Saints Rumors & News

  • Disturbing details in Darren Sharper rape case come out during hearing

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The criminal charges against former St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's deputy Brandon Licciardi are bad enough: in state court, he faces counts of battery with a dangerous weapon, aggravated rape and human trafficking; in federal court, he faces counts of distributing drugs used in rapes and witness..." December 19

  • Weatherspoon predicts a sweep of the “Aints”

    Pro Football Talk "A torn Achilles tendon has kept Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon from making an impact on the field this season. On Thursday, Weatherspoon made some waves away from it. Thanks to (what else?) Twitter. “The Aints are way too sorry to have our names in their mouth!” Weatherspoon posted on..." December 18

  • Saints sack Jay Cutler seven times en route to 31-15 win

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints did on Monday night what they couldn't do one week prior -- get to the quarterback. It seemed like they got nothing but pressure on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler during their 31-15 win. "I was pleased with the energy level," said Saints coach Sean Payton. "We..." December 16

  • Saints bench cornerback Corey White for tonight’s game vs. Bears

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints promised changes after last week’s debacle against the Panthers, and another change has been revealed on the list of inactive players for tonight’s game against the Bears. Saints cornerback Corey White, who has played in all 13 games this season and started nine of them, is inactive..." December 15

  • Darren Sharper, 2 others indicted in New Orleans rape cases

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Former Saints safety Darren Sharper and two other men could face life sentences after being charged Friday in a nine-count grand jury indictment stemming from multiple rape allegations in New Orleans. Sharper was indicted on two counts of aggravated rape stemming from accusations that he..." December 13

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    New Orleans Saints @Saints

    Payton on Peter King's report that Payton could be looking to leave at the end of the year "it's silly" & "absolutely no way"

  • NFL salary cap projected at $138.6 million "The NFL salary cap is projected to be $138.6 million in 2015, a 4.21 percent increase over this year's $133 million. The projection was revealed to NFL owners at their meeting in Irving, Texas. That number could rise as high as $141 million, two team executives told USA Today. Last year,..." December 11

  • NFL approves new personal conduct policy

    SB Nation "Roger Goodell announced a new personal conduct policy at the NFL owners meetings Wednesday. The new policy will make several changes to how policy violations are handled. For example, accused players are expected to immediately be placed on paid leave after they have been charged. In addition, the..." December 10

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    More severe changes: The #Saints are benching talented 2013 1st rounder Kenny Vaccaro, who has earned several game balls. Incredible.

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Changes on the way for the #Saints. WR Joe Morgan has been informed he’s being waived, source said. More coming.

  • Panthers blow out rival Saints 41-10

    Charlotte Observer "After 63 days and seven games without a win, the Carolina Panthers finally came in from the cold. And with each successive score in a 41-10 beatdown of the New Orleans that no one saw coming, the Panthers sent thousands of fans spilling out of the Superdome and into the streets of New..." December 08

  • After Cam Newton's 'taunting,' Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton doesn't regret response that led to brawl

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton was at the center of an end zone melee in the second quarter Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton had scored a touchdown to put the Panthers ahead 16-0. He celebrated with this signature "Superman" display and also..." December 08

  • Cam Newton TD sparks wild brawl "Panthers tight end Brandon Williams was ejected after a first-quarter brawl following Cam Newton's touchdown run during Sunday's game against the Saints. Newton scored on a 2-yard dive to give the Panthers a 17-0 lead with 6:41 left in the quarter. As the Carolina quarterback got up, he got..." December 07

  • Rob Ryan sings Payton's praises "After reports surfaced earlier this week about a growing rift with Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was both passionate and entertaining while describing his relationship with the head coach Friday. "I'll tell you what, I don't admire many people outside of my own..." December 06

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    Mike Triplett @MikeTriplett

    #Saints RB Khiry Robinson said he's ready to play Sunday. Said this was target for return after they decided to have surgery.

  • Drew Brees: 'No validity' that Saints want to draft QB "Like most good businesses, the New Orleans Saints have an eye toward the future, even in prosperous times. On Sunday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Saints will look to select a rookie quarterback in the 2015 draft as they prepare for the eventual day when Drew Brees steps..." December 02

  • Sean Payton says relationship with Rob Ryan is 'great'

    SB Nation "Sean Payton addressed a previous report that he and Rob Ryan "strongly dislike each other." The New Orleans Saints snapped a three-game losing streak on Sunday with a 35-32 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers and head coach Sean Payton was very complimentary of his team's defensive coordinator..." December 01

  • Saints' Khiry Robinson expected back this week "New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton revealed that running back Khiry Robinson is expected to return from an arm injury next week against the Carolina Panthers while denouncing a report that the Saints had shown any interest in reinstated running back Ray Rice. “We like our running back..." December 01

  • Sean Payton on Ray Rice report: We’re happy with our running back depth

    Pro Football Talk "Sunday morning brought a trio of reports about the Saints that coach Sean Payton was asked about after his team snapped their losing streak in Pittsburgh with a victory over the Steelers. Payton disputed the report from Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports that he hates defensive coordinator Rob Ryan..." December 01

  • Drew Brees tosses 5 TDs vs. Steelers hours after report surfaces Saints looking to draft his successor

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees couldn't help but smirk when was asked if he's questioned and criticized more at 35 than he was when he was younger. In the NFL, 35 might as well be ancient. But on Sunday afternoon, Brees looked much younger than his years, delivering a..." December 01

  • Saints tight end Jimmy Graham shut out as Steelers 'undercut' crossing routes

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Drew Brees threw five touchdowns in the New Orleans Saints' 35-32 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Jimmy Graham didn't have any of them. The Saints' star tight end also caught zero of Brees' 19 completions, and was not the intended target on any of Brees' 27 attempts. The..." December 01

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Given Brees’ struggles, #Saints are preparing for life after Brees. Expect them to draft a QB high this draft. They wish they did last year

  • Saints expected to find new DC as Sean Payton-Rob Ryan rift widens "The relationship between Saints head coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has been rapidly deteriorating this season, with it privately acknowledged within the team's headquarters that the men strongly dislike each other and a change is inevitable this offseason. There have been..." November 30

  • Rob Ryan: We're hurting our team, and that's not what I was hired to do "Rob Ryan joked about all of the support he’s been getting from his players this week who are "steamed up" that he’s getting the blame for the New Orleans Saints' failures on defense. "Well, that’s outstanding to know. I mean, hell, it’s all their fault," Ryan cracked. "No, that’s not it. I..." November 30

  • Saints place Brodrick Bunkley on injured reserve "The New Orleans Saints have placed defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley on injured reserve, Coach Sean Payton announced after practice Thursday. To take his place on the 53-man roster the team called up nose tackle Lawrence Virgil (6-5, 290), a rookie out of Valdosta State, from the practice squad." November 28

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Saints believe that DT Brodrick Bunkley has torn his quad, source said. He’ll get an MRI today, but his season is almost certainly over

  • Who is most at fault for the New Orleans Saints' defensive struggles?

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Rob Ryan a year ago was the mastermind behind a New Orleans Saints defense that showed a remarkable one-season turnaround. He now is responsible for the Saints' continued poor defensive showings. As he should, after the Saints again let an opponent convert more big third-down plays in yet..." November 25

  • Saints owner Tom Benson donates $11 mil to Pro Football HOF "Saints owner Tom Benson has pledged a gift of $11 million to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the largest donation in the HOF's history. As pointed out by the Hall's official website, HOF president David Baker approached Benson about donating $10 million for the Hall of Fame Village Master Plan..." November 24

  • Drew Brees trying to become third QB ever to beat all 32 teams "Back in September, Peyton Manning became only the second quarterback in NFL history to beat all 32 teams when his Broncos knocked off the Colts 31-24 in Week 1. This week, Drew Brees will attempt to join the highly exclusive club when the Saints play the Ravens on Monday night. Baltimore is the..." November 23

  • Pierre Thomas is poised to return, after more than a month

    Pro Football Talk "As the Saints try to avoid falling three games under .500 and in turn losing three straight games at the Superdome for the first time since 2001, they’ll have some extra help in the backfield. Running back Pierre Thomas appears as probable on the injury report with a rib and shoulder injury...." November 22

  • Brandin Cooks placed on injured reserve

    SB Nation "The New Orleans Saints have placed rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks on injured reserve after suffering a broken thumb on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, per Albert Breer. The Saints, who mustered just 10 points against the Bengals on Sunday, lose a rookie who had piled up 53..." November 19

  • Saints could look 'outside the building' to build depth after injuries

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton declined to confirm injuries to safety Rafael Bush or receiver Brandin Cooks on Monday, but he left open the possibility that the team would sign another player this week to boost depth. "There are certain positions in-house that are deeper than others and..." November 18

  • Dalton bounces back big in Bengals' win over Saints

    Cincinnati Enquirer "With 10 days to stew and listen to the national pundits criticize their awful prime-time performance against Cleveland, the Bengals changed the narrative in New Orleans. Emphatically. In a city where the ridiculous comes by a daily dose, the bizarro Bengals played the opposite of what had..." November 17

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    Mike Triplett @MikeTriplett

    Confirmed via source that #Saints WR Brandin Cooks suffered broken thumb as @HowellOnCST reported. Could be out 2-4 weeks.

  • Bengals fan gets replacement ball "As time expired at the end of the Cincinnati Bengals' 27-10 blowout win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Christa Barrett posed for photos near field level, holding a football. It wasn't THE football, but it was a football, nonetheless. There was a point during the game when it..." November 16

  • Brees changed his tune, so why can't Dalton?

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Product of a Texas high school powerhouse. Under-recruited and landed at a university outside standard college football royalty. Slipped out of the first round of the NFL draft as scouts knocked size and arm strength. Worked with passing game guru Tom House to tighten..." November 16

  • Saints' cap woes likely mean Mark Ingram set to join free-agent class "There have been no contract talks between the Saints and pending free-agent running back Mark Ingram as he has continued his excellent play after a slow start to his career. With New Orleans currently carrying $160 million in salary cap commitments for 2015 already (most in the NFL), and the cap..." November 16

  • NFL looking at Saints' roster move "The New Orleans Saints have drawn the NFL's attention again. The NFL is looking into whether the Saints illegally stashed linebacker Todd Davis in their training facility after they released him at a time the Denver Broncos were claiming him on waivers, sources said. A Saints official said..." November 16

  • Jimmy Graham nixes 'Superdome Leap' after fans get too friendly "New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is still searching for a new go-to touchdown celebration after his latest one resulted in him getting "groped up." By a man dressed in a Joker costume, no less. Graham, whose favored goal-post dunks were ruled illegal by the NFL this year, attempted..." November 15

  • NFL: Jimmy Graham 'should have been flagged' on Hail Mary "The end of regulation during the Saints-49ers game featured a controversial play, when New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham was flagged for offensive pass interference on the final play of regulation. On Tuesday night NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino confirmed it was the correct call. "Yes,..." November 12

  • 49ers beat Saints 27-24 in overtime

    San Jose Mercury News "Ahmad Brooks delayed his postgame shower, stood bare-chested at his locker and kept reliving the play that might have saved the 49ers season. His fumble-forcing sack of Drew Brees set the stage for an exhilarating victory, as Phil Dawson promptly kicked a 35-yard field goal for a 27-24 overtime..." November 10

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    Jeff Duncan @JeffDuncan_

    Keenan Lewis said afterward that he will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his left knee injury.

  • Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson out for third straight week

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints handed the ball to Mark Ingram 30 times in their Week Nine victory over the Panthers and Ingram could be in line for another heavy workload this week. Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson have both been ruled out again by the Saints. It’s the third straight week on the sideline for the..." November 08

  • New Orleans Saints place FB Austin Johnson on injured reserve "The New Orleans Saints placed fullback Austin Johnson on injured reserve and signed tackle Nick Becton off the New York Giants’ practice squad, Coach Sean Payton announced Wednesday. The Saints also signed RB Tauren Poole and FB Michael Zordich to the practice squad. Johnson rushed for 22..." November 05

  • NFLPA pushing league to collectively bargain over personal conduct policy changes

    SB Nation "The NFLPA has been adamant that any changes to the league's personal conduct policy must be collectively bargained. The NFL has been resistant, however. The NFL Players Association are butting heads once again, this time over how to negotiate changes to the league's personal conduct policy. The..." November 04

  • New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd focused on rehab, healing for 2015

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd said he was disappointed when he suffered a season-ending injury knee injury last month, but now believes it might be a blessing in disguise that allows him to be fully healed by 2015. Byrd spoke publicly on Monday for the first time since tearing his..." November 04

  • Suspended New Orleans Saints receiver Joe Morgan: 'I'll be back'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Suspended New Orleans Saints receiver Joe Morgan politely declined to discuss his status with a reporter on Monday night, but he made it clear his days with the Saints aren't done. "I'll be back," he said. Morgan was placed on the reserve/suspended list last week. Saints coach Sean..." November 04

  • Former Saints linebacker Khairi Fortt signed by Jaguars

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Khairi Fortt has been signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced on Monday. Fortt, the Saints 2014 fourth round draft pick, has been bounced around quite a bit this season after the Saints unceremoniously waived him from short term injured..." November 03

  • Saints hammer Panthers 28-10 to end road woes, take NFC South lead

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints seized command of the NFC South on Thursday night, beating the Carolina Panthers 28-10 to climb into first place at the midpoint of the season. The Saints (4-4) snapped a seven-game regular-season road losing streak with a strong defensive effort that allowed the Panthers..." October 31

  • Saints' Mark Ingram likely to test free agency in 2015 "Mark Ingram is coming off the best game of his career, breaking tackles and making defenders miss time and time again in the New Orleans Saints' victory over the Green Bay Packers. Coach Sean Payton not only increased Ingram's workload, but also shifted the offense to more base personnel sets,..." October 30