Saints Rumors & News

  • Sean Payton's college coaching ties aid Saints' draft decisions

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Ten years have passed since Sean Payton completed one of the more impressive draft classes in NFL history, making a phone call to a former boss to help him decide on picking 10-year veteran lineman Zach Strief in the seventh round. That was just the start. Payton in more recent years has..." May 02

  • Saints trade up to nab Canadian DL David Onyemata

    The Score "Following a trade with the Washington Redskins, the New Orleans Saints have traded up to select defensive lineman David Onyemata out of Manitoba in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. In order to acquire the 120th overall pick and draft Onyemata, the Saints gave up the 152nd overall pick..." April 30

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    The #Saints take #Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins at No. 12.. a pick that was basically in every mock draft. Good work, guys!

  • New Orleans Saints select Sheldon Rankins in 2016 NFL Draft

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints selected Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. A 6-foot-1, 299-pound lineman who can play as a traditional tackle or a big end, Rankins had six sacks and 13 tackles for loss in his final year with..." April 28

  • Cris Collinsworth to call Thursday Night Football with Mike Tirico

    Awful Announcing "It’s been widely reported that Mike Tirico will be joining NBC and calling Thursday Night Football this season. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, his partner will be Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth: At the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton last month, NBC Sports..." April 28

  • Cardell Hayes indicted in Will Smith's murder, attempted murder of Racquel Smith

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Cardell Hayes, the man accused of murdering former Saints player Will Smith, was indicted Thursday (April 28) on a charge of second-degree murder. A New Orleans grand jury also indicted him in attempted second-degree murder of Smith's wife, Racquel, of aggravated criminal damage to a vehicle and..." April 28

  • Drew Brees doubts Saints will pick first-round QB "As we approach the 2016 NFL Draft, many mock drafts -- especially the ones done by our talented experts here at NFL Media -- are linking the New Orleans Saints to Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins. However, there are plenty linking the Saints with a quarterback, too. NFL Media Insider..." April 28

  • Drew Brees: Roger Goodell has too much power

    ESPN "Drew Brees took aim at the disciplinary power of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday when asked for his reaction to the league's Deflategate penalties against Tom Brady being reinstated by a federal appeals court. The New Orleans Saints quarterback said Goodell's ability to serve as..." April 27

  • From DeflateGate to tampering, how 4 teams forfeited picks in the 2016 NFL Draft

    SB Nation "Forfeited draft picks are a rare occurrence in the NFL, but they do happen -- just not as frequently as they did this year. In fact, the 2016 NFL Draft will have four teams forced to give up a pick due to various infractions. This is the biggest amount of lost picks since 2012, when the New..." April 26

  • Source: Saints had no talks about moving up to No. 1

    ESPN "Although the New Orleans Saints have done some serious homework on this year’s quarterback class, a source said they had no talks about trading up to No. 1 to get one, refuting a report by the NFL Network. If anything, the Saints are more likely to trade down to acquire an additional pick or..." April 26

  • Drew Brees: Contract talks with Saints “ongoing”

    Pro Football Talk "Saints quarterback Drew Brees‘ contract has been a talking point all offseason and discussion flared up again over the weekend with Ed Werder of ESPN’s report that Brees offered to address his deal in order to create cap space to sign cornerback Josh Norman. That didn’t happen and Norman signed..." April 26

  • Saints discussed trading for No. 1 pick to draft QB

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints explored the possibility of trading up to the No. 1 overall spot in the upcoming draft to select a quarterback, according to the NFL Network. The Saints, who currently sit at No. 12, ultimately decided the price to move up to No. 1 was too high, the report said. However,..." April 26

  • Report: Mike Tirico is leaving ESPN for NBC

    Sports Business Daily "Mike Tirico, one of ESPN’s best known on-air voices, is leaving the network for NBC, according to several sources. Tirico has been a mainstay with ESPN since '91, and given his many roles at ESPN, he will be an incredibly difficult talent to replace. Tirico has been ESPN's on-air face of the NFL,..." April 25

  • The Saints-Brees P.R. battle quietly has begun

    Pro Football Talk "The report that Saints quarterback Drew Brees was willing to re-do his contract to help the Saints sign cornerback Josh Norman, which emerged after it was too late for the Saints to sign Josh Norman, seems on the surface to be good news for a team that desperately needs to chop down its franchise..." April 23

  • NFL players investing in cannabis pain-management

    Denver Post "The former Broncos’ quarterback and other retired and active NFL players believe Cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonpsychoactive compound in cannabis, could be an alternative to potent painkillers used by players in the league. Nestled at the base of the Flatirons and tucked behind a dog park is Jake..." April 23

  • Drew Brees was willing to modify contract for Saints to add Josh Norman, report says

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Drew Brees was willing to modify his current contract to give the New Orleans Saints a better chance at striking a deal with cornerback Josh Norman, ESPN reported Friday. The report came after Norman settled with the Washington Redskins on a five-year deal worth a reported $75 million. Brees..." April 23

  • Report: Robert Meachem working out for Saints Friday

    Pro Football Talk "The last time we mentioned wide receiver Robert Meachem on these pages was when he worked out for the Lions in June 2015 in an unsuccessful bid to earn a contract in Detroit. As the silence around his name suggests, Meachem didn’t catch on anywhere last season. That hasn’t stopped him from..." April 22

  • Retired NOPD captain Ceravolo hires defense attorney for Will Smith case

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Billy Ceravolo, the retired New Orleans police officer who dined with Will Smith on the night the former Saints defensive end was killed, has hired a criminal defense attorney for guidance in the case. Tanya Picou Faia enrolled Friday (April 22) as Ceravolo's defense attorney, court records..." April 22

  • Safety a bigger Saints priority than you might think in NFL draft

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Both Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd enter the New Orleans Saints' offseason program with no physical ailments between them. It's the first time since the team paired the safeties together that this shouldn't be an issue. Obviously, the Saints need both players to shine in 2016 to help a mentally..." April 21

  • If Myles Jack falls to 12, should the Saints take him?

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Since the end of the college football season and into the combines, UCLA linebacker Myles Jack was almost a sure-fire top-10 pick. However, with recent news surfacing about the uncertainty of the status of Jack's knee, a drop to and past the Saints is very possible. In fact, Les Bowen of the..." April 20

  • NFL $765 Million Concussion Accord Upheld by Appeals Court

    Bloomberg "The National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement was given the all-clear by a federal appeals court. The ruling sets in motion the resolution of thousands of lawsuits covering more than 20,000 retired players. About 1 percent of players opted out of the settlement, which is to..." April 18

  • Seahawks reach agreement with Brandon Browner on 1-year deal

    Sporting News "The Seahawks are bringing back one of their former players that helped build the famous defensive powerhouse in Seattle known as the Legion of Boom. According to ESPN, the Seahawks and Browner agreed to a one-year contract Sunday. The financial terms of the deal are not yet known. " April 17

  • State Police decline attorney's request to investigate Will Smith shooting

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "As New Orleanians and football fans continue to reflect on the slaying of former Saints player Will Smith, the Louisiana State Police said in a statement Saturday afternoon (April 16) there is "no legal basis" for that agency to strip away the New Orleans Police Department's authority over the..." April 17

  • How Will Smith's domestic abuse charge could help alleged killer

    USA Today "A domestic abuse charge in 2011 against Will Smith, the former NFL standout, could bolster the legal argument that Cardell Hayes acted in self defense when he shot and killed Smith Saturday night, said Shenequa Grey, a former Louisiana prosecutor and current law professor at Southern University..." April 17

  • On day Will Smith is remembered, shooter’s lawyer goes on the offensive

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The attorney for Cardell Hayes, the man accused of killing former Saints player Will Smith, has sent a letter to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu accusing the police department of misconduct and asking it be withdrawn from the Smith murder investigation. An NOPD spokesman said the investigation..." April 16

  • Saints players, coaches pay their respects at Will Smith memorial

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Longtime New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans donned a football jersey instead of a black suit for Will Smith's visitation Friday. Evans wore No. 91 as a tribute to his teammate who was shot and killed a week ago in the Lower Garden District. Evans was one of dozens of current and former..." April 16

  • Paxton Lynch visits Saints, Jets

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints are doing some homework on a potential heir apparent to Drew Brees, and the Jets are looking into a potential replacement for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch visited the Saints yesterday and has a visit with the Jets today, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports." April 15

  • Will Smith's father says he forgives son's killer but won't forget

    ABC 11 "Through tears, Will Smith Sr. talks about when he imagines the reality of the loss of his son will hit him. "It's going to hit me when I'm in that funeral home, my child in a box," Smith said at his Durham home Tuesday afternoon. Smith's son, and namesake is Will Smith Jr., the former NFL..." April 14

  • New Orleans coroner: Will Smith shot 8 times; 7 times in back

    ESPN "Will Smith's wife, Racquel, was shot twice in the legs before Smith himself was shot eight times and killed on Saturday night, according to the family's attorney, Peter M. Thomson, who told their version of events for the first time on Wednesday. In a statement Wednesday, New Orleans coroner..." April 14

  • Will Smith's wife Racquel was shot first, family attorney says

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Racquel Smith, the wife of slain former Saints player Will Smith, was deliberately shot first in the April 9 incident that left her husband dead, an attorney for the family said Wednesday (April 13). Attorney Peter Thomson, speaking at a press conference at University Medical Center where..." April 13

  • Lawyer for Cardell Hayes’ passenger calls killing of Will Smith “justifiable homicide”

    Pro Football Talk "There appears to be no dispute that Cardell Hayes shot and killed former Saints defensive end Will Smith, and so Hayes will claim he was defending himself and the passenger in his Hummer when he killed Smith in New Orleans on Saturday night. Hayes’ passenger, Kevin Oneale, has not been charged..." April 13

  • 9 franchise tag talks: 1 can alter NFL draft, 2 others could get ugly

    Yahoo! Sports "In an NFL draft class robust with defensive linemen, a player who has already proven to be among the NFL elite might be the name to watch on the opening night of the draft: the New York Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson. If Wilkerson, a defensive end, is traded, the Jets' asking price will be a first-round..." April 13

  • Police: Gun found in Will Smith's car, but no evidence it was fired

    ESPN "A fully-loaded 9-millimeter handgun was found inside the vehicle of former Saints player Will Smith on Tuesday morning, three days after Smith was shot and killed following a minor car crash, according to the New Orleans Police Department. No ballistics evidence or shell casings were recovered..." April 13

  • Saints pick up fifth-year option on Kenny Vaccaro "The Saints are sticking with safety Kenny Vaccaro. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday that New Orleans has exercised the fifth-year option on the No. 15 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Vaccaro is the first player from that year's class to have his option picked up. Vaccaro was..." April 12

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    Per source, the Saints have exercised S Kenny Vaccaro's 5th-year option. He's the first player in the '13 draft class to have his picked up.

  • Study: Over '40 percent' of ex-NFLers tested had traumatic brain injury

    CBS Sports "The medical community continues to make strides in the study of concussions and one study, according to the American Academy of Neurology, claims "more than 40 percent" of retired NFL players studied had some sign of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study conducted tests on 40 different former..." April 12

  • White House reacts to Sean Payton's statements on guns

    USA Today "New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton had a lot of strong feelings about gun control in his interview with USA TODAY Sports' Jarrett Bell on Monday. And those words were noticed by the White House. “It sounds like he’s somebody who's speaking from a position of great tragedy,” White House..." April 12

  • Tyrann Mathieu says he got death threats from alleged killer's family

    CBS Sports "After learning of the details surrounding Will Smith's tragic death in New Orleans, Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu called Smith's alleged murderer, Cardell Hayes, a "coward" on Twitter. According to Mathieu, who grew up in New Orleans and played college ball at LSU, he's received death..." April 12

  • Players with low Wonderlic scores are more likely to be arrested

    Pro Football Talk "The Wonderlic intelligence test that has long been part of the NFL’s pre-draft screening process is mocked by many as irrelevant to a player’s football playing ability. But one group of researchers says the Wonderlic can be valuable in predicting how a player will fare off the field. A paper..." April 12

  • New video shows possible hit-and-run between Will Smith, Cardell Hayes before shooting

    The Advocate "New surveillance video obtained by WVUE-TV in New Orleans shows the Mercedes SUV matching the description of one driven by Will Smith possibly hitting the back of Cardell Hayes' Hummer soon after Smith finished dinner in the Lower Garden District on Saturday. The video also shows the Hummer..." April 12

  • Friend of man accused of killing Will Smith has issue with Tyrann Mathieu

    CBS Sports "Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu, who grew up in New Orleans and went to LSU, tweeted this Sunday about Cardell Hayes, the 28-year-old man who allegedly shot former Saints defensive end Will Smith late Saturday night: But a friend of Hayes, who has been charged with second-degree murder in..." April 12

  • Sean Payton rails against guns after Will Smith's death

    USA Today "Listen to Sean Payton. Carefully. He’s mad. Sad. Frustrated. Passionate. “If this opinion in Louisiana is super unpopular,” Payton told USA TODAY Sports in a 33-minute phone conversation on Monday, his first interview since Will Smith’s death, “so be it.” In the aftermath of the senseless..." April 12

  • NFL won’t stream any London games this year

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s live-stream of last year’s London game between the Jaguars and Bills was so wildly successful that the NFL will be doing it again. Sorry, that should be the NFL will not be doing it again. According to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters, the NFL won’t stream any of the three 2016 London..." April 12

  • Drew Brees on Will Smith's death: 'Something's been broken here

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said something will always be missing when the Super Bowl 44 championship team from 2009 gathers for reunions: "No Will," Brees told Peter King of Brees spoke to King after police said former Saints defensive end Will Smith died in a..." April 11

  • Arbitrator upholds NFL's use of paid leave for players under personal conduct policy

    ESPN "An arbitrator has ruled against the NFL Players Association in its grievance, filed more than a year ago, that the league's personal conduct policy implemented in late 2014 violated terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The union had challenged the authority granted to commissioner..." April 11

  • Tyrann Mathieu- I Know Will Smith Murder Suspect 'Hating Ass Coward'

    TMZ "NFL superstar Tyrann Mathieu says he knows the man suspected of shooting former Saints defensive end Will Smith ... and says the guy has always been a "hating ass coward." Turns out, Mathieu -- aka the Honey Badger -- and the alleged shooter, Cardell Hayes, were both high school football stars..." April 11

  • No info now to say Will Smith, Cardell Hayes knew one another, but probe continues

    The Advocate "NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said at a Sunday afternoon press conference that police had uncovered no information so far that Smith and Hayes knew each other, although detectives were continuing to probe that line of inquiry. And on another question hovering over the shooting, Harrison..." April 11

  • Alleged shooter booked for second-degree murder of Will Smith

    The Advocate "New Orleans police have booked 28-year-old Cardell Hayes with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of former Saints player Will Smith late Saturday. Smith was shot during an argument after a traffic accident in the Lower Garden District about 11:30 p.m. Smith’s wife, Racquel Smith,..." April 10

  • Police say Will Smith’s death appears to be a case of road rage

    NBC News "A former New Orleans Saints defensive end was shot dead and his wife injured in an apparent road-rage incident, officials said early Sunday. A spokesman for the Saints called the death of Will Smith, 34, a "senseless and tragic" loss. New Orleans Police said Smith's vehicle was hit in the..." April 10

  • Former Saint Will Smith killed, wife shot after traffic accident

    ESPN "Former Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot to death in New Orleans on Saturday night following a traffic collision, the coroner's office confirmed. Smith, 34, was shot after exchanging words with the driver of a Hummer H2 that rear-ended his Mercedes G63 SUV, causing him to strike another..." April 10

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