The NFL's salary cap is expected to rise and hit $208 million in 2022, which is great news for the New Orleans Saints. Due to COVID, the cap went down to $182.5 million in 2021, which halted a multi-year steady increase starting in 2013. New Orleans was in a big 'hole' going into last year's offseason, but still managed to weave their way out of a $100 million deficit and spend some money in the process.
Currently, you'll see that the Saints are going to be some $60-70 million over going into 2022, depending on where you look. However, there are plenty of ways for them to maneuver it and then be competitors in free agency, something that they are going to have to do to get better. We'll look at some of those situations and contracts towards the end of the season, but for now, know that the team has a $11.5 million dead cap charge to deal with from Drew Brees.
More good news for the front office is that the salary cap is also supposed to increase for 2023, so this could really allow New Orleans the luxury of getting creative with some of their player contracts and situations. Immediate priorities would shift to retaining someone like Marcus Williams, but the team could also use the franchise tag on him to not let him get away.
Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton are going to be tasked with improving some key areas for the team going into next season, and no matter what, they've always been able to make things work and attract new players. Let's just hope the attention goes to the areas with deficiencies, but we also have to see how things play out in the offseason.
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