Saints get breathing room under salary cap with Ivory trade

Saints get breathing room under salary cap with Ivory trade

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 11: Chris Ivory #29 of the New Orleans Saints runs past Dunta Robinson #23 of the Atlanta Falcons to score a touchdown at The Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 11, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Posted on April 30, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 30 at 3:33 PM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports

NEW ORLEANS -- Trading Chris Ivory gave the Saints breathing room against the $123 million salary cap while also delivering the team an eventual extra third-round draft pick.

Shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday, the website of the NFL Players Association listed the Saints as having more than $3.1 million in room under the cap.

Ivory had signed his $2.02 million tender just prior to this past week’s draft.

The Saints picked up a fourth-round pick for Ivory from the New York Jets. New Orleans packaged that pick with its own fourth-round pick to Miami for the Dolphins’ third-round pick.

New Orleans then used the No. 82 overall pick to select defensive lineman John Jenkins from the University of Georgia.

Cap-wise, the Saints aren’t the worst among NFC South member. Atlanta sits just $2.18 million under the ceiling. Carolina is $5.27 million under the cap.

Tampa Bay, meanwhile, is $19 million below the cap, meaning the Bucs hold the fifth-most cap space in the entire NFL.

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