The team has begun the offseason Organized Team Activity (OTA) light practices at Saints headquarters in Metairie, working the full 90-man roster in light practices and conditioning drills.
Because of the 2011 lockout and his 2012 suspension, this is the first offseason that Saints head coach Sean Payton has been able to participate in the Saints' OTA's since 2010, when the team was preparing to defend its Super Bowl XLIV title.
The team released DE Greg Romeus at the onset of OTA's, the team's snakebit 2011 7th round pick whose promise was overcome by a lengthy list of injuries during his college and pro careers. Romeus tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee in June 2012, after overcoming a similar injury to his other knee plus back surgery.
Before OTA's the Saints had previously added Pago Pago native Isaako Aaitui, a free agent who spent his first two seasons out of UNLV on the practice squads of the Dolphins and Jets. At 6'4, 315, Aaitui has the size necessary to play the run-stuffing nose tackle position in a 3-4 scheme.
To make room for Aaitui, the Saints waived DE Braylon Broughton, who signed with New Orleans as an undrafted free agent in following the 2012 draft and spent his rookie season on the Saints' practice squad. The Lions claimed Broughton, but later waived him after he failed his physical.
The Saints' roster stands at 89 following the release of Romeus. According to a report released by the NFLPA, the Saints currently have $1.695 million in salary cap space.