|Offense||1st||108.9 (16th)||317.1 (1st)|
|Defense||27th||101.6 (14th)||273.8 (32nd)|
|Allen, Jack||C||6-2||296||9/24/1992||1||Michigan State|
|72||Armstead, Terron||T||6-5||304||7/23/1991||5||Arkansas-Pine Bluff|
|37||Banjo, Chris||CB||5-10||207||2/26/1990||4||Southern Methodist|
|97||Barrington, Sam (FA)||LB||6-1||240||10/5/1990||5||South Florida|
|48||Bell, Vonn||SS||5-11||205||12/12/1994||2||Ohio State|
|Bighill, Adam||LB||5-10||230||10/16/1988||R||Central Washington|
|40||Breaux, Delvin||CB||6-1||196||10/25/1989||3||Louisiana State|
|Bush, Rafael||DB||5-11||203||5/12/1987||7||South Carolina State|
|31||Byrd, Jairus (FA)||FS||5-10||203||10/7/1986||9||Oregon|
|38||Cadet, Travaris||RB||6-1||210||2/1/1989||6||Appalachian State|
|39||Calhoun, Taveze||CB||6-1||188||12/26/1992||1||Mississippi State|
|95||Davison, Tyeler||DT||6-2||309||9/23/1992||3||Fresno State|
|47||Drescher, Justin (FA)||LS||6-1||235||1/1/1988||8||Colorado|
|73||Evans, Jahri (FA)||G||6-4||318||8/22/1983||12||Bloomsburg|
|11||Fuller, Corey||WR||6-2||200||6/23/1990||4||Virginia Tech|
|79||Fullington, John||G||6-5||300||5/30/1991||2||Washington State|
|Gaitor, Anthony||DB||5-10||182||10/9/1988||4||Florida International|
|Ginn, Ted||WR||5-11||180||4/12/1985||11||Ohio State|
|Grayson, Garrett||QB||6-2||220||5/29/1991||2||Colorado State|
|45||Griffin, Garrett||TE||6-4||240||3/4/1994||1||Air Force|
|58||Gwacham, Obum||DE||6-5||246||3/20/1991||3||Oregon State|
|41||Harper, Roman (FA)||SS||6-1||205||12/11/1982||12||Alabama|
|30||Harris, Erik||DB||6-3||225||4/2/1990||2||California (PA)|
|21||Harris, De'Vante||CB||5-11||190||6/30/1994||2||Texas A&M|
|Hightower, Forrest||DB||5-10||185||3/15/1992||R||San Jose State|
|89||Hill, Josh||TE||6-5||250||5/21/1990||5||Idaho State|
|Hills, Tony (FA)||T||6-5||304||11/4/1984||9||Texas|
|49||Keo, Shiloh (FA)||DB||5-11||208||12/17/1987||6||Idaho|
|Klein, A.J.||LB||6-1||240||7/30/1991||5||Iowa State|
|Kruger, Paul (FA)||DE||6-4||270||2/15/1986||9||Utah|
|29||Kuhn, John (FA)||FB||6-0||250||9/9/1982||12||Shippensburg|
|19||Lampman, Jake||WR||6-0||205||6/11/1993||2||Ferris State|
|87||Lewis, Tommylee||WR||5-7||168||10/24/1992||2||Northern Illinois|
|3||Lutz, Wil||K||5-11||184||7/7/1994||2||Georgia State|
|Mabry, Ashaad||DT||6-3||315||11/4/1992||1||Texas-San Antonio|
|56||Mauti, Michael (FA)||OLB||6-2||243||1/19/1990||5||Penn State|
|7||McCown, Luke (FA)||QB||6-4||217||7/12/1981||14||Louisiana Tech|
|24||Moore, Sterling||CB||5-10||202||2/3/1990||7||Southern Methodist|
|6||Morstead, Thomas||P||6-4||235||3/8/1986||9||Southern Methodist|
|93||Onyemata, David||DT||6-3||300||11/13/1992||2||Manitoba (Canada)|
|43||Pruitt, Jimmy||CB||6-0||203||11/28/1992||2||San Jose State|
|52||Robertson, Craig||OLB||6-1||234||2/11/1988||6||North Texas|
|33||Sanford, Jamarca (FA)||SS||5-10||200||8/27/1985||9||Mississippi|
|83||Snead, Willie||WR||5-11||195||10/17/1992||3||Ball State|
|Stoneburner, Jake||TE||6-3||261||8/25/1989||3||Ohio State|
|54||Stupar, Nate||ILB||6-2||240||3/14/1988||5||Penn State|
|55||Tapp, Darryl||DE||6-1||270||9/13/1984||12||Virginia Tech|
|Te'o, Manti||LB||6-1||241||1/26/1991||5||Notre Dame|
|13||Thomas, Michael||WR||6-3||212||3/3/1993||2||Ohio State|
|57||Trusnik, Jason (FA)||LB||6-4||252||6/6/1984||10||Ohio Northern|
|78||Turner, Landon||G||6-3||325||5/15/1993||2||North Carolina|
|Williams, Jordan||WR||6-3||228||5/9/1994||1||Ball State|
|25||Williams, P.J.||CB||6-0||196||6/1/1993||3||Florida State|
|24||Wilson, Kyle (FA)||DB||5-10||190||9/8/1987||8||Boise State|
|Zimmer, Justin||DT||6-3||292||10/23/1992||1||Ferris State|
|86||Brown, Vincent (IR)||WR||5-11||190||1/25/1989||5||San Diego State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Kelemete confirmed the news on his personal Twitter account, writing, "Just signed another 1 year deal with the @Saints #GloryToGod for the opportunity 2015 is my year!"
Kelemete appeared in 10 games for the Saints in 2014. Before this one-year extension, Kelemete was set to be an exclusive-rights free agent.
Davison started 15 games at nose tackle for the Saints this season and logged the second-most snaps out of any defensive tackle in the league. However, he reportedly played through a torn labrum -- in addition to a separate foot injury -- since Week 4. Assuming the procedure goes well Thursday, Davison should be ready to go in time for the start of offseason activities.
Although he racked up 73 tackles as a starter last year in Carolina, Harper's reduced role comes as no surprise, as he was largely signed to provide veteran depth behind oft-injured safety Jairus Byrd. Even if Harper makes the Saints' final roster -- no guarantee given the team's depth at the position -- he likely will have only minimal fantasy value.
Allen, an undrafted rookie out of Michigan State, may be forced into action Sunday against the Bucs if starting center Max Unger (foot) is unable to play; Unger is officially listed as questionable after missing practice both Thursday and Friday.
Evans, who is entering his 10th season in the NFL, took pay cuts in 2015 and 2016, but also added an extra year to his contract, something he valued in the process.
"It worked out in the end. You know, it's part of the business, obviously. And I'm glad to be here," Evans said.
Evans said he was happy head coach Sean Payton kept the line of communication with him active throughout the process.
"So that was very great, and I was pleased with that," said Evans, who added, "I still had two years under contract, so I never saw myself not being here."
Hoping to catch lightning in a bottle, the Saints signed Kruger -- only two years removed from a 11-sack season in Cleveland -- a few days before the start of the season. While Kruger served as a useful real-life starter opposite Cameron Jordan, the veteran defensive end did little to warrant the attention of fantasy owners. A free agent this offseason, Kruger could still return to New Orleans, though the team will likely look to draft a young pass rusher even if he re-signs. Regardless, with only four total sacks over his last two seasons, Kruger is unlikely to be a contributor to fantasy teams in 2017 no matter where he lands this offseason.
Breaux was only able to play in six games this season due to a broken fibula and now a shoulder problem. He recorded 21 tackles and one pass deflection when available. Expect B.W. Webb and Ken Crawley to see more snaps in his absence.
This move is more so a formality with Crawley already expected to be out of commission for the next 6-to-8 weeks with a dislocated kneecap. Taveze Calhoun was promoted to the active roster Saturday in Crawley's place.
Loewen signed with Saints in May as an undrafted free agent, but was spotted wearing a walking boot on his foot later that month. Ultimately, he was waived and placed on the non-football injury list. Loewen will look to secure a 53-man roster spot during the 2017 preaseason.
Jordan's 7.5-sack season may appear underwhelming at first glance, but his low sack total does not tell the whole story. Rather, the two-time Pro Bowler quietly excelled as both a pass rusher and run defender in 2016. His 58 tackles ranked seventh in the NFL among defensive ends, and Jordan tied for the NFL lead with 16 tackles for loss. He also ranked in the top 10 with 21 quarterback hits and five batted passes. In fact, the scouting service Pro Football Focus consistently ranked Jordan among the top edge rushers in the NFL all season. Jordan is still in his prime -- he will be 28 years old in July -- and should be one of the top defensive ends off the board in IDP leagues next season.
A week after making a diving interception, Stupar again made the most of his opportunities. With James Laurinaitis (quadriceps) being placed in Injured Reserve and Dannell Ellerbe (quadriceps) suffering a setback in his injury recovery, Stupar should continue to see significant playing time and he has quietly averaged seven tackles per games over the Saints' last five contests. He's worth a look in many IDP leagues.
Williams, who is listed at 6-2, 216 pounds, played at Ball State and joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent last season. He spent time in training camp with the Saints before signing with the practice squad in September 2016. Williams will compete for a roster spot next season but is not expected to be a fantasy contributor.
Mauti is currently a free agent and is progressing through his recovery, but he has remained in touch with the Saints while he continues to gain weight in hopes of returning to his usual playing weight. He's still limited in terms of physical activity, but he's expecting to resume full training sometime in May.
Lasco was one of the last players to claim a roster spot out of training camp, but the seventh-round draft pick was limited by injuries during much of his rookie campaign and had only minimal offensive impact. Still, the ultra-athletic running back remains an intriguing dynasty prospect. Starter Mark Ingram will almost certainly return in 2017, but both Tim Hightower and Travaris Cadet will be unrestricted free agents this offseason, which could open the door for Lasco to play a larger role in the Saints offense next season.
A seventh-round pick by the Packers in the 2013 NFL Draft, Barrington spent his first three seasons in Green Bay, before signing with the Chiefs at the start of the 2016 campaign. However, he only took the field for two games with the Chiefs before being waived, as the team had more pressing needs and Barrington was unable to impress in limited action. That said, the Saints needed some additional help at middle linebacker with James Laurinaitis (quad) heading to IR, so look for Barrington to offer some much needed depth.
Bell did not play a single snap in Week 1, but the rookie's role quickly grew and he actually replaced Jairius Byrd as the Saints' starting free safety in Week 4. Byrd is a potential cap casualty this offseason, but even if he returns to New Orleans, Bell should return as the starter in 2017.
Gwacham is a raw, developmental athlete who was drafted by the Seahawks in the sixth round out of Oregon State last year. He signed with the Saints after being waived by the Seahawks at the end of the 2015 preseason, and appeared in nine games for New Orleans, recording eight tackles, two forced fumbles and two and a half sacks. It's possible that the Saints will sign a veteran free agent to replace Kikaha, but Gwacham is an intriguing young talent who could make some noise in IDP leagues if he is able to secure the starting defensive end job opposite Cameron Jordan.
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 -- albeit with the draft still to come. If the Saints do improve their backfield through the 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. While his current footing may be less than stable, Cadet does have a strong track record as a useful pass-catching option for Drew Brees.
Pruitt was waived/injured Tuesday, but the team announced that he will be placed on IR after clearing waivers Wednesday. In his absence, De'Vante Harris and Cortland Finnegan are likely to see an increase in playing time.
Grayson was the Saints' third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but he spent the past season on the team's practice squad after failing to crack the final 53-man roster out of training camp. The 6-2, 220-pound quarterback out of Colorado State has not developed as quickly as the Saints have hoped, and he will presumably be given one last chance to earn a roster spot as Drew Brees' backup next season.
Despite his production on the field, Byrd's price tag ultimately became too big of a burden for the Saints. The eight-year vet was slated to earn $7.9 million this year and $22.9 million over the next three years. Byrd tallied 82 tackles in 2016, but with the emergence of Von Bell in the secondary, New Orleans decided to part ways with the 30-year-old sooner rather than later.
Klein was expected to sign with the Saints, but had to wait until the new league year began on Thursday to make the deal official. Klein backed up Luke Kuechly during his time with the Panthers and will now be looking for a larger role in New Orleans. The Saints were a middle-of-the-pack rushing defense in 2016 and will look to Klein to provide a run-stuffing threat in the middle of the defense.
Looking to bounce back from a torn Achilles suffered in September, the 26-year-old linebacker will join a Saints defense that seemingly has bigger issues than its linebacking corps. While there appears to be ample competition at the position, the Saints don't have any proven standout performers, which means Te'o should at least have the opportunity to compete for a starting job. He started 34 of his 38 games during a four-year run in San Diego, with injuries limiting him to 13 or fewer appearances each season, though he still averaged 5.8 tackles per game.
Brees celebrated his 38th birthday two weeks after the end of the 2016 season -- a campaign in which he threw for 5,208 yards and 37 touchdowns. There was talk of his decline early in the 2015 season, but he 's since proven beyond a shadow of doubt that he's still one of the best quarterbacks in the league. As always, the Saints are looking to rebuild their defense in the offseason, hoping to put a competitive roster around Brees for the first time since 2013. The team did trade wideout Brandin Cooks to the Patriots, but with Michael Thomas and Willie Snead joined out wide by free-agent signing Tedd Ginn, the 38-year-old quarterback shouldn't have any trouble finding open receivers. He should have at least two or three more years left in the tank, assuming he wants to keep playing.
Lawrence spent time with the Jaguars practice squad in 2016 but he never managed to see any game action. He'll look to secure a spot at the bottom of the Saints' receiving depth chart in 2017.
Griffin originally joined the Saints in early June 2016 following a successful tryout during rookie minicamp in May. The 6-4, 240-pound tight end, who played collegiately at the U.S. Air Force Academy, spent most of the season on the team's practice squad after failing to crack the final 53-man roster out of training camp. Griffin will compete for a roster spot next season as the Saints' third-string tight end behind Coby Fleener and Josh Hill.
Calhoun hasn't played a professional snap, but that could change Sunday against the Falcons since the Saints are dealing with a hefty amount of injuries to their secondary. The rookie received the promotion because Ken Crawley (kneecap) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
Coleman will stay in New Orleans through the 2017 season. The third-year wideout was relatively quiet in the passing game last year, recording 26 catches for 281 yards and three touchdowns. Coleman was more valuable in the rushing game, where he served, and will continue to serve, as one of New Orleans' best run-blocking wide receivers.
In addition to his broken leg, Hill was also sidelined early in the season with a sprained ankle. In all, the tight end appeared in only nine games in 2016, finishing with 15 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown. While his overall numbers were underwhelming, Hill quietly become a key member of the Saints offense as a versatile blocker and occasional pass catcher in his fourth season. In fact, he was playing about 66 percent of New Orleans' snaps over the seven games before he suffered the season-ending injury -- a likely contributing factor to fellow tight end Coby Fleener's disappointing first year in New Orleans. Assuming Hill is at full strength, which is likely given the nature of his injury, he should again see significant playing time for the Saints.
Moore will remain in New Orleans, where he recorded 56 tackles, 13 pass deflections and two interceptions through 13 games last season. He'll likely compete with Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams for a starting gig at cornerback.
Fairley was signed to a one-year deal with New Orleans last season and he produced career highs with 43 tackles and 6.5 sacks. His deal locks him up with the team through his age 33 season. Expect Fairley to start along the defensive line once again in 2017.
Thomas enjoyed a stellar rookie campaign, reeling in 92 receptions for 1,137 yards and nine touchdowns in 2016. Cooks, meanwhile, caught 78 passes on a whopping 177 targets last season. With Cooks no longer in the fold, the paint-by-numbers analysis will read that Thomas' should see a boost in production as a result of increased targets in his sophomore season. Thomas is a talented player, so there is certainly reason to expect the Ohio State product to continue his upward trajectory. However, quarterback Drew Brees is not afraid to spread the ball around, so to justify his rising fantasy stock, Thomas will have to quickly prove that he can produce big numbers while facing additional defensive attention as the Saints' top receiving weapon.
Phillips was claimed by the Saints in November of 2016 after being released by the Broncos. In eight appearances with the team he recorded five catches for 32 yards. He'll look to build on that performance as he continues in his role as a depth tight end in 2017.
"I don’t see that initially," Payton said, per Saints.com.
"Terron and Zach we feel are ones of veteran experience," Payton said. "One’s a tremendous leader for us at right tackle and one’s a real sharp and talented left tackle. Andrus will come in and I’m sure we’ll give him reps at both positions."
Moving Peat to guard isn't an option. "I don’t see that. He’s a tackle," Payton said.
In his first season with the Saints, Wilson recorded 27 tackles and a pick in 15 games (including four starts) in 2015. While the 2010 first-rounder isn't much of an IPD factor, his injury does represent a hit to the Saints' depth at cornerback. Replacing Wilson on the team's active roster will be defensive tackle C.J. Wilson, who signed with New Orleans on Friday.
In his first season in New Orleans, Robertson surprisingly led the Saints in tackles, starting at outside linebacker to start the year while Dannell Ellerbe was hurt and later at middle linebacker when James Laurinaitis succumbed to injury. Robertson's production waned at the end of the season, perhaps as a result of a nagging shoulder injury, but the versatile linebacker is under contract for the next two seasons and should compete for a starting role in 2017.
Swann took a trip to Philadelphia two days ago to have an undisclosed injury evaluated. It's relatively unknown what the 23-year-old is dealing with, but there is some speculation that it could be a muscle-induced injury. Swann was expected to serve as a depth corner for the Saints in 2016. Cortland Finnegan and Brian Dixon are likely to see a boost in playing time during his absence.
Williams' problems with a concussion saw him placed on injured reserve after playing just two games last season. After all that him off, the 23-year-old has thankfully ridded himself of any symptoms, thus clearing him to rejoin his teammates to start this offseason. As it stands, Williams is projected to start at cornerback for the Saints this season.
Fuller will take a seat for the second time in the two weeks since he joined the Saints. The usual foursome of Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Michael Thomas and Brandon Coleman will serve as Drew Brees' top wideout targets.
The placement on IR spells the end of a disappointing season for Anthony, who logged just 16 tackles in 10 games after turning in a 112-tackle rookie campaign. Coach Sean Payton indicated that Anthony needed to make significant improvement with his read and recognition skills in order to challenge for a starting role in 2017, so he'll face some pressure entering training camp next fall.
It sounds as if Ginn will have a spot on the outside across from Michael Thomas in three-wide formations, with Willie Snead manning the slot. The plan could change if the Saints use a high draft pick on a receiver, but the team is expected to go defense-heavy in the early rounds. In addition to his key role in the offense, Ginn likely will be in the mix for punt and/or kickoff return duties, which is how he provided much of his value earlier in his career. Although he'll celebrate his 32nd birthday prior to the 2017 draft, Ginn is still one of the fastest receivers in the league, and he's become more of a threat on offense in the latter stage of his career.
Harris, who spent the prior three years in the Canadian Football League, earned a roster spot with New Orleans last year but appeared in only four games, netting one tackle before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Even if Harris is able to return from injury at full strength, he will have to compete for a roster spot at a crowded safety position.
The veteran tight end missed the entire 2016 season with a high-ankle injury, which he suffered during the Saints' third preseason game. It appears that having the last seven months off has provided ample recovery time for Hoomanawanui, who logged 11 catches for 79 yards and three touchdowns in his last healthy campaign with the Saints in 2015. He'll likely offer most of his impact as a blocker if he's able to secure a roster spot out of training camp this fall.
Sanford has missed nearly the entire offseason with an injury, although the specifics surrounding it remain unclear. He's been placed on injured reserve and will miss the 2016-17 season, although he could be released by the team on an injury settlement. Sanford was slated to be a depth option at safety during the upcoming season, as both Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd are likely locked into the starting lineup.
Bush played for the Saints from 2012-15, but spent last season with the Lions, playing as the team's No. 3 safety while recording 53 tackles and two interceptions, returning one of them for a touchdown. Bush is 30 years old, and while he may not start ahead of Kenny Vaccaro and Vonn Bell, he should still see a significant amount of snaps and act as a veteran presence on New Orleans' defense.
Ingram rushed for a career-high 1,043 yards while averaging 5.1 yards per carry and scoring 10 total touchdowns last season. That came despite him getting only about four more carries per game than backup Tim Hightower, who has since joined the 49ers in free agency. Coming off another knee injury, it's likely that Peterson would fill the spot vacated by Hightower's absence. After beginning his career with Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles around, Ingram is no stranger to splitting New Orleans' backfield workload, so the potential addition of Peterson shouldn't alarm fantasy owners all that much.
"It's good," he said. "Your soreness is going to be obvious, but I feel better. It's coming along pretty well. It feels good to run again."
Warford suffered the injury in the preseason and missed Week 1.
Lewis made the Saints' final 53-man roster out of training camp as an undrafted free agent from Northern Illinois. Although he's listed at only five-foot-seven, Lewis is an explosive athlete who lined up all over the field for the Saints. He particularly excelled as a returner, averaging over 11 yards per punt return and 19 yards per kickoff return. Lewis faces an uphill battle for playing time due to a crowded wide receiver depth chart, but the diminutive dynamo should enter the offseason as the favorite to return kicks for the Saints in 2017.
Keo played in just seven games for the Saints in 2016, signing with the team midseason and missing some time due to a hamstring injury. He finished the year with five tackles and was a quality special teams player. In his first full season with the team in 2017, he'll look to have a larger role on defense and continue making an impact on special teams.
The writing is probably on the wall for Murphy, the Saints' seventh-round draft pick in 2015, who was last seen fumbling a kickoff out of bounds at the one-yard line in Week 11 last season. Murphy showed some flashes in the return game, but he is unlikely to return to New Orleans in 2017.
Trusnik will provide the Saints with some depth at outside linebacker, but he's expected to make his biggest impact with New Orleans' special teams units. The 32-year-old has been out of the NFL this season after appearing in eight games with the Vikings in 2015.
Hills played for Dallas last season, while Wallace spent time with Miami. Reaves rushed for 78 yards last year.
Snead rejoined his teammates despite not having signed his exclusive-rights tender, which would earn him only $615,000 this season. After catching 141 passes for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns in two seasons since entering the league, Snead is clearly more valuable than that -- especially to the Saints, who traded wideout Brandin Cooks this offseason. Knowing that, Snead has decided to show faith in the belief he and the Saints can reach a long-term deal before the start of the season, thus making any holdout from team activities unnecessary.
Rankins, who suffered a leg injury during training camp this season, spent half of the season on the sideline, but was able to return to the field in Week 9. In nine games with the team, the first-round pick notched 20 tackles, four sacks, and one forced fumble. He'll now turn his focus to returning from the Achilles injury in time for offseason workouts.
Vaccaro has been suspended for four games and decided to serve the suspension immedietly rather than fight it to avoid it possibly carrying over to next season. If the Saints manage to make the playoffs he'll be eligible to play then. Vaccaro will wrap up the regular season with 51 tackles, five passes defensed, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one sack in 11 games played.
Therezie had spent the last two seasons with the Falcons, recording 26 tackles in 25 games.
Daniel was cut by the Eagles two weeks ago, just one year into a three-year, $21 million contract with the team. His deal with New Orleans is believed to be for just one season. He'll compete with Luke McCown and Garrett Grayson for the top-backup position behind starting quarterback Drew Brees.
McCown became expendable following the Saints' offseason signing of Chase Daniel, who will serve as the top backup to Drew Brees during the upcoming season. With Brees starting every game in 2016, McCown failed to see the field. The 35-year-old will look to find a home elsewhere as a depth option.
Stoneburner entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State. The 6-3, 249-pound tight end has spent time with the Packers, Dolphins and Rams, but was signed to the Saints practice squad in September 2016. Stoneburner will compete for a roster spot next season as the Saints' third-string tight end behind Coby Fleener and Josh Hill.
Pettway started training camp on the physically unable to perform list and was ultimately waived and placed on injured reserve. Having cleared waivers, he will look to compete for a roster spot with the Saints during the 2017 preseason.
Kuhn, who will turn 35 at the beginning of the upcoming season, is returning to New Orleans for at least one more season. The veteran fullback totaled 37 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries to go along with 16 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown in his first season with the team. He doesn't receive a ton of touches, but has solidified himself as goal line threat and safety blanket for Drew Brees, which does raise his fantasy value for deeper leagues.
Lutz capped an eventful rookie season by making 33 consecutive successful kicks -- 13 field goals and 20 extra points -- which came came on the heels of a stretch that included two blocks returned for scores, including the game-deciding points in a loss to the Broncos. Backed by the Saints' high-powered offense, which led the league in yards per game and was second in scoring, Lutz finished fifth among kickers in total scoring in 2016. With a booming leg and, presumably, another year with quarterback Drew Brees at the helm of the offense, Lutz should again be a fantasy asset in 2017.
Peat is coming off his first missed game of the season, and was limited at practice all week. He figures to be a true game-time decision Sunday. Tim Lelito will presumably fill in if he cannot go.
Kikaha missed all of last season after suffering his third torn ACL since starting college at Washington in 2010. That unfortunate occurrence followed an impressive rookie campaign in which Kikaha finished with 52 tackles, four sacks and four fumbles forced. Although the Saints will rightfully be cautious with Kikaha going forward, having him participate in offseason workouts represents the first step in ensuring he returns to the fold this season.
Feeney was a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft for the Steelers, and has spent a majority of the season on their practice squad. He'll provide depth at linebacker in New Orleans, but he doesn't figure to have much IDP relevance at this point.
Signed to a five-year, $36 million contract last offseason, Fleener ultimately struggled with the same kind of inconsistency that plagued him throughout his four-year stint in Indianapolis. His mark of 12.6 yards per reception was strong for his position, but he only scored four total touchdowns while catching 50 of 82 targets (61 percent), which is far below expectations for the top tight end in a Drew Brees offense. Perhaps most discouraging, Fleener was a total non-factor toward the end of the season, catching eight passes for 84 yards over the final four weeks. It's reasonable to expect some improvement in his second year in the New Orleans attack, but Fleener has never been particularly efficient on a per-target basis, despite benefiting from strong quarterback play throughout his career.
Tapp will be entering his 12th NFL season in 2017. In 2016, his first year with New Orleans, Tapp played in all 16 games, recording 17 tackles, including 0.5 sacks. He'll likely be a backup player once again in the upcoming campaign.
Banjo opened the 2016 season with the Packers. However, he was eventually released by the team with an injury settlement and ended up signing with the Saints in November once he was back to full strength. He went on to play in seven games for the Saints, logging five total tackles. Banjo does most of his work on special teams, however, which likely will keep his fantasy outlook low heading into the 2017 campaign.
The veteran did not play the last time these two teams met, but he'll be back in the fold for Saturday's tilt. Unger and his line mates will have the tough task of slowing down Tampa Bay's defensive front anchored by Gerald McCoy.
Okafor spent the last four seasons in Arizona, where he played outside linebacker in the Cardinals 3-4 scheme. He recorded thirteen tackles, 3.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble in 2016, and should provide needed help for the Saints at defensive end opposite Cameron Jordan. It is still possible that New Orleans will draft a defensive end with one of their two first-round picks in this year's draft, so it remains to be seen what Okafor's exact role will be this coming season.
Brown joined the Saints in May, adding a veteran presence to a receiving corps lacking in experience. However, he failed his pre-training camp physical due to a strained calf, which will bring his brief tenure in New Orleans to a close. The severity of the injury will likely determine when he receives a chance with another organization.