The Saints have their work cut out for them to get under the NFL's salary cap this offseason, but did pick up some funds to help on Thursday. Per the NFLPA announcement, New Orleans is carrying over $4.1 million in salary cap space for 2021, which gets added to the total figure when considering the final cap number.
According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team has an option to carry over unused salary cap space from the previous league season. The new league year starts on March 17, and only the Top 51 salaries are what matter currently. The NFL recently communicated out to clubs that the projected salary cap for the new season will be no less than $180 million, which was up slightly from the originally projected $175 million.
The Saints have already had a couple of moves to help make space, lowering the salary cap hit for Drew Brees and releasing veteran offensive guard Nick Easton. Those two moves along saved the team nearly $30 million.
There's more work to be done, but most all of their top salary cap hits can be reworked in some capacity. Of course, there will likely be some tough decisions ahead with some players to get that number down and inline with the final salary cap figure.