July 26, 2011

Saints Have a League-High 28 Free Agents

The Saints have a league-high 27 unrestricted free agents set to hit the market from their 2010 team.  Two other teams are tied for second with 22.

Only one player qualified for restricted free agency and received a qualifying tender offer from the Saints.  LG Carl Nicks, an emerging star on the line, was given a first-round tender by the Saints before the lockout ensued in March.



Of those 28, 26 earned their unrestricted free agency with four or more accrued seasons.  Two had qualified for restricted free agency, but were not given qualifying offers by the Saints: linebackers Jo-Lonn Dunbar and Anthony Waters.

A fourth player qualified for restricted free agency, PK Garrett Hartley, but he was signed to a new five year contract in early March.  RB Pierre Thomas also qualified for unrestricted free agency, but was inked to a new four year deal before the lockout.

LS Jason Kyle signed a one-year deal with the Saints in March of 2010 and finished the Saints on injured reserve, but does not appear on the NFL's official list of free agents.

*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)
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)
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)

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