Kristian: No cash leaves Saints with a few holes in early goings of free agency
by Kristian Garic,posted Mar 12 2013 9:40PM
Kristian@wwl.com - The Saints were able to free up some cap space by restructuring the contracts of LB Jonathan Vilma and DE Will Smith on this first day of NFL free agency. Following news of the deal to restructure his contract, along with a reported pay cut, Smith Tweeted, "Loyalty is everything." Despite the fact that the Saints saved $12.3 million today, and now hover about $7.4 million under the cap, the Black & Gold lost a fairly significant player on the left side of the offensive line today.
Windy City payday: Jermon Bushrod is reuniting with Aaron Kromer in Chicago. The Bears gave the man most responsible for protecting Drew Brees at left tackle 5 years at $35.6 million, with $17.7 million of that guaranteed. That's a lot for a team that is trying to rebuild their defense. Bushrod was one of my favorites to talk to after the games, but I would have passed on $7 million per year if I were the Saints.
Daniel going home: Chase Daniel spent three seasons with the Saints as the understudy to Drew Brees, and now has a 3 year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. Daniel will now compete with Alex Smith for the starting job. He’s always looked at himself as a starting quarterback in the NFL, and now he might get his chance. Daniel played collegiately at the University of Missouri, and many Chiefs fans are abuzz about the prospect of getting a “local boy” in the fold at QB.
Interest: The Saints have shown interest in a few players on the defensive side of the ball so far. LB Victor Butler, who was with Rob Ryan in Dallas, is on the Saints Radar. So is former LSU standout DT Rickey Jean-Francois, now with the Niners. And, I’ve also learned the Saints are interested in DB Brice McCain, most recently with the Texans. The Saints have not yet scheduled any visits with the aforementioned players at this time.
It's early: I know fans want the Saints to go out and spend a ton of money right away, but that's not in their style. The Black and Gold wait for the market to settle, and then go find bargains. GM Mickey Loomis and Coach Sean Payton know what they are doing. They don't go into anything without having a "What If" plan.