In his "Monday Morning Quarterback" column on SI.com, NFL expert Peter King talks with salary cap guru Jason Fitzgerald, whose website "Over The Cap" examines teams' salary cap situations
Fitzgerald told King that the "Saints are a fascinating team to watch right now, and I think it has caught many people who follow the league by surprise. These are problems that when you look closely, you can see shaping up two or three years before they become very noticeable."
King wrote that Fitzgerald says the players to watch for the Saints moving forward are quarterback Drew Brees and guard Jahri Evans because of their hefty contracts.
"If the two sides (Brees and the Saints) cannot agree on a new deal by next year, I would anticipate that the Saints will be very open to trading Brees, who would likely still hold great value even in his late-30s," Fitzgerald said.
Brees' salary cap hit in 2016 will be $27.4 million. The club would save $20 million by cutting or trading him.
Jimmy Graham's toughness
King said if he were Seattle Seahawks General Manager John Schneider he would "be a little nervous about the Jimmy Graham deal."
"The NFC West is a very physical division," King said. "Graham’s going to knocked around a lot. He’s never been a physical presence; the Seahawks’ defense practically mocked him about that after Graham’s disappearing act in the playoff game 14 months ago in Seattle."