After Further Review: Five Saints who didn't play to their contract in 2016

After Further Review: Five Saints who didn't play to their contract in 2016

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Another season has come and gone and now it's time to assess who did and didn't give the Saints the best bang for their buck.

In this post we rank the five most overpaid. Players who production didn't match the money they were paid.

5.) Jairus Byrd

While it is true Byrd had easily his best season since he's been in New Orleans, his production still doesn't match the $9 million a year average salary. This year he carried a near $11 million cap.

4.) Dannell Ellerbe

Ellerbe has become the ultimate tease. He may be the best player in the field but his constant injuries have cost him. He only played in nine games this season. His lack of availability and $3.2 million cap hit gets him on this list.

3.) Coby Fleener

Fleener flashed at times this season but his 50 catches, 631 yards and three touchdowns didn't match his $7 million average annual salary.

2.) James Laurinaitis 

Brought in to be the leader of the Saints, Laurinaitis didn't make it a full season in New Orleans. He was surpassed by Craig Robertson and eventually released off injured reserve. The Saints will pay $1.2 million next season in dead money for Laurinaitis not to play. He certainly was not what they expected when they signed him to a three-year $8.25 million contract.

1.) Stephone Anthony 

After leading the Saints in tackles his rookie season, the former first rounder became the biggest mystery not the Saints in 2016. A position switch to strongside linebacker didn't work and Sean Payton admitted that Anthony has struggled with play recognition. He finished the year with 16 tackles
and fell well short of his $1.75 million cap hit.

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