Saints Rumors & News

  • Payton: Saints Always In The “QB Business”

    Pro Football Rumors "The Saints have Drew Brees under contract for the 2017 campaign, but given that Brees in nearing 40 years old, New Orleans head coach Sean Payton admitted to SiriusXM NFL Radio that his club is always interested in adding quarterback talent. “I think that topic exists and has existed because of..." February 22

  • Sean Payton says Saints are “always” in the quarterback business

    Pro Football Talk "Saints quarterback Drew Brees heads into the 2017 season without a contract for 2018, which means that there’s more than a passing chance that it is his final season in New Orleans. Brees is also 38 and whether it is next year, 2019 or sometime else, the Saints are going to find themselves in..." February 21

  • Saints’ HC Sean Payton says team must get cornerback, pass rusher

    Fanrag Sports "The New Orleans Saints have a lot of weapons on offense, but head coach Sean Payton knows they can’t win consistently if they don’t stop giving up so many points. They can only come out on top in so many shootouts, and they’ve wasted a lot of terrific performances by QB Drew Brees because the..." February 21

  • Sean Payton on Saints' defensive woes: 'We've got to find a pass rusher'

    CBS Sports "The New Orleans Saints once again had one of the NFL’s worst defenses last season. The Saints finished 2016 ranked 27th in yards allowed, 31st in points allowed, and 30th in Football Outsiders’ defensive DVOA. They’d finished 31st, 32nd, and 32nd in 2015, and 31st, 28th, and 31st in 2014. At..." February 20

  • Saints' Payton: Finding pass-rusher is 'a must'

    New Orleans Saints "Already, it has been a busy offseason for the New Orleans Saints, headlined by a coaching staff shakeup. As the team enters free agency and then the NFL Draft – the latter preceded by a stop at the NFL Combine – New Orleans will continue to look for ways to post a winning record after three..." February 18

  • Robert Meachem released from jail in alimony, child support case

    ESPN "A judge ordered the release of former New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers receiver Robert Meachem on Thursday after he spent three days in jail for failing to make alimony and child support payments. Meachem owed nearly $400,000 to his ex-wife, Andrea Rhodes, but the judge ordered that he..." February 16

  • Nick Fairley and the Saints say they want to stick together, but will the money work?

    The Advocate "When keeping the view strictly on the field, determining that Nick Fairley should be a part of the Saints' defensive line moving forward is an easy task. Multiple sources have said both the team and player would like to stick together moving forward. Fairley likes playing in New Orleans, which..." February 15

  • NFL sets cap percentages for franchise tags

    Pro Football Talk "The franchise-tag crop report has arrived. Sort of. Prior to 2011, the non-exclusive franchise tenders were determined by averaging the five highest cap numbers at each position from the prior year. Starting in 2011, the tenders are determined by the aggregate sum of the salary cap for the five..." February 15

  • NFL Would Boost TV Ratings, Ad Revenue If US Ban On Sports Betting Lifted, New Report Says

    Legal Sports Report "MoffettNathanson Research released a report called NFL Season Recap – It’s All Over But the Crying (paywall), looking back at 2016-17. Part of the analysis focused on sports betting, and opportunities missed by the NFL to generate more interest and revenue. The NFL has generally tried to..." February 14

  • Former Saints player Robert Meachem has been jailed over unpaid child support, alimony

    The Advocate "Former Saints fan favorite Robert Meachem began serving a 30-day jail sentence Monday, having failed to pay nearly $400,000 in child support and alimony owed to his ex-wife. To get out, Meachem needs to cough up at least $100,000 for Andrea Rhodes, with whom he has two children. Otherwise, he..." February 14

  • Some late-season Thursday Night Football games could move to Saturday

    Awful Announcing "With the 2016-17 NFL season, it’s time for the league’s TV’s partners to look ahead for the next season and what teams they’ll lobby for. Due to the Dallas Cowboys’ effect on the ratings in the second half of last season, there’s no doubt that all of the networks will want to maximize the number..." February 14

  • Mark Ingram HUNTS 600 POUND HOG

    TMZ "Saints RB Mark Ingram won the Super Bowl of hunting this week, popping a GIGANTIC 600 LB BOAR during a hunt in Tennessee ... and his NFL pals were definitely impressed. Ingram bagged the beast at the Spartan Hunting Preserve in Grandview, Tennessee earlier this week -- and claims he took it..." February 10

  • Saints will hold 2017 training camp at Metairie facility

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints are staying home for training camp in 2017. The Saints announced Thursday that training camp will be held at the team's practice facility in Metairie after spending the past three years at The Greenbriar in Sulphur Springs, W.V. "We first want to thank Governor Jim..." February 10

  • Details on How Much DirecTV is Raising The NFL Sunday Ticket Package in 2017

    Black Sports Online "The 2016 campaign ended in epic fashion, as the New England Patriots came back from down 25 points against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. As football fans wait several months until the game returns, they’ll have to get ready for prices rising for the Sunday Ticket package on..." February 09

  • Saints expected to hire Ryan Nielsen as defensive line coach

    Pro Football Talk "Defensive line coach Bill Johnson was among the assistants that the Saints let go at the end of the regular season and they’ve found his replacement. Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reports that Ryan Nielsen will make the move from North Carolina State to New Orleans. Nielsen was the defensive line..." February 08

  • Worst NFL free-agent pool ever won't stop desperate teams from diving in wallets first

    CBS Sports "NFL free agency is fool's gold. Always has been. Always will be. Now more than ever. Forever and forever. Amen. I've been singing this chorus and preaching this sermon for roughly a decade now, and nothing has changed. Except, well, the free-agency classes grow shallower and shallower...." February 08

  • DIRECTV raising Sunday Ticket prices for 2017 season

    Sportsnaut "It’s all about supply and demand. And despite what was a perceived regression in terms of television ratings during the 2016 NFL season, the demand is surely still there. It’s the most popular sport in North American. That’s not even up for debate at this point. So leave it to cable and..." February 08

  • Top 10 biggest boom or bust players in 2017 NFL Draft

    Sportsnaut "Heading into the 2017 NFL Draft, there are a few players who find themselves in the “no doubt about it” category. Texas A&M EDGE defender Myles Garrett comes to mind when discussing that type of player. Other prospects quality as flyers and potential steals. There’s a whole other category,..." February 07

  • Sean Payton calls Deshaun Watson 'special,' but in no rush to replace Drew Brees

    ESPN "Sean Payton talked about his admiration for Deshaun Watson, his admiration for Drew Brees, and about when it’s time to start looking to replace a Hall of Fame quarterback Friday on The Dan Patrick Show. The topics weren’t exactly related, since they came up during different parts of the..." February 04

  • Sean Payton: Saints have to improve on defense

    NFL.com "Saints head coach Sean Payton, leader of a consistent 5,000-yard-per-season passer, stated the obvious about his team on Friday. They need help on defense. "We have to improve our defense," Payton said on Good Morning Football. "I was just asked this question earlier on the show...." February 03

  • Sean Payton says no “associate” of his reached out to the Colts

    Pro Football Talk "The best week ever for PFT Live capped with an unexpected visit from Saints coach Sean Payton, who has had the job since 2006 and who every year is rumored to be in his final year with the team. He addressed this year’s round of #fakenews regarding his departure from New Orleans, explained that..." February 03

  • Saints re-sign fullback John Kuhn

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints are keeping a key member of the backfield. The Saints are re-signing fullback John Kuhn to a one-year deal with an $80,000 signing bonus, according to a source familiar with the transaction. Kuhn, who is expected to sign the contract Friday, originally joined the..." February 03

  • Cam Jordan likes to make Cam Newton complain to officials

    Pro Football Talk "Thursday’s PFT Live included a visit from Saints defensive end Cam Jordan. Cam Jordan talked about plenty of things, including the quarterback he most likes to sack. Coincidentally, his favorite target goes by the same first name. “I like to keep it in our division,” Jordan said. “I like..." February 02

  • Saints’ Drew Brees Vying For Another Super Bowl, No Plans For Retirement

    NESN "Drew Brees just wrapped up his 16th season in the NFL, but the New Orleans Saints quarterback has no immediate plans for retirement. Brees appeared on “The Ellen Show” Tuesday and discussed his future in the league. While his contract with the Saints ends after the 2017 season, his primary..." February 02

  • President Trump on Roger Goodell: ‘The commissioner is a dope. He’s a stupid guy’

    Sportsnaut "President Donald Trump isn’t one afraid to ruffle some feathers. It’s his outspoken attitude and ability to go away from the norm that caught the attention of those who voted him into office. As divisive as Trump himself might be, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is an equally divisive figure..." February 01

  • Roger Goodell indicates NFL looking into cutting commercials during broadcasts

    Sportsnaut "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the public in a pre-Super Bowl press conference on Wednesday. He covered many issues including the possibility of the league reducing the number of commercials during a game. The task at hand would be to shorten the time it takes to watch an entire NFL..." February 01

  • Goodell defends Thursday Night Football: Lower injury rate, 'high-quality football'

    CBS Sports ""Thursday Night Football" isn't on its way out. As NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made clear at his press conference Wednesday, it's here to stay. To do so, Goodell cited lower injury rates and "high-quality football." "They're slightly lower than any other games," Goodell said of injury..." February 01

  • 2017 Salary Cap Could Increase By As Much As $15M

    NFL Trade Rumors "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters (per Kyle Meinke) on Wednesday that the 2017 salary cap could go up by as much as $15 million per team. A few months ago, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported that NFL teams were informed that the 2017 cap is expected to be between $166 million –..." February 01

  • Head of NFL refs union: Barbs from players 'very concerning'

    USA Today "The NFL has fined multiple players this season for criticizing individual officials, and the head of the NFL Referees Association doesn’t want to see such incidents become a trend. Scott Green, the former NFL referee and recently appointed NFLRA executive director, told USA TODAY Sports on..." February 01

  • Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw think Drew Brees, other QBs can play into 40s

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said last July he thinks he can play well into his 40s. A couple Hall of Fame quarterbacks agree. "I'm watching (Tom) Brady and I'm watching Brees, and I'm saying it's all about injury," Terry Bradshaw said during a media session with FOX..." February 01

  • Saints Hiring Mike Nolan As LBs Coach

    NFL Trade Rumors "The New Orleans Saints are hiring Mike Nolan as their linebackers coach, according to Sirius XM NFL Radio. Last week, Alex Marvez reported that New Orleans was interviewing Nolan for a defensive staff position, so he was clearly on their radar. The Saints have been working to fill a number..." January 31

  • Saints add a couple of assistants

    Pro Football Talk "When word came Monday that the Bears would be parting ways with wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson, we noted that the Saints had an opening at the position that might interest the former Sean Payton assistant. It seems the Saints and Johnson noticed the same thing. Mike Triplett of ESPN.com..." January 31

  • Drew Brees Considering Political Career ... Shoots Down Sean Payton Trade Rumors

    TMZ "Peyton Manning might not be the only superstar NFL quarterback in Washington ... Drew Brees tells TMZ Sports he's also open to the idea of running for office after he hangs up the cleats. The 38-year-old QB is like a living God in New Orleans and is incredibly involved in the community -- so,..." January 31

  • Report: NFLPA reviewing relationship with Uber after ‘strike busting tactics’

    Sportsnaut "According to Albert Breer of MMQB, the NFL Players Association is reviewing its relationship with ride-share company Uber in wake of its decision to operate in New York City when the city’s taxis went on strike over the weekend to protest the Trump administrations immigration policy. The strike..." January 31

  • Saints owner Tom Benson's ownership lawsuit 1 week away from trial

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Less than one week remains now until Saints owner Tom Benson's legal fight over his estranged family's financial stake in the team goes to trial in federal court in New Orleans. Benson, 89, and the trustees overseeing his heirs' trust funds could still settle the case, but U.S. District Judge..." January 30

  • NFL won’t commit to Orlando Pro Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "This year’s Pro Bowl was more successful than usual, due in part to a sold-out crowd in Orlando and an inexplicably successful effort (fueled by Ray Lewis) to get the players to cast aside their best interests and risk injury by playing hard. Still, the new home of the game won’t necessarily be..." January 30

  • Jets to hire Saints WR coach John Morton as offensive coordinator: source

    New York Daily News "Finally, it looks like the Jets are going to have an offensive coordinator again. Gang Green is hiring Saints WR coach John Morton to become their new OC, according to a source. Morton was one of several candidates interviewed by Jets head coach Todd Bowles. The Jets are replacing Chan..." January 29

  • Sold-out Pro Bowl means it surely will continue

    Pro Football Talk "From time to time, the NFL huffs and puffs about the quality of the Pro Bowl. But the Pro Bowl’s house isn’t going to be blown down any time soon. (Even though it should be.) This year, the NFL has offered standing-room only tickets at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, site of this year’s..." January 29

  • NFL and medical marijuana: A Q&A with former Eagles OL Todd Herremans

    ESPN "The conversation about marijuana's place in the NFL is heating up. Earlier this week, it was revealed that the NFL Players Association is working on a proposal that would amend the current drug policy to take a "less punitive" approach to recreational marijuana use among players, and the..." January 28

  • The Super Bowl Sex-Trafficking Myth: Is it the crisis it's cracked up to be?

    SI "Oh, man, we’re about to get robbed. That was Ryan Murphy’s thought when the two sedans ominously pulled up on either side of the car he was sitting in. From the front passenger’s seat of the Ford Fusion parked at a gas station, he breathed a sigh of resignation and reached for his wallet...." January 28

  • At his 10th Pro Bowl, Drew Brees still thinks it’s an honor

    Pro Football Talk "Dozens of players turned down trips to the Pro Bowl this year, but Saints quarterback Drew Brees is there as usual. Brees is at his 10th Pro Bowl and hasn’t joined with the trend of veteran players skipping the game to get some offseason rest. He says he still views it as a great honor to be..." January 27

  • Saints sign a long snapper

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints have signed long snapper Jesse Schmitt, John J. Hendrix of CanalStreetChronicles.com reported on Wednesday. Justin Drescher, who has been the Saints’ long snapper since 2010, will be a free agent in March unless he signs a new contract before then. " January 26

  • Report: Rams to hire former Saints interim head coach as O-line coach

    Fanrag Sports "Aaron Kromer will now be tasked with helping out one of the more scrutinized parts of the Rams. The former Saints interim head coach and longtime offensive line coach is expected to become the Rams’ O-line boss, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports. This could be categorized as the last attempt..." January 25

  • Saints GM Mickey Loomis says role with Pelicans is 'overblown'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Mickey Loomis provided a logical reason Tuesday to believe he has a minimal acting role with the New Orleans Pelicans. He didn't even watch the Pelicans as they upset the Cleveland Cavaliers -- the defending NBA champions -- without star Anthony Davis at Smoothie King Center Monday. Loomis was..." January 25

  • Saints GM Mickey Loomis says role with Pelicans is 'overblown'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Mickey Loomis provided a logical reason Tuesday to believe he has a minimal acting role with the New Orleans Pelicans. He didn't even watch the Pelicans as they upset the Cleveland Cavaliers -- the defending NBA champions -- without star Anthony Davis at Smoothie King Center Monday. Loomis was..." January 25

  • Saints GM Mickey Loomis: Relationship with Sean Payton as strong as ever

    ESPN "General manager Mickey Loomis said he didn’t talk to any other teams about a possible trade for New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton this year and that he doesn’t “know where that stuff comes from.” “No teams called me, and I haven’t called any teams,” Loomis said Tuesday after the first day..." January 25

  • Mickey Loomis not looking beyond 2017 with Drew Brees

    Pro Football Talk "Saints quarterback Drew Brees signed a one-year extension last year after an offseason that featured a lot of attention to his contract situation, but said at the end of the 2016 season that he doesn’t intend to push for an extension that keeps him under contract beyond 2017 because he wants to..." January 25

  • Saints angering teams by taking Senior Bowl players off site for interviews

    Pro Football Talk "We have our first mildly interesting story to emerge from Senior Bowl week. Per multiple sources, the Saints have been taking Senior Bowl players off site for interviews. This has been rubbing other teams the wrong way because it takes time to get the players off site, interview them, and bring..." January 24

  • NFL TV viewership fumbles for the first time in 4 years

    New York Post "NFL TV viewership fell last season for the first time in four years — and you can’t blame Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for the slide. Sure, the number of people tuning into NFL games fell 14 percent through Week 9 of the 2016 season — which ended a day before Election Day — but they were..." January 24

  • Saints never spoke to Colts about Sean Payton

    Pro Football Talk "The Colts have denied it on the record, and the Saints eventually may do the same. For now, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that no one from the Saints at any time has ever spoken to the Colts, directly or indirectly, about a deal for coach Sean Payton. Colts COO Pete Ward..." January 23