After signing center Jonathan Goodwin and defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick on Tuesday to one-year deals that pay them base salaries of $955,000 and $730,000, respectively, the Saints have about $1.72 million in salary cap space, according to an NFL Players Association report from Wednesday.
The Saints began Tuesday about $1.935 million under the $133 million salary cap, the NFLPA had indicated. New Orleans has some of the slimmest cap space among the NFL’s teams.
During the offseason, only teams’ top 51 salaries count against their cap space.
Goodwin became a free agent after spending the last three seasons in San Francisco, helping the 49ers reach the NFC Championship Game thrice and the Super Bowl once. He was with the Saints from 2006-10 and was a Pro Bowler the year New Orleans won Super Bowl XLIV. He began his NFL career with the New York Jets from 2002-05.
He will wear No. 51 for the Saints after wearing No. 76 in his first stint.
Deaderick began his career in New England from 2010-12. He was with Jacksonville last year before becoming a free agent and has recorded 5.5 quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for his career.
He will wear No. 67.