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Sean Payton on possible Brees trade: 'It's not that time' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 03-25-2015 07:33 AM


Full Story – CBS Sports.Com


Though the New Orleans Saints appear to have started their rebuilding effort in earnest, head coach Sean Payton says the team will not be trading quarterback Drew Brees any time soon. "Yeah, it's not that time. ... We're not interested in moving on from Drew Brees," Payton said, according to FOX Sports. "He's going to be a part of our next championship."

After New Orleans traded Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks and Kenny Stills to the Dolphins earlier this offseason, there had been some offhand speculation that Brees might be on the block next. But both Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis shot that down.

"I don't know where those got manufactured from," Loomis said. "I haven't made a single call asking anybody about Drew Brees. I think that's, in general, some media members having too much time on their hands and you start coming up with these 'what if' scenarios. That's extent of that."

By Jared Dubin / CBS Sports

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New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis debunks Drew Brees trade rumors Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 03-24-2015 08:54 AM


Full Story – Nola.Com


Phoenix -- New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis tried his best to quell the unsubstantiated trade rumors surrounding Drew Brees on Monday.

"I don't know where those got manufactured from," Loomis said from the NFL owners meetings. "I haven't made a single call asking anybody about Drew Brees. I think that's, in general, some media members having too much time on their hands and you start coming up with these 'what if' scenarios. That's extent of that."

The rash of moves with the Saints this offseason has opened up speculation for everyone's future on the team's roster, including Brees. Loomis said the perception the Saints are involved in a fire sale isn't reality.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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NFL won't have any TV blackouts for 2015 Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 03-23-2015 04:13 PM


Full Story – Nola.Com


The NFL will not block any games from local television during the 2015 season.

The league said Monday that team owners voted for a one-year suspension of the long-standing blackout policy for the preseason and regular season. There were no blackouts last season, because the minimum number of tickets was sold for every game, and the league had only two blackouts in 2013.

Still, the experiment is a huge step for the NFL, whose blackout policy dates back decades. In the 1970s, half of NFL games were blocked from local TV because the games did not sell enough tickets. Some teams -- Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville, Oakland, St. Louis and San Diego -- have struggled to avoid blackouts, and the league is taking a bit of a gamble for 2015.

By Associated Press / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints have no one left from NFL Draft's 2010 class Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 03-23-2015 08:46 AM


Full Story – Nola.Com


After the trade of Jimmy Graham and the departure of Patrick Robinson in free agency, the New Orleans Saints can close the books on the 2010 NFL Draft.

None of the six players the Saints selected almost five years ago are still on the roster.

The Saints didn't win on every pick, but the one player they did connect on was a home run.

Graham, who was selected in the third round with the 95th pick overall, grew into one of the league's stars. In five years with the Saints he caught 386 passes for 4,752 yards and 51 touchdowns and was selected for three Pro Bowls.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Healthy Jairus Byrd eager to become part of the solution for Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 03-23-2015 08:43 AM


Full Story –ESPN.Com


A year ago, the New Orleans Saints made one of the biggest splashes in the NFL by signing free agent safety Jairus Byrd – which helped them generate a lot of buzz as a top Super Bowl contender.

A year later, that buzz is gone. But Byrd isn't.

Now healthy again, the three-time Pro Bowler still has a chance to make the kind of major impact the Saints expected when they signed him to a six-year, $54 million contract last March.

"The biggest thing I'm looking forward to is just a full offseason. Just being out there, being around the guys, going through everything and just staying healthy," said Byrd, who put a lot of blame for the Saints' 2014 struggles on his own shoulders – or, rather, his back and his knee.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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"Blueprint 2006" for Saints in 2015 Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 03-22-2015 02:21 AM


"Blueprint 2006" for Saints in 2015

By Mike Detillier

There are more moves and counter-moves for the New Orleans Saints in the off-season of 2015, but what this team really needs is to find that "lightning in a bottle" moment personnel-wise, just like they did in 2006.

2014 was so disappointing because so much was expected from the New Orleans Saints, but just go back and see how Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis pieced this team together back in 2006.

The Saints were flat on their football backs to start the 2006 off-season. The Saints were coming off a 3-13 season and the greatest local weather related disaster in our lifetime in Hurricane Katrina had shaken this region to the core.

Hiring Sean Payton as head coach was the first major move by the New Orleans Saints, but really this football team needed someone to build around and they found that player in Drew Brees.

Brees was coming off of major shoulder surgery, but he was worth the gamble for a Saints franchise that needed a signature player at the most significant spot on the team. The Brees/Payton combination brought this team to heights that had never been seen in team history.

Brees is still here today and is one of the elite football players in the NFL. He is older, and with age in the NFL, hits and injuries take their toll on every player.

With Brees still in top form, this football team needs is to form a better nucleus around him, just like they did in 2006. And not just on offense, but also on defense.

That off-season the Saints, either through trades or free agent signings, landed outside linebackers Scott Fujita and Scott Shanle, defensive tackle Hollis Thomas, offensive center/guard Jonathan Goodwin, safety Omar Stoutmire and offensive center Jeff Faine.

The Saints also hired one of the top wide receiver coaches around in current Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson. He helped develop two really good players already on the team in wide receivers Lance Moore and Devery Henderson.

All "scuffed" NFL players are looking to prove to the NFL they still have football life. To be honest, the same could be said about Drew Brees after undergoing major shoulder surgery. Just think about the fact that it is rare to get a shot at a top-flight starting quarterback...
Former Saint Darren Sharper reaches plea agreement in all cases against him Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 03-21-2015 12:17 AM


Full Story – WGNO.Com


Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro announced that former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper would plead guilty to charges stemming from investigations in Louisiana, Arizona, Nevada, and California as well as federal charges.

Sharper was accused of drugging and assaulting women. Two other men faces some of the same charges in New Orleans.

A lawyer for suspect Erik Nunez says Sharper’s plea deal could help his client’s case. Attorney Jeff Smith says he didn’t strike a deal with prosecutors for Nunez to testify against Sharper because Nunez had no information that could contribute to the cases. Smith says that proves his client wasn’t around for any of the incidents that allegedly involve Sharper.

By Curt Sprang / WGNO

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Bryce Harris re-signs with New Orleans Saints, source says Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 03-20-2015 03:21 PM


Full Story – Nola.Com


Reserve offensive lineman Bryce Harris has re-signed with the New Orleans Saints, a league source confirmed to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on Friday.

Harris, 26, has spent three seasons with the Saints since he joined the team early in 2012. An undrafted free agent from Fresno State, the Saints signed Harris off the Atlanta Falcons practice squad.

Harris played in 16 games, largely on special teams, in 2014. He started two games when starting tackle Terron Armstead was out with injury.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
Keenan Lewis gets new deal from Saints, continues 'mission' as role model Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 03-19-2015 05:28 PM


Full Story –ESPN.Com


Keenan Lewis got what he wanted from the New Orleans Saints -- an adjusted contract that includes no new money, but now guarantees him $10.45 million of the $13.05 million he is due over the next three years.

Most importantly, Lewis said, he's assured that he'll get to stay put in his hometown of New Orleans, where he's passionate about inspiring youth that grew up in "the hood" like he did -- and where he said he once promised his now-deceased grandfather that he would try and retire as a Saint.

"I feel like it was a good day for both of us," Lewis said of himself and the Saints, who gained a tiny bit of salary-cap space by reworking the deal with their top cornerback ($350,000 in 2015 cap savings; see full breakdown below). "My mission is to be here."

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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New Orleans Saints' nine draft picks give them room to maneuver | Black and Gold Today Posted By: Andrus Posted On 03-17-2015 10:34 PM


Full Story & Video - Nola.com


Through some bold moves in free agency, the New Orleans Saints now have their highest total of draft picks in the Sean Payton era.

On today's edition of Black and Gold Today, sports reporter Rachel Whittaker and Saints beat writer Evan Woodbery discuss the Saints' approach to creating enough salary cap space to sign their upcoming draft picks. See one lineman whose contract surprisingly hasn't been touched as of Tuesday.

By Rachel Whittaker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune


Full Story & Video - Nola.com
The Dolphins took on an additional cap hit to trade Dannell Ellerbe, further depleting the team's cap space Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 03-17-2015 08:58 PM




The Dolphins took on an additional cap hit to trade Dannell Ellerbe, further depleting the team's cap space.

Restructuring Dannell Ellerbe's contract before trading him cost Miami cap space

By Omar Kelly | Sun Sentinel


It was no secret that the Miami Dolphins planned to unload Dannell Ellerbe some how, some way this offseason..

However, by restructuring Ellerbe's contract before trading the linebacker to the New Orleans Saints last Friday the Dolphins depleted the team's cap space by an additional $3.6 million this season.

The Dolphins presently have $22.3 million in dead money counting on the books in 2015 because of trades and roster purging done this offseason. That's the highest total of dead money in the NFL.

Ellerbe, who was guaranteed $3 million by the Dolphins for this season, agreed to take a significant pay cut from the $8.45 million he was originally scheduled to make from a deal he signed with the Dolphins in 2013.

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Seahawks Jimmy Graham Calls 7-Year-Old Fan Who Is Sad He Was Traded From Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 03-17-2015 06:43 PM


Full Story – Inquisitr.Com


That video is of young Lexia Woods, and she was heartbroken when she found out that Graham was traded to the Seahawks. It was a video filmed by her mother, Ashley-Ann Woods, who posted it on Facebook, and it soon went viral.

“Wherever Jimmy Graham goes is where I go, no matter what team,” the 7-year-old Saints fan told her mom, Ashley-Ann Woods, moments after finding out about the trade. “He’s going to the Seahawks. It’s just not smart of them to let Jimmy Graham over there.”

The Post and Courier reported that Lexia began getting a bunch of phone calls and other supportive messages from fans of both the Saints and Seahawks. All of that made her very happy, but it was when she heard from Jimmy Graham himself that she truly perked up.

By Danny Cox / The Inquisitr

Full Story – Inquisitr.Com
Saints are betting big that their retooling and newfound flexibility pay off Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 03-16-2015 04:29 PM


Full Story – The New Orleans Advocate.Com


This isn’t it.
The white flag isn’t waving. The Saints aren’t tapping out.

It might be hard to see what’s happening over the pile of bodies in the corner of the room, but there is a retooling taking place in New Orleans. It’s a new beginning, with new philosophies. Where it all leads is yet to be determined.

It’s possible the Saints will drown under all this change. They felt the culprit behind last season’s 7-9 finish was in part the result of shipping out too many familiar faces for fresh ones. Maybe that happens again. But at its core, what has happened in the past week is a refusal to settle for the status quo.

This is setting the house on fire to gain the flexibility and space needed to not just win the NFC South but to transform back into a contender. Will it work? That’s the question that will determine whether this is remembered as one of the darkest periods of the Sean Payton era or the extension of one of the most successful runs in franchise history.

By Nick Underhill / The New Orleans Advocate

Full Story – The New Orleans Advocate.Com
Max Unger 'stoked' about move to New Orleans Saints Posted By: Andrus Posted On 03-16-2015 04:21 PM


Full Story - Nola.com

Max Unger arrived in New Orleans Sunday night, drove through some lcoal neighborhoods and then showed up Monday morning at the Saints' facility in Metairie ready to take physical.

"I'm assuming I passed," he said Monday on a conference call with local reporters.

By doing so, Unger formally cemented the most surprising trade of the NFL offseason. The Saints sent star tight end Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round draft pick to the Seattle Seahawks for Unger and a first-round pick.

Unger, who turns 29 next month, has spent his entire pro career in Seattle, but said he was "stoked" about coming to New Orleans.

By Evan Woodbery, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Full Story - Nola.com
New Orleans Saints undergoing extreme offseason makeover Posted By: Andrus Posted On 03-16-2015 03:02 PM


Full Story - NFL.com

It was easy to understand Keenan Lewis' plaintive Instagram post last week. As one, two, three, four and more teammates were released or traded by the New Orleans Saints during a massive makeover, Lewis, a native of the Big Easy, suggested that maybe his time with the team should come to an end, too, unless his contract was guaranteed.

At last check, Lewis is still on the roster, although the eye-blurring pace of New Orleans transactions to start free agency suggests he and everyone else should check back frequently with the brain trust in Metairie. And therein lies what makes the Saints' seismic shift so startling: The people who assembled the old roster -- head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis -- are the same ones disassembling it and rebuilding it with an entirely different identity.

By Judy Battista - NFL Media reporter

Full Story - NFL.com
Payton restructuring the Saints -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 03-15-2015 01:12 AM


Payton restructuring the Saints

By Mike Detillier

The New Orleans Saints have made a dizzying array of personnel moves in the first week of free agency.

Head coach Sean Payton has set the football bar high for the Saints and 7-9 does not cut the mustard for him.

Payton will restructure this team his way. If he goes down, it will be with his fingerprints on the anchor. He did this in 2006 inheriting a team void of talent, and he rebuilt one of the NFL's worst teams in 2005 to one that went to the NFC championship game in 2006.

For the most part, restructuring the Saints comes down to personnel, but also it is changing the culture of this team.

Leadership is talked about all the time, but to be honest, it is more built on chemistry.

In the NFL, you aren't measured on one play or one year. You are measured by teams and consistency.

Last season, the Saints lacked chemistry, and it showed on the field as a strong group of players were not mentally prepared to play every week. That winning chemistry was lost during the year.

For the past two months, I said that the Saints would re-sign halfback Mark Ingram and quickly address the need areas at offensive center and cornerback. Both spots were cavernous holes for the Saints last season. To get value, you have to give up some value.

That is what happened when the Saints traded away superstar tight end Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round pick in 2015 to the Seattle Seahawks for center Max Unger and a first-round choice in 2015. Graham has caught more passes than any other tight end to start an NFL career (386), and only Rob Gronkowski has caught more touchdowns with 51. Graham was a nightmare mismatch in the redzone and was an outstanding on third down.

When you look at players the Saints drafted, Graham's production only ranked behind star players Willie Roaf, Ricky Jackson and Morten Anderson.

Graham was a great player, but last year after an offseason of turbulence due to contract talks for the most part, Graham was just good not great. He was injured last year, but when you think about Graham's difficult background and his comet ride to the top of the football ladder, those contract discussions and disagreements affected his overall play.

At times, the former Miami (Fla.) basketball player...
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"Blueprint 2006" for Saints in 2015
Posted On 03-22-2015


"Blueprint 2006" for Saints in 2015

By Mike Detillier

There are more moves and counter-moves for the New Orleans Saints in the off-season of 2015, but what this team really needs is to find that "lightning in a bottle" moment personnel-wise, just like they did in 2006.

2014 was so disappointing because so much was expected from the New Orleans Saints, but just go back and see how Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis pieced this team together back in 2006.

The Saints were flat on their football backs to start the 2006 off-season. The Saints were coming off a 3-13 season and the greatest local weather related disaster in our lifetime in Hurricane Katrina had shaken this region to the core.

Hiring Sean Payton as head coach was the first major move by the New Orleans Saints, but really this football team needed someone to build around and they found that player in Drew Brees.

Brees was coming off of major shoulder surgery, but he was worth the gamble for a Saints franchise that needed a signature player at the most significant spot on the team. The Brees/Payton combination brought this team to heights that had never been seen in team history.

Brees is still here today and is one of the elite football players in the NFL. He is older, and with age in the NFL, hits and injuries take their toll on every player.

With Brees still in top form, this football team needs is to form a better nucleus around him, just like they did in 2006. And not just on offense, but also on defense.

That off-season the Saints, either through trades or free agent signings, landed outside linebackers Scott Fujita and Scott Shanle, defensive tackle Hollis Thomas, offensive center/guard Jonathan Goodwin, safety Omar Stoutmire and offensive center Jeff Faine.

The Saints also hired one of the top wide receiver coaches around in current Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson. He helped develop two really good players already on the team in wide receivers Lance Moore and Devery Henderson.

All "scuffed" NFL players are looking to prove to the NFL they still have football life. To be honest, the same could be said about Drew Brees after undergoing major shoulder surgery. Just think about the fact that it is rare to get a shot at a top-flight starting quarterback...
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Payton restructuring the Saints -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 03-15-2015


Payton restructuring the Saints

By Mike Detillier

The New Orleans Saints have made a dizzying array of personnel moves in the first week of free agency.

Head coach Sean Payton has set the football bar high for the Saints and 7-9 does not cut the mustard for him.

Payton will restructure this team his way. If he goes down, it will be with his fingerprints on the anchor. He did this in 2006 inheriting a team void of talent, and he rebuilt one of the NFL's worst teams in 2005 to one that went to the NFC championship game in 2006.

For the most part, restructuring the Saints comes down to personnel, but also it is changing the culture of this team.

Leadership is talked about all the time, but to be honest, it is more built on chemistry.

In the NFL, you aren't measured on one play or one year. You are measured by teams and consistency.

Last season, the Saints lacked chemistry, and it showed on the field as a strong group of players were not mentally prepared to play every week. That winning chemistry was lost during the year.

For the past two months, I said that the Saints would re-sign halfback Mark Ingram and quickly address the need areas at offensive center and cornerback. Both spots were cavernous holes for the Saints last season. To get value, you have to give up some value.

That is what happened when the Saints traded away superstar tight end Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round pick in 2015 to the Seattle Seahawks for center Max Unger and a first-round choice in 2015. Graham has caught more passes than any other tight end to start an NFL career (386), and only Rob Gronkowski has caught more touchdowns with 51. Graham was a nightmare mismatch in the redzone and was an outstanding on third down.

When you look at players the Saints drafted, Graham's production only ranked behind star players Willie Roaf, Ricky Jackson and Morten Anderson.

Graham was a great player, but last year after an offseason of turbulence due to contract talks for the most part, Graham was just good not great. He was injured last year, but when you think about Graham's difficult background and his comet ride to the top of the football ladder, those contract discussions and disagreements affected his overall play.

At times, the former Miami (Fla.) basketball player...
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