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  Saints | Garrett Grayson picked in Round 3    Fri May 1, 10:16 PM

The New Orleans Saints selected Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson in Round 3 of the NFL Draft (No. 75 overall) Friday, May 1.

Footballguys view: Footballguys own Andrew Garda and Cecil Lammey are at the draft in Chicago and witnessed a Saints fan throw his hat in disgust at this pick, but he is being foolish. The Saints need a successor for Brees and Grayson is the best quarterback (in their humble opinion) after Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. In three years both of our guys say that the hat-thrower will be cheering Grayson in a Grayson jersey.

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  Saints | Stephone Anthony selected 31st overall    Thu Apr 30, 11:25 PM

Clemson LB Stephone Anthony was selected 31st overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.

Footballguys view: Anthony will bring plenty of speed to the Saints defense. He can play from sideline-to-sideline, and Anthony can cover tight ends over the middle. Anthony has the quick first step and closing burst to be an effective blitzer.


  Saints | Andrus Peat selected 13th overall    Thu Apr 30, 09:35 PM

Stanford OT Andrus Peat was selected 13th overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.

Footballguys view: Great value for New Orleans who needs to protect Drew Brees and improve the offensive line. Peat can step in and start, is a solid pass and run blocker and should be a perfect fit with the Saints.


  Saints | New Orleans high on Bryce Petty    Thu Apr 30, 09:10 AM

Baylor QB Bryce Petty is regarded as the best pure passer in the 2015 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.

Footballguys view: There's no doubt Petty has arm talent. However, there's a ton of questions surrounding his ability to even take a snap. At Baylor he looked good throwing to wide-open targets and rarely had to go through progressions. Petty should be a second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

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  Saints | Drew Brees expected to play for a while    Wed Apr 29, 05:03 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees isn't expected to be retiring anytime soon, according to general manager Mickey Loomis. 'I don't see the end for Drew Brees on the short-term horizon,' Loomis said. 'At least I certainly hope not. But it does take time for these quarterbacks to develop. And we're conscious of that.' Loomis could be hinting at the possibility of the Saints drafting a quarterback, perhaps as an heir apparent to Brees. The team has already worked out Baylor QB Bryce Petty.

Footballguys view: Brees is still the face of the franchise and most likely to retire a Saints despite some buzz to the contrary that started when Brees had a slow first few weeks of 2014 and then cratered at home at the end of the season.

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  Saints | Matt Jones visits    Fri Apr 24, 03:07 AM

Florida RB Matt Jones visited the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, April 22.

Footballguys view: Jones is likely going to be a late-round pick. He's a downhill runner and does that very well, but that's about all he has in his arsenal. Jones has had fumbling issues, lacks top-end speed and isn't a great weapon in the pass game or in pass protection. Think of him as a poor man's Benjarvus Green-Ellis.

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  Saints | John Miller visits    Thu Apr 23, 03:05 AM

Louisville G John Miller visited the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, April 22.

Footballguys view: Miller is a power player inside at guard. He has strong hands and can absolutely crush and bury opponents as a run-blocker. Miller is not fleet afoot, and he'll struggle to get to opponents at the second level. Look for him to be a third- or fourth-round pick.

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  Saints | Brandin Cooks spent time with QB    Wed Apr 22, 11:32 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (knee) spent time training together with QB Drew Brees during the offseason in San Diego. 'Man, I love everything about him, his makeup, and then just his physical ability. I mean he's got all kinds of talent,' Brees said.

Footballguys view: We're excited about Cooks in his second season. The team is going to rely on him more than last year when his rookie season was cut short by injury. Cooks is an explosive playmaker and our leading candidate to have a breakout year from the group of second-year receivers.

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  Saints | Brandin Cooks set for big role    Sat Apr 18, 07:24 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks will be atop the depth chart with WR Marques Colston to enter the 2015 season.

Footballguys view: Cooks rookie season was cut short by a thumb injury, but he flashed playmaking ability before he was lost for the year in November. We like his run-after-the-catch ability and the fact that he'll make defenders miss in open space.

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  Saints | Greg Jennings leaves NO    Fri Apr 17, 12:41 PM

Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) left his visit with the New Orleans Saints without a contract. Jennings is also considering the Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Footballguys view: We think the Miami Dolphins might show some interest in Jennings as well. He's a seasoned veteran who is getting more than a few teams interested. Jennings will take his time and find the right deal (and the right fit) in the near future.

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  Saints | Corey Wootton leaves without deal    Wed Apr 15, 10:52 PM

Free-agent DT Corey Wootton (Vikings) met with the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, April 15, but he left without receiving a contract offer, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Saints want to improve their defensive line, and they could add Wooton at a later date. A part-time player with the Vikings last year, Wooton's best season came in 2012 when he had 27 tackles and seven sacks.

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  Saints | Mike Golic signs with New Orleans    Wed Apr 15, 10:33 AM

Free-agent OT Mike Golic (CFL) signed an undisclosed deal with the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, April 15.

Footballguys view: Golic was undrafted out of Notre Dame in 2013, and he's bounced to a few different leagues between now and then. The son of ESPN's Mike Golic, we'll see him compete for a reserve spot on the Saints roster this offseason.

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  Saints | Anthony Spencer signs    Fri Apr 10, 01:09 PM

Free-agent DE Anthony Spencer (Cowboys) signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints Friday, April 10. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Spencer knows defensive coordinator Rob Ryan from their time together in Dallas and he could provide some pass rush punch if he is over 2013 microfracture surgery.

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  Saints | Joe Morgan re-signs with Saints    Fri Apr 3, 08:44 AM

Free-agent WR Joe Morgan re-signed with the New Orleans Saints Friday, April 3.

Footballguys view: Morgan had a rocky season with the Saints last year, including a two-game suspension, and he was cut in December. We still like his prospects in super deep dynasty leagues. He missed all of the 2013 season due to knee injuries, and he needs to be more assignment sound if he's ever going to play up to his potential as a pro.

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  Saints | Bryce Petty visits New Orleans    Thu Apr 2, 09:45 AM

Baylor QB Bryce Petty recently met with the New Orleans Saints.

Footballguys view: The Saints could be looking for the heir apparent to Drew Brees. We're not in love with Petty's skill set. He played exclusively out of the shotgun at Baylor, and Petty struggled to take snaps from under center at the Senior Bowl earlier this year. He does not show the ability to go through progressions or make stick throws between defenders. Petty is a mid-round pick, and a larger project than people think.

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  Saints | Jahri Evans receives extension    Wed Apr 1, 12:05 PM

New Orleans Saints OG Jahri Evans signed a one-year contract extension Wednesday, April 1. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Evans originally had a $9.6 million cap number this season, so this extension was probably to free up some of that money. He's currently recovering from offseason wrist surgery, but Evans can play at a high level when healthy.

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  Saints | Kyle Wilson headed to New Orleans    Wed Apr 1, 11:25 AM

Free-agent CB Kyle Wilson (Jets) will sign with the New Orleans Saints.

Footballguys view: A first-round pick out of Boise State in the 2010 NFL draft, Wilson struggled to impress during his time with the Jets. He needed a fresh start after disappointing with his first team. With the Saints, Wilson will get a chance to prove that he can be a decent slot corner.

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  Saints | Sean Payton high on C.J. Spiller    Thu Mar 26, 01:11 PM

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller received some praise from head coach Sean Payton after the team was surprised to be able to land him in free agency. 'His cutup is unbelievable,' Payton said of Spiller. 'And I'm not talking about last season because I think it became challenging, but you go back a couple of years and start looking at his screen reel, a sweep reel, a return reel.'

Footballguys view: Spiller will fill in the Darren Sproles/Reggie Bush role and we actually think he could put up some nice PPR numbers while he's at it. Don't count on RB1 numbers, but some nice RB2 numbers are likely.

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  Saints | NO considered Reggie Bush    Thu Mar 26, 01:08 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush was considered by the New Orleans Saints before he agreed with the Niners, according to Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Footballguys view: While Bush might have been a decent fit 'back home' we think the fit with the 49ers could be a good one as well. While we don't see him as an every down back, he should be a solid passing down back and accrue some nice PPR points as well. A low end RB2 or a good RB3 sound about right for Bush.

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  Saints | Anthony Spencer visited team    Thu Mar 26, 07:46 AM

Free-agent DE Anthony Spencer (Cowboys) visited the New Orleans Saints this week, but Saints head coach Sean Payton told reporters there have been no contract talks with Spencer.

Footballguys view: Spencer has underachieved for a long time, but even so it's surprising how little interest there seems to be. Perhaps his asking price is high. More than likely he finds a home where he will rotate in on the edge, rather than a full time position.

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  Saints | Marcus Mariota won't go to Saints    Wed Mar 25, 04:50 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota isn't an option for the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, according to head coach Sean Payton. Payton said the Saints will not move up in the first round in order to select Mariota.

Footballguys view: The Saints would have to move up in the draft if they want Mariota. Payton also said there wasn't 'one iota' of truth to rumors that New Orleans is looking to trade QB Drew Brees.

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  Saints | Josh Hill expected to have bigger role    Wed Mar 25, 10:52 AM

New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill is expected to have a bigger role in the offense in 2015. Head coach Sean Payton has mentioned him quite a bit since they traded TE Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks.

Footballguys view: Dynasty owners should be over the moon with Hill on their roster. In his final year of college at Idaho State, Hill led the nation in receptions for a tight end (72). He's flashed a bit for the Saints over the last couple of years, and now he'll likely have a large role for the offense.

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  Saints | Jairus Byrd fully healthy    Mon Mar 23, 01:22 PM

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) is fully recovered from a torn meniscus in his knee that caused him to sit out most of 2014, according to general manager Mickey Loomis.

Footballguys view: This news has to make the Saints happy. They paid a hefty price for him last offseason, then he was out for almost the entire year. Their defense will be immediately better with Byrd at full strength.

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  Saints | Drew Brees not on trade block    Mon Mar 23, 01:12 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees will not be traded, according to general manager Mickey Loomis. Recent speculation said that Brees may be on the trade block after his favorite target, TE Jimmy Graham, was dealt to the Seattle Seahawks. 'Anybody who thinks we're trading Drew Brees, that's just not true,' Loomis told USA TODAY Sports. Brees threw for 33 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 2014 while completing 69.2% of his passes for a league-high 4,952 yards.

Footballguys view: We have to think the Saints would entertain offers if the price was right. Brees is not quite what he used to be, but he can still play at a high level. This isn't a strong draft class, and the Saints aren't in any position to snare one of the top two quarterbacks in the draft. Brees is their best option.

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  Saints | Bryce Harris re-signs for a year    Sat Mar 21, 12:44 AM

The New Orleans Saints re-signed OT Bryce Harris to a one-year contract Friday, March 20, according to a league source.

Footballguys view: Harris gives the Saints a swing tackle who has started at both left and right tackle. He'll primarily contribute on special teams.

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  Saints | Keenan Lewis restructures    Thu Mar 19, 08:42 AM

New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis restructured his deal to put the team $1.7 million under the salary cap. An additional $10.4 million of his contract has been guaranteed, according to a source. The Saints converted portions of his 2015 and 2016 base salaries into signing bonuses, dropping his 2015 base salary from $1.8 million to $850,000 and his 2016 base salary from $4.25 million to $2.7 million. His 2015 cap hit is $4,500,000.

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  Saints | Dannell Ellerbe restructures    Tue Mar 17, 08:32 AM

New Orleans Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe restructured his contract to reduce his 2015 salary from $8.45 million to $1.1 million. Ellerbe's 2016 and 2017 salaries also reduced from $6.45 million and $6.0 million to $4.1 million each year.

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  Saints | Drew Brees a trade option?    Mon Mar 16, 06:20 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees might not be off limits in a trade this offseason that has already seen the team trade TE Jimmy Graham, OG Ben Grubbs and WR Kenny Stills. The Saints have begun to think about life after Brees, and a report surfaced late last year that the team is likely to 'draft a quarterback highly this year.'

Footballguys view: We're not going to be surprised by anything the NFL throws at us the rest of this offseason. Last week was the craziest week in NFL offseason history. Brees may not be what he once was, but there would be teams lined up around the block to add him via trade if in fact he is available.

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  Saints | Release Corey White    Fri Mar 13, 01:28 PM

New Orleans Saints CB Corey White was released Friday, March 13.

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  Saints | Acquire Dannell Ellerbe and draft pick    Fri Mar 13, 01:03 PM

Miami Dolphins LB Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round draft pick were obtained in exchange for WR Kenny Stills Thursday, March 13, according to a source.

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  Saints | C.J. Spiller agrees to terms with Saints    Fri Mar 13, 12:45 PM

Free-agent RB C.J. Spiller (Bills) agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints Friday, March 13.

Footballguys view: Spiller enters a backfield with Mark Ingram as the lead player. His role will be as a part-time runner and receiver out of the backfield. Spiller could be used in a similar way to what the Saints used to do with Darren Sproles.

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  Saints | Ramon Humber re-signs    Thu Mar 12, 04:01 PM

Free-agent LB Ramon Humber (Saints) re-signed with the New Orleans Saints on a two-year deal Thursday, March 12. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Footballguys view: So the Saints finally keep someone! Humber isn't a huge name but right now he looks like a guy who will see a lot of snaps inside, along with David Hawthorne.

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  Saints | Sign Brandon Browner    Thu Mar 12, 02:37 PM

Free-agent CB Brandon Browner (Patriots) signed a three-year contract with the New Orleans Saints Thursday, March 12.

Footballguys view: Suddenly Patriots have an issue in the secondary while New Orleans starts spending some of the money they saved from trading Jimmy Graham to help improve the defense. Browner played well for New England last year when he returned from suspension and (as long as he stays out of trouble) should be a great addition.

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  Saints | Send Ben Grubbs to Kansas City    Thu Mar 12, 01:30 PM

New Orleans Saints OG Ben Grubbs was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a 2015 5th round draft pick Thursday, March 12.

Footballguys view: A good move for both sides here. Grubbs was due $9.6 million this season, so he was likely to get cut by the Saints. The Chiefs have lost four starters on the offensive line over the last two years. It is a good move to add a talent like Grubbs up front.

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  Saints | C.J. Spiller to visit NOLA    Wed Mar 11, 11:13 PM

Free-agent RB C.J. Spiller (Bills) is scheduled to meet with the New Orleans Saints Thursday, March 12, according to a league source.

Footballguys view: The Saints brought back Mark Ingram to be their lead back earlier in free agency. Adding Spiller would give them a dangerous change-of-pace option behind Ingram.

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  Saints | C.J. Spiller being pursued by NO    Wed Mar 11, 05:52 PM

Free-agent RB C.J. Spiller (Bills) has reportedly drawn interest from the New Orleans Saints.

Footballguys view: The Saints need a pass-catching back who can work in space, and Spiller certainly qualifies. They are still only one of many teams interested in adding the playmaking RB.

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  Saints | Brandon Browner to visit    Wed Mar 11, 12:06 PM

Free-agent CB Brandon Browner (Patriots) is scheduled to meet with the New Orleans Saints.

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  Saints | Tramon Williams to visit    Tue Mar 10, 07:10 PM

Free-agent CB Tramon Williams (Packers) will visit with the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, March 10, according to a source.

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  Saints | Acquire Max Unger    Tue Mar 10, 04:04 PM

Seattle Seahawks C Max Unger was traded to New Orleans Saints along with a first-round pick in exchange TE Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round pick.

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  Saints | Reggie Bush returning to New Orleans?    Tue Mar 10, 03:46 PM

Free-agent RB Reggie Bush (Lions) could be returning to the New Orleans Saints. The New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers are also options, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Anything can happen in today's NFL. Bush is not the player he used to be, but he could fill that change-of-pace role the team lost when Darren Sproles went to the Eagles.

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  Saints | NO open to shopping Jimmy Graham     Tue Mar 10, 03:13 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham is part of a group of players the team is shopping around to other teams.

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  Saints | Curtis Lofton released    Mon Mar 9, 03:36 PM

New Orleans Saints LB Curtis Lofton was officially released Monday, March 9.

Footballguys view: The move saves the Saints over $4 million in cap space. Lofton is not the player he used to be, and teams may ask him to take a reduced role.

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  Saints | Mark Ingram wants ball more    Mon Mar 9, 02:38 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram just signed a four-year, $16 million deal to come back to New Orleans. Ingram has said he wants an increased workload, and he could get it coming off this new deal.

Footballguys view: This is not what Khiry Robinson's fantasy owners want to hear. Ingram had a career-best year in 2014, finishing with nearly 1,000 yards rushing. We'll see if he can hold up with a larger role. Ingram has only played a full 16-game season once in his career, and that was back in 2012.

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  Saints | Kendall Langford visits Saints    Sun Mar 8, 08:22 PM

Impending free-agent DT Kendall Langford (Rams) is visiting the New Orleans Saints Sunday, March 8.

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  Saints | Mark Ingram re-signs with Saints    Sat Mar 7, 09:10 PM

Free-agent RB Mark Ingram has agreed on a four-year, $16 million deal to return to the New Orleans Saints Saturday, March 7.

Footballguys view: This is a good move for both sides here. Ingram stays in New Orleans for a reasonable $4 million price tag annually. He'll once again be the lead back in their RBBC.

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  Saints | No RFA for Tyrunn Walker    Sat Mar 7, 02:25 AM

Free-agent DL Tyrunn Walker (Saints), who is a restricted free agent, will not receive an RFA tender from the New Orleans Saints. They would still like to bring him back at a lower dollar value.

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  Saints | Brodrick Bunkley takes pay cut    Fri Mar 6, 04:43 PM

New Orleans Saints DT Brodrick Bunkley agreed to a pay cut Friday, March 6, according to a league source. Financial terms weren't given after Bunkley also took a pay cut in 2014. Bunkley started 11 games last year before suffering a season-ending quadriceps injury.

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  Saints | Jamarca Sanford re-signs    Fri Mar 6, 01:18 PM

New Orleans Saints SS Jamarca Sanford re-signed to a one-year contract Friday, March 6. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Saints | NO ready to make play for Justin Forsett    Fri Mar 6, 12:29 PM

Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent RB Justin Forsett could see interest from the New Orleans Saints in free agency.

Footballguys view: The Saints are making moves to free up space. Mark Ingram won't be back, and Pierre Thomas was just cut. Forsett works great in a zone-blocking system and he's a good receiver out of the backfield.

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  Saints | Marques Colston restructures    Fri Mar 6, 10:41 AM

New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston restructured his contract Friday, March 6, and will return in 2015.

Footballguys view: Colston needed to re-work his contract as the Saints try to gain salary cap space. He had a $9.7 million cap hit this year, and the team likely asked him to take a pay cut. No details just yet, but coming off a poor season in 2014 it's no surprise that he changed his deal.

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