The 2013 free agency period draws near. On March 12, players who are free agents will be allowed to officially sign with whichever team they choose.
The New Orleans Saints have many difficult choices to make. The team is projected to be $16 million over the salary cap barrier heading into the offseason.
That's money the Saints must shed, either by restructuring contracts or cutting ties with veterans who have helped the team to varying degrees through the years.
This is not about players who are scheduled to be under contract in 2013 and beyond (players such as Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma). Instead, it will look at the 18 players who are officially free agents.
Five are of the restricted variety, while the other 13 will be allowed to immediately sign with any team they choose.
Here we'll decide if a player should be re-signed, tagged (which no one will be, though some will be tendered) or allowed to walk.