Lining up the 7 biggest dominoes of the 2022 Saints offseason

It almost goes without saying at this point that the New Orleans Saints have a lot of challenges to navigate in 2022. We know they’re starting out well over the salary cap. And we’ve already discussed their long list of pending free agents and their top salary cap hits (plus how New Orleans can reach cap compliance without cutting a single player).

They’re set up for a big offseason and plenty of changes, which is immediately more fun to look to than last year’s long summer of departures, cap cuts, and retirements. But there’s a domino effect at play here, with various situations lined up one after the next. Once the Saints begin to make moves, expect a chain reaction to develop as their 2022 roster takes shape. Here’s where it starts:

LT Terron Armstead

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So much of the Saints offseason starts here. If Armstead’s contract isn’t extended by the start of the new fiscal year on March 16, he’ll enter unrestricted free agency and leave a whopping $12.9 million on New Orleans’ books in dead money — matching what the team already owes retired quarterback Drew Brees and last year’s salary cap casualty Latavius Murray, a combined $12.4 million. Put those figures together and it accounts for 12% of the 2022 salary cap.

Armstead has been a huge asset for the Saints when healthy, earning three Pro Bowl nods from 2018 to 2020 and…

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