I was reading Peter King and he had an interesting point about a team like the Saints having a ton of cap room and feeling they are very close to winning a title. Clearly their biggest need is CB where they were starting players who had been benched or cut by the team previously. If they thought they could add an impact player in a trade it might be worth it to them. Saints, picking 27th in the first round, have about $21 million in cap room. If the Samuel contracts get no where do you trade him for the 27th pick and try to sign some FA's and use the picks to get one of the top CBs? A quick look at this class. Manning, Jr., Ricky UFA Bears CB Brooks, Greg RFA Bengals CB Bauman, Rashad UFA Bengals CB James, Tory UFA Bengals CB Greer, Jabari RFA Bills CB Clements, Nate UFA Bills CB Thomas, Kiwaukee UFA Bills CB Hawkins, Mike ERFA Browns CB Brown, Ralph UFA Browns CB Russell, Brian UFA Browns CB Adams, Blue RFA Buccaneers CB Buchanon, Phillip UFA Buccaneers CB Cox, Torrie UFA Buccaneers CB Macklin, David UFA Cardinals CB Tate, Robert UFA Cardinals CB Sapp, Benny RFA Chiefs CB Walls, Lenny UFA Chiefs CB David, Jason RFA Colts CB Harper, Nick UFA Colts CB Jones, Nathan RFA Cowboys CB Reeves, Jacques RFA Cowboys CB Jackson, Eddie RFA Dolphins CB Lehan, Michael UFA Dolphins CB Hood, Roderick UFA Eagles CB James, William UFA Eagles CB Cash, Chris UFA Falcons CB Walker, Frank UFA Giants CB Webb, Dee ERFA Jaguars CB Carroll, Ahmad RFA Jaguars CB Poteat, Hank UFA Jets CB Smith, Keith RFA Lions CB Fletcher, Jamar UFA Lions CB Morton, Christian ERFA Panthers CB Howard, Reggie UFA Panthers CB Williams, Gemara ERFA Patriots CB Gay, Randall RFA Patriots CB Mickens, Ray UFA Patriots CB Samuel, Asante UFA Patriots CB Spann, Antwain ERFA Patriots CB Starks, Duane UFA Raiders CB Fisher, Travis UFA Rams CB Oglesby, Evan ERFA Ravens CB Prude, Ronnie ERFA Ravens CB Sams, B.J. RFA Ravens CB Sapp, Gerome UFA Ravens CB Fox, Vernon UFA Redskins CB Jimoh, Ade UFA Redskins CB Wright, Kenny UFA Redskins CB Deloatch, Curtis RFA Saints CB Groce, DeJuan UFA Saints CB Williams, Jimmy UFA Seahawks CB McKenzie, Chris ERFA Texans CB Alexander, Roc RFA Texans CB McCleon, Dexter UFA Texans CB Sanders, Lewis UFA Texans CB Hunter, Will ERFA Vikings CB Plus rumored cuts because of the cap CB Fred Smoot CB Ken Lucas If you could bet Lucas at 75% of the pay of Samuel and pick up a first rounder that you control for 5 years I think it's a good move. You can then look at signing Thomas and maybe getting an extension done with Warren. I know people are of the mind to bring Samuel back and he'll be motivated but IMO his value will never be higher than it is now. Just food for thought.