The Saints have to be feeling good about their decision to release Dez Buechele, according to an NFL source.
Buechelle, the Saints’ starting tight end, is scheduled to earn $6.75 million this season, according with ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
Bryant, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2015, was due $7 million this year.
The team is scheduled $2 million in cap room next year, but it’s unclear whether the Saints will make any additional cuts.
They’re due $11 million in salary cap room, with $1.1 million guaranteed.
Bryant signed a five-year deal with $28 million guaranteed, and the Saints made $4.4 million of that with $4 million guaranteed on his $15 million base salary.
The Saints also made $3.5 million of their $13 million in base salary guarantee, so if Bryant hits the open market, they’ll be $6 million over the cap next season.
Bryant has been a consistent performer since entering the league, and if he gets a big offer, he could find a better deal than the $4-5 million per-year he signed for.
However, Bryant’s agent said last week that he’s “optimistic” he’ll get the best deal possible.