Saints Rumors & News

  • Saints expected to draft a wide receiver

    Fansided "The New Orleans Saints have one of the best quarterbacks in the league thanks to Drew Brees, but they could be looking to improve his chances of success by adding more weapons around him during the 2014 NFL Draft. According to Mike Triplett of, the Saints are expected to select at..." April 19

  • Saints re-sign WR Robert Meachem

    Pro Football Talk "One of the Saints’ primary deep threats is back for another season in New Orleans. The club said Friday it had signed wideout Robert Meachem to a one-year contract. The 29-year-old Meachem caught 16 passes for 324 yards and two TDs in regular season play for New Orleans in 2013, then added..." April 18

  • Champ Bailey, two other New Orleans Saints to compete in Zurich Celebrity Shootout

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Three New Orleans Saints along with country music star Darius Rucker will compete in the 2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans Capital One Bank Celebrity Shootout at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at TPC Louisiana. Champ Bailey, who recently signed with the Saints, Mark Ingram and Zach Strief along with former..." April 18

  • Jairus Byrd thrilled for Rob Ryan's 'exotic' defense "Jairus Byrd signing with the New Orleans Saints easily was one of the best schematic linkups during this offseason. The three-time Pro Bowl safety said a big reason he chose New Orleans -- presumably aside from the six-year, $54 million contract the Saints provided -- was the prospect of..." April 17

  • Who Is Darren Sharper? Disturbing Details Emerge

    Bleacher Report "On a cool November night last year in Tempe, Ariz., at approximately 2 in the morning, a woman awoke groggy and disoriented on a gray sectional couch in a moderate apartment, according to a Tempe, Ariz., police report. She lived in downtown Tempe, her apartment located near red-bricked..." April 16

  • Police: Darren Sharper's DNA found on accuser's clothing "Darren Sharper's DNA was found on one of his alleged rape victims in Arizona, according to testimony given by a Tempe police detective on Wednesday. Sharper was indicted on two counts of sexual assault and three counts of administering dangerous drugs in Arizona on March 11 and his bail hearing..." April 16

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    Gil Brandt @Gil_Brandt

    #Louisville S Calvin Pryor has three #NFL team visits this week: #Saints (today), #Bengals, #Jets.

  • Loomis: Saints' offseason going as planned "From the outside looking in, the New Orleans Saints’ offseason has probably seemed a bit hectic. The Saints have been full of surprises, from the big-name acquisitions of Jairus Byrd and Champ Bailey to the big-name departures of Darren Sproles and others. And based on reactions from fans..." April 14

  • Saints won’t trade up to draft Odell Beckham

    Fansided "The New Orleans Saints lost a few of their offensive weapons this offseason and they’ll likely be looking to the draft to replace them. The most notable loss was Darren Sproles, who was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles last month for a draft pick. That draft pick ma be used to help secure..." April 13

  • Overturning of Bush fine doesn’t mean penalty call was wrong

    Pro Football Talk "The news that the appeal process resulted in the scuttling of the $21,000 fine imposed on Saints safety Rafael Bush for his postseason hit on Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin has prompted some Saints fans to assume (reasonably) no penalty should have been called on the play. Which, if accurate,..." April 13

  • $500,000 guaranteed for Champ Bailey

    Pro Football Talk "The Broncos were supposed to pay cornerback Champ Bailey $9 million in 2014. He’ll make 1/18th of that guaranteed in New Orleans. Per a league source, NFLPA records reveal that the future Hall of Famer received $500,000 in guaranteed money as part of his two-year deal with the Saints...." April 13

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    1) My feeling is, after the purge, the Saints still could bring some vets, like Goodwin, Greer or Meacham, back b/w now and camp.

  • Saints, Jimmy Graham expected to get deal done before deadline

    Fansided "The New Orleans Saints purged a lot of veteran talent to help make room for a new Jimmy Graham contract and that’s what the team is focusing on at the moment. They may have went out and surprisingly splurged on Jairus Byrd but re-signing Graham is a top priority. No deal has been struck yet,..." April 12

  • Saints GM: No deadline for Graham deal "New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis shot down the notion Wednesday that the Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham will aim to strike a new deal by the middle of this month. A report by Pro Football Talk last month cited a source as saying the two sides would try to reach a long-term..." April 10

  • Beckham, Landry meet with Saints "The New Orleans Saints' trip to LSU’s pro day didn’t end with the on-field workouts Wednesday. LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said he was planning to have dinner with Saints officials on Wednesday night. And Beckham’s father told The Advocate that fellow LSU receiver Jarvis Landry was also..." April 10

  • Pro Bowl to Arizona in 2015, slated to make Hawaii return in '16 "The National Football League announced today locations and dates for the next two Pro Bowls. The Pro Bowl following the 2014 season will be played on Sunday, January 25, 2015, and televised live on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIX a..." April 09

  • 10 intriguing storylines in the NFL preseason schedule

    USA Today "Are you ready for some experimental football? Granted, it's only the preseason schedule that the league announced Wednesday. Nonetheless, this summer's exhibition season provides a more compelling reason to watch -- at least during the first two weeks of games that won't seem as..." April 09

  • Saints' recent moves signify strong commitment to a three-safety scheme

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The three-safety alignment in the New Orleans Saints' defensive playbook originally served as a wrinkle. The team installed its 4-2-5 formation figuring there would be a time and a place to toss the odd twist at an opposing offense. Season-ending injuries to outside linebackers like Victor..." April 09

  • New Orleans Saints restructure defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley's contract

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints restructured the contract of defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley to create $2.85 million in cap space, according to reports. Bunkley cut his 2014 salary from $4.5 million to $1.65 million. His base salary in 2014 is now $1.3 million and he will receive a $300,000 roster..." April 09

  • Saints match offer sheet signed by Rafael Bush in Atlanta

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints had until Tuesday to match the offer sheet signed last week by safety Rafael Bush with the Falcons. The Saints opted not to prolong the suspense. Per a league source, the Saints have indeed matched the offer. Bush hinted strongly that the offer had been matched by tweeting, “I’m..." April 08

  • Bears add veteran center de la Puente

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Bears have found a potential long-term replacement for Roberto Garza by adding a player with plenty of starting experience. Brian de la Puente, who started the past three seasons for the New Orleans Saints, agreed to a one-year contract. De la Puente, who turns 29 next month, is..." April 07

  • Saints agree to terms with cornerback Champ Bailey on two-year deal

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints beefed up their secondary with a future Hall of Famer as the team agreed to terms with cornerback Champ Bailey on a two-year deal, the team announced Friday afternoon. Bailey spent the last 10 seasons with the Broncos, but only played in five regular season games last..." April 05

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    Mike Triplett @MikeTriplett

    #Saints have agreed to 2-year deal with CB Champ Bailey, per source.

  • USC wide receiver Marqise Lee will visit New Orleans Saints, report says

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "It's no secret the New Orleans Saints are scouting the wide receiver spot leading up to next month's NFL draft. And the Saints will get to know USC wide receiver Marqise Lee a little better as Lee told Pro Football Talk on Friday that he will visit with the Saints during the draft process. Lee..." April 04

  • Saints restricted free agent safety Rafael Bush signs offer sheet with Atlanta

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "In a bit of a surprise twist, New Orleans Saints restricted free agent safety Rafael Bush signed an offer sheet with the Atlanta Falcons, according to the NFL transactions wire. The Saints will have until April 8 to match the offer or lose Bush to Atlanta. The Saints issued Bush a one-year,..." April 03

  • Return man for Saints in draft? "After parting ways with Darren Sproles and Lance Moore this offseason, the New Orleans Saints no longer have any experienced punt returners on the roster. Third-year running back Travaris Cadet has shown some ability as a kickoff returner over the past two years, and the Saints may try him out..." April 03

  • Giants sign Charles Brown

    Pro Football Talk "Add another name to the Giants’ offseason haul. The team announced Tuesday that they have signed tackle Charles Brown. Brown visited with the Giants earlier in free agency and joins an offensive line that has also added Geoff Schwartz, John Jerry and J.D. Walton to the mix since the start of..." April 01

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Former Broncos CB Champ Bailey is visiting New Orleans, per source, and plans to take at least another trip depending ontalks with Saints.

  • Saints re-sign linebacker Parys Haralson to a one-year deal

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints brought back another one of their own Tuesday as linebacker Parys Haralson re-signed with the team on a one-year deal, the team announced. New Orleans acquired Haralson in a trade with San Francisco in late August as the team needed an outside linebacker after a rash of..." April 01

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    Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

    Per @ClaytonESPN, free-agent DE Will Smith, formerly of the Saints, is visiting New England today.

  • It’s been an emotional offseason for the Saints’ Thomas Morstead

    The Advocate "If he dwells on it, it saddens punter Thomas Morstead that he was only one of six players on the Saints roster as of Monday who won Super Bowl XLIV at the end of the 2009 season. That’s a lot of friends who have had to pack up and move on with their wives, girlfriends and children while he’s..." April 01

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    Mike McCartney @MikeMcCartney7

    Congrats to Veteran QB Luke McCown agreeing to a 1 year contract with the @Saints

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    Larry Holder @LarryHolder

    Payton said Colston dealt with foot soreness throughout the season, and will have to monitor his practice time this season.

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    Marc Sessler @MarcSesslerNFL

    Payton says there have been no discussions about exercising fifth-year option on Mark Ingram. #Saints

  • New NFL rules include more fumble reviews, higher goalposts

    USA Today "Five rules changes, an extensive crackdown on on-field taunting and abusive language and a two-game preseason experiment that will move extra-point attempts from the 2-yard line to the 20 (effectively a 38-yard try) will bring a new look to the 2014 NFL season. Representatives from all 32 teams..." March 26

  • Sean Payton thinks franchise-tag system is 'antiquated' "The Saints are in a stalemate with tight end Jimmy Graham, who wants a new contract but has been given the franchise tag. And there's a stalemate within the stalemate as Graham's not even happy about being tagged as a tight end. Asked about Graham wanting more money than the tight end franchise..." March 26

  • Jimmy Graham vows to lead the league in penalties

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has passed what surely will be known as the Jimmy Graham rule. And Graham plans to break it. Repeatedly. “I guess I’ll have to lead the NFL in penalties next year!” Graham said on Twitter after the NFL passed a rule banning the goal post dunk. Graham’s tweet was accompanied by an..." March 26

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    Paul Pabst @PaulPabst

    Just in. The NFL will not allow dunking the ball over the goal post next season. It will be a penalty. Cannot use the ball as a prop.

  • NFL may expand to four London games in 2015

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL isn’t done playing American football in London. In fact, not only is the NFL putting three games in London in 2014, but the London package may grow to four games in London in 2015. According to Albert Breer of NFL Network, that’s one of the subjects that will be discussed — although not..." March 24

  • Morstead to shave head, beard for children, cancer patients

    The Advocate "Saints punter Thomas Morstead’s advocacy for children and cancer patients will continue Saturday, when he’s set to shave his head and beard at an Irish pub in Mid-City. Morstead is participating in the St. Baldrick’s Day block party at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub in the 3700 block of Banks Street..." March 23

  • Still no Graham grievance, nearly three weeks after tag was applied

    Pro Football Talk "It’s been nearly three weeks since the NFL’s Management Council decided that Jimmy Graham should be treated as a tight end for franchise tag purposes. To date, Graham has not filed a grievance challenging the designation. The labor deal gives him 50 days from the application of the tight end..." March 23

  • Drew Brees to Jimmy Graham: 'Be patient' "Drew Brees knows about negotiations with the Saints under the franchise tag. They're not easy, and they're not fast but they can pay off in a big way. So when Brees speaks to tight end Jimmy Graham, he probably has good advice. Like "be patient." "I just told him be patient," Brees told..." March 22

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    Steelers announce they've reached a two-year deal with ex-Saints WR Lance Moore.

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    Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

    #Vikings have signed former #Saints DT Tom Johnson to a 1-year, $845K deal. Gets $100K in bonuses. He can earn another $600K in incentives.

  • NFL may expand replay to personal fouls, and more

    Pro Football Talk "Two of the 13 rule changes the NFL is considering involve expanding the use of instant replay by allowing coaches to challenge personal foul penalties — and potentially much more than just that. The first proposal, put forward by Washington, is to make personal fouls reviewable. This has been..." March 20

  • NFLPA elects new president Eric Winston "With the tenure of NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth coming to an end, three finalists -- free agent tackle Eric Winston, free agent safety Ryan Clark and Saints tight end Ben Watson -- emerged to try to replace him. Winston ranks No. 125 on the free agent list, and he was..." March 19

  • Saints' Drew Brees stepping away from NFLPA executive committee

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will take a step back from his "official" role as a leader in the NFL Players Association as Brees stepped down from his seat on the union's executive committee. Brees had been on the committee since 2008. "I have served as a Player Rep and a member of..." March 19

  • Joe Morgan re-signs with New Orleans Saints "Joe Morgan is back with the New Orleans Saints. The Saints announced Tuesday that the 26-year-old wide receiver has signed a one-year deal. Morgan missed all of last season after suffering a torn ACL during training camp. Morgan was a restricted free agent the Saints allowed to hit the open..." March 18

  • Brees disappointed Saints lost Sproles

    Fox Sports "Drew Brees was in Darren Sproles' ear three years ago when the two were working out together during the NFL lockout. "Bro, you're going to be a Saint, just get that in your head right now," the New Orleans Saints' quarterback recalls telling his once and future teammate. "When this lockout is..." March 18

  • Saints sign fullback Erik Lorig away from Buccaneers

    Pro Football Talk "In the process of remaking their backfield, the Saints went out and stole a player from a division rival. The team announced they had signed Buccaneers free agent fullback Erik Lorig to a four-year deal. Lorig didn’t carry the ball last year, but he had 11 receptions for the Bucs. And he..." March 18

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