Strategy And Personnel

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FRANCHISE PLAYER
QB Drew Brees (exclusive; tendered $14.436 million; increased to $16.371 million on April 20).

TRANSITION PLAYER
None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--DE Jeff Charleston is a role player who has been a handy man of sorts in the rotation for the last couple of seasons, but likely won't be re-signed.

--DT Aubrayo Franklin may not be re-signed after the Saints filled his spot with Brodrick Bunkley.

--TE John Gilmore was a late addition to the roster after training camp ended and is valued for his blocking abilities.

--TE Tory Humphrey was signed late in the regular season because of injuries at the position and probably won't be re-signed.

--T Pat McQuistan was signed when Charles Brown was lost for the season with a hip injury and likely won't be re-signed.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)

--LB Ramon Humber (not tendered as RFA) is a valuable special teams contributor and occasional fill-in at linebacker. He could be re-signed for less than the minimum RFA tender of $1.26M.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--S Jonathon Amaya: Potential ERFA; $540,000/1 yr.

--WR Adrian Arrington: Potential ERFA; $540,000/1 yr.

--LB Jonathan Casillas: RFA tendered at $1.26M with no compensation; terms unknown.

--WR Marques Colston: Potential UFA; $40M/5 yrs, $19M guaranteed.

--QB Chase Daniel: Potential RFA; $1M/1 yr, $300,000 SB.

--C Brian de la Puente: Potential ERFA; $540,000/1 yr.

--LS Justin Drescher: Potential ERFA; $540,000/1 yr.

--PK John Kasay: UFA; terms unknown.

--DE Turk McBride: Potential UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--WR Courtney Roby: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--DT Brodrick Bunkley: UFA Broncos; $25M/5 yrs, $9 Million guaranteed.

--LB Chris Chamberlain: UFA Rams; $4.05M/3 yrs, $1.2M SB.

--OG Ben Grubbs: UFA Ravens; $36M/5 yrs, $10M SB/$16M guaranteed.

--LB David Hawthorne: UFA Seahawks; 5 yrs, terms unknown.

--MLB Curtis Lofton: UFA Falcons; $33.5M/6 yrs, $5M SB/$7.8M guaranteed/$6M base in 2017 voidable.

PLAYERS LOST

--LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar: UFA Rams; $3.05M/2 yrs, $1M SB.

--WR Robert Meachem: UFA Chargers; $25.9M/4 yrs, $7.5M SB/$5M base guarantee 2013.

--OG Carl Nicks: UFA Buccaneers; $47.5M/5 yrs, $31M guaranteed.

--CB Tracy Porter: UFA Broncos; $4M/1 yr.

--DT Shaun Rogers: UFA Giants; $925,000/1 yr.

--CB Leigh Torrence: UFA Redskins; terms unknown.

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