With the NFL entering a new year of football, the New Orleans Saints offseason begins. They have their work cut out for them, as this franchise is hurting financially. Considering they have one of, if not, the worst cap situation in the league, this franchise might not be making too many big moves. For that reason, we'll be diving into some of our Saints' offseason predictions.
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Most of the issues on the roster lie within the offense. The wide receiver room is arguably the worst in the league, which means this front office should be focusing on finding competent pass catchers. This should be one of the top priorities in the offseason, as the Saints are typically known for airing it out.
There are some big question marks as New Orleans prepares for the offseason. We haven't seen Michael Thomas at full health for quite some time and there are major off-the-field concerns involving Alvin Kamara. From there, the Saints should pin-point at least two players to re-sign, one on the defense and the other on the offense. If the front office can maintain the core of this roster while rebuilding the wide receiver room, this team could be a problem in the NFC South.
With that said, here are our four bold Saints offseason predictions.
Saints Offseason Predictions
4. The front office completely revamps the wide receiver room
The passing attack was disastrous last year but there should be some optimism within the franchise. New Orleans needs to upgrade the receiving core, which they can do through free agency and the NFL Draft. Although the Saints don't have the best cap situation, the front office could still manage to find some talent to create a more consistent offense.
3. Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara return to play a full season
Michael Thomas should be healthy to return and it sounds like the franchise wants to keep him within the organization. On the other hand, Alvin Kamara is dealing with an assault charge during his Pro Bowl visit to Las Vegas. It's unclear what will happen, as it's not a guarantee that either Thomas or Kamara return to the Saints next year.
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Regardless, their return would be for the best. Thomas is easily the best receiver on the roster and at just 28 years old, he's entering the prime of his career. Meanwhile, Kamara could beat out his assault charges and play for the Saints next season. If everything comes together, New Orleans could have their superstar talent return to the lineup, making them a dangerous team in the NFC South.
2. New Orleans re-signs Marcus Williams
The Saints' defense is the glue holding the roster together. They proved to be one of the league's best units, as they narrowly missed the postseason. Marcus Williams is a stellar safety and deserves a new contract. It'll be hard to re-sign him, considering they have a limited amount of cap space available. However, if the front office can pull it off, the defense should maintain dominance.
1. Saints re-sign Jameis Winston to be the starting quarterback
Jameis Winston wasn't playing too bad before his injury last season. With multiple NFL teams searching for a new quarterback, he should fetch some interest in free agency. Even so, it'd be wise of the Saints to retain Winston, as he won't necessarily break the bank and would return to a familiar offensive scheme. Who knows, maybe Jameis Winston can have a legitimate career resurgence in New Orleans? If that happens, then this franchise could become the best team in the NFC South.