There are a ton of teams who face difficult circumstances this upcoming offseason, but perhaps none may be in a more difficult position than the New Orleans Saints.
In addition to a very murky quarterback situation, the Saints also find themselves above the salary cap more so than any other team entering 2022. In an effort to relieve some of that cap stress, the Saints made a couple of moves that not only free up some money, but they also provide a good indication regarding their future plans for star wide receiver Michael Thomas.
According to Field Yates, the Saints have converted $14.565-million of Thomas’ compensation in 2022 into signing bonus money.
The team also converted just over $18-million of offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk’s compensation into signing bonus, creating a total of over $26-million in cap space that they didn’t previously have.
It should be noted that the Saints likely wouldn’t have made such a move if they didn’t plan on keeping Thomas around for 2022. With a glaring lack of depth at the position, this is great news for the Saints and their future starting quarterback, whoever that may be.
The good news is, with large chunks of Thomas and Ramczyk’s salary off the books, New Orleans can hopefully use some of those saving on a quarterback that’s capable of turning this franchise back into a Super Bowl contender again.