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Remaining 2021 Saints free agents after new Alvin Kamara contract

The NFL salary cap is expected to plummet due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, falling to as low as $175 million because of lost revenue in the 2020 fiscal year. That’s going to hit teams like the New Orleans Saints especially hard; their strategy for the last decade has been to maximize their resources and spend every dollar to remain competitive in Drew Brees’ Super Bowl window.

But Brees may not be around next year. And the Saints have already gotten a head start on their stacked 2021 free agent class by agreeing to a lucrative contract extension with all-star running back Alvin Kamara. New Orleans won’t be able to keep everyone. Here are the players on track to test the open market next March:

LB Demario Davis NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DECEMBER 23: Demario Davis #56 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after… NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DECEMBER 23: Demario Davis #56 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after recovering a fumble during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 23, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)more

FS Marcus Williams Nov 10, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints free safety Marcus Williams (43) intercepts… Nov 10, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints free safety Marcus Williams (43) intercepts a pass intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) in the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sportsmore

TE Jared Cook NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 10: Jared Cook #87 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after… NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 10: Jared Cook #87 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after a first down against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes Benz Superdome on November 10, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)more

DT Sheldon Rankins Sep 29, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (98) on… Sep 29, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (98) on the bench in the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sportsmore

LB Alex Anzalone Oct 8, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA New Orleans Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone (47) against the… Oct 8, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA New Orleans Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone (47) against the Washington Redskins during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Redskins 43-19.more

QB Jameis Winston Dec 9, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws during the… Dec 9, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws during the second half against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sportsmore

LB Craig Robertson Aug 25, 2018; Carson, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Craig Robertson (52) looks across the… Aug 25, 2018; Carson, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Craig Robertson (52) looks across the line before the snap against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sportsmore

LB Kiko Alonso Dec 29, 2019; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Kiko Alonso (54) pressures… Dec 29, 2019; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Kiko Alonso (54) pressures Carolina Panthers quarterback Will Grier (3) in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sportsmore

CB/S P.J. Williams Dec 22, 2019; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams (26) celebrates after sacking… Dec 22, 2019; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams (26) celebrates after sacking Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sportsmore

CB Justin Hardee NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 07: Justin Hardee #34 of the New Orleans Saints reacts during… NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 07: Justin Hardee #34 of the New Orleans Saints reacts during the game against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)more

DE Trey Hendrickson Dec 29, 2019; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Will Grier (3) is pressured by… Dec 29, 2019; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Will Grier (3) is pressured by New Orleans Saints defensive end Trey Hendrickson (91) in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sportsmore

SS D.J. Swearinger Dec 5, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Houston Texans strong safety D.J. Swearinger (36) takes down Jacksonville… Dec 5, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Houston Texans strong safety D.J. Swearinger (36) takes down Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne (7) in the third quarter at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sportsmore

FB Michael Burton TAMPA, FL – SEPTEMBER 17: Running back Michael Burton #46 of the Chicago Bears looks on… TAMPA, FL – SEPTEMBER 17: Running back Michael Burton #46 of the Chicago Bears looks on from the sidelines during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 17, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)more

RB Dwayne Washington Dec 30, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Dwayne Washington (27) runs… Dec 30, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Dwayne Washington (27) runs against Carolina Panthers safety Rashaan Gaulden (28) during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sportsmore

DE Noah Spence Nov 13, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) against the… Nov 13, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) against the Chicago Bears at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers won 36-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sportsmore

SS J.T. Gray (RFA) Jan 5, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive back J.T. Gray (48) before… Jan 5, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive back J.T. Gray (48) before kickoff of a NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sportsmore

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