Saints prepared to cut ties to familiar faces?

Saints open to trades: With salary cap issues staring them in the face, the New Orleans Saints are reportedly open to moving players, including Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles. Trading either of those rushers could help ease the congestion in the backfield, though it’s no sure thing that Mark Ingram is the man to truly pick up the slack. Ingram’s numbers have been fairly mediocre in his first three seasons while platooning in New Orleans’ running back rotation. Having one fewer mouth to feed in the Saints’ pass-happy offense could be a good thing, but for whichever running backs remain in the Crescent City, it’s best to take a cautious approach come draft time.

Smith’s future in Carolina unsure: There could be a breakup coming between the Carolina Panthers and Steve Smith. Or maybe not. The veteran receiver met with team management recently and was mum on the details of the conversation. Smith’s future is cloudy, but his past is plain to see — his fantasy production has dropped dramatically over the past three seasons. Whether he stays in Carolina or moves to a new locale, Smith is no longer a No. 1 fantasy receiver. As for the Panthers, how they address their WR situation will be interesting and will undoubtedly have an effect on how Cam Newton is viewed heading into the season.

Jaguars tender Todman: The Jacksonville Jaguars moved to shore up their backfield by tendering an offer to Jordan Todman. It’s a move that could further hasten Maurice Jones-Drew’s departure from the club. Last season was Todman’s first opportunity to see any real work as a running back. Still there were only two occasions on which he collected more than 10 touches — one of which was a 25-carry, 109-yard effort in Week 15. 2014 could be Todman’s chance to take over as Jacksonville’s lead back, but he shouldn’t be considered anything more than a RB3 with sleeper potential.

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