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  Saints | Michael Thomas practices with first team    Thu May 26, 08:00 PM

New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas practiced with the first-team offense during organized team activities Thursday, May 26, with WR Brandin Cooks (undisclosed) missing practice.

Footballguys view: The Saints want to get their young rookie some snaps with Brandin Cooks out. It does tell you that perhaps Brandon Coleman might see less play this year and that's worth keeping an eye on. We do think Willie Snead will stay with Cooks back and healthy, bit Thomas could have some decent WR4 value with upside.

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  Saints | C.J. Spiller looks better     Thu May 26, 07:38 PM

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller's (knee) health and movement skills are noticeably different so far this offseason, according to head coach Sean Payton. 'He worked his butt off in the offseason to get the strength back in that leg he [injured],' Payton said. 'That's been real encouraging.'

Footballguys view: Spiller has upside but at 29 and beat up, it's not a lot. He's well behind everyone else there and we don't see him as worth a roster spot.

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  Saints | Jairus Byrd on the sidelines    Thu May 26, 01:46 PM

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) was out of practice Thursday, May 26, and working on the side with trainers.

Footballguys view: Things were supposed to be different for Byrd when he signed with the Saints. Instead, this knee injury has slowed him down. He is rehabbing the same knee that has bothered him the last two years and should be ready for training camp.

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  Saints | Brandin Cooks out of practice    Thu May 26, 01:46 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (undisclosed) is out of practice Thursday, May 26, and working on the side with trainers.

Footballguys view: We're not worried about this, though we never love to see a player on the sidelines...even in OTAs. Cooks looks poised to put up WR2 numbers this year and have his second straight 1,000-yard season.

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  Saints | Drew Brees won't negotiate in season    Thu May 26, 12:28 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, who said he hasn't had contract extension talks in two months, will not negotiate a new contract during the 2016 season. He doesn't plan to miss any offseason activities, whether a deal gets done or not.

Footballguys view: Brees is looking for one more payday, as he's definitely towards the end of his career. We think he has a very good 2016, and we're glad he'll be in camp regardless of the contract issue.

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  Saints | Drew Brees will report for workouts    Mon May 23, 08:07 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he will be on the field for organized team activities Tuesday, May 24, even though the two sides have not be able to reach an agreement on a contract extension.

Footballguys view: Brees is in the final year of his current deal, and he has a cap hit of $30 million in 2016. There's $20.8 million left in dead money on his deal, but the Saints may want to extend him to lower the total hit for this season. There's no reason for Brees to skip OTAs, so we're not shocked he's going to be at the facility.

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  Saints | Waive Chris Highland    Mon May 23, 05:35 PM

New Orleans Saints LS Chris Highland was waived Monday, May 23.


  Saints | Vincent Brown signing with Saints    Mon May 23, 01:06 PM

Free-agent WR Vincent Brown (Chargers) is signing an undisclosed deal with the New Orleans Saints Monday, May 23, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Brown's career has been knocked off by injury. He's still a great route-runner with good hands, but he lacks burst and explosiveness after battling with injuries as a pro.

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  Saints | Cameron Jordan awaiting clearance    Sun May 22, 10:28 PM

New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan (back) recently got back into shape following arthroscopic back surgery, but he is still awaiting full clearance to take part in organized team activities.

Footballguys view: The surgery was considered minor, and Jordan reportedly played through this injury late last season and in the Pro Bowl. After having 10 sacks last year, the Saints want to see what Jordan can do for an encore. We imagine he'll be limited (or out) of OTAs and minicamp with a target of returning at full strength for training camp later this summer.

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  Saints | NO expected to sign Connor Barth    Thu May 19, 08:07 PM

The New Orleans Saints are expected to sign free-agent PK Connor Barth (Buccaneers), according to a source.

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  Saints | Nathan Palmer working out for Saints    Wed May 18, 02:08 PM

Free-agent WR Nathan Palmer (Bears) is working out for the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, May 18.

Footballguys view: The Saints are pretty stacked at wide receiver, so Palmer has a steep hill to climb to make the team and is likely just a camp body.

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  Saints | Two more WRs auditioning for Saints    Wed May 18, 02:06 PM

Free-agent WR Denarius Moore (Bills) and WR Vincent Brown (Chargers) are working out for the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, May 18.

Footballguys view: Brown never really reached his potential with the Chargers and Moore has barely played the last two years. We don't expect either one to stick.

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Denarius Moore player page


  Saints | Hakeem Nicks working out for Saints    Wed May 18, 01:26 PM

Free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks (Giants) is among the group of receivers working out for the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, May 18.

Footballguys view: Nicks is a long was from the salad days he had with the New York Giants, and his impact in Indianapolis in 2014 as well as last season briefly with the Giants, was minimal. Don't expect it to be different this year with the Saints, if he lasts on the roster.

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  Saints | Josh Scobee let go    Tue May 17, 06:02 PM

New Orleans Saints PK Josh Scobee was released Tuesday, May 17.

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  Saints | Bryan Witzmann waived    Tue May 17, 05:38 PM

New Orleans Saints OT Bryan Witzmann was waived Tuesday, May 17.


  Saints | Two waived Monday    Mon May 16, 06:00 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Griffin Neal and WR Shane Wynn were placed on no-recall waivers Monday, May 16.

Footballguys view: The uber-football nerd in us was excited about the German Football League prospect, QB Griffin Neal. He didn't last long as a camp arm for the Saints. Looks like Garrett Grayson is safe as the team's QB3 behind Drew Brees and Luke McCown.


  Saints | Two free agents to work out    Sun May 15, 02:22 AM

Free-agent K Connor Barth (Buccaneers) and DL C.J. Wilson (Lions) will work out for the New Orleans Saints at rookie minicamp.

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  Saints | Matt Shaughnessy to work out for Saints    Thu May 12, 01:34 PM

Free-agent LB Matt Shaughnessy (Cardinals) will work out for the New Orleans Saints this weekend.

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  Saints | Michael Thomas contract details    Thu May 12, 11:03 AM

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas' rookie deal is worth $5.118 million with $3.055 million guaranteed and a $1.922 million signing bonus.

Footballguys view: While he will compete with the likes of Willie Snead, Thomas' ball skills make him a potential player in PPR leagues this coming season, though as no more than a WR3 or WR4 until we see how big his role becomes.

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  Saints | Vonn Bell signs    Tue May 10, 07:43 PM

New Orleans Saints SS Vonn Bell signed his four-year rookie contract Tuesday, May 10. Financial terms were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: Bell is your classic "in the box" safety who arrives at the play with natural violence. Over the last two years, Bell was credited with 23 passes defensed. He's not great in deep coverage, but he's got good click-and-close ability on routes/plays that unfold in front of him.

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  Saints | Sign three UDFAs    Mon May 9, 07:03 PM

Undrafted free-agent RB Sione Houma (Michigan), WR Tommylee Lewis (Northern Illinois) and Jordan Williams (Ball State) signed with the New Orleans Saints Monday, May 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


  Saints | Michael Thomas signs with Saints    Mon May 9, 05:14 PM

New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas signed his four-year rookie contract Monday, May 9. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Saints | Three players released    Mon May 9, 05:08 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Vick Ballard, DE Phillip Hunt and FB Toben Opurum were released Monday, May 9.

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  Saints | Rookies sign contracts    Mon May 9, 05:04 PM

New Orleans Saints DT Sheldon Rankins and RB Daniel Lasco signed their four-year rookie deals Monday, May 9. Financial terms were undisclosed.

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  Saints | Terron Armstead lands loaded deal    Wed May 4, 09:18 AM

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints OT Terron Armstead's five-year extension is worth $64.5 million with $25 million fully guaranteed and $38 million guaranteed for injury, according to a source.

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  Saints | Several UDFAs added by New Orleans    Mon May 2, 12:16 AM

Undrafted free-agents C Jack Allen (Michigan State), S Michael Caputo (Wisconsin), OG Joseph Cheek (Texas A&M), CB Ken Crawley (Colorado), FS Trae Elston (Mississippi), CB De'Vante Harris (Texas A&M), C Marcus Henry (Boise State), FB Sione Houma (Michigan), LB Dillon Lee (Alabama), WR Tommylee Lewis (Northern Illinois), DE Mitchell Loewen (Arkansas), OL Ryker Mathews (Brigham Young), DL D.J. Pettway (Alabama), LB Jeff Schoettmer (North Carolina), LB Dominique Tovell (Louisiana-Lafayette), OG Landon Turner (North Carolina), WR Jordan Williams (Ball State) and OT Avery Young (Auburn) agreed to terms Sunday, May 1.

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  Saints | Jared Dangerfield goes to NOLA    Sat Apr 30, 09:06 PM

The New Orleans Saints signed undrafted free-agent WR Jared Dangerfield (Western Kentucky) to a deal Saturday, April 30. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

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  Saints | Consistency an issue for Michael Thomas    Sat Apr 30, 12:14 AM

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has all the tools team's look for in an NFL receiver, according to a scout, but his consistency is a question mark. 'He's just so damn inconsistent,' the scout said. 'He could be the best blocker. He can crush people. He just doesn't do it all the time. He's got great catching range, all this and that. He also drops balls.'

Footballguys view: It will be interesting to see where Thomas fits in, with Willie Snead and Brandin Cook already in the offense. He could play a role like former tight end Jimmy Graham did, with his size and athleticism a mismatch for linebackers.

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  Saints | Vonn Bell drafted by Saints    Fri Apr 29, 09:28 PM

The New Orleans Saints selected Ohio State SS Vonn Bell with the No. 61 overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft on Friday, April 29.

Footballguys view: Bell is an intriguing safety who can cover a receiver almost as well as some corners.

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  Saints | Michael Thomas taken by New Orleans    Fri Apr 29, 08:24 PM

The New Orleans Saints selected Ohio State WR Michael Thomas with the No. 47 overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft on Friday, April 29.

Footballguys view: Thomas is a competitor who will go fight for a ball, and has a real "my ball" mentality. Drew Brees may use him as a replacement for the departed Jimmy Graham.

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  Saints | Vernon Hargreaves had Saints' interest    Fri Apr 29, 09:35 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Vernon Hargreaves III had significant interest from the New Orleans Saints, who picked at No. 12, one slot before he was selected.

Footballguys view: The Bucs addressed the defense with one of the better corners in the class and this should help solidify a defense that needs to get back on track quickly this year.

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  Saints | Sheldon Rankins selected by Saints    Thu Apr 28, 09:38 PM

The New Orleans Saints selected Louisville DE Sheldon Rankins with the 12th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft on Thursday, April 28.

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  Saints | Sheldon Rankins linked to Saints    Thu Apr 28, 01:26 PM

Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins has been linked to the New Orleans Saints in the first round.

Footballguys view: The Saints need defensive help, so we could totally see Rankins ending up with the Saints. An exceptionally productive player both as a bull­rusher and edge rusher Rankins would be a great help to the defense.

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  Saints | Myles Jack an option for Saints?    Thu Apr 28, 10:18 AM

UCLA LB Myles Jack could have a suitor at No. 12 overall in the New Orleans Saints, who like him quite a bit.

Footballguys view: A lot of media folks like the fit. We do too and the Saints need an impact player on defense. They might be willing to risk his knee, especially as they have to think their championship window is closing as we draw towards the end of Drew Brees' career.

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  Saints | Drew Brees not close to the end    Thu Apr 28, 09:59 AM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees didn't put much stock into the reports the team was looking to trade up to land the No. 1 pick earlier this offseason and said he doesn't plan to retire any time soon. 'It wouldn't be the first time that I've been on a team where they took a quarterback in the first round to come take my position and I would take the exact same approach now that I did then, which is, it's my team, it's my job,' Brees said. 'I don't think there's any use in talking about it because I doubt it would happen. And if it did, I trust our organization. I trust Mickey (Loomis) and Sean (Payton). If there's somebody there that you feel like is going to be the future of our organization for years to come, then take him, but I don't plan on giving up my job anytime soon.'

Footballguys view: The Saints need to plan for life beyond Brees but both the team and Brees believe the aging quarterback isn't done yet. We think, if the offense clicks, Brees could be a solid QB1 in fantasy and at worst, if it doesn't, fantasy owners will have a really nice QB2 with upside.

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  Saints | NOLA in on Paxton Lynch?    Tue Apr 26, 10:07 AM

Memphis QB Paxton Lynch could be an option for the New Orleans Saints in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Saints had talks to move up to No. 1 overall for a quarterback previously.

Footballguys view: There are going to be some surprises in the first round of the NFL draft. Lynch is considered the third QB in this draft class behind Carson Wentz (North Dakota State) and Jared Goff (California). The Saints are a team to watch to move up in the first round to grab Lynch.

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  Saints | Waive Vinnie Sunseri    Mon Apr 25, 05:31 PM

New Orleans Saints S Vinnie Sunseri was waived Monday, April 25.


  Saints | Tavaris Barnes released    Mon Apr 25, 05:25 PM

New Orleans Saints DE Tavaris Barnes was released Monday, April 25.


  Saints | Drew Brees wanted Josh Norman    Sat Apr 23, 03:04 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees was willing to amend his contract in order to acquire Washington Redskins CB Josh Norman.

Footballguys view: Brees knows the Saints need all the help they can on defense. Top QBs will often restructure deals just to get (or keep) quality players around them.

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  Saints | New Orleans pursuing Josh Norman    Fri Apr 22, 06:59 PM

Free-agent CB Josh Norman (Panthers) is receiving significant interest from the New Orleans Saints, according to a source.

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  Saints | Robert Meachem to try out for Saints    Fri Apr 22, 02:33 AM

Free-agent WR Robert Meachem (Saints) will work out for the New Orleans Saints Friday, April 22, according to a source.

Footballguys view: If signed, this would be his third stint with the team. At 31-years old, Meachem was out of football last season. In 2014, he appeared in 11 games and caught seven passes for 114 yards.

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  Saints | Tim Lelito back with Saints    Thu Apr 21, 05:24 PM

New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent OG Tim Lelito signed his tender offer and will return to the Saints Thursday, April 21. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Currently just one of two guards on the roster, they needed him in place long-term, even if that just means a few years.


  Saints | Paxton Lynch in New Orleans    Thu Apr 14, 04:04 PM

Memphis QB Paxton Lynch is visiting the New Orleans Saints Thursday, April 14.

Footballguys view: Lynch is taking a tour around the league as he's likely to be a first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft. What's interesting is the Saints already have three QBs on the roster, and many thought last year's third-round pick Garrett Grayson would be their QB of the future when Drew Brees is done. If they select a QB in the draft..especially with a premium pick...then perhaps that's not the case.

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  Saints | Kenny Vaccaro's option exercised    Tue Apr 12, 12:52 PM

New Orleans Saints FS Kenny Vaccaro's fifth-year option was exercised by the Saints Tuesday, April 12, according to a source. He's the first player in the 2013 draft class to have his option picked up. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Saints | Sign Griffin Neal    Sat Apr 9, 02:54 PM

Concordia College QB Griffin Neal signed a three-year contract with the New Orleans Saints Saturday, April 9, according to his college head coach, Terry Horan. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: At 6'4" 220 pounds, Neal is a camp arm with intriguing skills. He went undrafted in 2015, but spent the season in Germany playing for the Hildesheim Invaders of the semi-professional German Football League. He's the Saints fourth QB behind Drew Brees, Luke McCown and Garrett Grayson. He will be competing for a spot on the practice squad if he can impress in camp.

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  Saints | Tim Hightower returning to Saints    Fri Apr 8, 12:38 PM

Free-agent RB Tim Hightower (Saints) has agreed to initial terms on a contract with the New Orleans Saints, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Hightower was surprisingly successful last year at the end of the season for the Saints. He returns to the team to give them valuable veteran depth behind Mark Ingram.

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  Saints | New Orleans courting quarterbacks     Wed Apr 6, 07:16 PM

Michigan State QB Connor Cook, Memphis QB Paxton Lynch and Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld have all drawn interest from the New Orleans Saints.

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  Saints | Tim Hightower to meet with Saints    Fri Apr 1, 11:32 AM

Free-agent RB Tim Hightower (Saints) will meet with the New Orleans Saints this week.

Footballguys view: Hightower was an emergency option for the Saints last year, and he had surprising success. He went for about 100 all-purpose yards in each game (sometimes more) and scored a handful of touchdowns. The Saints could bring him back as valuable veteran depth in 2016.

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  Saints | Mark Ingram restructures    Wed Mar 30, 12:28 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram converted some of his base salary into a signing bonus Wednesday, March 30.. The restructure didn't include a pay cut or any new money. The Saints created $1.49 million in cap space for 2016 by converting $2.235 million of Ingram's $3 million salary into a signing bonus. They still will have to account for that $1.49 million in the future, but now it will be spread out evenly over the life of Ingram's contract through 2018.

Footballguys view: This could be in preparation to sign Drew Brees to a long-term extension. The Saints have to be happy with Ingram's contract and should make him the centerpiece of the backfield again this year.

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  Saints | Cameron Jordan restructures    Tue Mar 29, 08:45 AM

New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan restructured his contract Tuesday, March 29, to convert $2.735 million of his $3.5 million base salary into a signing bonus.

Footballguys view: The Saints needed to do something to clear enough cap room for DT Nick Fairley. This move should be enough to make that possible.

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