January 9, 2011

Saints set to become free agents in 2011

As the NFL and its players union discusses an extension to the CBA that could save the 2011 season, a number of Saints have expiring contracts following the 2011 season.

What rights the Saints retain on the players depends on the rules of the new CBA, but it is likely that most will be unrestricted.



Here's the list of players set to hit free agency for the Saints, broken down by the rules of the old CBA for reference, and listed with the number of vested years in the NFL.  An asterisk indicates that player was a starter for the majority of the 2010 season.

Unrestricted:

*DT Remi Ayodele (4 years, 3 with Saints)
RB Ladell Betts (9 years, 1 with Saints)
*LT Jermon Bushrod (4 years, 4 with Saints)
DE Jeff Charleston (4 years, 3 with Saints)
*SLB Danny Clark (11 years, 2 with Saints in 2006, 2010)
FB Heath Evans (12 years, 2 with Saints)
S Matt Giordano (6 years, 1 with Saints)
*C Jonathan Goodwin (9 years, 5 with Saints)
DT Anthony Hargrove (7 years, 2 with Saints)
*SS Roman Harper (5 years, 5 with Saints)
TE Tory Humphrey (4 years, 2 with Saints)
RB Julius Jones (8 years, 1 with Saints)
LS Jason Kyle (16 years, 1 with Saints)
LB Kawika Mitchell (7 years, 1 with Saints)
LB Marvin Mitchell (4 years, 4 with Saints)
WR Lance Moore (5 years, 5 with Saints)
FS Pierson Prioleau (12 years, 2 with Saints)
S Chris Reis (4 years, 4 with Saints)
KR Courtney Roby (5 years, 3 with Saints)
*LB Scott Shanle (8 years, 5 with Saints)
FS Darren Sharper (14 years, 2 with Saints)
T Zach Strief (5 years, 5 with Saints)
TE David Thomas (5 years, 2 with Saints)
RB Pierre Thomas (4 years, 4 with Saints)
CB Leigh Torrence (5 years, 3 with Saints)
DE Jimmy Wilkerson (8 years, 1 with Saints)
RB DeShawn Wynn (4 years, 4 with Saints)
S Usama Young (4 years, 4 with Saints)

 
Restricted:
LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (3 years, 3 with Saints)
*PK Garrett Hartley (3 years, 3 with Saints)
*LG Carl Nicks (3 years, 3 with Saints)
LB Anthony Waters (3 years, 2 with Saints)

Players with fewer than three vested seasons in the NFL would be exclusive rights free agents for the Saints if their contracts expire after the 2010 season.

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