Saints Rumors & News

  • The NFL's Most Valuable Teams "Just because the auction of the Buffalo Bills is having a tough time drawing bids above $1 billion two years after the Cleveland Browns sold for $987 million, and just weeks after the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers were sold for $2 billion, doesn’t mean the National..." August 20

  • Jimmy Graham: Have to stop dunks "Jimmy Graham stopped short of saying he regrets his goalpost dunks from Friday night, which drew two penalty flags and led to a shouting match between the New Orleans Saints tight end and coach Sean Payton on the sideline. But Graham insisted Sunday that he "would never do anything to hurt the..." August 18

  • Drew Brees says he plans to play when Saints travel to Indianapolis on Saturday

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees returned to full participation in practice Sunday at the team's headquarters in Metairie and said he would play for the first time in the Saints' third preseason game Saturday at Indianapolis. Brees said there was "no question" he planned to..." August 18

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    Mike Triplett @MikeTriplett

    #Saints QB Drew Brees, WR Marques Colston, WR Kenny Stills all participating in individual passing drills

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    Larry Holder @LarryHolder

    Brees is about to do team drills. He's fully back from his oblique injury.

  • Sean Payton on Jimmy Graham dunking: ‘I’m very upset’

    The Advocate "Maybe the first dunk was cute. After tight end Jimmy Graham stuffed the ball through the uprights a second time coach Sean Payton was livid. “Yes, I was (upset),” Payton said. “I’m very upset. Would you be upset? I was, particularly.” The so-called “Jimmy Graham rule” was put in place this..." August 17

  • With Drew Brees sidelined, Saints' backup quarterbacks have big night

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The three quarterbacks on the New Orleans Saints' roster not named Drew Brees combined for 325 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-24 preseason victory over the Tennessee Titans on Friday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Veteran Luke McCown opened the game with methodical scoring drives,..." August 16

  • Keenan Lewis limps off for Saints

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints opened the night without several key players and another one limped off the field before the first half came to an end. Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis headed to the back with medical personnel in the second quarter of the game shortly after leaving game. Lewis was not wearing a shoe..." August 16

  • New Orleans Saints commit 22 penalties, beat Tennessee Titans 31-24

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints forced five turnovers and withstood a barrage of penalty flags to beat the Tennessee Titans 31-24 in a preseason game on Friday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints, now 2-0 in the preseason, were flagged 22 times for 183 yards. There are no records for..." August 16

  • Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis still looking for R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "There's a hairline difference between cockiness and confidence. New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis often smudges the line. For example ... "I want to be the best," Lewis said. "I respect those guys -- Patrick Peterson, Richard Sherman and them. But it's time Keenan Lewis can be..." August 14

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    Mike Triplett @MikeTriplett

    #Saints Payton explained that TE Richard Quinn retired earlier this week after he realized his heart's not in it anymore. Happens at times.

  • Drew Brees does individual drills, but still limited Wednesday

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and cornerback Champ Bailey are slowly making their way back to full participation. But they're not there yet. During Wednesday's practice, Brees and Bailey practiced in almost the same fashion as Tuesday, coming to practice in full pads but keeping..." August 13

  • Who should you draft with the No. 1 pick in fantasy football?

    USA Today "LeSean McCoy is in the best position to succeed Tim Heaney, senior fantasy writer: Why blindly pick last year’s top running back at No. 1? Jamaal Charles is a first-rounder, but 12 rushing scores and 70 receptions are hard to repeat, even with Andy Reid running things. After his monumental..." August 13

  • Aldon Smith dominating with suspension looming

    San Francisco Chronicle "At the moment, for the 49ers, the news is a bit bittersweet: Aldon Smith has never been better. At least that’s the word coming from those who have seen the 49ers All-Pro outside linebacker in training camp. Jim Harbaugh said Smith has “taken his game to the highest level” and 49ers left..." August 13

  • Saints place tight end Richard Quinn on reserve/retired list

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Tight end Richard Quinn lasted less than one week in the New Orleans Saints' training camp before being placed on the reserve/retired list on Monday, according to the NFL's transaction wire. Quinn was signed last Tuesday to shore up depth after injuries to tight end Je'Ron Hamm and fullback..." August 12

  • Champ Bailey needs to show New Orleans Saints something or end is near

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton relied on a philosophy from his most respected mentor when describing what Payton expected from veteran cornerback Champ Bailey on the heels of training camp. "Bill Parcells used to say this and every once and a while I will reference Parcells," Payton said...." August 11

  • Ryan Griffin looks like New Orleans Saints' quarterback of the future

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The thought of playing a game without Drew Brees is enough to make most New Orleans Saints fans spontaneously combust. Over the years, more than a few rosary beads have worn thin in prayer for the well being of the Saints' star quarterback, the appeal for divine intervention as much an..." August 10

  • Ingram gets contract year off to a good start

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints decided not to pick up the fifth-year option on fourth-year first-round tailback Mark Ingram. It means that Ingram currently is playing for a new contract, in New Orleans or somewhere else. Ingram has gotten the preseason portion of his contract year off to a good start. He has..." August 09

  • New Orleans Saints rookie receiver Brandin Cooks dazzles in win over Rams

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks seems to have made a habit of turning almost every practice snap into some kind of spectacular play. In training camp, he's looked fluid on punt returns and stole the show in the Black and Gold Scrimmage last week. Cooks made Saints..." August 09

  • When will NFL consider marijuana reform?

    USA Today "The NFL has not yet ruled on what’s next for Cleveland’s Josh Gordon, but the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot is reporting the Browns are bracing for the star wide receiver to be out eight games. Gordon appealed his positive drug test earlier this week. His appeal is based on the..." August 08

  • Saints owner Tom Benson given medical attention again at camp "A week after suffering dehydration while at Saints camp in West Virginia, owner Tom Benson was hospitalized Tuesday morning to receive oxygen, the team said. But the Saints later said that Benson is feeling OK." August 06

  • New Orleans Saints sign fullback Greg Jones "He is a former Pro Bowler The New Orleans Saints announced Wednesday that they have signed fullback Greg Jones to a one-year contract. The announcement was made by Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis. Jones, 6 feet 1, 251 pounds, is a 10-year NFL veteran who was..." August 06

  • Brees back to throwing, but more injuries for Saints

    The Advertiser "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was seen throwing Tuesday during the team's afternoon walk-through for the first time since injuring his oblique on Friday. Sean Payton considers Brees' injury, which kept him out of Saturday's Black and Gold Scrimmage, minor and says he's taking it..." August 06

  • Saints’ Brees still out with oblique strain "Quarterback Drew Brees remained sidelined by a left oblique strain during the New Orleans Saints' practice on Monday. But coach Sean Payton described Brees as "day to day" and said the injury is not something that should jeopardize the start of the regular season. "We'll make sure it's..." August 05

  • Drew Brees’s day-to-day oblique strain costs him another day

    Pro Football Talk "When the Saints released their first preseason depth chart, Luke McCown was listed the second-string quarterback and Ryan Griffin the third. That’s only really pertinent because the guy in front of them on the list missed another practice." August 04

  • Four teams made waivers claim for Michael Bowie

    Pro Football Talk "If the Browns violated any unwritten rules by claiming Seahawks right tackle Michael Bowie on waivers as the team tried to slip him through to injured reserve, the Browns weren’t alone. Per a league source, the Saints, Patriots, and Cowboys also made waivers claims for Bowie. The Patriots..." August 04

  • Kenny Vaccaro guarantees a Super Bowl win (not really)

    Pro Football Talk "When interviewing players, the goal is to make news. Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro recently tried to help us out, sort of. To cap a sit-down in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, where the Saints are holding three weeks of camp at The Greenbrier resort, Vaccaro was goaded into saying something..." August 03

  • New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Ball impresses in Black and Gold scrimmage

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Ball may still be one of the newer guys on the field, but he wasn't shy about showing his enthusiasm. Toward the end of Saturday's scrimmage Ball repeatedly lifted up his arms to engage the 4,000 plus fans in attendance. Ball had reason to be pumped up...." August 03

  • Saints' rookie Cooks steals show again "The star of the New Orleans Saints' scrimmage on Saturday? The same guy who has been the star of their entire camp -- rookie receiver Brandin Cooks. Somehow, the dynamic playmaker keeps managing to top himself with each passing day. Among his other highlights on Saturday, Cooks torched..." August 03

  • Saints TE Jimmy Graham can’t get around NFL dunk ban with finger-rolls, layups, ref says

    The New Orleans Advocate "All-Pro Saints tight end Jimmy Graham won’t be able to get around the NFL’s ban on dunking this upcoming season by finger-rolling or shooting the ball over the field goal’s crossbar. It will all constitute using the ball as a prop illegally and draw a flag for a 15-yard penalty, NFL referee..." August 03

  • Kenny Stills participates in Saints' walk-through Friday after missing most of camp with injury

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills returned to the practice fields for Friday afternoon's walk-through at the Greenbrier resort. Stills participated in the walk-through, jogging through several plays. The walk-though is non-contact and is conducted at less than full..." August 02

  • Drew Brees misses scrimmage with strained oblique, is day to day

    New Orleans Times-Picayune " New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees missed Saturday's scrimmage with a strained left oblique, coach Sean Payton said. The injury was suffered during Friday morning's practice, and Brees is "day to day" as the Saints "monitor" the injury, Payton said." August 02

  • Mark Ingram: I want to be the best back in the history of football "Mark Ingram's expectations have not diminished one bit heading into his fourth season with the New Orleans Saints. “The sky’s the limit, man. I want to be the best back to ever play the freakin’ game of football,” Ingram said. However, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner also insisted that he’s..." August 02

  • Victor Butler hopes to play role after watching New Orleans Saints' defense grow in 2013

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "When Victor Butler tore his ACL last June during the New Orleans Saints' organized team activities, he was forced to watch as a resurgent defense helped push the Saints to 11 wins and a wild card playoff victory. He also watched much of his expected role filled successfully by teammates like..." July 31

  • Will Jairus Byrd's return help the Saints force more turnovers this season?

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "There's no question New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd was signed to fix one of the team's weak areas. Last season the Saints ranked in the bottom of the league in forced turnovers, while Byrd has 22 career interceptions and 11 forced fumbles. However, the excitement of Byrd's signing was..." July 30

  • Could Champ Bailey get cut by the Saints? "Champ Bailey was talked up as a big free agent acquisition in New Orleans out of respect for his 12 Pro Bowl appearances. There hasn't been much talk about whether this version of Bailey can truly be an asset on the field. Greg Bedard of writes that Bailey won't help the Saints as..." July 29

  • Drew Brees on plan to play until he's 45: 'I'm serious'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he was being serious when he said last week that he wanted to play until he was 45. Brees, 35, said he knows that playing in the NFL for another decade wouldn't be easy. "I'm serious. I'm not delusional," Brees said after practice on Tuesday at..." July 29

  • Jairus Byrd (back) off PUP list, at Saints walkthrough "The New Orleans Saints have their high-priced free agent acquisition on the field. The team tweeted out a Vine of Jairus Byrd at Tuesday morning's walkthrough, meaning the safety is off the physically unable to perform list. Byrd underwent back surgery in May, not long after signing a..." July 29

  • Brandin Cooks quickly getting up to speed in 1st New Orleans Saints training camp

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints already knew that first-round draft pick Brandin Cooks was fast. Now coaches are finding out that the rookie receiver is a fast learner, too. Cooks set single-season conference records during his final year at Oregon State, catching 128 passes for 1,730 yards. Those..." July 28

  • Drew Brees Gets Randomly Drug Tested After Saying He Wants to Play Until He's 45

    Bleacher Report "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees can do nothing but laugh at the NFL's random drug-testing system after what happened this past week. The 35-year-old said on Friday that he would like to play football for 10 more years, via's Albert Breer: No doubt. There's no question...." July 28

  • Brandin Cooks quickly getting up to speed in 1st New Orleans Saints training camp

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints already knew that first-round draft pick Brandin Cooks was fast. Now coaches are finding out that the rookie receiver is a fast learner, too. Cooks set single-season conference records during his final year at Oregon State, catching 128 passes for 1,730 yards. Those..." July 28

  • Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas entering pivotal, possibly final, year with New Orleans Saints

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Mark Ingram is in a contract year. Pierre Thomas might as well be. The two most experienced running backs on the New Orleans Saints' roster are entering a career crossroads in 2014. Their performance this season could determine their future -- where they play and how much they make. On the..." July 27

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    Larry Holder @LarryHolder

    Kenny Stills doesn't look like he's practicing today. Left yesterday's session with a quad injury.

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    Ramon Antonio Vargas @RVargasAdvocate

    #saints coach Sean Payton says Byrd is on PUP day to day. Progress ahead of schedule, but no risks.

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    Sean Payton did the Saints conditioning test with the players today, fought thru a chest cold to do it. "It was tough."

  • NFL in LA? It could happen sooner than you think

    Sporting News "At long last, after a 19-year absence, the NFL is ready to return to Los Angeles. It's no longer a matter of if, but when. Expect the NFL to announce a return to America's entertainment capital and the second-biggest market in the next 12 months, with one or two teams debuting in Los Angeles no..." July 24

  • Saints' Jairus Byrd remains on schedule "New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd's recovery from back surgery has gone as expected this summer, according to a league source. Byrd is expected to be healthy enough to participate in training camp, though it’s unknown if he will be limited when the Saints begin practicing Friday at the..." July 21

  • Jimmy Graham, Saints Agree to Deal "Tight end Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans Saints have reached an agreement in principle on a new contract. Graham announced the agreement via Twitter on Tuesday morning. Terms of the deal have not been announced. The two sides came down to the wire before the Tuesday 4 p.m. ET deadline..." July 15

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    Chris Mortensen @mortreport

    So @TheJimmyGraham breaks news ...sources say Saints & TE have agreement in principle but contract language still being worked on.

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Saints and Jimmy Graham closing in on long-term deal to make him highest-paid TE in NFL history. Now optimism deal done by Tues deadline.

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