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The New Orleans Saints had a phenomenal season that was cut disappointingly short in the divisional round of the playoffs by the resilient 49ers in San Francisco.
Despite the relatively early exit, the Saints seem to be building a dynasty in New Orleans. However, they will have to spend a lot of money if they don't want to put that in too much jeopardy.
Priority No. 1 this offseason is re-signing Drew Brees, the prolific quarterback that broke Dan Marino's single-season record for passing yards. Brees is the face of this franchise and means just about as much to New Orleans as Tom Brady to New England and Peyton Manning to Indianapolis (until this year, of course).
Unfortunately, they also have Pro Bowl offensive guard Carl Nicks to re-sign. Nicks, along with Jahri Evans and Jermon Bushrod, form one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, and the Saints should do everything they possibly can to retain him.
Most don't think the Saints will have enough cap space to be able to keep both Brees and Nicks, but if there's away, the Saints need to find it.
If they can't keep Nicks on board, they are going to have to find an adequate replacement for him, and anyone that can begin to compare to Nicks will require a substantial sum.