Saints Rumors & News

  • Impact of Jimmy Graham trade still being felt

    USA Today "The aftereffects of the deal that sent Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham across the country are still being weighed by the two teams involved in the swap. When Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider first informed coach Pete Carroll that Graham was on the block, Carroll could barely..." March 29

  • NFL exploring Mexico, Germany and other markets to host games

    SB Nation "The NFL views Mexico, Canada and China as the next markets to focus on as it looks to add more international games to the schedule, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network. The league could be considering NFL games in those markets, similar to the International Series that already takes place..." March 27

  • Saints guard Jahri Evans survives purge, but contract tinkering is coming

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "It sounds like New Orleans Saints perennial Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans will be the starter at right guard for his 10th season with the team, but there's a catch. Coach Sean Payton said during the NFL owners meetings Wednesday how he didn't think the structure of Evans' contract, which is..." March 26

  • With so much tampering, NFL will struggle to police it all

    Pro Football Talk "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged the obvious on Wednesday when he said at the league meeting that multiple teams had dealings before the start of free agency that may have violated the letter of the law. “We want to make sure no teams are gaining an advantage as it relates to free..." March 26

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    Nick Underhill @nick_underhill

    Saints talking longterm with Cam Jordan's agent, per Payton

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    Larry Holder @LarryHolder

    Payton: Josh Hill is a player we value a lot. He's not on anyone's fantasy first three rounds. Pumping up Jones and Coleman.

  • NFL momentum builds to alter extra point for 2015 season

    USA Today "A rules alteration that would inject more excitement into the near-automatic extra point could be adopted for the 2015 NFL season as early as the league's next meeting this May. There was lively discussion among the 32 teams Wednesday about adding significant drama to the mundane point after..." March 25

  • Darren Sharper Eligible For HOF ... Despite Rape Conviction "Despite the fact he'll be locked up for the next 9 years, convicted rapist Darren Sharper is still eligible to be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- and based on his numbers alone, there's a real possibility it could happen. TMZ Sports spoke with Joe Horrigan -- Executive V.P. of..." March 25

  • Sean Payton dispels Drew Brees, Marcus Mariota trade rumors

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton vehemently quashed rumors floating around concerning the team possibly trading Drew Brees. During his media availability Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings, Payton said his 36-year-old starting quarterback isn't going anywhere. "We can't control it (the..." March 25

  • Rex Ryan says brother Rob could get head coaching job if he loses hair, gut

    Larry Brown Sports "Although he had a few minor disagreements with New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton last year, Rob Ryan is still considered by many to be one of the better defensive coordinators in the NFL. According to his brother Rex, the only thing stopping Rob from landing a head coaching job is his..." March 25

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Interested to learn the #Dolphins finished 2nd to the #Seahawks in the Jimmy Graham trade. MIA was aggressive in trying to upgrade at TE.

  • Sean Payton on possible Brees trade: 'It's not that time' "Though the New Orleans Saints appear to have started their rebuilding effort in earnest, head coach Sean Payton says the team will not be trading quarterback Drew Brees any time soon. "Yeah, it's not that time. ... We're not interested in moving on from Drew Brees," Payton said, according to FOX..." March 24

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    Kristian Garic @KristianGaric1

    #Saints hosting Free Agent OLB/ DE Anthony Spencer on visit, per source.

  • Saints GM dispels Drew Brees rumors "Despite the flurry of trades the New Orleans Saints have made this month, general manager Mickey Loomis downplayed the notion that "everyone" is for sale and specifically said he never made a single call about trading quarterback Drew Brees. Loomis met with a group of reporters Monday during a..." March 24

  • Darren Sharper sentenced to 9 years in Arizona rape case

    The New Orleans Advocate "Former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper has pleaded guilty to sexual assault and attempted sexual assault in a plea deal with Arizona prosecutors and was immediately sentenced to nine years in prison, according to the Associated Press. Earlier Monday, TMZ reported Sharper will serve a..." March 24

  • NFL may let injury spotters stop play during games

    SB Nation "Besides instant replay reform and finding a better definition of a "catch," the NFL's competition committee is busy this week deciding whether to increase the duties of injury spotters in NFL games. The proposal would allow independent medical trainers to watch for possible concussions and stop..." March 23

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    MC Superior Court @courtpio

    Darren Sharper pled guilty to sexual assault and attempted sexual assault. He was sentenced to 9 years in prison and lifetime probation.

  • Healthy Jairus Byrd eager to become part of the solution for Saints "A year ago, the New Orleans Saints made one of the biggest splashes in the NFL by signing free-agent safety Jairus Byrd, which helped them generate a lot of buzz as a top Super Bowl contender. A year later, that buzz is gone. But Byrd isn't. Now healthy again, the three-time Pro Bowler still..." March 23

  • The NFL Charged Its Players $400 to Participate in Veteran Combine

    Complex "The NFL's first Veteran Combine took place this weekend. A new addition to the offseason calendar, the Combine seemed like a great idea for older players to get in front of scouts and front office types—a way to balance the scales between the incoming rookie class and the veteran class that'll..." March 23

  • Source: Darren Sharper takes 20-year deal in Louisiana rapes

    The New Orleans Advocate "Former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper will serve a 20-year prison sentence for drugging and raping a series of women in New Orleans as part of a global plea deal that was playing out with guilty pleas in various states on Monday, according to a source familiar with deal. Under the..." March 23

  • NFL considering Brazil to host 2017 Pro Bowl

    Fox Sports "One of the world's biggest soccer hotbeds could soon host a different type of football event. A source told that Brazil is a viable candidate to host the 2017 Pro Bowl. The all-star exhibition game's future destination is one of the subjects that will be broached during the..." March 23

  • Saints GM Mickey Loomis: Drew Brees not on trade block

    USA Today "Drew Brees isn't going anywhere. Despite recent speculation that the Pro Bowl quarterback might be on the trade block after the New Orleans Saints dealt his favorite target, star tight end Jimmy Graham, to the Seattle Seahawks, the Saints aren't even considering life after Brees. "Anybody..." March 23

  • The threshold for ‘completing a catch to the ground’ in NFL is changing, and Packers prez tells how

    Toronto Sun "The threshold for what constitutes a catch when a receiver falls to the ground is changing, a member of the league’s competition committee told Sun Media on Sunday. In a conference call last week, the committee announced that the controversial “complete-the-catch-to-the-ground” rule will stay,..." March 23

  • Roger Goodell, Unplugged "The MMQB: What’s the lesson you take from easily your most trying year as commissioner? Goodell: I don’t know if you could put one or two … One of the things we always focus on is, What do we learn and how do we get better? I think in this case there were several factors. One is, Do we have the..." March 23

  • Darren Sharper strikes plea deal to resolve all 5 rape, drugging cases

    The New Orleans Advocate "Ex-Saints player Darren Sharper has struck a “global” plea deal that is expected to resolve pending charges of raping and drugging women against him in all four states where he has been indicted, including Louisiana, as well as a related federal court case based in New Orleans. Terms of the..." March 21

  • There will be trades: 5 teams poised to draft Marcus Mariota at No. 2 "As teams transition from free-agency mode, they begin focusing more organizational means on the upcoming NFL Draft. That's because the veterans have been picked through and weeded out, and by and large, most teams will wait until June to sign guys to prove-it contracts that don't count against the..." March 20

  • Tom Benson: Saints want to win another Super Bowl "When the Saints surprisingly traded away Jimmy Graham last week, New Orleans faithful were left wondering if their team's Super Bowl window was closing. When two-time Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs and promising young wideout Kenny Stills were also dealt, it appeared the Saints might be initiating a..." March 20

  • Ex-Saint Darren Sharper charged with rape in Vegas

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Former Green Bay Packers safety Darren Sharper has been charged with rape in Las Vegas, the Associated Press reports. Sharper already faced sexual assault charges in Los Angeles, Phoenix and New Orleans. His attorney, David Chesnoff, appeared before a Las Vegas judge on two sexual assault..." March 20

  • Saints' Keenan Lewis on reworked contract: Step closer to dream of retiring with hometown team

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "When New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis warms up before every home game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, he looks around the stands and pictures his late grandfather smiling back at him. When Lewis was at O. Perry Walker High School, he made a promise he would one day play for the..." March 20

  • Saints restructure Keenan Lewis' contract, add more guaranteed money

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints are $1.7 million under cap after adding the contract of C.J. Spiller and restructuring Keenan Lewis' contract. While he didn't receive more money, an additional $10.4 million of Lewis' contract has been guaranteed, according to a source. The Saints converted portions..." March 19

  • Biggest position holes to fill for all 32 teams in the NFL Draft "The big wave of free agency has come and gone, and the focus has turned to the draft, but that doesn't mean there still aren't holes to fill, some huge ones, for each of the NFL's 32 teams. You can't solve all the problems in free agency. In fact, it's usually only a few if a team is lucky. For..." March 18

  • Patriots Sign Running Back Travaris Cadet To Reported Two-Year Contract

    NESN "The New England Patriots added a new pass-catching specialist Tuesday. The Patriots signed running back Travaris Cadet, the team announced Tuesday. His contract with the team is for two years, according to Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate. Cadet caught 38 passes for 296 yards..." March 17

  • The time Roger Goodell backed out of doing 'Between Two Ferns'

    SB Nation "Alex Richanbach, executive producer of Funny or Die Sports was on a SXSW panel last Saturday called "Now Athletes are Funny: Power of Comedy and Sports." I hadn't noticed it on the schedule until it was about halfway over, but I stopped in just as Richanbach was getting into the meat of a pretty..." March 17

  • Jones-Drew, Locker, Willis, Worilds may signal start of a trend of young NFL players retiring

    Arizona Republic "NFL free agency started this week, so the news cycle was dominated by the redistribution of wealth. It was a job fair at the highest level of sports as players were traded, re-signed, signed and released. That was to be expected. What was surprising is that in a time devoted to procuring..." March 17

  • New Orleans Saints cut Dannell Ellerbe's base salary by $7.4 million

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, acquired last week in a trade for Kenny Stills, agreed to slice his 2015 base salary by more than $7 million, according to NFLPA records. Ellerbe's base salary will be $1.1 million instead of $8.5 million in 2015. He also agreed to amend his 2016..." March 17

  • Tyrunn Walker chose Lions over Patriots, other teams

    Pride Of Detroit "When the Detroit Lions signed defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker last week, it quickly became clear that he was an under-the-radar type of player who probably didn't get enough playing time with the New Orleans Saints. And although most football fans probably weren't familiar with Walker, it seems..." March 16

  • Saints still in bad cap shape, even after flurry of moves

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints’ flurry of moves at the start of the league year — including trading Jimmy Graham and Ben Grubbs, cutting Curtis Lofton and Pierre Thomas, and restructuring the contracts of Jairus Byrd, Marques Colston and Junior Galette — were aimed at getting the team’s precarious salary cap..." March 16

  • Kenny Stills: I don’t think I was brought to Miami to replace Mike Wallace

    Miami Herald "It cost the Dolphins far more to get Kenny Stills than it cost the Vikings to get Mike Wallace. So it stands to reason that Miami’s expectations for its newest receiver are at a similar level to the one it had for its exiled one. Yet Stills, whose world flipped on its axis with Friday’s..." March 16

  • Cowboys claim Corey White off waivers

    Pro Football Talk "Corey White lost his roster spot with the Saints on Friday, but he wasn’t out of work long. The Cowboys claimed White off of waivers and added him to their 90-man roster on Saturday. White opened last season as a starter in New Orleans, but was replaced in the middle of the season as New..." March 15

  • Keenan Lewis met with Saints, wants to stay with team

    Pro Football Talk "After the Saints parted ways with players like Jimmy Graham, Ben Grubbs and Curtis Lofton, cornerback Keenan Lewis went public with a request to join them if the team wasn’t willing to guarantee the final three years of his contract. Lewis revisited the comments on Saturday and said that it was..." March 15

  • Patrick Robinson will keep his options open with the Saints

    The Advocate "Patrick Robinson will begin his free-agent tour next week, beginning with a visit to Pittsburgh, but will keep his options open with the Saints, according to a source. Robinson, a former first-round pick, had a bumpy 2014 season with New Orleans. He started out as the No. 2 cornerback, but was..." March 15

  • C.J. Spiller: I'd be a 'fool' not consider signing with Saints

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "During a conference call with local media, new Saints running back C.J. Spiller said he'd be a "fool" not to have considered New Orleans in free agency. "I've been following this offense very closely," Spiller said after he signed a four-year deal, worth $18 million with $9 million guaranteed..." March 14

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    In random #Saints news, they are in the process of re-doing the much-discussed contract of CB Keenan Lewis to make him… happier

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    In random #Saints news, they are in the process of re-doing the much-discussed contract of CB Keenan Lewis to make him… happier

  • Corey White Released By Saints

    Canal Street Chronicles "It is being reported that the New Orleans Saints have released CB Corey White from the team. White was drafted by the Saints in the 5th round of the 2012 draft and has played in various spots at cornerback throughout his stay." March 13

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Saints reached agreement with former Bills RB CJ Spiller. Saints backfield getting crowded: Spiller, Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson.

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    Rand Getlin @Rand_Getlin

    Source: The #Saints are in the process of trading WR Kenny Stills to the Miami #Dolphins.

  • Strong mutual interest exists between Saints, Spiller

    Pro Football Talk "With DeMarco Murray joining the Eagles, the next big-name tailback to watch becomes C.J. Spiller. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, strong mutual interests exists between Spiller and the New Orleans Saints. Spiller would be a great fit in the New Orleans offense, possibly filling..." March 13

  • Saints sign C.J. Spiller, according to report

    SB Nation "The New Orleans Saints have signed running back C.J. Spiller, according to Adam Schefter. Spiller joins a crowded position group for New Orleans after the team re-signed Mark Ingram earlier this month. Spiller is coming off his least productive season since his rookie year, as he was limited to..." March 13

  • Saints wideout Kenny Stills traded to the Dolphins, report says

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints are working out a trade that would send wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Miami Dolphins, Yahoo! Sports reported. According to multiple reports, the Saints will receive linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third round pick. This comes one day after a report said Stills was..." March 13