NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Our Saints season review continues with the five best bargains on the roster in 2016. These are the players whose production far surpassed their price tag.
Here are our top five:
5.) Brandin Cooks
True, he threw a temper tantrum about his lack of touches midseason. No, it wasn't a good look. Still, Cooks' production surpassed what it costs to have him. He finished with 78 catches, 1173 yards and eight touchdowns, well worth his $1.18 million 2016 base salary.
4.) Craig Robertson
Robertson was brought in to help on special teams but became so much more than that. He surpassed James Laurinaitis on the depth chart and started most of the year at middle linebacker. Robertson led the team with 115 tackles and had one interception. His base salary in 2016 was $765,000.
3.) Nick Fairley
Fairley played in all 16 games for the first time in his career. He finished with 43 tackles and 6.5 sacks, second on the team. His base salary was $765,000. Fairley is set to hit the free agent market which means he won't be that cheap for much longer.
2.) Willie Snead
Snead takes the runner-up spot for the second year in a row. He finished the season with 72 receptions, 895 yards and four touchdowns. He also threw for one against the Rams. Snead's 2016 base salary was $525,000.
1.) Michael Thomas
Our best bargain for the Saints in 2016 goes to rookie wide receiver Michael Thomas.He exploded to set franchise rookie records for receptions (92), yards (1137) and touchdowns (9). He has all the makings of a franchise cornerstone and his base salary was all of $450,000 in 2016.