Saints making a run at their top free agents

The New Orleans Saints cut a one-year contract for backup quarterback Chase Daniel on Monday and covered some ground with other free agents.

Whether it leads to more deals remains to be seen.

According to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the team made an offer to All-Pro guard Carl Nicks that he called “respectable.” The club was also in negotiations to retain wide receiver Marques Colston. Whether or not the team can keep both players remains to be seen. The Saints are believed to have a little more than $6 million in cap space.

Nicks’ goal is to become the highest-paid guard in the NFL, something that would take a deal averaging about $8.5 million per year. Colston could also approach $8 million annually.

The thing is, they’re just two of a host of free agents the Saints have. Cornerback Tracy Porter, wide receiver Robert Meachem and defensive tackles Aubrayo Franklin and Shaun Rogers are also up.

It’s going to be a busy day.

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