Exploring possible options to help Saints overcome David Onyemata suspension

Life was already going to be different and, quite possibly, a little awkward for the Saints as they transition into life without the quarterback who was so synonymous with the franchise his face essentially became an alternative logo.

But the degree of difficulty continues to get turned up. As the team waits to find out if cornerback Marshon Lattimore will face punishment for allegedly being in possession of a stolen handgun this offseason, it recently found out that defensive tackle David Onyemata is getting suspended for the first six games of the season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

The fallout from this offseason’s salary-cap squeeze won’t get spotted at the top of the roster. New Orleans is still strong enough there to field a team full of stars. The path to cap compliance resulted in the middle of the roster getting squeezed out, resulting in a different reality for this team. The team was deep enough the last several years to create a sense of invincibility among observers. Stars getting hurt were met with shrugs. We’re about to find out if that's still a valid reaction.

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