The New Orleans Saints announced yesterday that they offered running back Chris Ivory a second round tender that could keep him under contract for the upcoming season. If Ivory signed the tender he would earn $2.023 million in 2013 and could be an unrestricted free agent in 2014. Furthermore, the Saints also offered the same tender to center Brian de la Puente and he could earn the same amount of money as Ivory.
In addition to the tenders that Ivory and de la Puente could sign, the Saints were also able to re-sign linebacker Junior Galette to a three-year contract. With the re-signing of Galette, the Saints have a nice young linebacker that is expected to make strides with the new 3-4 defense.
The Saints have been doing a good job of taking care of their unrestricted free agents and in the process have created some flexibility for the team. If Ivory and de la Puente sign their tenders, the Saints would be roughly $6 million over the salary cap and would still have some work to do to get under the cap.
However, if Ivory and de la Puente decide to try and negotiate with other teams, the Saints could get a second round pick back in compensation. It is a win-win scenario because either the Saints will get to keep de la Puente and Ivory on the team for this season, or they will lose them to other teams but get second round picks back in return.
General manager Mickey Loomis has been doing a fantastic job of restructuring contracts and making good roster moves this off-season. The Saints have been smart this off-season as they continue to work their way under the salary cap. They still have a little ways to go, but with moves like Galette’s deal and the second round tenders, they should get there.