Do more draft picks mean more success? The Saints have had the fewest amount of draft picks in the NFL since 2006 _lowres

Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis

One of the results of remaking your roster on the fly is that teams accumulate a good amount of dead money. And in New Orleans’ case, it equates to a $21.7 million hit.

The number is the biggest in the NFL. It became inflated in recent weeks with Jimmy Graham ($9 million in dead money), Ben Grubbs ($6 million), Curtis Lofton ($5 million), and Pierre Thomas ($830,000) leaving town. The hit will clear next season and become available cap space.

The current list of leaders in dead money is as follows:

1. New Orleans: $21.7 million
2. Baltimore: $20.1 million
3. Kansas City: $19.9 million
4. Miami: $18.7 million
5. Detroit: $17.3 million
6. Tampa Bay $17.1 million
7. Dallas: $12.8 million
8. Eagles: $12.7 million
9. Seattle: $10.9 million
10. Houston: $10.5 million
11. New England: $10.4 million
12. Pittsburgh: $9.9 million
13. San Francisco: $9.5 million
14. Oakland: $9.1 million
15. Giants: $8.8 million
16. St. Louis: $8.4 million
17. Arizona: $8 million
18. Carolina: $7.61 million
19. Atlanta: $7.60 million
20. Buffalo: $7.3 million
21. Washington: $7.1 million
22. Minnesota: $6.3 million
23. San Diego: $5.8 million
24. Chicago: $5.7 million
25. Tennessee: $5.4 million
26. Indianapolis: $4.8 million
27. Green Bay: $3.2 million
28. Jets: $3.1 million
29. Jacksonville: $1.9 million
30. Cleveland: $1.5 million
31. Denver: $938,000
32. Cincinnati: $782,000

Source: Overthecap.com