more strong receiving threats. New O is a team where he is not a luxury, Graham is a need, because he is one of their top 2 pass catchers.

  53. nfl4days says: Feb 8, 2014 8:46 PM

    Bushrod made the probowl his last year with us. What do you mean one of the worst in the game? And armstead did show a lot of promise.

  54. nfl4days says: Feb 8, 2014 8:47 PM

    Bushrod is tearing it up on the bears. He’s a big reason their O improved because they got time to throw the deep ball.

  55. rabidbillsfan says: Feb 8, 2014 8:57 PM

    Why does everybody keep saying “Teams need to make room to pay for the rookies” I thought all teams, as part of the new CBA, had an allotted amount of money to spend on Rookies and was already calculated into the cap space. I may be misinformed, (I know, strange to me to) but I should be at least close in my understanding. Either way, the Saints could do without almost all of those guys. Yeah, dead money is an issue, but saving the money and cutting Thomas makes more sense. Ingram was the 28th pick for a reason. Khiry Robinson played well. If you have to retain salary in a crowded backfield because you don’t trust those guys, your problems run deeper than money.

  56. steviaquinn says: Feb 8, 2014 8:57 PM

    LMAO at “drew will take a pay cut”. This is the most ego-centric , self-centered player in the league. There is no way this guys takes a cut. He’s a guys that stiffs waitresses, is a conman lawyer, and tries to make backroom deals for HIMSELF, at these expense of other players.He comes from a family of grifters.

    Graham is a great player but the Saints won a SB without him and they just cant afford him. Drew will develop someone else like before.

  57. 2difshoe says: Feb 8, 2014 8:58 PM

    This guy was Casper the friendly TE in the playoffs. Put up or shut up.

    Maybe Brew Drees will sacrifice or defer some of his $ to keep Graham, then will see if Drees really wants him.

  58. thegreatsantini56 says: Feb 8, 2014 9:04 PM

    Not that I give a hoot in hell for the Saints problems, but I agree with all of the above about Drew Brees taking a haircut. Take one for the team and pitch in son.

  59. datdude84 says: Feb 8, 2014 9:21 PM

    Lol at bushrod turning around the bears oline. Cutler still eneded up getting knocked out for a good portion of the season and he still graded out negatively as a lt. Please use commom sense when posting. Kyle long had more to do with it than him. Hahaha bushrod was and still is terrible.

  60. pantherpro says: Feb 8, 2014 10:35 PM

    Your bigger concern is how to deal with juggernaut known as Cam Newton and Carolina Panthers!

  61. johnnyprc says: Feb 8, 2014 10:45 PM

    How Seattle has dealt with players/salary and their drafting should be a model for other teams. After Seattle’s 1st Superbowl (’06), Hawks paid Alexander and other players to a point they could no longer move. That set the team back years.

  62. raiderapologist says: Feb 8, 2014 10:46 PM

    The League’s Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Feb 8, 2014 5:02 PM

    Notice how the Steelers are never in these positions. We are ahead of the game and miles ahead of the league. Our trophy case reinforces this.
    —–
    Of course you are correct. But just for fun, let’s look at the top 3 in cap overage:

    1. Dallas
    2. New Orleans
    3. Pittsburgh

  63. Shinnbone says: Feb 8, 2014 10:49 PM

    thevikesarebest says: Feb 8, 2014 4:59 PM

    He should come to the great Viking dynasty next season. We would truly be an unstoppable weapon.VIKINGS ARE THE BEST.SKOL

    ????I didn’t realize they legalized Pot in Minnesota, I thought it was just Washington St., and Colorado.

  64. seahonky says: Feb 8, 2014 11:00 PM

    He soft

  65. thetooloftools says: Feb 8, 2014 11:51 PM

    QB’s are over rated. Flacco? How much did his contract cost the Ravens?

  66. scathaguardian says: Feb 9, 2014 2:21 AM

    The Saints would be fools to let Graham go to another team. As far as any other players listed in the article, I would keep Pierre Thomas. Brees needs to step up and work to keep Graham. They work too well together to let him go now.

  67. pw1265 says: Feb 9, 2014 8:24 AM

    the tearing apart of the roster begins, super bowl chances for next year? over!

  68. skinsgal4life says: Feb 9, 2014 12:05 PM

    They all make too much money–and yes, I know all about the system. It just seems to me that it’s all out of hand.

  69. rastaraider says: Feb 9, 2014 12:38 PM

    Oakland

  70. genericuser8888 says: Feb 9, 2014 11:14 PM

    Four out of the last five Superbowls were won by teams with a great defense, while great offenses have often come up short.

    Therefore, while Jimmy is great, the Saints should probably trade him for draft picks, cut a few other players, and improve the defense.

    Fact is, Jimmy got shut down in the playoffs. He’s worth some guaranteed scores during the regular season, but he has yet to prove himself during the playoffs, and therefore, does not deserve top dollar.

    I say this as a Saints fan who loves Jimmy, but thinks that a great defense (like our 2009 season) is more important than crippling our salary cap for the sake of any player outside of Drew Brees.

  71. musicman495 says: Feb 10, 2014 3:57 AM

    For the Salary Cap challenged, here is Remedial Salary Cap 101 – Drew Brees cannot take a “pay cut” to make room for Jimmy Graham’s salary. He can either restructure his deal – which actually hurts the Saints in the later years of Brees’ contract by putting unworkable numbers later in the contract – or the Saints can extend Brees’ existing contract for additional years and lower his salary in the short term, which Brees has already said he would be happy to do. Whether the Saints want to add years is debatable.

  72. musicman495 says: Feb 10, 2014 4:00 AM

    johnnyprc says: Feb 8, 2014 10:45 PM

    How Seattle has dealt with players/salary and their drafting should be a model for other teams.
    ———————-
    The Seahawks got lucky by picking a franchise QB in Round 3 and paying him $1.98. Once they have to pay him $20 million along with their $10 CB, your “model franchise” will disappear.

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