Saints Rumors & News

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    Sean Payton did the Saints conditioning test with the players today, fought thru a chest cold to do it. "It was tough."

  • NFL in LA? It could happen sooner than you think

    Sporting News "At long last, after a 19-year absence, the NFL is ready to return to Los Angeles. It's no longer a matter of if, but when. Expect the NFL to announce a return to America's entertainment capital and the second-biggest market in the next 12 months, with one or two teams debuting in Los Angeles no..." July 24

  • Saints' Jairus Byrd remains on schedule "New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd's recovery from back surgery has gone as expected this summer, according to a league source. Byrd is expected to be healthy enough to participate in training camp, though it’s unknown if he will be limited when the Saints begin practicing Friday at the..." July 21

  • Jimmy Graham, Saints Agree to Deal "Tight end Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans Saints have reached an agreement in principle on a new contract. Graham announced the agreement via Twitter on Tuesday morning. Terms of the deal have not been announced. The two sides came down to the wire before the Tuesday 4 p.m. ET deadline..." July 15

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    Chris Mortensen @mortreport

    So @TheJimmyGraham breaks news ...sources say Saints & TE have agreement in principle but contract language still being worked on.

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Saints and Jimmy Graham closing in on long-term deal to make him highest-paid TE in NFL history. Now optimism deal done by Tues deadline.

  • Jimmy Graham agrees to multi-year deal with Saints

    USA Today "The Jimmy Graham franchise tag saga is over. Graham announced early Tuesday on Twitter he has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the New Orleans Saints, hours before a deadline for hashing out a long-term deal. "It's official I'm bleeding black and gold this morning!" Graham..." July 15

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Saints TE Jimmy Graham has officially appealed the ruling that stated he’ll be paid as a franchise-tagged TE not WR, source said.

  • Clock is ticking for Graham, Saints

    Pro Football Talk "If the Saints like to do business on a deadline basis, then they love their current situation. By 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the Saints must file and the NFL must approve a long-term deal with tight end Jimmy Graham. If they don’t, Graham will be able to sign only a one-year contract in..." July 14

  • Watson on Graham standoff: The 'business' "Tight end Benjamin Watson is confident there won’t be any lingering animosity between teammate Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans Saints once they finally get their contract negotiations resolved. Watson, who visited ESPN’s campus in Bristol on Friday to serve as a guest analyst on a variety of..." July 13

  • Graham’s appeal deadline is coming, quickly

    Pro Football Talk "Now that a certain basketball player has decided to make another decision, decisively, all eyes normally watching the NFL can turn to New Orleans. The Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham must reach a long-term deal by Tuesday, July 15. If they don’t, the Saints and Graham can thereafter sign..." July 11

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    Rob Rang @RobRang

    Draft started and is over with no players being selected.

  • Federal Judge Approves NFL Concussion Settlement

    Slate "A federal judge on Monday gave preliminary approval to the concussion compensation deal between the NFL and former players. The ruling comes two weeks after U.S. District Judge Anita Brody raised questions over whether the $675 million cap on damages paid by the league was sufficient to cover the..." July 08

  • Talks between Saints and Jimmy Graham to continue this week

    Pro Football Talk "With last week’s grievance falling in their favor, the Saints have the upper hand in their negotiations with tight end Jimmy Graham. We should find out this week how heavily they want to wield that hand. According to Ed Werder of ESPN, more negotiations are expected this week between the..." July 07

  • Saints begin move to West Virginia for training camp

    Pro Football Talk "It’s fitting that a bunch of Saints are heading for a place known as “Almost Heaven.” Like the Colts did 30 years ago, the Saints have packed up the trucks. Unlike the Colts, the Saints aren’t leaving town permanently. Via Christopher Dabe of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the massive..." July 07

  • Brees calls Graham a tight end who has revolutionized the position

    Pro Football Talk "Saints quarterback Drew Brees has stated that Jimmy Graham is a tight end, not a wide receiver — a position that an arbitrator supported last week, much to Graham’s dismay. But Brees also says Graham is a tight end who is changing the way the position is played. “At the end of the day, Jimmy..." July 07

  • Saints not thrilled with Burbank’s four-yard split conclusion

    Pro Football Talk "Yes, the Saints like the decision from arbitrator Stephen Burbank that tight end Jimmy Graham is a tight end for franchise-tag purposes. But the Saints aren’t thrilled with the way Burbank reached his conclusion. Per a source with knowledge of the team’s position, the Saints disagree with the..." July 06

  • New Orleans Saints move training camp to The Greenbrier

    USA Today "If all goes as planned, the nearly 950-mile move from the New Orleans Saints' Airline Drive headquarters to training camp at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., will occur with the same precision and timing that's come to be expected from the Saints' offense in recent years. The..." July 06

  • Saints haven’t reduced offer to Graham

    Pro Football Talk "Contrary to reports, suggestions, and/or speculation that Wednesday’s ruling from arbitrator Stephen Burbank re-set the negotiations on a long-term deal between the Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham to square one, a source with knowledge of the discussions tells PFT that the Saints have not..." July 05

  • Jabari Greer not ready to attempt comeback from knee injury

    Pro Football Talk "Cornerback Jabari Greer saw his 2013 season with the Saints come to an end in November when he tore his ACL, PCL and total posterior lateral compartment in a game against the 49ers. Seven months isn’t a lot of time to recover from that combination of injuries, which makes it no surprise that..." July 03

  • Jimmy Graham, Saints at 'ground zero' in negotiations "Now that Jimmy Graham is locked in as a tight end under the franchise tag, the question is whether he can agree to a long-term contract with the New Orleans Saints by the July 15 deadline for franchised players. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday's edition of NFL Total Access..." July 03

  • Former New Orleans Saints receiver Lance Moore on Jimmy Graham ruling: 'PAY THE MAN!!!'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Consider Lance Moore in disagreement with with the NFL arbitrator's ruling in the Jimmy Graham case. As the former New Orleans Saints receiver said on Twitter: "Just ... PAY THE MAN!!!" Moore said that if being positioned within the four-yard slot outside either offensive tackle is what..." July 03

  • Ravens' Dennis Pitta avoided grievance route that Saints' Jimmy Graham took, and lost

    Baltimore Sun "The Ravens and tight end Dennis Pitta were thankful to avoid the legal standoff that just unfolded between the New Orleans Saints and star tight end Jimmy Graham. Graham lost a grievance hearing Wednesday as NFL arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled that he's officially a tight end and only eligible..." July 03

  • Jimmy Graham ruled a tight end "Jimmy Graham is a tight end after all. In a groundbreaking decision, the NFL has confirmed that arbitrator Stephen Burbank denied Graham's request to officially be declared a wide receiver under the NFL's franchise-tag rules. Although Graham lined up either in the slot or out wide on 67..." July 02

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Arbitrator Stephen Burbank expects to inform sides of his ruling on Jimmy Graham’s grievance vs Saints on July 3, “no sooner, no later.”

  • Sean Payton testified at Jimmy Graham hearing

    Pro Football Talk "Things got a little awkward, to say the least, when Saints quarterback Drew Brees recently suggested that the team’s offense will be fine with or without tight end* Jimmy Graham. Things got a little more awkward at Graham’s grievance hearing. Per multiple sources, the case against Graham’s..." June 28

  • NFL agrees to blank check to pay concussion damages

    New York Post "The NFL’s stalled concussion settlement with 4,500 former players appeared to pick up steam again Wednesday when the league agreed to lift the cap on money available to eligible victims. Under the new agreement, the NFL must pay claims for the next 65 years while no longer limiting the fund for..." June 26

  • Sharpe: Graham should be first tight end to make $10 million "Jimmy Graham's arbitration hearing remains one of the key storylines during this dead period before training camp. With the New Orleans Saints player arguing he should be paid at a wide receiver-level -- rather than at the tight end level, which yields $5 million less -- players in hybrid roles..." June 25

  • NFL may be pushing for a Graham settlement

    Pro Football Talk "With the Jimmy Graham grievance hearing completed and the outcome now in the hands of an arbitrator, some league insiders believe that the NFL wants to see the player and the team take a page from Terrell Suggs and the Ravens, circa 2008. Six years ago, Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome and agent Gary..." June 22

  • Why Advertisements are Probably Coming to NFL Jerseys

    ACME Packing Company "The Green Bay Packers wear some of the most iconic uniforms in all of sports. They're simple, clean, a palette of football nostalgia that harkens back to the days where you could drink scotch at work, smoke on airplanes and mustaches were a defining feature of one's manliness. If you like these..." June 22

  • NFLPA collusion lawsuit to proceed "A court overturned a decision to dismiss the NFLPA's lawsuit against the NFL for collusion stemming from salary cap penalties toward the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins in 2012. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Wednesday reportedly overturned a decision by Judge David..." June 20

  • Brees believes Cooks can help replace Sproles

    USA Today "The last time I talked to Drew Brees, we were in Orlando at the NFL Players Association meetings in late March, and the conversation inevitably turned to Darren Sproles, whom the New Orleans Saints had traded to the Philadelphia Eagles a few days earlier. Brees, the Saints’ star quarterback,..." June 19

  • Report: Twitter bio used vs. Saints' Graham "One of the NFL's arguments for why Jimmy Graham shouldn't receive the franchise tender as a wide receiver is the fact he lists himself as a tight end on his Twitter bio, according to a report. Graham's grievance hearing began Tuesday and is expected to conclude Wednesday. At stake is whether..." June 18

  • Decision on Jimmy Graham's arbitration expected in 5 to 7 days "While the New Orleans Saints toil away in organized team activities this week, the organization's star tight end is about to find out if he's actually a wide receiver. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Jimmy Graham's long-awaited system arbitration will commence Tuesday, launching a..." June 18

  • Still a Saint: Thomas glad he was wrong "Pierre Thomas thought he was going to be released by the New Orleans Saints this year. Not just one of those, "You never know what might happen in this business" deals, either. Thomas saw what happened to so many of his longtime veteran teammates as the Saints were shedding salary-cap..." June 16

  • Don't blame Jimmy Graham for playing hardball with Saints

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "It's amazing how fast fans turn on their heroes during contract negotiations. Many turned on Drew Brees two years ago and now even more are criticizing Jimmy Graham for his aggressive stance in contract talks with the New Orleans Saints. Once beloved, Graham is now belittled. He's been..." June 14

  • Saints' Jimmy Graham a franchise tight end, clearly not a wide receiver

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Barring a seismic shift in their positions over the next week, the New Orleans Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham will conduct a $5 million debate starting June 17. The two sides will argue whether Graham should be deemed a tight end or a wide receiver under the franchise tag rules, which pay a..." June 13

  • Brees believes Saints would be fine without Jimmy Graham

    Sporting News "Drew Brees isn’t hanging his cap on Jimmy Graham. It’s not that the Saints quarterback doesn’t value and appreciate the fact that he has arguably the game’s best tight end — or is it receiver? — on his roster. It’s more about Brees being a realist: If Graham holds out in an extended contract..." June 12

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    Ramon Antonio Vargas @RVargasAdvocate

    #saints WR Marques Colston says, unlike last year, he has no foot issues. 'Feels completely different ... no restrictions.'

  • Champ Bailey: Controversial ‘Redskins’ name like N-word

    USA Today "Count Champ Bailey amid the growing number of people who believe that it is time for Washington’s NFL franchise to change its controversial name. The New Orleans Saints veteran cornerback, who broke into the NFL as Washington’s first-round pick in 1999, told USA TODAY Sports that the racial..." June 11

  • NFL source: NFLPA's Graham beef a 'cash grab' "With Jimmy Graham's grievance hearing scheduled to begin one week from Tuesday, a league source indicated that the NFL Management Council will make a strong counter-argument against the NFL Player Association's claim that he should be considered a wide receiver instead of a tight end for..." June 10

  • Turnovers are the focus for the Saints defense this offseason

    The Advocate "In the Saints’ first organized team activity open to reporters this summer, rookie cornerback Stanley Jean-Batiste slapped the ball out of receiver Andy Tanner’s hands after he made a catch. A few minutes later, safety Rafael Bush stripped Marques Colston as he tried to run with a..." June 09

  • White is out to show what he can do against competition on the Saints

    The Advocate "After the Saints selected him in the fifth round of the 2012 draft, cornerback Corey White chose jersey No. 24 because that was the number worn by the two NFL players whom he considered the best at his position: Darrelle Revis and Champ Bailey. Little could he imagine that 12-time Pro Bowler..." June 07

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    Brian McCarthy @NFLprguy

    focusing on 3 cities for now to potentially host next year's Draft (NYC, Chi, LA). other cities remain in the mix

  • Mark Ingram motivated by contract status with Saints

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Whatever job security Mark Ingram might have enjoyed in his first three seasons with the New Orleans Saints is significantly reduced. Much like most of the five running backs on the Saints roster who entered the league as undrafted free agents, the first-round 2011 NFL draft pick is assured of..." June 05

  • Vernon Davis: Pay Jimmy Graham like a WR "San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, who is angling for his own contract extension, said he believes that the New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham deserves more than just a tight end franchise-tag salary. "I think Jimmy Graham is trying to make an informed decision as far as his contract. He..." June 05

  • Roman numerals holiday: NFL not using them for Super Bowl 50

    Sporting News "There will be no Super Bowl L. Oh, don't worry, the NFL's annual championship game and crossover sports spectacle will still take place at the San Francisco 49ers' new Levi's Stadium in 2016. It just won't be labeled with a Roman numeral that translates to English shorthand for "loser." The..." June 05

  • Report: NFLPA mulls change on how players get paid

    Fox Sports "The NFL Players Association is proposing an idea, which would assist players in managing their money by changing the pay cycles of their base salaries, according to a USA Today Sports report. The proposal would mean players would be paid on a bi-weekly schedule over a 52-week calendar year,..." June 03

  • New Orleans Saints sign C Jonathan Goodwin, DL Brandon Deaderick to one-year contracts "The New Orleans Saints have signed C Jonathan Goodwin and DL Brandon Deaderick to one-year contracts. The club also has waived G Mike Golic Jr. and ILB Spencer Hadley it was announced by Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis. Goodwin, 6-3, 318, returns to New Orleans, where he..." June 03

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    Adam Caplan @caplannfl

    DT Brandon Deaderick, who worked out for the #Chiefs last week, also worked out for the #Saints. Both teams run a 3-4 defense.

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