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  Saints | Michael Ola re-signed    Tue Feb 19, 03:45 PM

New Orleans Saints impending free-agent OT Michael Ola was re-signed to a one-year deal Tuesday, Feb. 19. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Saints | Mark Ingram unlikely to receive tag    Sun Feb 17, 03:23 PM

New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram likely will not receive the franchise tag this offseason, in the opinion of ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio.

Footballguys view: Ingram should be looking for lead-back work on the open market after splitting time with Alvin Kamara over the last two seasons. We'd like to see a run-heavy team like Baltimore land the veteran power back. Ingram should have no shortage of suitors in free agency.

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  Saints | Phil Galiano hired by Saints    Fri Feb 15, 10:17 AM

Former Penn State assistant coach Phil Galiano was hired by the New Orleans Saints Friday, Feb. 15, as assistant special teams coach, according to a source.

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  Saints | Keith Kirkwood injury not serious    Thu Feb 14, 09:12 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Keith Kirkwood (calf) said the calf injury he suffered in the playoffs wasn't serious, and he was back working out a few days after the NFC Championship Game.

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  Saints | Alex Okafor to become free agent    Thu Feb 14, 11:29 AM

New Orleans Saints LB Alex Okafor triggered a stipulation in his contract with his sack total in 2018 that will make him a free agent on the last day of the 2018 league year.

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  Saints | Two Saints re-signed    Mon Feb 11, 06:43 PM

New Orleans Saints C Cameron Tom and LS Zach Wood signed their one-year exclusive-rights free agent tenders Monday, Feb. 11, according to a source. They will each earn $645,000 in 2019.

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  Saints | Justin Hardee staying with Saints    Mon Feb 11, 05:47 PM

New Orleans Saints CB Justin Hardee was re-signed to a one-year deal Monday, Feb. 11. Financial terms were not disclosed. Hardee was slated to become an exclusive-rights free agent prior to re-signing.

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  Saints | Ted Ginn may receive bigger role    Sat Feb 9, 01:48 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. likely will receive a bigger role in the passing game in 2019 after being limited to five games this season.

Footballguys view: That's a fair statement. Ginn still has plenty of speed to burn and is a dangerous deep threat for Drew Brees. Rookie Tre'Quan Smith flashed at times but was not consistent.

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  Saints | New Orleans to sign slot receiver?    Sat Feb 9, 02:10 AM

The New Orleans Saints could try to sign a free-agent wide receiver to play the slot next season, in the opinion of ESPN's Mike Triplett, who names Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb, Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley, Philadelphia Eagles WR Golden Tate and Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Adam Humphries as possible targets in free agency.

Footballguys view: The Saints will be looking for more talent at the wide receiver position. That could come through free agency with one of the players mentioned above. Michael Thomas is a stud, and Tre'Quan Smith has intriguing upside...and oh yeah, Ted Ginn can still be a deep threat. That's a nice trio but we're expecting the Saints to add more competition to the WR corps.

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  Saints | Marcus Davenport surgery update    Fri Feb 8, 07:52 PM

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints DE Marcus Davenport (toe) recently underwent surgery on a Grade 3 turf toe but is expected to be ready for training camp.

Footballguys view: Davenport recently posted on social media that he was recovering from surgery and that he played through what should have been a season-ending injury in 2018. We now know what that injury is and what surgery he had. The 14th overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Davenport played in 13 games as a rookie and had 4.5 sacks.

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  Saints | Martez Carter signed by Saints    Wed Feb 6, 06:08 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Martez Carter was signed to a Reserve/Futures contract Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Footballguys view: Measuring in at 5'7" 195 pounds, Carter is dangerous in the open field. He can be used effectively as a change-of-pace back, receiver out of the backfield or return man. He was undrafted out of Grambling State in 2018. We'll monitor him in crazy deep dynasty formats.

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  Saints | Marcus Davenport recovering from surgery    Tue Feb 5, 09:25 PM

New Orleans Saints DE Marcus Davenport (undisclosed) posted on social media that he dealt 'with what was considered a season-ending injury' during the season.

Footballguys view: Getting Davenport back will be a boost for the Saints defense. Although he did not disclose what the injury was, he tweeted a picture of his bandaged right foot post-surgery and should be ready well in advance of next season.

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  Saints | Dennis Allen receives new deal to stay    Sun Feb 3, 05:13 PM

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is expected to receive a new deal to stay with the organization, sources said Sunday, Feb. 3.

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  Saints | Darren Rizzi lands in New Orleans     Fri Feb 1, 01:30 PM

Updating a previous report, Darren Rizzi has agreed to join the New Orleans Saints as their special-teams coordinator, a source reported Friday, Feb. 1.

Footballguys view: Rizzi was assistant head coach of the Dolphins since 2015, interviewed for the head coach vacancy and served the Dolphins for ten years through three coaches. This is not a trivial loss for them. The Saints gain a highly respected special teams coach with the move.

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  Saints | Michael Thomas looking to cash in?    Wed Jan 30, 01:30 AM

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas is eligible for a contract extension and could be in line for money in the 'Odell Beckham neighborhood,' according to MMQB's Albert Breer. Thomas is set to earn $1.148 million in 2019 before becoming a free agent in 2020.

Footballguys view: The Saints would be smart to lock Thomas up at 2019 prices to keep goodwill between him and the franchise and get a savings from 2020 rates when the cap is almost certain to go up again.

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  Saints | Garrett Griffin landed three-year deal    Wed Jan 30, 01:27 AM

New Orleans Saints TE Garrett Griffin was signed to a three-year contract when he was promoted during the playoffs, according to The Times Picayune's Josh Katzenstein.

Footballguys view: The Saints will be a top fantasy destination for a tight end now that Ben Watson is retiring, but Griffin would still have to fight Josh Hill and Dan Arnold for playing time even if they don't sign a free agent or draft one of a deep class of rookies.

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  Saints | Jermon Bushrod has surgery    Tue Jan 29, 05:48 PM

New Orleans Saints OT Jermon Bushrod (thumb) underwent successful surgery on his injured thumb Tuesday, Jan. 29.

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  Saints | Manti Te'o not expected back    Sat Jan 26, 03:56 PM

New Orleans Saints impending free-agent LB Manti Te'o is not expected to re-sign with the Saints this offseason.

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  Saints | Drew Brees has big 2019 cap hit    Wed Jan 23, 10:25 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is scheduled to count $33.5 million against the salary cap in 2019, which is $4 million more than any other player in the NFL. General manager Mickey Loomis said the team has options to reduce the number if they need to this offseason.

Footballguys view: The Saints may have to massage that number in order to be any sort of player in free agency. Brees has a $11.9 million roster bonus due on the third day of the new league year.

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  Saints | Teddy Bridgewater not sure about future    Mon Jan 21, 07:51 PM

New Orleans Saints impending free-agent QB Teddy Bridgewater said he is not sure how things will play out during free agency this offseason but believes he is where he wants to be in his career after his major knee injury.

Footballguys view: Bridgewater is going to hit the open market and should have more than a few suitors. He's smart and accurate, so now as long as he's healthy Bridgewater can get back to being an effective starter.

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  Saints | Six signed to futures deals    Mon Jan 21, 07:21 PM

The New Orleans Saints signed QB J.T. Barrett, CB Chris Campbell, CB JT Gray, DT Tomasi Laulile, LB Darnell Sankey and OT Nate Wozniak to Reserve/Futures contracts Monday, Jan. 21. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

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  Saints | Alvin Kamara makes history    Mon Jan 21, 04:09 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara became just the second running back ever to catch at least 11 passes in a conference championship game. San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon caught 11 passes in the NFC Championship game last year with the Minnesota Vikings.

Footballguys view: Kamara and McKinnon's teams both lost in these championship games where they caught 11 passes. The Saints are in a Super Bowl window and they'll try to get back to the NFC Championship Game (and to the Super Bowl) with Kamara leading the way in the backfield. Mark Ingram is set to be a free agent in 2019 and may not stick with the Saints.

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  Saints | Jermon Bushrod has murky future    Mon Jan 21, 03:34 PM

New Orleans Saints OT Jermon Bushrod (thumb) will undergo surgery on his injured thumb this season. He is unsure if he will return for a 13th NFL season.

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  Saints | Drew Brees plans to play next season    Mon Jan 21, 01:11 AM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees indicated during his post-game comments Sunday, Jan. 20, that he plans on returning for the 2019 season and 'making another run' at a Super Bowl with the Saints.

Footballguys view: The Saints have been in a Super Bowl window each of the last two years and have fallen short...both in heartbreaking fashion. Brees returns in 2019 with Fantasy GMs knowing he can be a QB1 every week...even though his production did slide late in the 2018 season.

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  Saints | Tre'Quan Smith limited to one grab    Sun Jan 20, 08:08 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith posted one catch for just 10 yards on two targets in the NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams.

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  Saints | Garrett Griffin scores TD in playoff loss    Sun Jan 20, 08:05 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Garrett Griffin posted two grabs for 12 yards and his first-career touchdown in the NFC Championship Game loss against the Los Angeles Rams.

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  Saints | Michael Thomas held in check in loss    Sun Jan 20, 07:53 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas registered just four receptions for 36 yards on seven receptions in the NFC Championship Game loss against the Los Angeles Rams.

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  Saints | Ted Ginn Jr. leads receiving corps    Sun Jan 20, 07:49 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. had three catches for 58 yards on six targets in the AFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams to lead his team's wide receivers in yardage.

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  Saints | Alvin Kamara hauls in 11 receptions    Sun Jan 20, 07:47 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara rushed eight times for just 15 yards in the NFC Championship Game loss against the Los Angeles Rams and he hauled in 11 receptions for 96 yards on 13 targets.

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  Saints | Mark Ingram totals 11 touches in loss    Sun Jan 20, 07:45 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram rushed nine times for 31 yards in the NFC Championship Game loss against the Los Angeles Rams and he added two grabs for six yards.

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  Saints | Drew Brees just misses Super Bowl trip    Sun Jan 20, 07:42 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 26-of-40 passes for 249 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the NFC Championship Game loss against the Los Angeles Rams.

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  Saints | Vonn Bell able to return with brace    Sun Jan 20, 05:34 PM

New Orleans Saints SS Vonn Bell (elbow) suffered a left elbow injury in the second half of the NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams. After a brief absence, he was fitted with a brace and able to return to the game.

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  Saints | Josh Hill ruled out for second half    Sun Jan 20, 04:45 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill (concussion) suffered a concussion in the first half of the NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams and he has been ruled out for the remainder of the game.

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  Saints | Craig Robertston still out of the game    Sun Jan 20, 03:37 PM

New Orleans Saints LB Craig Robertson (undisclosed) left for the medical tent in the first quarter of the NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams and is still not back on the field. He emerged from the tent with his helmet on and he was trying to jog off a lower-body injury.

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  Saints | Josh Hill goes to the locker room    Sun Jan 20, 03:35 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill (head) left for the locker room in the first quarter of the NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams with a potential head injury.

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  Saints | Benjamin Watson ruled out    Sun Jan 20, 02:09 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) has been declared inactive for the NFC Championship game but should be available to play in Super Bowl LIII if the Saints advance.

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  Saints | Keith Kirkwood to miss NFC title game    Sun Jan 20, 01:45 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Keith Kirkwood (calf) on Sunday, Jan. 20, was officially placed on the inactive list and will miss the NFC Championship Game.

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  Saints | Conference Championships New Orleans Saints inactives    Sun Jan 20, 01:43 PM

The New Orleans Saints have declared OT Derek Newton, WR Keith Kirkwood, RB Dwayne Washington, DL Tyrunn Walker, TE Benjamin Watson, LB Manti Te'o and C Will Clapp inactive for Conference Championships.

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  Saints | Michael Thomas tops in efficiency    Sun Jan 20, 12:27 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas caught 86 percent of his targets this season. That was the highest single-season percentage in NFL history from one player to another (minimum: 100 completions).

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  Saints | J.T. Barrett back on practice squad    Sun Jan 20, 10:45 AM

The New Orleans Saints signed free-agent QB J.T. Barrett to their practice squad Saturday, Jan. 19, according to a source. In a corresponding move, they released WR Paul Turner.

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  Saints | Drew Brees excels in home playoff games    Sat Jan 19, 07:52 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has averaged 307 passing yards and thrown 16 touchdowns and three interceptions in seven career postseason home games.

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  Saints | NFC Championship injury report for Saints    Fri Jan 18, 06:19 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Keith Kirkwood (calf) did not participate in practice Friday, Jan. 18, and has been ruled out for the NFC Championship game. OG Andrus Peat (hand), OT Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) and C Max Unger (knee) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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  Saints | Benjamin Watson officially questionable    Fri Jan 18, 06:17 PM

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 18, and is listed as questionable for the NFC Championship game.

Footballguys view: Watson has been in the hospital with appendicitis for most of the week. Reports indicate Watson is out, so guys like Josh Hill and Dan Arnold would be asked to do more.

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  Saints | Benjamin Watson to miss playoff game    Fri Jan 18, 03:29 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) will not play in the NFC Championship game because he is dealing with appendicitis, according to a source. Watson has avoided surgery at this point.

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  Saints | Thursday practice report for Saints    Thu Jan 17, 07:51 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Keith Kirkwood (calf) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 17. OG Andrus Peat (hand), OT Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) and C Max Unger (knee) fully participated in practice.

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  Saints | Benjamin Watson out again    Thu Jan 17, 07:47 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.

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  Saints | Paul Turner added to practice squad    Thu Jan 17, 12:01 AM

Free-agent WR Paul Turner was signed to the New Orleans Saints practice squad Wednesday, Jan. 16. The team also released QB J.T. Barrett from their practice squad.

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  Saints | Wednesday practice report for Saints    Wed Jan 16, 08:53 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Keith Kirkwood (calf) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16. OG Andrus Peat (hand), OT Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) and C Max Unger (knee) were limited during practice.

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  Saints | Benjamin Watson misses practice    Wed Jan 16, 08:51 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Footballguys view: Watson might be able to practice later in the week. He's far down the pecking order in the Saints passing game, so we're not expecting much even if he is cleared to play against the Rams on Sunday.

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  Saints | Sheldon Rankins to IR    Wed Jan 16, 12:28 AM

New Orleans Saints DT Sheldon Rankins (Achilles') was placed on the Reserve/Injured list on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Footballguys view: A terrible injury and bad timing for Rankins. This late in the season, Rankins is no lock to begin the 2019 regular season healthy. If there are any delays in his recovery, Rankins might have to begin the 2019 season on the PUP list. We'll know more about his progress as the year goes on.

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