The highest Saints salary cap hits in 2022

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This list is going to look very different in just a few months — maybe even weeks, depending on how quickly the New Orleans Saints want to get to business. Like every other team, they must reach salary cap compliance by the start of the NFL’s new fiscal year (on March 16, for those curious). But unlike any other team, they’ve got to consolidate more than $61 million to get under the 2022 spending limit.

Thankfully, that won’t be nearly as challenging as it was last offseason, when New Orleans had a $101 million hurdle to overcome. We’ve already explored how they can get under the cap without cutting any players or even touching two of their biggest contracts. But if the Saints have shown us anything, it’s to anticipate the unexpected. They’ll surprise us one way or another.

For now, though, let’s look at the 29 Saints players set to count more than $1 million against the cap. Some of these names are also listed among the top free agents of 2022; because of their previous contracts’ structure, players like Terron Armstead, Jameis Winston, and Tre’Quan Smith (not listed, his cap hit stands at $954,267) will leave some dead money behind if they sign elsewhere. Let’s dig in:

CB Marshon Lattimore

AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio

2022 cap hit: $27,953,388

Free agency: 2027

WR Michael Thomas

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

2022 cap hit: $24,700,000

Free agency: 2025

RT Ryan Ramczyk

Steph Chambers/Getty Images

2022 cap hit: $23,041,608

Free agency: 2027

DE Cameron Jordan

Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

2022 cap hit: $22,681,250

Free agency: 2024

LG Andrus Peat

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

2022 cap hit: $15,450,000

Free agency: 2025

RB Alvin Kamara

Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

2022 cap hit: $14,500,000

Free agency: 2026

DT David Onyemata

AP Photo/Matt Rourke

2022 cap hit: $13,170,000

Free agency: 2023

LT Terron Armstead

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

2022 cap hit: $12,981,324

Free agency: 2022

QB Taysom Hill

AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

2022 cap hit: $12,325,000

Free agency: 2026

S Malcolm Jenkins

Steph Chambers/Getty Images

2022 cap hit: $11,700,000

Free agency: 2024

LB Demario Davis

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

2022 cap hit: $11,000,000

Free agency: 2025

CB Bradley Roby

AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman

2022 cap hit: $10,169,475

Free agency: 2023

DE Marcus Davenport

AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

2022 cap hit: $9,553,000

Free agency: 2023

K Wil Lutz

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

2022 cap hit: $5,570,000

Free agency: 2024

G Cesar Ruiz

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

2022 cap hit: $3,457,963

Free agency: 2024

T James Hurst

AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman

2022 cap hit: $3,425,000

Free agency: 2024

TE Nick Vannett

Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

2022 cap hit: $3,300,000

Free agency: 2024

DE Tanoh Kpassagnon

AP Photo/Terrance Williams

2022 cap hit: $3,100,000

Free agency: 2023

QB Jameis Winston

AP Photo/Derick Hingle

2022 cap hit: $3,000,000

Free agency: 2022

DE Payton Turner

AP Photo/Butch Dill

2022 cap hit: $2,846,531

Free agency: 2025

DB C.J. Gardner-Johnson

AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

2022 cap hit: $2,736,775

Free agency: 2023

S J.T. Gray

AP Photo/John Froschauer

2022 cap hit: $2,500,000

Free agency: 2023

RB Mark Ingram II

AP Photo/Matt Rourke

2022 cap hit: $2,300,000

Free agency: 2023

C Erik McCoy

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

2022 cap hit: $1,937,913

Free agency: 2023

LB Zack Baun

AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman

2022 cap hit: $1,312,144

Free agency: 2024

LB Pete Werner

AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

2022 cap hit: $1,291,973

Free agency: 2025

LS Zach Wood

Chris Graythen/Getty Images

2022 cap hit: $1,260,000

Free agency: 2024

TE Adam Trautman

AP Photo/Derik Hamilton

2022 cap hit: $1,168,073

Free agency: 2024

CB Paulson Adebo

Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

2022 cap hit: $1,146,593

Free agency: 2025

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