Saints Rumors & News

  • Confrontation between Rita Benson LeBlanc, Gayle Benson at Saints game preceded change in succession plan

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "An emotional confrontation between Tom Benson's granddaughter, Rita Benson LeBlanc, and wife, Gayle Benson, that briefly turned physical during a New Orleans Saints home game last season happened days before the 87-year-old billionaire decided to sever ties with his family members and cut them out..." February 28

  • Top OLBs out of Saints draft reach; may opt for CB

    Biloxi Sun Herald "The Saints defense, desperate to upgrade its pass rushing this offseason, may miss out on the top five outside linebacker prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft, leaving the franchise to contemplate options. After impressive showings at the NFL Combine, Randy Gregory (Nebraska), Vic Beasley (Clemson)..." February 24

  • Cap-strapped Saints were prepared to release Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans, now negotiating to keep him

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Jahri Evans, one of the New Orleans Saints' most decorated players and their anchor on the offensive line for nearly 10 seasons, faces an uncertain future with the team. The Saints were initially prepared to release Evans, according to league sources, as they work to get under the NFL salary..." February 23

  • Mutual Interest in Patrick Robinson Returning to the Saints

    The Advocate "The Saints have held preliminary contract discussions with cornerback Patrick Robinson and there is “mutual interest” in reaching an agreement, according to a source. Robinson, a former first-round pick, is set to reach free agency. If a deal is not reached, the cornerback will be free to sign..." February 23

  • Saints won’t increase season ticket prices in 2015, will upgrade Superdome

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints want to enhance their home field advantage. They won’t be enhancing their ticket prices. On Friday, owner Tom Benson announced in a letter to fans that ticket prices won’t be going up for 2015. “Since 2009, we have had only one price increase with prices raised by $10 or less per..." February 21

  • Domestic violence charge against Junior Galette dismissed by prosecutor

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "A domestic violence charge against New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette was dismissed on Thursday, according to the Kenner city attorney. Mike Power confirmed to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on Thursday night that the charge had been dropped. Power said assistant city..." February 20

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    Nick Underhill @nick_underhill

    That's the misdemeanor domestic violence case that has been dismissed. That's big for Junior Galette

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    Ramon Antonio Vargas @RVargasAdvocate

    In statement, #saints pass rusher Junior Galette's lawyer says accuser requested in writing $2 million from him before filing suit.

  • Report: NFL salary cap expected between $140-143M

    Covers.com "The NFL expects this year's salary cap to be between $140 million and $143 million, at least $1.5 million higher than projected, ESPN reported Wednesday. League sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the NFL notified teams Wednesday. The league had informed team executives at the owners..." February 19

  • NFL reportedly unlikely to expand playoffs in 2015

    SB Nation "Last offseason, it appeared the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell were intent on reaching an agreement to expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams. However, a report in the Washington Post suggests a potential change is now unlikely to arrive in time for the 2015 season. "I think it's..." February 19

  • Saints Unlikely To Use Franchise Tag In 2015

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Only four NFL teams designated a franchise player in 2014, and that number isn't likely to go up dramatically in 2015. One thing is clear: As the two-week window to declare franchise players begins on Monday, the New Orleans Saints won't be part of the discussion. The Saints have 11..." February 17

  • Free agency seems to be New Orleans Saints' best bet on fixing cornerback hole

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The duo of Keenan Lewis and Jabari Greer provided the New Orleans Saints with their best pair of cornerbacks in the Sean Payton era. Hands down. Lewis and Greer stabilized the secondary and helped lead the Saints to an 8-2 record in their short time starting together. There's no question that..." February 17

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    Rand Getlin @Rand_Getlin

    LB Parys Haralson has agreed to terms on a one year with the #Saints, per a league source.

  • Which NFL Teams Have The Hardest And Easiest 2015 Schedules?

    Deadspin.com "Even before the release of next season's schedule (which should happen in April, about a week before the draft) we already know who everyone will be playing in 2015. That means it's possible to calculate who'll have the toughest row to hoe, and who gets a break. The Falcons will face the..." February 12

  • Saints re-sign LB Parys Haralson

    ESPN.com "The New Orleans Saints re-signed veteran linebacker Parys Haralson to a one-year contract, a league source confirmed. Terms were not disclosed. Haralson, 31, has proved to be a nice fit as a part-time starter for the Saints since they acquired him for a seventh-round pick in 2013 in a..." February 12

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    Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

    Saints have re-signed K Shayne Graham to a 1-year deal, source says.

  • Saints, Pelicans owner defends mental state, vows to win lawsuit against family

    SB Nation "Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson released a statement Tuesday to defend his mental health against family members, and vow to win a lawsuit that holds the fate of both franchises in the balance. Tom Benson, the owner of the NFL's New Orleans Saints and the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans,..." February 10

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    Ramon Antonio Vargas @RVargasAdvocate

    Judge Reese will order Tom Benson to undergo an examination, but not the one set forth by Dr. Ted Bloch III. That's too invasive.

  • Saints Agree to Resign Senio Kelemete

    Canal Street Chronicles "An Exclusive-Rights Free Agent is an NFL player who is not under contract, but has only two years of NFL experience. If his former club makes him an offer at the three year veteran minimum salary, then that's it, he has to take it or leave the NFL. These guys have no right to negotiate with other..." February 09

  • New Orleans Saints coaching changes appear to be nearing finish

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "One day after a report said Arkansas running backs coach Joel Thomas was headed to the New Orleans Saints in the same role, neither the Razorbacks nor the Saints have officially confirmed the move. But with college football's National Signing Day now over and most new coaching staffs nearly..." February 09

  • Report: Saints bringing in new running backs coach

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints are reportedly dipping into the college ranks for a new running backs coach. Thayer Evans of SI.com reports that the Saints have hired University of Arkansas running backs coach Joel Thomas to fill the same role on their coaching staff. The Saints haven’t confirmed that or any moves..." February 08

  • Report: Reggie Bush implicated for spiking drinks by Darren Sharper codefendent

    Yahoo! Sports "The rape trial of former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper has taken a strange turn. A former sheriff's deputy in Louisiana, who has been charged (along with Sharper) with helping to drug women in order to rape them, told investigators he witnessed former Saints and current Detroit Lions..." February 07

  • Saints sign QB Luke McCown to contract for 2015

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Backup quarterback Luke McCown will return to the New Orleans Saints for a third season, setting up another clash in training camp for the No. 2 spot behind Drew Brees. McCown, who would have been an unrestricted free agent in March, signed a one-year deal worth $970,000, the league minimum..." February 05

  • Portions of Jimmy Graham, Drew Brees' contracts become fully guaranteed on Wednesday

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and tight end Jimmy Graham both had portions of their contracts become guaranteed Wednesday, the third day of the 2015 waiver period. According to Joel Corry, an NFL contracts and salary cap writer for CBS Sports, Brees' $18.75 million base salary for..." February 04

  • Tom Benson says he’s willing to meet with judge to show further evaluation is unneeded

    The New Orleans Advocate "As he and his relatives feud over who will inherit his sports franchises when he dies, Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson said in a new legal filing Tuesday that he is willing to meet with an Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge in chambers in an effort to prove it is not necessary for him..." February 03

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    Jeremy Shockey @JeremyShockey

    Just heard from My SOURCE Warren Sapp charged with Soliciting a Prostitute! Damn so Sad http://t.co/qA89qke9xw

  • Saints have long way to climb to reach Super Bowl

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Super Bowl 49 is in the books with a thrilling finish for the New England Patriots that was equally devastating for the Seattle Seahawks. On today's edition of Black and Gold Today, sports reporter Rachel Whittaker and sports columnist Jeff Duncan analyze how the Patriots sealed QB Tom Brady..." February 03

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    Lyons Yellin WWL-TV @LyonsYellin

    #saints G Jahri Evans played 2nd half of season with partially torn TFCC in wrist. Surgery was a success shouldn't miss OTAs

  • Junior Seau leads a strong eight-man class into the Hall of Fame

    Pro Football Talk "The Pro Football Hall of Fame cleared the decks of a number of finalists who had been debated for years, as they ushered in an eight-man class to Canton Saturday night. First-year eligible linebacker Junior Seau was elected to the Hall of Fame, along with running back Jerome Bettis, defensive..." February 01

  • Jimmy Graham says current plan is no shoulder surgery

    Pro Football Talk "Before the Pro Bowl, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said his participation in the annual all-star game will help determine whether he needs surgery on the shoulder he injured early in the regular season. After the Pro Bowl, Graham told PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio that the current plan is to..." January 31

  • NFL will review Calvin Johnson rule, narrow goal posts

    SB Nation "The league is still considering reducing the width of the goal post and will review the "Calvin Johnson Rule" this offseason. The NFL competition committee will examine reducing the width of the goal post uprights this offseason, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Each year the..." January 30

  • NFLPA to give own salary-cap projection for 2015

    USA Today "For the first time, the NFL Players Association plans to issue its own projections for the 2015 salary cap to counter what it perceives as deflated league projections that can impact teams' budgeting and, in turn, hold down spending. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith made the..." January 30

  • Seahawks CB Byron Maxwell a free agent worth watching for Saints

    ESPN.com "From a New Orleans Saints perspective, the guy I’m most interested in watching on Super Bowl Sunday is Seattle Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell. Maxwell Although the fourth-year pro is the least-known member of Seattle’s “Legion of Boom,” he’s the only one scheduled to become an..." January 29

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    New Orleans Saints @Saints

    Drew Brees & Odell Beckham Jr. just set a Guinness World Record (@GWR) for most 1-handed catches (33) in 1 minute! pic.twitter.com/qSKRUIY25h

  • History is not on the side of Saints RB Mark Ingram as he approaches free agency

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints have some tough decisions to make this offseason. One of the most difficult will be what to do with free agent running back Mark Ingram. The league has devalued running backs in the last four years. They've gone off the board later in each draft since 2011, with Bishop..." January 29

  • Tom Benson fires back in Saints ownership feud: Rita Benson LeBlanc, family 'never rose to the task'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson filed a response Tuesday (Jan. 27) to a lawsuit by his estranged relatives, saying granddaughter Rita Benson LeBlanc and other relatives he was grooming to run his empire "never rose to the task." Without stating why, specifically, Benson's response said he..." January 27

  • Jimmy Graham will use Pro Bowl as test to decide whether surgery is needed on injured shoulder

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham showed no signs of discomfort at Luke Air Force Base on Thursday afternoon, running around and catching passes in the first Pro Bowl practice of the week. So far, Graham has avoided surgery for a nagging shoulder injury that has bothered him since..." January 25

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Delvin Breaux, a standout CFL CB who worked out for 13 NFL teams, has reached agreement with the New Orleans Saints.

  • Mark Ingram: Yes, the New Orleans Saints want me back

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram will hit free agency this season with a chance to test the waters. Ingram said the Saints have told him they want him back. "They said they want me back, for sure," he said. "I was their draft pick, so they said they definitely want me to come..." January 23

  • Jimmy Graham will use Pro Bowl as test to decide whether surgery is needed on injured shoulder

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham showed no signs of discomfort at Luke Air Force Base on Thursday afternoon, running around and catching passes in the first Pro Bowl practice of the week. So far, Graham has avoided surgery for a nagging shoulder injury that has bothered him since..." January 23

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    Lyons Yellin WWL-TV @LyonsYellin

    Here's Tom Benson's full statement in response to civil suit from family pic.twitter.com/RJjMUnkCom

  • LeBlanc, family file suit claiming Tom Benson incompetent to control Saints, Pelicans

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The shocking struggle for control of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans escalated Thursday (Jan. 23) as family members associated with Rita Benson LeBlanc filed a lawsuit claiming that the teams' owner and family patriarch Tom Benson is incompetent and is being directed by a manipulative wife and..." January 23

  • Drew Brees: 'All I can say is I absolutely love' Gayle Benson

    The New Orleans Advocate "At the Pro Bowl in Arizona on Thursday afternoon, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees expressed his affinity for Gayle Benson, Tom's wife and the newly named future owner of the franchise. "All I can say is I absolutely love Gayle," Brees said. "I think she's one of the sweetest people. I..." January 22

  • Jimmy Graham not planning to have surgery on shoulder

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said that "at this point," he doesn't plan on having shoulder surgery, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Graham hurt his shoulder Week 5 and the injury limited his snaps and production, though he didn't miss a game. " January 22

  • Saints, Pelicans ownership shocker: wife Gayle, not granddaughter Rita, will control empire after Tom Benson dies

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson will transfer ownership of the city's two major pro sports franchises to his wife, Gayle, when he dies, effectively ousting Benson's granddaughter, Rita Benson LeBlanc, who has previously been his handpicked successor. In a plan revealed to..." January 21

  • Marques Colston Open to Taking Pay Cut to Remain with Saints

    Bleacher Report "New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston could be in line for a pay cut due to the Saints' high salary cap. Will Colston want to stay in New Orleans if the Saints ask him to take a pay cut? " January 20

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    It's not just Dennis Allen joining Saints. Former Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland is being hired to do college scouting for Saints, per source.

  • Dennis Allen joins Saints’ staff

    Pro Football Talk "Dennis Allen, who was fired after four games as the Raiders’ head coach last year, has found a new job. Allen will join the Saints’ staff, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. This will be Allen’s second stint as a Saints assistant. " January 20

  • Mark Ingram replaces Marshawn Lynch on Pro Bowl roster

    Pro Football Talk "The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner has made his first Pro Bowl. Saints tailback Mark Ingram has been named to the roster, the team said Monday. He replaces Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who is out of the game on account of Seattle making the Super Bowl." January 19

  • Source: Saints OT Terron Armstead to avoid neck surgery

    The Advocate "As the season came to a close, Terron Armstead was unsure if he would require surgery to repair his injured neck. It turns out he has nothing to worry about. The Saints left tackle is expected to be able to avoid the operating table and recover through rest and rehabilitation, according to a..." January 18