|Offense||3rd||129.4 (6th)||261.8 (5th)|
|Defense||17th||111.7 (15th)||224.8 (15th)|
|66||Allen, Jack||C||6-2||296||9/24/1992||2||Michigan State|
|72||Armstead, Terron||T||6-5||304||7/23/1991||6||Arkansas-Pine Bluff|
|31||Banjo, Chris||DB||5-10||207||2/26/1990||5||Southern Methodist|
|48||Bell, Vonn||SAF||5-11||205||12/12/1994||3||Ohio State|
|Bighill, Adam||LB||5-10||230||10/16/1988||1||Central Washington|
|Coleman, Kurt||DB||5-11||208||4/1/1988||9||Ohio State|
|Davis, Demario||LB||6-2||248||1/11/1989||7||Arkansas State|
|95||Davison, Tyeler||DT||6-2||309||9/3/1992||4||Fresno State|
|58||Edebali, Kasim (FA)||LB||6-2||253||8/17/1989||5||Boston College|
|77||Fullington, John||G||6-5||300||5/30/1991||2||Washington State|
|19||Ginn, Ted||WR||5-11||180||4/12/1985||12||Ohio State|
|45||Griffin, Garrett||TE||6-4||240||3/4/1994||1||Air Force|
|74||Hamilton, Woodrow||DT||6-3||315||12/20/1992||2||Ole Miss|
|80||Harbor, Clay (FA)||TE||6-3||240||7/2/1987||9||Missouri State|
|Harris, De'Vante||CB||5-11||190||6/30/1993||3||Texas A&M|
|79||Harris, Bryce||T||6-6||300||1/16/1989||7||Fresno State|
|91||Hendrickson, Trey||DE||6-4||270||12/5/1994||2||Florida Atlantic|
|89||Hill, Josh||TE||6-5||250||5/21/1990||6||Idaho State|
|7||Hill, Taysom||QB||6-2||221||8/23/1990||2||Brigham Young|
|50||Hodges, Gerald (FA)||LB||6-2||236||1/17/1991||6||Penn State|
|92||Hughes, John (FA)||DT||6-2||320||4/27/1988||7||Cincinnati|
|74||Jenkins, Alex||DE||6-6||270||1/15/1993||1||Incarnate Word (Tex.)|
|53||Klein, A.J.||LB||6-1||240||7/30/1991||6||Iowa State|
|23||Lattimore, Marshon||CB||6-0||192||5/20/1996||2||Ohio State|
|61||LeRibeus, Josh (FA)||G||6-2||315||7/2/1989||6||Southern Methodist|
|11||Lewis, Tommylee||WR||5-7||168||10/24/1992||3||Northern Illinois|
|42||Line, Zach||RB||6-1||233||4/26/1990||6||Southern Methodist|
|3||Lutz, Wil||K||5-11||184||7/7/1994||3||Georgia State|
|56||Mauti, Michael||LB||6-2||243||1/19/1990||6||Penn State|
|Meredith, Cameron||WR||6-3||207||9/21/1992||4||Illinois State|
|24||Moore, Sterling (FA)||DB||5-10||202||2/3/1990||8||Southern Methodist|
|6||Morstead, Thomas||P||6-4||235||3/8/1986||10||Southern Methodist|
|97||Muhammad, Al-Quadin||DE||6-3||250||3/28/1995||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|93||Onyemata, David||DT||6-4||300||11/13/1992||3||Manitoba (Canada)|
|52||Robertson, Craig||LB||6-1||234||2/11/1988||7||North Texas|
|Robinson, Patrick||DB||5-11||191||9/7/1987||9||Florida State|
|83||Snead, Willie||WR||5-11||195||10/17/1992||4||Ball State|
|54||Stupar, Nate||LB||6-2||240||3/14/1988||6||Penn State|
|Sylve, Bradley (FA)||DB||6-0||180||1/29/1993||1||Alabama|
|Tautu, Sae||LB||6-3||245||6/30/1992||R||Brigham Young|
|51||Te'o, Manti||LB||6-1||241||1/26/1991||6||Notre Dame|
|Theaker, Nate||G||6-5||315||10/6/1993||1||Wayne State (Mich.)|
|13||Thomas, Michael||WR||6-3||212||3/3/1993||3||Ohio State|
|Tom, Cameron||OL||6-4||287||6/21/1995||2||Southern Miss|
|78||Turner, Landon||G||6-4||325||5/15/1993||2||North Carolina|
|Turner, Paul||WR||5-10||193||5/10/1993||2||Louisiana Tech|
|32||Vaccaro, Kenny (FA)||DB||6-0||214||2/15/1991||6||Texas|
|26||Williams, P.J.||CB||6-0||196||6/1/1993||4||Florida State|
|49||Wood, Zach||LS||6-3||255||1/10/1993||2||Southern Methodist|
|76||McDaniel, Tony (IR)||DT||6-7||305||1/20/1985||12||Tennessee|
Selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Texans, Savage didn't fare well in his 13 appearances (nine starts) over the last four seasons. Notably, his touchdown rate was a pitiful 2.2 percent, he tossed more interceptions (six) than TDs (five) and surpassed 300 yards in a game just one time. In his new locale, Savage will be in a cushy spot on the depth chart behind Drew Brees, who recently re-upped with the Saints for another two years.
Hendrickson, who hasn't played since Week 14 due to an ankle injury, logged a limited practice Friday and will be available for Sunday's contest. He's expected to provide depth at defensive end behind Cameron Jordan and David Onyemata.
Ramczyk left Thursday's practice with an undisclosed injury. While the team was tight-lipped regarding the situation, it now appears the issue was nothing serious. Barring any setbacks, the first-round pick out of Wisconsin is seemingly on track to start the season protecting quarterback Drew Brees' blind side.
Ellis didn't log any NFL action during the past season, but made six appearances for the Jaguars during his rookie campaign in 2016, hauling in three of four targets for 11 yards. He'll join the Saints for their offseason program and could vie for a roster spot at tight end during training camp.
Davison averaged just under 37 defensive reps in 2017, as the 25-year-old became an integral member of the Saints young pass-rush unit. Davison is under contract for one more season with the Saints before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. There's a chance he sees an expanded role in 2018 with John Hughes and Alex Okafor slated to become free agents this offseason.
The left tackle was a mainstay on the Saints' injury reports throughout the 2017 campaign, missing six games while battling shoulder, chest and thigh issues. It would seem the hip flexor Armstead alluded to is related to the thigh injury, but according to Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune, the 26-year-old declined to elaborate further about his health when asked Tuesday. He did acknowledge that he doesn't believe surgery will be necessary during the offseason, however, so Armstead doesn't appear in much danger of missing the start of training camp in the summer.
Maulet was waived by the Saints in late September and has resided on the team's practice squad. The 22-year-old should serve as a depth option in the secondary with safety Marcus Williams (groin) ruled out for Sunday's game, and cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore (ankle) and P.J. Williams (shoulder) listed as questionable.
Harbor and the Saints agreed to a contract during the offseason. The veteran was competing for a spot on the final roster. The specifics of his injury are unclear, but he now will spend the entire 2017 season on IR.
Bushrod underwent surgery on his right arm in January but doesn't expect to have any issues for the 2018 season. The 33-year-old was also sidelined the final six games of 2017 with a foot injury.
Allen was waived Wednesday and will now spend the remainder of the season on the Saints' IR, barring he reaches an injury settlement with the club and is subsequently released.
Coming off back-to-back seasons with fewer than 100 tackles, Davis beat his previous season best by 19 while also adding 1.5 more sacks than his best effort before this past year. He is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and he will surely be one of the Jets' top priorities.
In his second season, Crawley solidified himself as the Saints' starting cornerback across from Marshon Lattimore after starting the season as an inactive. The 24-year-old is under contract through next season but then will become a restricted free agent. However, if he continues to grow in Dennis Allen's system throughout the offseason, the Saints may have no choice but to offer the young cornerback a long-term deal.
After failing to lure back fellow former New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham in free agency, the Saints turn to another veteran option with experience working with quarterback Drew Brees. While Watson doesn't bring as much obvious upside to the table as Graham, the 37-year-old still logged 61 catches for 522 yards and four touchdowns with the Ravens in 2017. His presence bolsters a tight-end group that was previously headed by Coby Fleener (concussion) and Josh Hill (finger). With Watson now in the fold, it's possible that the Saints could move on from Fleener, and in such a scenario, Watson would be in a decent position to see an uptick in production in 2018. In his final season with the Saints in 2015, Watson displayed strong chemistry with Brees, hauling in 74 passes for 825 yards and six scores.
Loewen is healthy and able to run again after suffering a high-ankle sprain in the Saints' Week 2 loss to New England. The converted linebacker who went undrafted out of Arkansas looks to persevere through a plethora of injuries (including a Lisfranc injury in his final collegiate game) which has kept him from making a significant impact on the Saints' defensive line. Loewen failed to record a tackle in two regular season appearances in 2017, although he did record 1.5 sacks during the preseason.
Jordan underwent offseason surgery to remove a bone spur in his left foot. While this is an injury that has reportedly bothered Jordan for the better part of two years, the corrective procedure he recently underwent is still considered to be a minor operation. The 2017 first-team All-Pro should be back to normal well in advance of training camp and could possibly take part in offseason workouts as well.
Stupar tore his ACL in Sunday's win over the Lions and his season officially is over. The linebacker played exclusively on special teams in his four games with the Saints, recording one tackle in four games.
Mauti has been with the Saints the past three years as a backup linebacker, drawing four starts and playing in 35 games over that span. He recorded 11 tackles and one forced fumble last year as a depth defender and special teams player. He'll likely see a similar role in 2018.
Lasco suffered a bulging disc in Sunday's victory over the Bills, which will require him to miss the remainder of the season. There is no report on how long his recovery is expected to take, but the running back will have to put his sights on a 2018 return.
Bell played every defensive snap for New Orleans and led the Saints in tackles for the second consecutive week. With Kenny Vaccaro on injured reserve, the second-year strong safety should continue to be a valuable IDP option as long as the Saints remain in the playoffs. Bell and the Saints will head to Minneapolis for an NFC divisional-round showdown with the Vikings next week.
Hardee started off the week not practicing but progressed to full participation Friday to avoid the questionable tag. The 23-year-old should serve in his usual role as a special teams contributor against the Falcons this week.
The Stanford product was placed on injured reserve in November due to a knee injury. He registered 10 tackles on the year playing a primarily special teams role. His release was the result of a failed physical, so his knee presumably has yet to fully recover.
In his first season in New Orleans, Klein appeared in 12 games -- all starts -- before suffering a season-ending groin injury in Week 14. The Saints placed Klein on injured reserve in Week 16 and he finished the season with 54 tackles (37 solo), two sacks, four pass breakups and a forced fumble. While Manti Te'o filled in admirably in his absence, Klein is expected to return as a full-time starter next season and should be a useful fantasy option in IDP leagues.
Te'o played 57 of the Saints' 74 defensive snaps (77 percent), in addition to seven special-teams snaps. Te'o has notched 36 total tackles in the five games since starting at middle linebacker after AJ Klein (groin) was lost of the season. While not a flashy performer, Te'o should continue to be a quality IDP option in playoff fantasy leagues. The Saints will travel to Minnesota for next week's divisional-round contest against the Vikings.
Brees could get more money on the open market, but he reportedly has no interest in switching teams for the final few years of his career. Understandably so, given that he's a living legend in New Orleans, where the current roster boasts an excellent supporting cast that includes Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. The Saints also are expected to seek an upgrade at tight end now that they don't have to worry about a dead cap charge from Brees' last contract accelerating to 2018. A reunion with Jimmy Graham isn't out of the question.
Griffin has been battling the foot injury since mid-December but was clear of an injury designation for Week 17. The 23-year-old joined the Saints prior to Week 13, and totaled one reception for four yards in three games with the team.
Coleman opened the offseason as a restricted free agent but was made an unrestricted free agent after the Saints declined to extend him a qualifying offer. However, it turns out that Coleman won't be going anywhere, and he'll rejoin a New Orleans depth chart that recently added Cameron Meredith (knee) to slot in as the No. 3 wideout behind starters Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn. That means Coleman is likely set to compete with the likes of Willie Snead and Tommylee Lewis for one of the final roster spots at receiver.
A source familiar with Hill's situation said that the tight end's finger had been locked at a 90-degree angle prior to the procedure. There doesn't appear to be much concern about his recovery timetable given that the tight end was able to play through it this season, so Hill shouldn't face any limitations once offseason workouts begin.
Moore is back in the Bayou after being released by the Saints last week. Starting safety Kenny Vaccaro was placed on injured reserve Thursday, leaving a spot open for Moore on the active roster. Moore played rotationally on defense for the Saints in his five games with the team and can be expected to fill a similar role as the team heads into the postseason.
Although his team wasn't able to pull out the victory, Thomas put together a very impressive performance against a secondary that allowed a league-low 6.0 yards per pass attempt during the regular season. In fact, Thomas was giving Vikings' first-team All-Pro corner Xavier Rhodes fits throughout most of the game, causing Rhodes to get visibly upset on multiple occasions. It's clear the second-year receiver has already established himself as an upper-echelon NFL wideout after backing up his prolific rookie season with a 100-catch, 1,000-yard season during the 2017 campaign. With the Saints set to bring back practically all of its key offensive cogs next season, there's nothing to suggest Thomas can't continue to produce at this rate.
The Saints have yet to announce a corresponding move to open up a roster spot for Phillips, but his addition could speak to some concern the team might have about the health of fellow tight ends Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion) and Garrett Griffin (undisclosed). Per Teope, Griffin was absent from the media-access portion of Wednesday's practice. Phillips previously appeared with one game for the Saints in Week 16 against the Falcons, logging only eight offensive snaps.
Since entering the NFL as a third-round pick in 2014, Huff has been unable to find a foothold and last took the field Week 16 of the 2016 season. Notably, he was arrested in November of that year for DUI and possession of marijuana, which precipitated his release from the Eagles. Huff has a reserve/future contract from the Saints in his back pocket, which will allow him to take part in the offseason program and during the preseason. In order to land on the 53-man roster, post-suspension, he may have to impress at every stage in advance of the regular season.
Robertson played 66 of the Saints' 74 defensive snaps against Carolina, and he added 12 more on special teams. However, despite the heavy playing time, he was quiet most of the afternoon. After logging a career-best 115 total tackles last year, Robertson has been much less productive in his second season in New Orleans, posting a mere 80 total tackles this year. Still, Robertson remains one of the Saints' starting linebackers and should be at least a decent IDP option in playoff fantasy leagues for next week's divisional-round matchup.
Williams joined the Saints a little under two weeks ago after Daniel Lasco (neck) was moved to injured reserve, but the former Arkansas standout has yet to make his New Orleans debut. That's unlikely to change anytime soon unless one of the three running backs ahead of Williams on the depth chart -- Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara and Trey Edmunds -- suffers an injury.
Williams notched career-highs across the board in 2017, as the cornerback was finally able to stay on the field for all 16 contests after two injury-plagued seasons to start his career. While Ken Crawley ended the season as the starting cornerback alongside Marshon Lattimore, Williams still managed to record just under 40 defensive reps per game in the regular season. He now heads into a contract year with the Saints and he'll have to prove his 2017 numbers were no fluke if he hopes to sign a long-term extension.
Ginn could've had a bigger day had a 29-yard touchdown not been called back due to penalty. Still, he fared well against a tough Vikings secondary that ranked among the league's best in most defensive categories against the pass during the regular season. Although the Saints are now out of postseason contention, Ginn remains under contract for the next two seasons along with teammate Michael Thomas, though it's worth noting that Willie Snead will be a restricted free agent at the end of the league year. Regardless, Ginn has established himself as the Saints' clear No. 2 receiver that possesses high upside with an admittedly low floor as Drew Brees' deep threat. He should be considered more valuable in standard leagues than PPR given the nature of his role.
Wood signed a one-year deal with the Saints last season after spending time with the Cowboys previously. He played in all 16 games and logged 151 snaps on special teams as the Saints produced one of the top kicking units in 2017.
Theus was waived by the Panthers on Monday after never seeing the field in 2017 as a member of the Panthers and 49ers. He was placed on injured reserve in early December due to illness. He'll now have a chance to compete for a reserve role on the Saints offensive line this offseason.
Thompson missed the past few days of practice due to an unspecified quadriceps injury. He'll likely revert to injured reserve if he clears waivers.
Hoomanawanui signed a three-year deal with the Saints in March 2016 and is expected to return to New Orleans for his 10th NFL season in 2018. The big tight end is an excellent blocker who helped the Saints average nearly 130 rushing yards per game. Hoomanawanui, however, has never been much of a receiver, as he has a career high of just 13 receptions. He will therefore be off the fantasy radar again in 2018.
In the all-important Week 3 of the preseason last August, Meredith suffered tears of the ACL and MCL in his left knee and spent the entire campaign on injured reserve. When the Bears handed the wideout an original-round tender in March, they opened themselves up to losing Meredith, an undrafted free agent in 2015, without compensation. The Saints proceeded to extend an offer sheet to Meredith earlier this month, which his old organization opted not to match. Chicago general manager Ryan Pace pointed to "our medical grades" Tuesday as the guide for his decision, but Payton appears to be far more optimistic about Meredith's chances of getting on the field before training camp. The Saints effectively replaced Willie Snead with Meredith, who will join Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn and Brandon Coleman to form a formidable receiving corps.
Ingram didn't find any daylight against a Vikings defense that allowed just 3.7 yards per carry during the regular season. His production certainly was aided by the fact the Saints fell behind 17-0 by halftime and likely weren't able to keep the ball on the ground as often as they might've liked. Altogether it was another unproductive performance for a running back who was among the most reliable fantasy assets for the majority of the 2017 season, and he's now been limited to 38.0 total yards per game without a touchdown in his final three outings to close the campaign (including the postseason). While this might leave a bad taste in the mouth's of fantasy owners, the Saints are set to return nearly all key cogs of its offense in 2018 and Ingram should again be primed to helm one of the league's most potent rushing attacks.
The linebacker was less confident that he would be at full strength for the start of the Saints' offseason program in the spring, but it doesn't appear Anzalone is concerned about his recovery stretching into the start of training camp. A 2017 third-round pick, Anzalone had served in a starting role in the Saints' first four games before suffering the season-ending injury and finishing his inaugural NFL campaign with 16 stops and one sack.
Turner, who went undrafted out of Lousiana Tech in 2016, spent his rookie season with the Eagles but was waived ahead of the 2017 season opener. The diminutive wide receiver will likely need to make a name on special teams in order to stick with the Saints in 2018.
Warford sustained the concussion while making a tackle in Sunday's game against the Jets, but he was able to progress through the concussion protocol this week and is expected to play Week 16.
Bighill's stint on the 53-man roster was short, as he was just picked up Monday. He presumably will clear waivers and either revert to the practice squad or look for a new opportunity.
Lewis never topped 16 offensive snaps in any game this season but saw some playing time as a slot receiver early in the season. During the second half of the year, however, Lewis was almost exclusively limited to special-teams work. With both Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman restricted free agents this offseason, there's an outside chance that Lewis could see his role grow next season if neither returns. At 5-foot-7, however, it seems more likely that Lewis will remain a gadget player in the Saints' offense, giving him limited fantasy appeal except in leagues that award points for return yardage.
Hughes exited Sunday's victory over the Falcons with what was first believed to be an elbow injury. However, further testing revealed a much worse diagnosis, with the defensive tackle sustaining a torn biceps. Hughes will end the 2017 campaign with 10 tackles over eight appearances. The Saints signed veteran Tony McDaniel to take Hughes' spot on the roster.
A standout dual-threat quarterback at BYU, Hill went undrafted in last April before signing as a free agent with the Packers. Despite an impressive preseason, Green Bay waived Hill, who was claimed off waivers by the Saints in September. The rookie quarterback spent most of the season on the practice squad before causing considerable buzz in his NFL debut in a Week 13 win over the Panthers -- a game in which he recorded two tackles and came close to blocking a pair of Carolina punts as part of the Saints' special-teams unit. While Hill continued to play on special teams (he finished the regular season with four tackles in five games), it's been reported that head coach Sean Payton believes that Hill could be the eventual successor to quarterback Drew Brees, who is a free agent this offseason. Hill's ascension to starting quarterback is unlikely to occur in 2018 -- considering Brees is expected to re-sign with the Saints this offseason -- but the team could let unrestricted free agent Chase Daniel walk this offseason, which could pave the way for Hill to bump up a notch on the depth chart. Although Hill's checkered medical history includes four season-ending injuries in college, he has intriguing potential as a dual-threat quarterback if he were ever to get an extended look in the NFL at any point.
Hamilton was waived with an injury settlement by the Patriots in early September and was residing on the Saints practice squad. The 25-year-old should serve a reserve role in New Orleans' defensive line rotation with Tony McDaniel (undisclosed) placed on injured reserve.
Hodges appeared in 11 games for the Saints as a reserve last season, but he only managed to record three total tackles, which made for the least productive season of his NFL career. With New Orleans looking to claim offensive tackle John Theus off waivers, it was forced to waive Hodges to open up a roster spot.
New Orleans tried to sign Elliott to a contract a couple weeks ago but didn't have a roster spot open to do so and, consequently, the NFL disapproved the signing. However, the team has since cleared space on the roster and Elliott is now officially a member of the Saints. The four-year veteran didn't appear in a regular-season game during the 2017 season but accrued 58 tackles, four sacks and one interception over 38 games for the Packers from 2014 through 2016 while primarily serving in a special-teams role.
It was only the second season that Onyemata played American, 11-man football, as the 25-year-old was drafted out of the University of Manitoba and didn't start playing organized football until 2011. That being said, Onyemata made major strides in 2017, recording career-highs across the board, including his first career sack in Week 4. Look for the defensive tackle to continue to make strides in year three.
The Saints made it clear Snead wasn't a priority when they tabbed him with an original-round restricted free agent tender rather than spending $1 million more for a second-round tag. The team reinforced that sentiment upon signing Cameron Meredith (knee) away from the Bears on a two-year, $9.6 million contract. Per ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley, Snead settled for a two-year, $7 million contract with the Ravens, though he can earn another $3.4 million in incentives. His strong track record working from the slot should make him a nice fit in Baltimore, where the other offseason additions at wide receiver -- Michael Crabtree and John Brown -- have spent most of their respective careers working the perimeter. A 2014 undrafted free agent, Snead caught 141 of 206 targets for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns over 30 games in 2015 and 2016, but then had only eight catches in 11 contests last year, failing to regain his old role after starting the season with a three-game DUI suspension and a hamstring injury. The move to Baltimore should correspond with an uptick in playing time, though it's possible Snead will have to fight for his snaps if the Ravens use an early draft pick on a wide receiver. The 25-year-old is unlikely to approach his 2015-16 efficiency stats -- 68.4 percent catch rate, 9.1 yards per target -- while playing with Joe Flacco instead of Drew Brees.
Rankins was on the field for only 28 defensive snaps (58.0 percent) but he made his presence felt. The 23-year-old intercepted opposing quarterback Tyrod Taylor midway through the third quarter, which resulted in a 27-yard return. He will look to carry his momentum into the Saints' Week 11 matchup versus the Redskins.
Even though Vaccaro, who will hit free agency March 14, has stated that he hopes to remain with New Orleans next season, the team isn't planning on re-signing the 2013 first-round pick, per Katzenstein. The fact that he's back to full strength after finishing 2017 on injured reserve due to a core-muscle injury -- which Vaccaro said involved a complete tear of his adductor muscle -- should help make the 27-year-old one of the more coveted defenders on the open market. Across five NFL campaigns, Vaccaro has racked up 375 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 30 pass breakups and eight interceptions while playing in 68 of a possible 80 regular-season games.
A 2010 first-round pick, Robinson will return to his first NFL home after pit stops in San Diego, Indianapolis and Philadelphia. In the latter locale, he was a key contributor in the Eagles' march to a victory in Super Bowl LII, earning 69 percent of the defensive snaps while playing in every game during the season. His stat line included 47 tackles and four interceptions, but he may find it difficult to uphold that standard with Ken Crawley and P.J. Williams in the way for reps opposite stud 2017 Defensive Rookie of the Year Marshon Lattimore.
Coleman missed four games due to knee and ankle ailments, contributing toward a slight decline in overall production. Still, Coleman has enjoyed a resurgence in Carolina, as he's registered at least 75 tackles in all three seasons as a Panther. While he'll be disappointed by not intercepting a pass this year, especially after 11 over the previous two campaigns, the 29-year-old remains a valuable member of the team's defense.
McDaniel was set to become an unrestricted free agent in March anyway, so it seems that New Orleans has simply given him assurance that the team doesn't plan on bringing him back for another season. The 33-year-old will thus get a head start in finding a new home for the 2018 campaign, assuming he wants to continue playing.
Lawrence began training camp on the non-football injury list, and will now likely miss the rest of the season. It remains unclear what the issue is, but the Auburn product did undergo season-ending knee surgery in December of last year.
Harris began the 2017 season atop the Saints' depth chart but quickly fell from grace, which ultimately led to his release from the team in early December. The 24-year-old recorded 18 tackles (15 solo) in 11 games.
Lutz appeared to have sent the Saints to the NFC title game when he booted a clutch field goal to give New Orleans the lead with only 25 seconds remaining in the contest, only to have Stefon Diggs' miracle catch-and-run abruptly eject New Orleans from the playoff field. Still, Lutz had a terrific sophomore season, converting 31 of 36 field-goal attempts and 47 of 50 extra-point kicks. So long as Drew Brees -- who is an unrestricted free agent this offseason -- returns to New Orleans in 2018, Lutz should enter the year as one of the better kicking options in fantasy leagues, as the Saints' high-powered offense should provide him with plenty of scoring opportunities.
Despite another solid statistical performance -- including nabbing a momentum-shifting interception in the second half -- all anyone will remember from the Saints' playoff defeat is Williams' incredible miscalculation on the game's final play, in which the rookie safety whiffed on a simple tackle that almost certainly would have clinched the victory for New Orleans. Notwithstanding Williams' memorable mistake, the former Utah product started all 15 regular-season games he played in after being picked by the Saints in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. A ball-hawking free safety in college, Williams was critical to the Saints' remarkable defensive turnaround, recording 73 total tackles and four interceptions in his first NFL season. Williams should again start at free safety in New Orleans in 2018, with his playmaking potential and dependable tackle production rendering him a quality option in many IDP leagues.
Both Kamara -- who averaged 6.1 yards per carry during the regular season -- and backfield counterpart Mark Ingram were stifled by the Vikings' stout run defense. However, as we experienced on multiple occasions throughout his rookie campaign, Kamara salvaged his fantasy line with a strong showing in the passing game, where his 14-yard touchdown grab gave New Orleans its first lead of the game with just three minutes left in regulation. The Tennessee product and Rookie of the Year candidate will now enter his first full NFL offseason training program with his team out of postseason contention and, especially since the Saints are returning all key offensive cogs in 2018, should indisputably be in the first-round conversation in advance of 2018 fantasy drafts after averaging the most yards per touch in NFL history as a rookie.
Peat was one of New Orleans' first-round selections in the 2015 draft. His career didn't get off to a fast start, but the Stanford product has developed into one of the better guards in the game and he'll now be under Saints control through 2019. While it isn't clear where he stands in his recovery from the broken fibula he suffered in the team's wild-card victory over the Panthers this past January, but the Saints' decision to pick up his fifth-year option shows the team isn't overly worried about his recovery process.
Kikaha tore his ACL during OTAs over a year ago, and he's finally recovered. The former second-round pick participated in team drills Thursday without any signs of his knee slowing him down and noted that he "feels great physically." Barring any setbacks, he projects to start at defensive end in Week 1.
Morstead was entering the final year of his previous contract with New Orleans and his extension likely lowers the $4.9 million charge he was set to count against the team's cap in 2018. At the same time, team management also locked up one of the best punters in the game for the foreseeable future. However, it isn't clear where Morstead stands in his recovery from torn cartilage in his ribs -- an injury he played through during the Saints' most recent playoff run.
Fleener has been a massive disappointment through two seasons of a five-year, $36 million contract, managing only 72 catches and five touchdowns in 27 games for the Saints. His release would be a no-brainer move if not for the fact that $3.4 million of his $6.3 million salary for 2018 is guaranteed, per overthecap.com. The Saints nonetheless figure to angle for a pay cut or release, though they may have to wait for the tight end to pass a physical after he finished 2017 on injured reserve due to a concussion. Given his inconsistent performance and worrisome concussion history, the 29-year-old tight end likely would be met with tepid interest on the open market.
Though he was still docked four paychecks stemming from a February arrest in Arizona, Parry didn't miss any actual games due to the suspension, as the Saints had already placed him on season-ending injured reserve due to the ankle issue. Parry, who will become a restricted free agent this offseason, is eligible to play at the start of the 2018 campaign.
The details on Line's deal with New Orleans, but he'll presumably be brought back on a one-year pact after appearing in 12 games in 2018. As the only fullback on the roster, Line doesn't face any current competition, but he's far from a lock to stick with the team by the time Week 1 arrives since the Saints could always turn to a backup tight end for lead-blocking duties if they want to prioritize strengthening depth at another position. Even if Line breaks camp with the team, he's unlikely to earn more than one or two touches per game.
Johnson signed with the Lions less than a day ago, but the team decided to let him go after being awarded ex-Broncos defensive end Kasim Edebali off waivers.
Just picked up off waivers after final cuts, Carr won't have a chance to face his old Patriots teammates on Sunday. The 23-year-old may have an uphill battle for active status this season, particularly after Willie Snead (suspension) returns in Week 4.
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.
Unger has been recovering from a Lisfranc injury he suffered from in Week 13 of last season, but with the passing of his physical, it looks as though the lineman will meet his goal of returning for the Saints' third preseason game.
After signing a one-year deal with New Orleans last offseason, Okafor put together an excellent 2017 campaign in which he amassed a career-high 43 tackles to go along with 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 10 games before tearing an Achilles. The 2013 fourth-rounder subsequently decided to test his worth on the open market and had a confirmed visit to Tampa Bay this offseason, but it's now apparent he'll stay with the Saints for the time being. If he can secure the starting left defensive end role opposite in advance of the regular season -- while avoiding any hiccups in his rehab -- Okafor should be firmly on the IDP radar while playing opposite 2017 first-team All-Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan. According to Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Okafor is on track to be ready for Week 1.
The 11th overall pick of last year's draft immediately started paying dividends for the Saints, helping to improve a defense that ranked dead last in yards allowed in 2016. His five interceptions led all rookies and tied him for fifth in the league. Only 21, the sky is the limit for the former Ohio State Buckeye, who will enter the offseason as the Saints top cornerback.
Muhammad is little more than a backup lineman for New Orleans. He didn't see any run on defense in Week 1 and was on the field for just five special teams snaps. His absence shouldn't have much of an impact on the team.
Edebali has spent time with the Broncos, Lions and Rams this season, but also spent 2014-16 with the Saints. The 28-year-old takes the roster spot of Hau'oli Kikaha (ankle) and should serve as a depth option in the defensive line rotation.