Former players costing Saints, Falcons

If you’re wondering why the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons are so tight against the salary cap this year, you could start by blaming two guys they released in last year’s preseason.

Combined, the Saints and Falcons have nearly $6 million in cap space tied up in guys who didn’t play last season.

Offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb, who was released in training camp last season, is counting $4.8 million against this year’s cap. The Saints absorbed a $2.525 million hit for Stinchcomb last year, but carried the remainder over to this season.

Defensive end Jamaal Anderson, whom the Falcons drafted No. 8 overall in 2007, never came close to panning out. He had only 4.5 sacks in four seasons with the Falcons.

Atlanta released Anderson as soon as the lockout ended last summer. The Falcons absorbed a $2.229 million cap hit for him last year. But Anderson is still costing the Falcons $990,625 in cap space this year.