Saints Rumors & News

  • Rita Benson LeBlanc says she’ll still own part of Saints after settlement

    Pro Football Talk "Even after a settlement reached earlier this month between Saints owner Tom Benson and a group of his former heirs, the granddaughter who was effectively cut out of the will maintains she’ll still have a role. Rita Benson LeBlanc, who was fired by her grandfather in December 2014, told Bruce..." June 28

  • NFL offseason arrests less frequent than years past

    Sportsnaut "Negative press dominates headlines, but the NFL is seeing a positive development when it comes to players getting arrested in the offseason. As detailed by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, only nine NFL players have been arrested this year since January 1, which is down from 13 last year, 21..." June 27

  • NFL owners haul in $222.6 million each for 2015 shared revenue

    Sportsnaut "The NFL, and its owners, just keep getting richer. In a report by Eben Novy-Williams of Bloomberg, the league divided up $7.1 billion in revenue, which is an increase of six percent from the previous year. ESPN’s Darren Rovell has done the math, and as we can see each NFL team owner received a..." June 27

  • Marques Colston Continuing Life After the New Orleans Saints

    Canal Street Chronicles "Marques Colston, the New Orleans Saints all-time leading receiver and scorer, was released by the Saints this offseason. A ten-year NFL veteran, Colston played his entire career in the Bayou. Aside from and during his playing career, Colston was a successful entrepreneur and businessman. They..." June 23

  • Marques Colston Continuing Life After the New Orleans Saints

    Canal Street Chronicles "Marques Colston, the New Orleans Saints all-time leading receiver and scorer, was released by the Saints this offseason. A ten-year NFL veteran, Colston played his entire career in the Bayou. Aside from and during his playing career, Colston was a successful entrepreneur and businessman. They..." June 22

  • Drew Brees remains confident contract will be worked out, wants to retire a Saint

    USA Today "Saints quarterback Drew Brees hasn’t changed his view: he still sees himself retiring in New Orleans. Entering the final year of his current deal and contract talks “ongoing”, Brees remains confident that an extension will work itself out. "I’ve been through that a few times, so you know..." June 22

  • Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe hoping to leave IR behind and stay on the field

    The Advocate "Dannell Ellerbe is tired of setbacks. Ellerbe arrived in New Orleans hoping for a fresh start after his big-money opportunity in Miami was derailed by a devastating hip injury in 2014, but a series of injuries — turf toe that robbed him of training camp and the first three games, another hip..." June 22

  • Back with the Saints, safety Roman Harper aims to show the defense what it takes

    The Advocate "In his first week back with the New Orleans Saints, it seemed like Roman Harper had a teleporter — because he was everywhere. The veteran safety, who returned to the Saints earlier this month after two seasons with the Carolina Panthers, was moving all over the practice field during minicamp,..." June 21

  • NFL takes unusual step of involving position coaches in looking at more kickoff rule changes

    USA Today "The NFL is assessing the viability of further rules changes on kickoffs with unprecedented input from the league’s special teams coordinators, who want to save the exciting play from extinction. Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, recently held a conference call with special..." June 21

  • New Orleans Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe says he'll be ready to go by training camp

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is tired of his status on the injured list. Ellerbe has played in only seven games in the past two seasons. A Week 1 hip injury in 2014, when Ellerbe was with the Dolphins, ended his season early. A trade from the Dolphins to the Saints last..." June 18

  • New Orleans Saints place safety Jamarca Sanford on injured reserve

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints have placed veteran safety Jamarca Sanford on injured reserve and signed defensive tackle Lawrence Virgil in his place. Sanford did not participate in minicamp with an undisclosed injury but was in attendance at practice every day watching from the sidelines." June 18

  • Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson settles lawsuit over family trust

    ESPN "New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson settled a federal lawsuit over a family trust Friday that was scheduled to go to trial on Monday in New Orleans. Terms of the settlement will remain confidential, according to a statement by the Saints. But the settlement should clear Benson's..." June 18

  • Robert Meachem returns to New Orleans Saints as tryout player wearing No. 12

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Wide receiver Robert Meachem, who played with the New Orleans Saints from 2007-2011, participated in Tuesday's minicamp practice in Metairie on a tryout basis. Meachem was wearing No. 12, the jersey number recently vacated by 10-year veteran Marques Colston, who was released by the team Feb...." June 15

  • Sean Payton: 2016 team is hungry for success

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is pleased. It is Thursday afternoon and the last practice of OTAs have just concluded. Things seem to be going well, so well that Payton canceled one of the Saints' precious nine OTA practices Wednesday to take the players go-karting instead. The Saints..." June 14

  • Saints plan to unleash defensive line with simple concept change under Dennis Allen

    The New Orleans Advocate "Dennis Allen is unleashing the New Orleans defensive line this season. By installing his personal variation of the attacking, aggressive scheme Gregg Williams deploys, Allen is also taking a lot of the guesswork out of the game for the guys up front. From edge rushers like Cam Jordan and..." June 13

  • C.J. Spiller believes a clean bill of health will allow him to finally flourish in Saints offense

    The Advocate "C.J. Spiller tried to fight the truth last season. He was coming off a season that ended prematurely because of a broken collarbone, and he was determined to not let an injury keep him off the field again. When Spiller returned early in the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his..." June 11

  • Saints' Kikaha suffers torn ACL

    The Score "New Orleans Saints linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha has suffered a torn ACL, according to Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate. Kikaha was expected to be the Saints featured pass rusher for the 2016 season and now is likely done for the year. The 23-year-old suffered two ACL injuries in college,..." June 09

  • NFL owners, coaches say a developmental league is needed and here's what's brewing

    CBS Sports "The limos were lined up bumper-to-bumper around the sprawling driveway and the private planes waited on tarmacs nearby as NFL owners scrambled to get back home after wrapping up another league meeting. In a nearby ballroom, commissioner Roger Goodell began addressing the media, his statements..." June 07

  • NFL Twitter Hacked, Announces Roger Goodell's Death

    Deadspin "Some gremlin got access to the NFL’s Twitter account today and announced the death of commissioner Roger Goodell. NFL PR flack Brian McCarthy quickly corrected the record: The other two tweets were also deleted. The NFL appears to have regained control of its account. The fake cause of..." June 07

  • Roman Harper re-joining New Orleans Saints

    Sportsnaut "After spending the past two seasons with the Carolina Panthers, free agent safety Roman Harper is headed back to join the New Orleans Saints for a second stint. His agency, SportsTrust Advisors, tweeted out the news on Tuesday. Entering his 11th season as a pro, Harper’s best years are..." June 07

  • 20 Different Players to Take Part in Celebrity Family Feud NFL Edition This Summer

    Total Pro Sports "If you enjoyed the Gronkowski Family‘s appearance on Celebrity Family Feud last summer, you’ll love what the NFL has in store for you this year. ABC is mixing up the format of Celebrity Family Feud for Season 2. While many of the episodes will feature celebrities and their actual families, a..." June 07

  • Saints doing safety tests in defensive backfield this offseason

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The old looks to be new again with the New Orleans Saints' defense, at least in the secondary. The abundance of safeties on the field was successful in 2013. So why not give the three-safety formation another look during Organized Team Activities? I've seen more three-safety looks in two..." June 07

  • NFL curious about marijuana as potential medical alternative

    Sporting News "While it’s not saying so publicly, the NFL is exploring the viability of marijuana as a medical option for its players. In a profile on Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe’s marijuana advocacy, the Washington Post reports NFL senior vice president for player health and safety Jeff Miller and..." June 07

  • LeCharles Bentley sues NBC over Biggest Loser logo

    Pro Football Talk "NBC’s The Biggest Loser has a new logo. And a new problem. Via TMZ, former NFL offensive lineman LeCharles Bentley has sued NBC for trademark infringement, based on alleged similarities between the new show logo and a logo Bentley uses for his O-Line Performance facility. According to the..." June 06

  • 'Quarterbacking robot' Drew Brees deserves to get paid, Zach Strief says on radio

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Zach Strief referred to Drew Brees as a "quarterbacking robot" who deserves more than any other player to be taken care of financially, he said in a SiriusXM radio interview Sunday. "Nobody deserves to be paid and to be compensated more than him," Strief..." June 06

  • Here's what could cause problems for Drew Brees getting a new deal from Saints

    CBS Sports "The last time the Saints and Drew Brees hammered out a contract, they went through this long offseason charade of pretending to play out the franchise tag. The Saints had no choice but to pay Brees what he wanted, even if they waited until the last possible moment to hand him $100 million over..." June 06

  • James Laurinaitis: With the Rams we couldn’t break .500, with the Saints that’s not acceptable

    Pro Football Talk "James Laurinaitis has spent his entire seven-year career with the Rams, and in those seven years the Rams never won more than seven games. Now Laurinaitis is with the Saints, and he thinks he’s in for a refreshing change. Laurinaitis noted that during his entire college career at Ohio State,..." June 04

  • Henry Childs, one of Saints' all-time great receivers, dies at 65

    ESPN "Tight end Henry Childs, who still ranks as one of the New Orleans Saints' all-time great pass-catchers, died Friday night at the age of 65, the team confirmed. Childs died of a heart attack, according to John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia. A Pro Bowler in 1979, Childs..." June 04

  • Cardell Hayes claimed Will Smith said, 'I'm gonna go get my gun'

    ESPN "Will Smith's shooter, Cardell Hayes, told police officers that he felt threatened by the former New Orleans Saints defensive end and believed Smith was going to retrieve a gun from his car when he shot and killed Smith on the night of April 9. "He's got a gun, I'm gonna go get my gun," Hayes..." June 04

  • Will Smith's alleged murderer to stand trial in September

    WWLTV.com "A judge has denied a request to reduce the $1.75 million bond against the man accused of fatally shooting former Saints player Will Smith and set a trial date of Sept. 20. Judge Camille Buras estimated the trial would last two weeks. The decision came after a morning of testimony that resembled..." June 04

  • Saints rookie Michael Thomas impresses Drew Brees during Thursday’s organized team activity

    The New Orleans Advocate "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees looked out at the defense and then over to his right to wide receiver Michael Thomas. The defense was in a prevent look, with several players lined up in a straight line about 10 or 12 yards down the field. It was a look the defense used several times..." June 03

  • Tom Benson's Saints lawsuit headed for trial, judge keeps NFL records public

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Tom Benson's lawsuit to remove his estranged family from ownership in the Saints and Pelicans is headed for a June 20 trial after a federal judge denied a final attempt to have the case dismissed Friday (June 3). U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo also denied Benson's request to have 88..." June 03

  • New Orleans Saints being cautious with Damian Swann after three concussions

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The most frightening image of the 2015 New Orleans Saints season came on a sunny day in Tampa, Fla., in Week 14. Rookie cornerback Damian Swann collided with a teammate and crumpled to the grass midway through a game against the Buccaneers. He didn't move for several moments before an athletic..." June 03

  • Cam Jordan returns to action following offseason back surgery

    The Advocate "Cam Jordan is back in action. The defensive end returned to practice this week for the first time since undergoing a minor procedure on his back during the offseason. “I’d like to say we tested the waters out on Tuesday,” Jordan said. “I bought in, did my 40 up downs.” Jordan said that..." June 02

  • Former Saints back up Rob Ryan's claim to loss of power

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks became one of the latest in a series of players that have publicly backed Rob Ryan over the last few months. Ryan was fired from his position as Saints defensive coordinator last November. Ryan made some of his first extensive public comments..." June 02

  • Are Saints interested in bringing back Roman Harper?

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints might consider signing veteran safety Roman Harper, according to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports. Marvez floated the possibility in a tweet Wednesday night. Harper played the first eight years of his career with the Saints and has spent the last two with the Carolina..." June 02

  • Will Smith's blood alcohol level 3 times legal limit on night he was shot, source says

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Will Smith's blood alcohol level was severely over the legal limit when the former Saints defensive end was shot and killed in April during a confrontation in the Lower Garden District, two sources with knowledge of the investigation told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. One source said..." June 01

  • Brandon Browner 'took that few millions (and) ran with it,' he says on Instagram

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "It appears Brandon Browner has found another way to rile up a segment of New Orleans Saints fans, even several months after he played his final down for the team. In a reply to a message directed toward him on Instagram, Browner called the Saints "weak" and said he "took that few millions (and)..." May 31

  • Back with New Orleans Saints, Joe Lombardi experiencing seamless return

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "There's a new face in the quarterback room and a few new wrinkles in the offense, but otherwise Joe Lombardi felt right at home when he returned to the New Orleans Saints this spring after a two-year absence. Lombardi spent seven seasons with the Saints, the last five as quarterbacks coach,..." May 31

  • Saints’ P.J. Williams eager to show his skills after injury

    The Advocate "P.J. Williams spent his entire rookie season hoping for delayed gratification. Drafted in the third round last May by a Saints team intent on revamping the cornerback position, Williams instead became the position’s first casualty, placed on injured reserve before the final preseason game with..." May 30

  • Payton agrees with Brees’ decision not to talk contract during season

    Pro Football Talk "Saints quarterback Drew Brees recently applied a deadline for extending his contract, which currently is entering its final year. Once the regular season starts, Brees won’t be interested in talking. His head coach agrees with that approach. “Just having seen the interview and his comments,..." May 29

  • Saints' Stephone Anthony happy to let James Laurinaitis be 'alpha dog'

    ESPN "Stephone Anthony has no problem admitting that new middle linebacker James Laurinaitis is already the "alpha dog" of the New Orleans Saints defense. Perhaps Anthony could have felt threatened or disappointed when the Saints decided to sign the veteran middle linebacker/signal-caller/quarterback..." May 28

  • Sean Payton explains that loss of a week of OTAs isn’t a big deal

    Pro Football Talk "Friday’s appearance on PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio from Saints coach Sean Payton focused initially on the then-fresh claims from former Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan that he wasn’t running the unit when he was, you know, running the unit. (Payton called that notion “silly.”) It also..." May 28

  • In letter to Tom Benson, Roger Goodell supports New Orleans as host of future Super Bowls

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans will not be hosting a Super Bowl through at least 2021, but the NFL is committed to bringing the game back to the city, according to a letter sent to Saints owner Tom Benson by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The letter, which was obtained by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, said the..." May 27

  • Ricky Williams to Run Marijuana-Friendly Gym Power Plant Fitness in California

    Houston Chronicle "Ricky Williams and marijuana have been inextricably linked over the years, with the former Texas Longhorns great serving multiple suspensions for using it during his football career. Now, he's going to profit from it. Williams is a partner and spokesman for Power Plant Fitness, a pot..." May 27

  • Rob Ryan: I did a damn good job with Saints and got fired for it; discusses his and Rex's weight struggles

    SI "Rex Ryan has many famous boasts. Among them, is that he has never lost a fight, because he always had his twin brother with him. It doesn’t take long to recognize that is exactly the reason Rob Ryan was hired at One Bills Drive in January. Sitting together on a leather couch in Rex’s office one..." May 27

  • Sean Payton: Rob Ryan saying it wasn’t his defense is “silly”

    Pro Football Talk "In a new interview, former Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan hinted that he wasn’t allowed to coach the defense the way he wanted to because head coach Sean Payton took some authority away from him. Payton says that isn’t so. Payton said this morning on PFT Live that the defense in New..." May 27

  • Drew Brees, Saints have not discussed extension in two months

    Larry Brown Sports "Drew Brees is entering the final season of his five year contract, and he and the Saints haven’t tried to work out a new one in nearly two months. Brees made the admission Wednesday and said he’d rather not deal with it during the season. “I don’t like to talk about contract during the..." May 26

  • Drew Brees applies deadline to talks with Saints on a new deal

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints and quarterback Drew Brees still haven’t worked out a new deal that reduces his salary-cap number for 2016 below $30 million. There’s now an apparent deadline for getting a deal done. “I don’t like to talk about contracts during the season,” Brees said Wednesday, via the Associated..." May 26

  • Roger Goodell on NFL’s concussion issue: ‘This is our No. 1 priority’

    Sportsnaut "Holding a press conference at this week’s NFL spring meetings, commissioner Roger Goodell had to answer questions involving an Outside the Lines report suggesting that the league attempted to influence a government study on concussions. Primarily focusing on what seems to be league-mandated PR..." May 25

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