Report: Saints re-work Mathieu deal to clear more cap space

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Tyrann Mathieu
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The Saints continue to creep closer to the salary cap as the countdown to the start of the 2023 league year is less than three weeks away.

NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero reported Friday morning that the Saints re-worked their contract with safety and New Orleans native Tyrann Mathieu to free up more than $4.6 million in cap space. While details were not immediately available, it’s expected that as the Saints do in most cases, Mathieu had part of his scheduled $7 million salary for 2023 converted into a bonus to allow the team to spread the cap hit over multiple seasons.

It’s the third reported restructured contract for New Orleans in a little over 24 hours. On Thursday, multiple reports indicated that tackle Ryan Ramczyk and kicker Wil Lutz had re-worked their deals to free more than $12 million in cap room.

According to numbers provided by Spotrac, the Mathieu move would move the Saints to within $23.4 million of the projected $224.8 million salary cap for the 2023 season.

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