The NFL could be closing in on reaching a new collective bargaining agreement with the players that would lock in labor peace for the next decade.
More games, expanded playoffs, more practice restrictions. There is a lot on the table that could change the way the league looks and operates over the next decade. But locally, a new CBA could have significant ramifications on how New Orleans' approaches Drew Brees' next contract and how much of the salary it has to carry on the 2020 cap.
Things started with hope every year, but hope is often a mask for denial. Strikeouts, misses and injuries left the Saints without much depth at safety. Undrafted guys and players from other leagues arrived every summer like a spring in the desert, but the spring always evaporated — if the hope of salvation ever existed […]