The cap troubles could preclude them from retaining running back Mark Ingram, one of their few bright spots last season.
On Monday coach Sean Payton spoke with FOX Sports while attending the NBA's Pelicans-Mavericks game in Dallas, saying he's had discussions with Ingram about a possible return.
"I spoke with him today," Payton said, via the New Orleans Advocate. "The good thing about Mark is that we're real close with his agent. We work a lot with Joel (Segal). Mickey will talk with him quite a bit. Obviously he's someone that we want to keep. Hopefully we can do that."
The 25-year-old Ingram currently sits at No. 24 on our Top 101 free agents list, the No. 2 running back set to hit the market. After his breakout season, Ingram has likely priced himself out of New Orleans, despite Payton's positive hopes.
One other note from Payton's interview:
It's almost that anniversary.
And to remember it, Payton passed on that his high-priced safety, who played just four games last season, is on pace for offseason workouts.
"He's doing well," Payton said of Byrd. "His rehab's on schedule. He'll be cleared for minicamp. We're really looking at about two or three weeks away from him being 100 percent."