It appears David Hawthorne will be sticking with the Saints.
The linebacker has agreed to a reduced salary that cut his base salary from $2 million to $1.19 million per year, according to the NFLPA. His salary also dropped from $4 million to $1.75 million in 2016.
Overall, Hawthorne’s cap number dropped from $6.01 million to $4.01 million. He also received a $1.5 million signing bonus, $500,000 in “not likely to be earned” playtime incentives, and a $560,000 roster bonus, a source said.
It was widely speculated Hawthorne could be cap casualty because of having a $2.5 million roster bonus due this week, which left his cap figure at $6.01 million.
Last season the 29-year-old finished with 83 total tackles and three sacks.
The Saints are taking a look at Brandon Browner.
New Orleans has scheduled a visit with the cornerback, who was let go by the New England Patriots this week after the team declined to pick up his $2 million option.
Browner, 30, helped solidify the New England secondary last season with his physical play. But the downside was that he committed 15 accepted penalties, the most in the NFL, and only played nine games.
The Saints are in the market for a No. 2 cornerback to play opposite Keenan Lewis. Former Packers cornerback Tramon Williams, who played at Louisiana Tech and Assumption High School in Napoleonville. also visited New Orleans.
A look at Spiller
The Saints have at least some degree of interest in further solidifying their running game.
Less than a week after re-signing running back Mark Ingram to a four-year, $16 million contract, New Orleans is now showing interest in former Bills running back C.J. Spiller, according to the NFL Network.
Spiller would likely be plugged into the role vacated by the release of Pierre Thomas if signed by the Saints.
The 27-year-old was limited to nine games last season, rushing for 300 yards and catching 19 passes for another 125. His best year came in 2012 when he rushed for 1,244 yards and caught 43 passes for 459 yards.
Marques Colston accepted a significant reduction in salary to remain with the Saints.
By reworking his contract, Colston dropped his overall cap charge for 2015 from $9.7 million to $6.5 million, a source said.
Overall, he’ll receive $3.8 million in salary and bonuses.
Colston has base salaries of $1.445 million in 2015 and $2.65 million in 2016.
Colston, 31, agreed to a reduced salary last week as the Saints worked to get under the cap of $148.3 million.
He finished last season with 59 receptions for 902 yards with five touchdowns.
Lofton headed to Raiders
Curtis Lofton has found a new home.
After being released by the Saints earlier this week, the linebacker has hooked on with the Oakland Raiders.
The move was first reported by ESPN.
Lofton’s release saved the Saints $4.25 million in cap space.