Saints Rumors & News

  • Drew Brees says players do not trust league office, Roger Goodell

    Larry Brown Sports "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees knows what it’s like to be the victim of Roger Goodell’s firm disciplinary hand, and he believes that there are major trust issues between the league office and the players. Brees told CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney on Wednesday that a multitude of..." August 25

  • Nick Fairley ready to take on bigger load with Saints "Nick Fairley's talent has never been a question. Motor, consistency and drive have been the stumbling blocks of a career left wanting. After four seasons in Detroit, Fairley is with his second new team in two years. Signed by the New Orleans Saints as a rotational pass rusher, Fairley is..." August 24

  • Sean Payton: I'd want rookie WR Michael Thomas in fantasy football

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints rookie Michael Thomas has made some sensational plays this summer, but for the most part, his teammates have been the ones praising the wide receiver publicly. Thomas, a second-round pick, has been extremely humble while discussing his performance in his first training camp,..." August 24

  • Coby Fleener still 'a work in progress' in Saints offense

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "It's easy to see the things Coby Fleener does well on a football field. The 6-foot-6 tight end can get open, catch the ball and run downfield, and in a New Orleans Saints offense in which quarterback Drew Brees likes to throw to tight ends, Fleener should have plenty of chances to showcase..." August 23

  • Osweiler leads Texans past Saints

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Brock Osweiler passed for 124 yards and one score and the Houston Texans defeated the New Orleans Saints 16-9 at NRG Stadium on Saturday night. Osweiler was locked in during the second drive for the Texans (2-0), going 4-of-4 for 51 yards, capping it off with a 19-yard touchdown..." August 21

  • NFL drops “probable” from injury report, redefines “questionable” and “doubtful”

    Pro Football Talk "It’s definite that “probable” no longer will be part of the NFL injury lexicon. As first noted (as best we can tell) by Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald and as the league office confirms, the widely-misconstrued P-word has been dumped from the injury reporting procedures. “The ‘Probable’..." August 21

  • Keenan Lewis: I wasn’t one of Dennis Allen’s guys

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints have parted ways with cornerback Keenan Lewis, who believes that a long-standing icy relationship with defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is the reason why he’s been dropped from the roster. In an interview with Josina Anderson of ESPN, Lewis said he has never been one of Allen’s..." August 21

  • Saints undrafted CB De'Vante Harris: 'My confidence is through the roof'

    ESPN "De'Vante Harris isn’t ashamed to admit it. The New Orleans Saints rookie cornerback was a little awestruck when he lined up against Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins in practice on Thursday. “I’m not going to lie,” Harris said. “When I lined up, I’m like, ‘Man, this is Hopkins!’” But –..." August 20

  • Keenan Lewis released by New Orleans Saints

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints released veteran cornerback Keenan Lewis Friday night, but Lewis told ESPN's Josina Anderson he "seen it coming." In a lengthy, exclusive phone conversation with Anderson, Lewis opened up about being released by his hometown team, his injuries and his relationship with..." August 20

  • Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper gets 18 years for drugging, raping women

    Chicago Tribune "Former NFL star Darren Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in a case where he was accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states. Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Sharper on Thursday. He had pleaded guilty or no-contest to charges arising from the allegations..." August 18

  • Snoop Dogg Rips NFL for Allowing Players to Own Guns But Preventing Them From Smoking Weed

    Complex "Deep down, the NFL is probably not OK with its players owning guns. In the past, there have been quite a few players who have gotten themselves into trouble as a result of carrying guns, so if the league had its way, it would likely force all players to stop purchasing guns. They can’t legally..." August 18

  • Saints' Delvin Breaux, Zach Strief carted off from practice with Texans

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Three starters for the New Orleans Saints rode carts away from the Houston Texans' practice facility during joint practice Thursday morning. Cornerback Delvin Breaux was the first to leave, pulling up limping after covering Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in a team drill. Breaux..." August 18

  • NFLPA exec says NFL has 'zero credible evidence' for interview demands

    Sporting News "The NFL has threatened to suspend players mentioned in an Al Jazeera America report that alleges steroid use if they don't submit to an interview. The union isn't about to give in so easily. NFL Players' Association executive George Atallah told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Wednesday the..." August 18

  • Saints confident about Sheldon Rankins coming back this year

    Pro Football Talk "Saints coach Sean Payton wouldn’t say how much time first-rounder Sheldon Rankins would miss. But the good news is it won’t be the whole year. Via Mike Triplett of, Payton said the defensive tackle’s surgically repaired broken left fibula “clearly is not gonna be season ending at..." August 17

  • Report: Saints first-rounder Sheldon Rankins breaks fibula

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints have been lucky to avoid serious injury for most of training camp, but those fortunes might've changed Monday morning. Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, the team's rookie first-round pick out of Louisville, suffered an apparent injury and needed a cart to leave the field..." August 15

  • NFL considers early week ’18 opener in China

    Sports Business Daily "The NFL could open the 2018 season on a Tuesday or Wednesday in China, with its traditional Thursday night season-opening game following later that same week, according to the league’s top international executive planning the proposed game. Intent on staging a game in China despit... " August 15

  • Marques Colston in wait-and-see mode about NFL career

    Penn Live "It's been more than five months since the New Orleans Saints released Marques Colston, their all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. And Colston, who played each of his 10 NFL seasons in New Orleans, has yet to sign with another team or declare an intention to..." August 13

  • Garoppolo, Patriots dump Saints

    The Sports Xchange "Jimmy Garoppolo completed 11 of 18 passes for 168 yards as the New England Patriots beat the New Orleans Saints 34-22 in the preseason opener for both teams Thursday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Garoppolo, who enters the season as the Patriots' starting quarterback while..." August 12

  • Saints expected to sign veteran Cortland Finnegan

    Canal Street Chronicles "According to NFL Insider Rand Getlin, the New Orleans Saints are bringing in veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan for a visit. He's expected to sign. This isnt exactly encouraging news for the future of Keenan Lewis, but we will see." August 12

  • Ricky Williams, once 'smoked under the bus' by Willie Nelson, and his case for HOF

    CBS Sports "Because the legalization of marijuana remains a hot topic in NFL circles and there are few more prominent advocates for the usage of of it -- particularly for football players -- than former NFL running back Ricky Williams. Williams revealed recently he was drug tested more than 500 times in..." August 11

  • Brees Wants Long-Term Extension; Saints Not Interested

    Bleacher Report "Does New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees still want a long-term deal? Can the Saints commit enough guaranteed money? Has Brees shown any signs of wear? Watch in the video above as Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole discusses." August 11

  • Saints Release Veteran WR Hakeem Nicks, Sign LS Chris Highland

    NFL Trade Rumors "Saints HC Sean Payton, told reporters on Monday that they’ve made the decision to release veteran WR Hakeem Nicks and sign LS Chris Highland to a contract. Nicks was reportedly unimpressive during the early part of Saints’ training camp, which explains why his time with the team was so..." August 08

  • Kuhn writes heartfelt farewell to Packers fans

    Yardbarker "During his nine seasons with the Green Bay Packers, fullback John Kuhn was a fan favorite. The Green Bay faithful cheered when he touched the football, and loved chanting “Kuuuuuuuuuhhnnnnn” at Lambeau Field and on the road. This week, Kuhn signed a one-year deal to join the New Orleans Saints,..." August 07

  • John Kuhn, longtime Packers fullback, to sign with Saints

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints plan to sign longtime Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn to a one-year deal, according to a source. ESPN first reported the deal on Friday evening, which will add a veteran to the Saints' fullback competition. Kuhn should be at The Greenbrier in time for practice on..." August 06

  • Saints reportedly pursuing Cowboys guard Ronald Leary in a trade

    CBS Sports "The New Orleans Saints have a hole in the middle of their offensive line. As of this moment, they're slated to start either Tim Lelito or Senio Kelemete at left guard. That's not a great duo from which to be choosing, and so they are interested in pursuing a trade for Dallas Cowboys guard..." August 04

  • Saints Add Veteran Linebacker Matt Shaughnessy

    Canal Street Chronicles "The New Orleans Saints continue to try to find some hidden gems and/or comeback players to reverse their football fortunes in 2016. This time, they signed veteran linebacker Matt Shaughnessy who was out the league last season. The move was reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and then..." August 02

  • Sean Payton skeptical of NFL’s new touchback rule

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The NFL is trying to make its games safer, but New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton thinks one of the new rules could have adverse effect. League owners in March approved a rule that will now bring the ball to the 25-yard line, instead of the 20, after touchbacks. In theory, receiving teams..." August 01

  • Saints' Snead accidentally went blond

    The Advocate "Many Saints fans didn’t even know who Willie Snead was this time a year ago. But after catching 69 passes for 984 yards and three touchdowns last season, that has changed. He's adjusting to the new success just find. “A lot of people are starting to notice me more than they did last..." July 31

  • Teammates rave over Saints rookie Michael Thomas's one-handed catch

    ESPN "Nobody has drawn more “oohs” and “ahhs” during the first two days of New Orleans Saints camp than rookie receiver Michael Thomas did on Friday with his diving one-handed catch of a Luke McCown pass." July 30

  • Saints GM: Drew Brees’ contract situation is not a ‘distraction’

    Sportsnaut "With the start of the NFL regular season quickly approaching, it is looking more like the New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees may not come to terms on a new contract. However, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis doesn’t believe that the unsettled situation with Brees should..." July 28

  • Saints GM: “No progress” on talks with Brees

    Pro Football Talk "As the Saints arrived in West Virginia for training camp Wednesday, general manager Mickey Loomis told reporters that the sides “have not made any progress” an a potential contract extension for veteran quarterback Drew Brees. Though Loomis going on the record with that means it’s news, it’s no..." July 27

  • Saints Signing WR Hakeem Nicks To One-Year Deal

    NFL Trade Rumors "Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Saints are signing veteran WR Hakeem Nicks to a one-year contract on Wednesday. New Orleans actually brought Nicks in for a workout back in May, but held off on signing him to a contract. Before that, Nicks worked out for the Bengals. The Saints had..." July 27

  • Who reaches Super Bowl LI? 2016 NFL record projections for all 32 teams

    USA Today "Heading into training camps, all 32 NFL teams have essentially taken shape. So before injuries, benchings, firings, (more) suspensions and hot streaks start shaping the 2016 season, here's USA TODAY Sports' annual projection of how the season will unfold with record projections for each team based..." July 27

  • Saints place four players, including Terron Armstead and Keenan Lewis, on physically unable to perform list

    The Advocate "The New Orleans Saints on Monday placed four players on the physically unable to perform list to open training camp, including two key starters and another starter who is expected to miss significant time. Left tackle Terron Armstead, cornerback Keenan Lewis, defensive end Hau'oli Kikaha and..." July 26

  • Drew Brees: No contract talks with Saints in last 3 months

    ESPN "Drew Brees won't have a new contract in place before the New Orleans Saints kick off training camp, unless something changes drastically in the next few days. Even though other quarterbacks like Andrew Luck and Joe Flacco have gotten long-term extensions done this offseason, Brees said Saturday..." July 23

  • Tom Benson gets another month to negotiate heirs' trust swap

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "A federal judge has given lawyers for Tom Benson another month to work on terms to replace at least some of the shares of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans from his heirs trusts with equitable assets. The 88-year-old billionaire agreed to enter negotiations in June, just three days before he was..." July 21

  • Drew Brees makes playoffs possible, but Saints must fix defense in camp

    ESPN "The New Orleans Saints open training camp on July 28 at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Here’s a closer look at the Saints’ camp, which wraps up back home in Metairie, Louisiana, on Aug. 25. Top storyline: Can New Orleans finally fix its defense? The Saints can be..." July 20

  • An Overwhelming Number Of People Don’t Think Kids Should Play Tackle Football

    Uproxx "The true toll that playing football takes on the brain has come into focus over the last several years. We’ve reached a point where even the NFL is saying that playing can cause irreparable brain damage (Tell the truth! Tell the truth!), so it’s clear that America will need to reckon with the..." July 20

  • Despite Rooney Rule, minority NFL coaches still aren't hired often enough

    Sporting News "The number of minority coaches and assistants in the NFL has flatlined to an incredibly low number, reports. In the past five years, 22 new coaches have been hired, with Todd Bowles being the only minority coach hired despite the parameters set by the Rooney Rule in 2003. Former NFL..." July 19

  • NFL reportedly won't keep track of PSI numbers with microchips in footballs

    CBS Sports "Even after two years of tedious debate over whether or not Tom Brady and the Patriots could have masterminded a plot to mildly deflate some footballs, the NFL does not plan to use microchips installed in footballs to track PSI numbers. The NFL is putting microchips in footballs, though. The..." July 19

  • NFL teaches officials to rule all 'bang-bang' passes incomplete 'when in doubt'

    CBS Sports "Some good news in regards to the constantly confusing catch-rule emerged Monday: NFL officials finally received a simpler way to rule on passes that result in unclear outcomes. Some bad news, however, also surfaced: More incomplete passes might be coming this season. As ESPN's Kevin Seifert..." July 18

  • Roger Goodell never called Mark Wahlberg to complain about 'Ballers', NFL spokesperson says

    USA Today "In an appearance on Mike & Mike last week, Mark Wahlberg claimed that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took time out of fighting with Tom Brady in court and the other things he does as the NFL Commissioner to call and complain about HBO’s Ballers, which uses a number of storylines from the league..." July 18

  • Former NFL players suing Riddell need to understand their own guilt, too

    Sporting News "The customer is not always right, as those who work or have worked in the service industry know. Riddell Inc., America's largest football helmet distributor and official provider for the NFL from 1989-2014, is dealing with some unhappy customers who are both right and wrong. Former Pro Bowl..." July 15

  • Saints making ‘strongest push’ for Anquan Boldin

    Sportsnaut "Free agent wide receiver Anquan Boldin has not drawn a ton of interest on the open market since the San Francisco 49ers made it known they weren’t interested in retaining him. Now, less than a month until training camps open around the NFL, one team is reportedly showing the most interest in..." July 14

  • Polian: Next NFL CBA will focus on commissioner power

    Sportsnaut "Roger Goodell has irked the NFLPA with his actions during this current term for the Collective Bargaining Agreement. While the agreement runs through 2021, issues are already popping up as hot topics for the upcoming NFL CBA, set to be negotiated in five years. Bill Polian suggests that the..." July 14

  • Study finds Patriots have the best fans, Jaguars the worst

    The Score "New England Patriots fans have something else to brag about. A study conducted by Emory University professor Michael Lewis has Patriots fans ranked as the best in the NFL, followed by the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles. The results of the study..." July 12

  • Ricky Williams Is in a Cult

    Complex "Ricky Williams is under the control of a cult. Such was the rumor when the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL league-leading rusher accepted a $50,000 donation in 2012 for his Ricky Williams Foundation from Gary Douglas, creator and leader of a mysterious spiritual group called Access..." July 12

  • Sean Payton says Drew Brees isn't slowing down, won't put time limit on his career

    CBS Sports "The New Orleans Saints enter the 2016 season with plenty of questions, including a huge question mark at the quarterback position. Drew Brees shouldn't have any issues in 2016 after leading the league in passing last year, but his contract is up after this season. Making him play out a one-year..." July 12

  • Sean Payton is sure Reggie Bush will play again this year, but not with Saints

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Reggie Bush is likely to play in the NFL again this year, but not with the New Orleans Saints, coach Sean Payton said Monday while on The Rich Eisen Show. Payton said the Saints and Bush nearly had a reunion last offseason, as the coach and player met for dinner in Los Angeles, but the sides..." July 12

  • Ricky Williams says he took at least 500 drug tests in his career

    SI "Former NFL running back Ricky Williams thinks he was drug tested more than 500 times during his NFL career. In the new SI Films documentary Ricky Williams Takes The High Road, which premieres Wednesday on, Williams speaks about his experiences with drug testing as an NFL player. Williams..." July 11

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