Saints Rumors & News

  • Dannell Ellerbe restructures with Saints

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints said goodbye to a couple of veteran linebackers earlier this week when they released David Hawthorne and Ramon Humber, but another one has adjusted his contract to remain on the roster. According to multiple reports, Dannell Ellerbe has agreed to restructure his deal a year after the..." February 10

  • Guarantees kick in for Saints' Drew Brees, Jairus Byrd; Ellerbe restructures

    ESPN "Drew Brees, Jairus Byrd and Dannell Ellerbe won’t become salary-cap casualties for the New Orleans Saints this year. Brees and Byrd had large portions of their salaries become fully guaranteed on Wednesday. Ellerbe, meanwhile, restructured his contract to remain on the roster, according to a..." February 10

  • Goodell says extra point rule made the NFL more exciting in 2015

    Pro Football Talk "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says Year One of the new extra point rule was a success, and more rules tweaks are on the way. Goodell said the new rule, which moved extra point kicks back 13 yards, is an example of the kinds of changes the league will continue to consider. “From a..." February 10

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    Field Yates @FieldYates

    The Saints have also released LB's David Hawthorne and Ramon Humber, per league source.

  • Saints cut Jahri Evans

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints released six-time Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans Monday. Evans was due $3 million if he was still on the roster on Wednesday. He was set to make $4.9 million in 2016. Evans, 32, has been with the Saints since 2006 and started all 153 games he played. " February 08

  • Benjamin Watson wants to return to Saints after career year

    The Advocate "Benjamin Watson wants a chance to reprise his surprising star turn in New Orleans next season. Watson, 35 years old and heading into his 13th season, will be a free agent this offseason. And he proved he’s still got plenty left in the tank after catching a career-high 74 passes for 825 yards..." February 06

  • Roger Goodell Speaks Out on Concussions, 'Rooney Rule' for Women

    ABC News "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says there is a “culture change” in the NFL when it comes to concussions and, if he had a son, would have no problem allowing him to play the sport. “The number of concussions went up this year and they're going to go up and they're going to go down in any given..." February 06

  • Drew Brees believes Saints’ window of opportunity is opening

    The Advocate "Drew Brees almost always makes an appearance during Super Bowl week, popping up throughout the week as one of the brightest luminaries in the long line of NFL stars making their way through Radio Row, fan events and promotional opportunities. But the Saints’ franchise quarterback would rather..." February 05

  • Brandon Browner serves as another costly New Orleans Saints mistake

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Admitting a costly mistake has become an all-too common occurrence for the New Orleans Saints the last couple of offseasons. Add cornerback Brandon Browner to the list. The beleaguered, over-the-top penalized Browner said his apparent goodbyes to New Orleans early Friday morning as it..." February 05

  • New Orleans Saints work out kicker Josh Scobee

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints worked out kicker Josh Scobee this week, according to a report from Pro Football Talk. The Saints, who have no kickers under contract for 2016, did not immediately offer Scobee a contract. Veteran Kai Forbath finished the season with the Saints' job but he will be an..." February 04

  • NFL to establish Rooney rule for women

    ESPN "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday the league is going to institute a Rooney rule for women when it comes to all NFL executive positions. He announced the decision in opening remarks at NFL Women's Summit, where roughly 250 men and women associated with the league are gathered to..." February 04

  • Drew Brees expects to finish career with New Orleans Saints, he tells Dan Patrick

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has one year left on his contract. He also expects to play several seasons beyond that one season in New Orleans. Brees, 37, during a visit Thursday with the Dan Patrick Show said his plan is to finish his career with the Saints. "That's my plan...." February 04

  • New Orleans Saints sign RB Vick Ballard

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints have signed running back Vick Ballard to a reserve/future contract for 2016, according to the NFL wire. Ballard, who played college ball at Mississippi State, was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fifth round in 2012. He rushed for 814 yards in his rookie season..." February 03

  • Saints sign Delvin Breaux's former CFL teammate, Erik Harris

    ESPN "The New Orleans Saints went back to the source of their best free-agent signing from last year -- the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Saints signed Tiger-Cats linebacker Erik Harris to a reserve/futures contract, a league source confirmed. Harris' signing was first reported..." February 03

  • NFL to consider putting video on sideline tablets

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s embrace of tablet technology has been limited, to date. Soon, the bright blue Microsoft Surface devices that show up on sidelines could do more than simply show images of pre-snap formations. At a Tuesday press conference, NFL executive V.P. Brian Rolapp said that the league will..." February 02

  • Ricky Williams touts cannabis as NFL's pain management solution

    Sporting News "By now, it's no secret that Ricky Williams is a cannabis supporter. It's why the former NFL running back took part in a panel of former players over the weekend at the 2016 SoCal Medical Cannabis Cup, where he explained how his use of the drug helped him deal with the pain associated with..." February 02

  • Survey: NFL Players Don't Trust That Team Doctors Have Their Best Interests At Heart

    Deadspin "The Associated Press just released a big report on the relationship between NFL players’ health and the training and medical care they get from their teams. There’s a whole lot of insight into the pervasiveness of injuries and the inadequacies NFL training staffs have with addressing them. Let’s..." February 02

  • Saints more likely to downsize than upgrade at running back

    ESPN "A position-by-position look at where the New Orleans Saints stand heading into the 2016 offseason -- counting down from No. 13 to No. 1 in order of need for upgrades or replacements. At No. 13 is running back. Current depth chart: Mark Ingram. Age 26, signed through 2018. 2016 salary and..." February 01

  • Super Bowl 50 to draw an estimated $4.2 billion in bets — most of them illegal

    Los Angeles Times "It's the one day when many Americans gladly take a gamble: Super Bowl Sunday. As the Denver Broncos meet the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, millions of people will place some type of bet on the game even if they don't care about football. A minority will gamble legally at..." February 01

  • Pro Bowl TV ratings down, again

    Pro Football Talk "The Pro Bowl was on ESPN Sunday night, and people were watching. But not as many people who watched in the past. The Pro Bowl drew a 5.0 overnight rating. That’s down from 5.6 last year and significantly down from the 6.7 rating the Pro Bowl got in 2014 when it was on NBC. Per Austin Karp of..." February 01

  • NFL VP of Officiating says catch rule 'is in a good place right now'

    CBS Sports "Can we all agree that no one knows what a catch is? Dez Bryant still doesn't, more than a year after his infamous non-catch sent the Cowboys home in a playoff game against the Packers. You don't. I don't. The average fan sure doesn't. And yet NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino said on Sunday..." February 01

  • NFL should add a skills competition at the Pro Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "As interest in the Pro Bowl flags, there’s an easy addition to Pro Bowl weekend that the NFL could use to spice things up: A skills competition. The other major sports all include a skills competition as part of their All-Star festivities. Baseball has the Home Run Derby. The NBA has the slam..." January 31

  • Payton says Saints will utilize latter part of free agency with cap struggles

    The Score "The New Orleans Saints will look to rebound after a disappointing 7-9 season in 2015, but with little cap room to secure any high-profile free agents, the team will have to be frugal and smart in order to get value in free agency. Head coach Sean Payton said Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio with..." January 28

  • New York's attorney general reportedly going after NFL ticket market's 'fixed game'

    Sporting News "Need two? If you're in New York, those tickets are going to cost you. So much so that state attorney general Eric Schneiderman's office is conducting an antitrust investigation of the NFL and its price-floor practices on tickets, CNBC.com reported, citing unidentified sources. It's unclear..." January 28

  • NFL's Keith Mitchell Dumped By Pregnant GF ... After Dom. Violence Arrest

    TMZ "It's one strike and you're out when it comes to domestic violence ... so says the GF of ex-NFL linebacker Keith Mitchell ... who says she dumped him after he got violent, despite the fact she's pregnant with his child. TMZ Sports broke the story ... the former New Orleans Saints linebacker was..." January 27

  • Benjamin Watson lobbies to re-sign with Saints

    Sporting News "All seemed lost in New Orleans when the team decided to trade Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks last offseason. But the superstar's departure led to an unlikely hero becoming Drew Brees' new favorite target. Benjamin Watson, 35, has been in the NFL since 2004, when he was a first-round pick by the..." January 25

  • The 15 Best Twitter Jokes About Mike Carey After He Blew It Again

    Huffington Post "Another game, another whiffed analysis from CBS “officiating expert” Mike Carey. Carey, who was an NFL referee in another life, has warmed the hearts of Internet trolls everywhere this year by continually blowing calls on big-time broadcasts, making predictions day in and day out that prove..." January 25

  • Manning, Boldin, Watson finalists for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year

    The Score "New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin and New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson are the 2015 finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. The award recognizes a player's accomplishments in the community in addition to his..." January 24

  • Saints' Payton: We've seen Cam Newton 'go from good to great'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton praised Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton during his ESPN appearance Sunday. "We've seen this player go from good to great," Payton said while on ESPN's Postseason NFL Countdown show to advance the NFC and AFC championship games. "He's done it at the..." January 24

  • Reggie Wayne suggests Super Bowl XLIV pick-six wasn’t his fault

    Pro Football Talk "Even as former Saints cornerback Tracy Porter was running to the end zone with the championship-clinching interception in Super Bowl XLIV, the blame already was landing on Colts receiver Reggie Wayne for failing to be in position to catch the ball. Which means, naturally, that the game-deciding..." January 24

  • Drew Brees doesn't need to take pay cut to help Saints' salary cap

    ESPN "Drew Brees doesn’t actually need to take a pay cut to help the Saints’ salary cap for 2016. In fact, they could give him a raise and still save millions against their cap – as long as it comes as part of a multi-year extension. Brees is due to make $20 million in salary and bonuses this year,..." January 23

  • Even with Drew Brees in fold in 2016, Saints can't forget about future of QB spot

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Life without Drew Brees as the New Orleans Saints quarterback won't begin in 2016. Sean Payton made that clear in his "State of Brees' Future" address to the media a couple of weeks ago. "He and I met ... It was crystal clear," Payton said. "I'm not wanting to coach anywhere else or anyone..." January 22

  • Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson's competency ruling expected within a month

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "A state appeals court is expected to decide within a month whether to overturn a New Orleans judge's ruling that Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson's is mentally competent to manage his financial affairs. Benson's estranged heirs are challenging Orleans Civil District Judge Kern Reese's..." January 21

  • NFL health officials confronted NIH about researcher selection

    ESPN "Three of the NFL's top health and safety officers confronted the National Institutes of Health last June after the NIH selected a Boston University researcher to lead a major study on football and brain disease, Outside the Lines has learned. The new information contradicts denials by the NFL..." January 20

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    New Orleans Saints @Saints

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  • Saints Should Extend Drew Brees, But For How Long?

    Canal Street Chronicles "Most of the time, I start a piece with an idea or an opinion already firmly planted in their mind. I then proceed to share it with you and spur a discussion. With this piece, I'm not very sure where I stand, so this is more like a roundtable between...well, all of us. The topic: how long should..." January 19

  • Mickey Loomis: Drew Brees is going to be Saints' QB

    NFL.com "Drew Brees' looming $30 million cap hit led many in league circles to believe the New Orleans Saints would entertain trade offers this offseason. Brees promised late last month that both he and coach Sean Payton would be back for the 2016 season. Payton has already announced that he's..." January 15

  • Mickey Loomis: Saints never considered trading Sean Payton

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said he never had a discussion with coach Sean Payton about parting ways nor did he entertain any trade offers from other teams. "Here's what I can tell you: I never had a discussion with another team. No one called me and I never called anyone..." January 15

  • Saints Expected To Hire Dan Campbell

    Pro Football Rumors "Although Campbell met with the Saints all day on Tuesday and feels comfortable joining Payton’s staff, the two sides haven’t finalized a deal yet, tweets Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Unless another club swoops in at the last minute with a more attractive offer, it looks like just a..." January 13

  • Saints Hiring Dan Campbell, Joe Lombardi & Aaron Glenn

    NFL Trade Rumors "Mike Triplett of ESPN reports that the Saints are hiring Dan Campbell, Joe Lombardi and Aaron Glenn to their coaching staff. Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that former Dolphins interim HC Dan Campbell interviewed with the Saints on Tuesday and could be hired in the near future as the team’s..." January 13

  • Mark Ingram blasts ESPN’s Jemele Hill for her looks

    Larry Brown Sports "Former Alabama star Mark Ingram was an honorary captain for Monday night’s BCS National Championship Game, and a photo of him standing next to Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry went viral for a very obvious reason — the size difference. ESPN’s Jemele Hill was one of many people who called..." January 13

  • White NFL Asst Coaches Twice as Likely to Be Promoted Than Black Asst Coaches

    Black Sports Online "I understand the people who do these studies put many hours, days, weeks and years into their work. I am not trying to put down what they do, but you don’t need a study to know there is systematic prejudice not just in the NFL, but almost every industry in America. I do like that they worked..." January 12

  • Dannell Ellerbe, Marques Colston among Saints' possible cap cuts

    ESPN "The New Orleans Saints are roughly $10 million over the projected 2016 salary cap of $150 million, a number they will have to slice before the start of free agency on March 9. On Monday, I explained why a Drew Brees contract extension should be the Saints' first step in trimming salary-cap..." January 12

  • 2016 HBO Hard Knocks Candidates Revealed

    SI "Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan could make a return visit to HBO’s Hard Knocks next summer. Or the show could feature a team looking to relocate to Los Angeles. With the regular season concluded, we have some clarity on the NFL teams eligible to be drafted for the 2016 edition of Hard Knocks. They..." January 12

  • Donald Trump Thinks All These Personal Foul Penalties Have Made Football ‘Soft’

    Uproxx "Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore. Why? Because according to what he told a crowd of 2,000 supporters in Reno, Nevada on Sunday, the cherished national pastime of American Football has gone too soft — just like the great country of..." January 11

  • Raiders' Khalil Mack makes history, named All-Pro at two positions

    CBS Sports "People outside Oakland who didn't know about Khalil Mack got their introduction to his talents when he sacked Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler five times in Week 14. On Friday, Mack made history when the Associated Press named him an All-Pro at two positions -- linebacker and defensive..." January 09

  • NFL plans to stream London games in 2016, Apple and Google in talks to buy rights

    New York Daily News "The National Football League is planning to live-stream all three games scheduled to be played in London next season, and Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc subsidiary Google are among the technology companies in talks to buy the rights to conduct the streams, said two sources familiar with the..." January 08

  • Beyonce Will Join Coldplay for Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show

    ET Online "Coldplay will have a very high-profile guest star at the Super Bowl. Sources confirm to Entertainment Tonight that Queen Bey herself, Beyonce, will join the band on-stage during their halftime performance at Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7. Presumably, the group will deliver a live rendition of "Hymn..." January 08

  • Major NFL Agent Ben Dogra Banned 3 Years by NFLPA

    The Big Lead "Early Wednesday, per Rand Getlin of NFL Network, the NFL Players Association revoked the operating license of high-profile agent Ben Dogra and fined him $200,000. 38 counts? Yikes. While the players union did not cite any specifics re: the reason for the suspension and fine, the NFLPA did..." January 07

  • A committed Sean Payton eager to start Chapter II of his Saints tenure

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints could not have picked a more appropriate day than Jan. 6, the date of the traditional Twelfth Night Christian festival heralding the Epiphany, for Sean Payton's season-ending press conference. Metaphorically speaking, it was perfect. Payton didn't conduct a press..." January 06