These 18 Saints players will be free agents in 2022

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It almost goes without saying that the New Orleans Saints have their hands full in the upcoming offseason. They’ve got a long list of 2022 free agents to evaluate, with tough decisions ahead on who to re-sign — and that’s before they have to figure out how to sign them. New Orleans is in the red by more than $60 million, and on its face that looks daunting.

But it’s light work for Saints salary cap navigator Khai Harley and his team. He’s spearheaded New Orleans’ complicated cap maneuvers for years now, and this year’s challenges look more like a molehill compared to the $101 million mountain he climbed last summer (check here for a look at how the Saints can reach cap compliance without touching two of their biggest contracts).

That’s a discussion for another day, though. Here’s a quick look at the 18 Saints players headed for free agency, along with their various status, 2021 earnings, snaps counts, and overall Pro Football Focus grades. It should be a useful resource once the offseason kicks off in earnest:

TE Juwan Johnson

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2022 status: Exclusive-rights free agent (Saints can retain on an extension or at minimum salary)

2021 average annual salary: $695,000

2021 snaps count: 349 (236 on offense, 21.7%; 113 on special teams, 24.1%)

2021 Pro Football Focus grade (offense): 66.9

DT Jalen Dalton

AP Photo/Derick Hingle

2022 status: Exclusive-rights free agent (Saints can retain on an extension or at minimum salary)

2021 average annual salary: $555,000

2021 snaps count (preseason): 54 (53 on defense, 51.9%; 1 on special teams, 2.7%)

2021 Pro Football Focus grade (preseason, defense): 61.9

LT Ethan Greenidge

AP Photo/Derick Hingle

2022 status: Restricted free agent (Saints can retain on an extension or various one-year tender offers valued between $2.4 and $5.5 million)

2021 average annual salary: $587,500

2021 snaps count (preseason): 66 (61 on offense, 69.3%; 5 on special teams, 13.5%)

2021 Pro Football Focus grade (preseason, offense): 71.6

TE Garrett Griffin

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2022 status: Restricted free agent (Saints can retain on an extension or various one-year tender offers valued between $2.4 and $5.5 million)

2021 average annual salary: $850,000

2021 snaps count: 349 (235 on offense, 21.6%; 154 on special teams, 32.8%)

2021 Pro Football Focus grade (offense): 50.5

DT Shy Tuttle

AP Photo/Derick Hingle

2022 status: Restricted free agent (Saints can retain on an extension or various one-year tender offers valued between $2.4 and $5.5 million)

2021 average annual salary: $593,333

2021 snaps count: 543 (494 on defense, 44.2%; 49 on special teams, 10.5%)

2021 Pro Football Focus grade (defense): 72.9

DE Carl Granderson

AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton

2022 status: Restricted free agent (Saints can retain on an extension or various one-year tender offers valued between $2.4 and $5.5 million)

2021 average annual salary: $590,000

2021 snaps count: 589 (448 on defense, 40.8%; 141 on special teams, 30.1%)

2021 Pro Football Focus grade (defense): 63.1

WR Deonte Harty

AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

2022 status: Restricted free agent (Saints can retain on an extension or various one-year tender offers valued between $2.4 and $5.5 million)

2021 average annual salary: $588,333

2021 snaps count: 416 (298 on offense, 27.3%; 118 on special teams, 25.2%)

2021 Pro Football Focus grade (offense): 87.8

LT Terron Armstead

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2022 status: Unrestricted free agent (Saints can only retain with extension or franchise/transition tag)

2021 average annual salary: $13,000,000

2021 snaps count: 467 (467 on offense, 42.8%)

2021 Pro Football Focus grade (offense): 63.1

S Marcus Williams

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

2022 status: Unrestricted free agent (Saints can only retain with extension or franchise/transition tag)

2021 average annual salary: $10,612,000

2021 snaps count: 1,039 (1,036 on defense, 92.8%; 3 on special teams, 0.6%)

2021 Pro Football Focus grade (defense): 80.1

QB Jameis Winston

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

2022 status: Unrestricted free agent (Saints can only retain with extension or franchise/transition tag)

2021 average annual salary: $5,500,000

2021 snaps count: 371 (371 on offense, 34.0%)

2021 Pro Football Focus grade (offense): 74.2

DB P.J. Williams

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2022 status: Unrestricted free agent (Saints can only retain with extension or franchise/transition tag)

2021 average annual salary: $2,300,000

2021 snaps count: 615 (545 on defense, 48.8%; 70 on special teams, 14.9%)

2021 Pro Football Focus grade (defense): 70.0

LB Kwon Alexander

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2022 status: Unrestricted free agent (Saints can only retain with extension or franchise/transition tag)

2021 average annual salary: $1,127,500

2021 snaps count: 538 (535 on defense, 47.9%; 3 on special teams, 0.6%)

2021 Pro Football Focus grade (defense): 52.7

RB Dwayne Washington

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2022 status: Unrestricted free agent (Saints can only retain with extension or franchise/transition tag)

2021 average annual salary: $1,127,500

2021 snaps count: 268 (15 on defense, 1.4%; 253 on special teams, 53.9%)

2021 Pro Football Focus grade (special teams): 88.7

WR Ty Montgomery

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2022 status: Unrestricted free agent (Saints can only retain with extension or franchise/transition tag)

2021 average annual salary: $1,127,500

2021 snaps count: 480 (300 on offense, 27.5%; 180 on special teams, 38.4%)

2021 Pro Football Focus grade (offense): 51.4

S Jeff Heath

AP Photo/Matt Rourke

2022 status: Unrestricted free agent (Saints can only retain with extension or franchise/transition tag)

2021 average annual salary: $1,075,000

2021 snaps count: 391 (73 on defense, 6.5%; 318 on special teams, 67.8%)

2021 Pro Football Focus grade (special teams): 67.5

QB Trevor Siemian

AP Photo/Derick Hingle

2022 status: Unrestricted free agent (Saints can only retain with extension or franchise/transition tag)

2021 average annual salary: $990,000

2021 snaps count: 359 (359 on offense, 32.9%)

2021 Pro Football Focus grade (offense): 64.4

DE Jalyn Holmes

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2022 status: Unrestricted free agent (Saints can only retain with extension or franchise/transition tag)

2021 average annual salary: $920,000

2021 snaps count: 202 (189 on defense, 16.9%; 13 on special teams, 2.8%)

2021 Pro Football Focus grade (defense): 58.8

WR Tre'Quan Smith

AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

2022 status: Unrestricted free agent (Saints can only retain with extension or franchise/transition tag)

2021 average annual salary: $855,131

2021 snaps count: 521 (520 on offense, 47.7%; 1 on special teams, 0.2%)

2021 Pro Football Focus grade (offense): 62.7

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