Saints Rumors & News

  • Teammates rave over Saints rookie Michael Thomas's one-handed catch

    ESPN "Nobody has drawn more “oohs” and “ahhs” during the first two days of New Orleans Saints camp than rookie receiver Michael Thomas did on Friday with his diving one-handed catch of a Luke McCown pass." July 30

  • Saints GM: Drew Brees’ contract situation is not a ‘distraction’

    Sportsnaut "With the start of the NFL regular season quickly approaching, it is looking more like the New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees may not come to terms on a new contract. However, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis doesn’t believe that the unsettled situation with Brees should..." July 28

  • Saints GM: “No progress” on talks with Brees

    Pro Football Talk "As the Saints arrived in West Virginia for training camp Wednesday, general manager Mickey Loomis told reporters that the sides “have not made any progress” an a potential contract extension for veteran quarterback Drew Brees. Though Loomis going on the record with that means it’s news, it’s no..." July 27

  • Saints Signing WR Hakeem Nicks To One-Year Deal

    NFL Trade Rumors "Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Saints are signing veteran WR Hakeem Nicks to a one-year contract on Wednesday. New Orleans actually brought Nicks in for a workout back in May, but held off on signing him to a contract. Before that, Nicks worked out for the Bengals. The Saints had..." July 27

  • Who reaches Super Bowl LI? 2016 NFL record projections for all 32 teams

    USA Today "Heading into training camps, all 32 NFL teams have essentially taken shape. So before injuries, benchings, firings, (more) suspensions and hot streaks start shaping the 2016 season, here's USA TODAY Sports' annual projection of how the season will unfold with record projections for each team based..." July 27

  • Saints place four players, including Terron Armstead and Keenan Lewis, on physically unable to perform list

    The Advocate "The New Orleans Saints on Monday placed four players on the physically unable to perform list to open training camp, including two key starters and another starter who is expected to miss significant time. Left tackle Terron Armstead, cornerback Keenan Lewis, defensive end Hau'oli Kikaha and..." July 26

  • Drew Brees: No contract talks with Saints in last 3 months

    ESPN "Drew Brees won't have a new contract in place before the New Orleans Saints kick off training camp, unless something changes drastically in the next few days. Even though other quarterbacks like Andrew Luck and Joe Flacco have gotten long-term extensions done this offseason, Brees said Saturday..." July 23

  • Tom Benson gets another month to negotiate heirs' trust swap

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "A federal judge has given lawyers for Tom Benson another month to work on terms to replace at least some of the shares of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans from his heirs trusts with equitable assets. The 88-year-old billionaire agreed to enter negotiations in June, just three days before he was..." July 21

  • Drew Brees makes playoffs possible, but Saints must fix defense in camp

    ESPN "The New Orleans Saints open training camp on July 28 at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Here’s a closer look at the Saints’ camp, which wraps up back home in Metairie, Louisiana, on Aug. 25. Top storyline: Can New Orleans finally fix its defense? The Saints can be..." July 20

  • An Overwhelming Number Of People Don’t Think Kids Should Play Tackle Football

    Uproxx "The true toll that playing football takes on the brain has come into focus over the last several years. We’ve reached a point where even the NFL is saying that playing can cause irreparable brain damage (Tell the truth! Tell the truth!), so it’s clear that America will need to reckon with the..." July 20

  • Despite Rooney Rule, minority NFL coaches still aren't hired often enough

    Sporting News "The number of minority coaches and assistants in the NFL has flatlined to an incredibly low number, ESPN.com reports. In the past five years, 22 new coaches have been hired, with Todd Bowles being the only minority coach hired despite the parameters set by the Rooney Rule in 2003. Former NFL..." July 19

  • NFL reportedly won't keep track of PSI numbers with microchips in footballs

    CBS Sports "Even after two years of tedious debate over whether or not Tom Brady and the Patriots could have masterminded a plot to mildly deflate some footballs, the NFL does not plan to use microchips installed in footballs to track PSI numbers. The NFL is putting microchips in footballs, though. The..." July 19

  • NFL teaches officials to rule all 'bang-bang' passes incomplete 'when in doubt'

    CBS Sports "Some good news in regards to the constantly confusing catch-rule emerged Monday: NFL officials finally received a simpler way to rule on passes that result in unclear outcomes. Some bad news, however, also surfaced: More incomplete passes might be coming this season. As ESPN's Kevin Seifert..." July 18

  • Roger Goodell never called Mark Wahlberg to complain about 'Ballers', NFL spokesperson says

    USA Today "In an appearance on Mike & Mike last week, Mark Wahlberg claimed that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took time out of fighting with Tom Brady in court and the other things he does as the NFL Commissioner to call and complain about HBO’s Ballers, which uses a number of storylines from the league..." July 18

  • Former NFL players suing Riddell need to understand their own guilt, too

    Sporting News "The customer is not always right, as those who work or have worked in the service industry know. Riddell Inc., America's largest football helmet distributor and official provider for the NFL from 1989-2014, is dealing with some unhappy customers who are both right and wrong. Former Pro Bowl..." July 15

  • Saints making ‘strongest push’ for Anquan Boldin

    Sportsnaut "Free agent wide receiver Anquan Boldin has not drawn a ton of interest on the open market since the San Francisco 49ers made it known they weren’t interested in retaining him. Now, less than a month until training camps open around the NFL, one team is reportedly showing the most interest in..." July 14

  • Polian: Next NFL CBA will focus on commissioner power

    Sportsnaut "Roger Goodell has irked the NFLPA with his actions during this current term for the Collective Bargaining Agreement. While the agreement runs through 2021, issues are already popping up as hot topics for the upcoming NFL CBA, set to be negotiated in five years. Bill Polian suggests that the..." July 14

  • Study finds Patriots have the best fans, Jaguars the worst

    The Score "New England Patriots fans have something else to brag about. A study conducted by Emory University professor Michael Lewis has Patriots fans ranked as the best in the NFL, followed by the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles. The results of the study..." July 12

  • Ricky Williams Is in a Cult

    Complex "Ricky Williams is under the control of a cult. Such was the rumor when the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL league-leading rusher accepted a $50,000 donation in 2012 for his Ricky Williams Foundation from Gary Douglas, creator and leader of a mysterious spiritual group called Access..." July 12

  • Sean Payton says Drew Brees isn't slowing down, won't put time limit on his career

    CBS Sports "The New Orleans Saints enter the 2016 season with plenty of questions, including a huge question mark at the quarterback position. Drew Brees shouldn't have any issues in 2016 after leading the league in passing last year, but his contract is up after this season. Making him play out a one-year..." July 12

  • Sean Payton is sure Reggie Bush will play again this year, but not with Saints

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Reggie Bush is likely to play in the NFL again this year, but not with the New Orleans Saints, coach Sean Payton said Monday while on The Rich Eisen Show. Payton said the Saints and Bush nearly had a reunion last offseason, as the coach and player met for dinner in Los Angeles, but the sides..." July 12

  • Ricky Williams says he took at least 500 drug tests in his career

    SI "Former NFL running back Ricky Williams thinks he was drug tested more than 500 times during his NFL career. In the new SI Films documentary Ricky Williams Takes The High Road, which premieres Wednesday on SI.com, Williams speaks about his experiences with drug testing as an NFL player. Williams..." July 11

  • Sean Payton, Drew Brees leave contract talks up to Saints, agent, Payton tells Rich Eisen Show

    The New Orleans Advocate "Sean Payton was at the beach, enjoying his Fourth of July weekend, when he glanced at his Twitter account and saw one of his players making a dubious decision. His most important player. There was a picture of Drew Brees, clinging tightly to a homemade zipline in his Del Mar, Calif., backyard,..." July 11

  • Fantasy: 10 breakout candidates to target in your draft

    The Score "Every fantasy owner wants to discover the star player no one saw coming. It gives you bragging rights over the competition and puts you in position to make a run at the title. With only a few weeks left until players report to training camp, let’s take a look at this year’s breakout..." July 11

  • The NFL's Catch Rule Got A Little More Complicated

    Deadspin "The NFL published its updated 2016 rulebook this week, and here’s a list of some of the bigger changes. But c’mon, we all want to see what the ever-evolving, always-baffling catch rule looks like now, so we can pretend we have any idea what we’re talking about when there’s a catch..." July 07

  • Saints roast NFL for leaving Drew Brees off best free agent signings list

    Larry Brown Sports "With football in somewhat of a dead period at the moment, the NFL Network decided to fill some space on Wednesday morning by discussing the best free agent signings in league history. The New Orleans Saints are stunned no analyst mentioned a certain quarterback who has been lighting up opposing..." July 06

  • Saints Sign Darryl Tapp

    Pro Football Rumors "The Saints auditioned Darryl Tapp last month and look to have seen enough from the veteran defensive end. New Orleans signed Tapp this morning, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter) as likely competition for a potential rotational defensive line job — a capacity the 31-year-old..." July 06

  • Saints’ Harper expects ‘all-time high’ trash talk against former Panthers teammates

    Fox Sports "Roman Harper played a key role in the Carolina Panthers' 15-win season and run to the Super Bowl last season, starting all 16 games and recording 73 tackles. His time with the Panthers was brief -- just two seasons -- as he's now headed back to the team's division rival, where he spent the first..." July 06

  • Staying healthy might be only thing between Saints’ Mark Ingram and stardom

    The Advocate "The only thing that stands between Mark Ingram and the Pro Bowl might be his health. Ingram is no longer the young first-round pick who struggled to make the transition from Heisman Trophy to the pros; he spent 12 weeks among the NFL’s leaders in yards from scrimmage last fall. By almost any..." July 04

  • Sean Payton does not approve of Drew Brees’ 4th of July weekend activity

    Sportsnaut "Drew Brees is pretty much the biggest difference between winning and losing for the New Orleans Saints, so staying healthy is of utmost importance. Head coach Sean Payton would certainly agree with this, which is likely why he was less than pleased with what Brees is doing this 4th of July weekend." July 03

  • Report: Goodell earned $32M in 2015

    The Score "The NFL paid commissioner Roger Goodell $32 million for 2015, according to a tax filing obtained by Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal. Since the NFL changed its status from a non-profit to a profitable venture, this is the last year Goodell's salary will be on public record. " June 30

  • Rita Benson LeBlanc says she’ll still own part of Saints after settlement

    Pro Football Talk "Even after a settlement reached earlier this month between Saints owner Tom Benson and a group of his former heirs, the granddaughter who was effectively cut out of the will maintains she’ll still have a role. Rita Benson LeBlanc, who was fired by her grandfather in December 2014, told Bruce..." June 28

  • NFL offseason arrests less frequent than years past

    Sportsnaut "Negative press dominates headlines, but the NFL is seeing a positive development when it comes to players getting arrested in the offseason. As detailed by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, only nine NFL players have been arrested this year since January 1, which is down from 13 last year, 21..." June 27

  • NFL owners haul in $222.6 million each for 2015 shared revenue

    Sportsnaut "The NFL, and its owners, just keep getting richer. In a report by Eben Novy-Williams of Bloomberg, the league divided up $7.1 billion in revenue, which is an increase of six percent from the previous year. ESPN’s Darren Rovell has done the math, and as we can see each NFL team owner received a..." June 27

  • Marques Colston Continuing Life After the New Orleans Saints

    Canal Street Chronicles "Marques Colston, the New Orleans Saints all-time leading receiver and scorer, was released by the Saints this offseason. A ten-year NFL veteran, Colston played his entire career in the Bayou. Aside from and during his playing career, Colston was a successful entrepreneur and businessman. They..." June 23

  • Marques Colston Continuing Life After the New Orleans Saints

    Canal Street Chronicles "Marques Colston, the New Orleans Saints all-time leading receiver and scorer, was released by the Saints this offseason. A ten-year NFL veteran, Colston played his entire career in the Bayou. Aside from and during his playing career, Colston was a successful entrepreneur and businessman. They..." June 22

  • Drew Brees remains confident contract will be worked out, wants to retire a Saint

    USA Today "Saints quarterback Drew Brees hasn’t changed his view: he still sees himself retiring in New Orleans. Entering the final year of his current deal and contract talks “ongoing”, Brees remains confident that an extension will work itself out. "I’ve been through that a few times, so you know..." June 22

  • Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe hoping to leave IR behind and stay on the field

    The Advocate "Dannell Ellerbe is tired of setbacks. Ellerbe arrived in New Orleans hoping for a fresh start after his big-money opportunity in Miami was derailed by a devastating hip injury in 2014, but a series of injuries — turf toe that robbed him of training camp and the first three games, another hip..." June 22

  • Back with the Saints, safety Roman Harper aims to show the defense what it takes

    The Advocate "In his first week back with the New Orleans Saints, it seemed like Roman Harper had a teleporter — because he was everywhere. The veteran safety, who returned to the Saints earlier this month after two seasons with the Carolina Panthers, was moving all over the practice field during minicamp,..." June 21

  • NFL takes unusual step of involving position coaches in looking at more kickoff rule changes

    USA Today "The NFL is assessing the viability of further rules changes on kickoffs with unprecedented input from the league’s special teams coordinators, who want to save the exciting play from extinction. Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, recently held a conference call with special..." June 21

  • New Orleans Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe says he'll be ready to go by training camp

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is tired of his status on the injured list. Ellerbe has played in only seven games in the past two seasons. A Week 1 hip injury in 2014, when Ellerbe was with the Dolphins, ended his season early. A trade from the Dolphins to the Saints last..." June 18

  • New Orleans Saints place safety Jamarca Sanford on injured reserve

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints have placed veteran safety Jamarca Sanford on injured reserve and signed defensive tackle Lawrence Virgil in his place. Sanford did not participate in minicamp with an undisclosed injury but was in attendance at practice every day watching from the sidelines." June 18

  • Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson settles lawsuit over family trust

    ESPN "New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson settled a federal lawsuit over a family trust Friday that was scheduled to go to trial on Monday in New Orleans. Terms of the settlement will remain confidential, according to a statement by the Saints. But the settlement should clear Benson's..." June 18

  • Robert Meachem returns to New Orleans Saints as tryout player wearing No. 12

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Wide receiver Robert Meachem, who played with the New Orleans Saints from 2007-2011, participated in Tuesday's minicamp practice in Metairie on a tryout basis. Meachem was wearing No. 12, the jersey number recently vacated by 10-year veteran Marques Colston, who was released by the team Feb...." June 15

  • Sean Payton: 2016 team is hungry for success

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is pleased. It is Thursday afternoon and the last practice of OTAs have just concluded. Things seem to be going well, so well that Payton canceled one of the Saints' precious nine OTA practices Wednesday to take the players go-karting instead. The Saints..." June 14

  • Saints plan to unleash defensive line with simple concept change under Dennis Allen

    The New Orleans Advocate "Dennis Allen is unleashing the New Orleans defensive line this season. By installing his personal variation of the attacking, aggressive scheme Gregg Williams deploys, Allen is also taking a lot of the guesswork out of the game for the guys up front. From edge rushers like Cam Jordan and..." June 13

  • C.J. Spiller believes a clean bill of health will allow him to finally flourish in Saints offense

    The Advocate "C.J. Spiller tried to fight the truth last season. He was coming off a season that ended prematurely because of a broken collarbone, and he was determined to not let an injury keep him off the field again. When Spiller returned early in the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his..." June 11

  • Saints' Kikaha suffers torn ACL

    The Score "New Orleans Saints linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha has suffered a torn ACL, according to Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate. Kikaha was expected to be the Saints featured pass rusher for the 2016 season and now is likely done for the year. The 23-year-old suffered two ACL injuries in college,..." June 09

  • NFL owners, coaches say a developmental league is needed and here's what's brewing

    CBS Sports "The limos were lined up bumper-to-bumper around the sprawling driveway and the private planes waited on tarmacs nearby as NFL owners scrambled to get back home after wrapping up another league meeting. In a nearby ballroom, commissioner Roger Goodell began addressing the media, his statements..." June 07

  • NFL Twitter Hacked, Announces Roger Goodell's Death

    Deadspin "Some gremlin got access to the NFL’s Twitter account today and announced the death of commissioner Roger Goodell. NFL PR flack Brian McCarthy quickly corrected the record: The other two tweets were also deleted. The NFL appears to have regained control of its account. The fake cause of..." June 07

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