The New Orleans Saints have a big off season ahead of them. After franchise tagging TE Jimmy Graham, the Saints made numerous cuts to free up some cap space. The Saints first big purchase, and by far the most important, was the best ranked safety in free agency, Jairus Byrd. Byrd signed a six-year deal worth $56 million, $28 million guaranteed. The Saints were in serious need of a free safety and Byrd will more than fill that need. He had 48 tackles, 1 sack, and 4 interceptions for the Buffalo Bills last year.
The Saints have also shopped speedy kick returner Darren Sproles. Who was eventually traded to the Eagles for a 5th round draft pick. The Saints have recently re-signed RT Zach Strief to a five year, $20.5 million deal. They also signed RB Pierre Thomas to a two year extension. The Saints still have some holes to fill at center, cornerback and wide receiver. They could re-sign some of their own free agents, Brian De La Puente or Robert Meachem, or look for some veterans. If the Saints want younger players, they may consider the draft to fill these needs.