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Saints decline offer sheet for WR Willie Snead, paving way for him to join Ravens

Saints decline offer sheet for WR Willie Snead, paving way for him to join Ravens

The Ravens waited until the last possible day to execute an offer sheet for New Orleans Saints restricted-free-agent wide receiver Willie Snead. By holding off on a deal until Friday’s deadline for restricted free agents to sign contract tenders, the Ravens bought themselves some time to explore other receiving options and left the Saints in a precarious position.

Maybe the Saints wouldn’t have matched the Ravens’ two-year, $7 million deal, with an additional $3.4 million in incentives, for Snead anyway. But their eventual separation became a mere formality after New Orleans signed Chicago Bears restricted free agent Cameron Meredith to a two-year, $9.6 million deal and re-signed...

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