Albert Breer of the NFL Network posted some notes regarding the Saints and some potential roster moves to keep an eye on in the coming months.
Breer is getting the sense that the Saints will eventually have a long-term contract in place with TE Jimmy Graham.
However, Breer mentions that this could come down to the wire as they will have until July negotiate a long-term contract with Graham now that he’s been franchised.
There is still a chance that Graham could contend that he should be considered a receiver, but if the two sides can agree that he should be the highest paid tight end in the league, it could prevent a battle over the franchise tag from gaining any traction.
Graham, 27, is believed to be seeking “at least twice as much” as the five-year, $32 million contract the Ravens they signed TE Dennis Pitta to last week.
Graham managed to put together a very good season, despite the fact that he was hampered by a foot injury for a good portion of the year.
He totaled 86 receptions for 1,215 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 1 tight end in the league.
Breer mentions that the Saints could still bring in some veteran players at some point in the near future.
Greer, 32, was cut loose by New Orleans back in February and has found almost no interest on the open market. He totaled 30 tackles, one interception and 12 passes defensed over the course of 10 games this season. Pro Football Focus had Greer rated as the No. 60 cornerback in the league this season.
Previous reports mentioned that Meachem could be back next season, so this doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Meachem, 29, finished the 2014 season 16 receptions for 324 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Goodwin, 35, is the best available center, but hasn’t generated all that much interest. At this point offseason, he figures to sign a very reasonable one-year contract.
According to Breer, former fourth-round pick WR Nick Toon could be at a “crossroads” with the Saints.
Toon, 25, has yet to develop into a reliable option in the Saints offense. In 2012, he was placed on injured reserve before the start of the season with a foot injury.
Toon still has two years remaining on his four-year, $2.51 million contract.