Cadet only received an $80,000 signing bonus on his one-year contract with the Saints, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The contract suggests Cadet may ultimately have to fight for a roster spot, though he looks like a lock when merely taking the current composition of the team into account. If the Saints do improve their backfield through the upcoming draft, Cadet might be left to compete with 2016 seventh-rounder Daniel Lasco and 2015 seventh-rounder Marcus Murphy for only one or two roster spots. Cadet does have a veteran's minimum cap benefit contract working in his favor, as part of his salary won't count against the Saints' cap space. Furthermore, the 28-year-old has a track record serving as a useful pass catcher for Drew Brees.
Cadet will re-sign with the Saints, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Cadet has been with the Saints in each of the last two seasons and is coming off a 2016 campaign where he pulled in 40 receptions for 281 yards and four touchdowns. He operates mostly in the backfield during obvious passing situations, as evidenced by last season's aforementioned catch total. He's also a special teams contributor as a potential returner and spends some time in the slot as well, so he gives the Saints versatility that would be tough to find on the open market. The terms of the deal have yet to be released.
Cadet is weighing offers from the Saints, Bills and Jets, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Cadet has played 58 of his 63 regular-season games in a New Orleans uniform, most notably catching 38 passes for the Saints in 2014 and 40 more last season. He'd likely fill a similar role in Buffalo or New Orleans, getting most of his work from the backfield on obvious passing downs, with the potential to also contribute as a return specialist or part-time slot receiver. Regardless of where he lands, Cadet is unlikely to enter training camp with enough of a role to warrant fantasy consideration outside of deep PPR formats.
Cadet visited with the Jets on Saturday as per the team's official site. A 2012 undrafted free agent, the 28-year-old Cadet is an undersized pass-catching back who can also line up in the slot and return kicks. He had a career-best 40 catches last season for the Saints, giving him 102 career receptions compared to only 26 carries. He'd probably have a small role on offense in New York, as the Jets still have Matt Forte (knee) and Bilal Powell -- both capable pass catchers -- under contract.
Cadet gained 19 yards on four carries and another 281 yards on 40 receptions in 2016. He also scored four touchdowns, including one in each of the season's final three games, and managed 144 yards on 10 kickoff returns. Cadet didn't offer much as a ball carrier, but he once again excelled as a receiver and even chipped in as a kickoff returner too. The fifth-year pro is not a particularly exciting fantasy asset -- outside of deeper PPR leagues -- but the Saints value his contributions. Cadet is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but it would be surprising to see him leave New Orleans after unsuccessful stints in New England and San Francisco in 2015.
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