Regardless of being caught in perpetual wage cap hell, the Saints have at all times discovered a approach to transfer some cash round in the course of the offseason to usher in a giant identify or two. And it will’ve occurred once more if not for the meddling NFL.

Based on a report from NFL Media’s Ian Rapaport and Tom Pelissero, the Saints got here up with a wild plan involving a 3rd occasion that will have helped the entrance workplace navigate its lack of wage cap area with the intention to herald Jadeveon Clowney, who ended up signing with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

By way of NFL.com:

The edges mentioned parameters of a deal through which Crew X would’ve signed Clowney to a one-year, $15 million contract and paid him a $5 million signing bonus. Then, Crew X would’ve instantly traded Clowney to the Saints, who would’ve despatched Crew X a second-round draft choose, in addition to a participant to take extra wage off New Orleans’ books. The Saints would’ve paid Clowney’s remaining $10 million wage.

Only one drawback: The groups bought phrase late Saturday the NFL was unlikely to approve such a deal.

The supply didn’t reveal the identification of “Crew X” to Rapaport and Pelissero however they reported that the Browns are one of the best guess, as they’ve additional cap area and have “purchased” draft picks previously. Cleveland famously took Brock Osweiler’s contract off of the Texans’ arms in change for a second-round choose.

As a result of the NFL hates enjoyable, they apparently snuffed out the transfer, which prevented the Saints from giving Clowney the cash he was looking for. It could have been a great addition for New Orleans however it’s not one the staff wanted to make. The Saints are nonetheless the favorites to signify the NFC within the Tremendous Bowl and have greater than sufficient depth on the defensive position.

Clowney ended up discovering a great house in Tennessee, the place he’ll play below Mike Vrabel, who was his defensive coordinator in Houston when he had the best season of his profession.

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