How much should Trey Hendrickson get paid, and should the Saints be the ones to pay it?

Trey Hendrickson showed up right on time.

After years of flashing and subsequently fading, the defensive end put together the best season of his career, finishing among the NFL's leaders in sacks, and will now enter free agency with his stock at an all-time high. In a league that pays for sacks, it stands to reason that Hendrickson is about to see his bank account swell.

Will the Saints be the one making his direct deposits?

"He's going to be an attractive free agent for anyone, but again, that's all part of the planning process," general manager Mickey Loomis said. "Certainly, we would want him back, but I can't really say how strong a play we can make for that until we know where the cap's going to be this year and as we go through the roster evaluations and start making our choices."

How strong should that play be, and should the Saints be the team to make it? That's a more complicated conversation.

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