In addition, Vacchiano does not think New York would choose to release Rodgers-Cromartiesince it would only create $4.5 million in cap space, while the other $4 million would become dead money. However, a restructured deal for Rodgers-Cromartie could be an option.
According to Mike Reiss, Chip Kelly was at the Patriots’ Thursday practice, which comes after the report that Kelly was meeting with New England this week.
Reiss says that it wouldn’t be a surprise if the ankle injury TE Martellus Bennett has been playing through requires surgery during the offseason.
Although Holder says the Saints could re-sign veteran DEs Paul Kruger and Darryl Tapp, he does not view them as solutions for the team.
Holder also mentions that New Orleans must address the cornerback and middle linebacker positions, while a defensive tackle could be required if DTNick Fairley tests the open market.
Holder believes the Saints should also consider bringing in an offensive guard through the draft or free agency since it’s not a given that G Jahri Evans will re-sign, whileAndrus Peat is not a natural guard.
As for other positions that could be addressed during the 2017 NFL Draft, Holder could see the Saints selecting a quarterback and a return specialist.
Holder expects the Saints to take advantage of WR Willie Sneads‘ one-year exclusive rights option at a cheaper price instead of signing him to a more lucrative long-term deal.