Saints Rumors & News

  • Blacks Represent 70 Percent Of NFL Players, Fan Base 83 Percent White

    Real GM Football "Seventy percent of African-American men comprise NFL rosters despite representing only six percent of the United States' population. While the majority of NFL players are black, the NFL fan base is 83 percent white and 64 percent male. The NFL has no African-Americans who are a majority..." August 30

  • Paul Kruger to visit Saints, Chiefs

    ESPN "Paul Kruger has already found at least a couple of interested suitors in the wake of his surprising release by the Cleveland Browns. The veteran pass-rusher is scheduled to visit the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, according to a league source. He then will visit the Kansas City Chiefs, a source..." August 30

  • Drew Brees 'wholeheartedly' disagrees with Colin Kaepernick's method of protest

    ESPN "Drew Brees said he felt compelled to speak out against Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand during the national anthem, saying Monday that it was "bothering me all day long." The New Orleans Saints quarterback, who has long been a passionate supporter of the military, stressed that he has no..." August 30

  • Dolphins Trading DE Chris McCain To Saints

    NFL Trade Rumors "Rand Getlin of NFL Media reports that the Dolphins are currently in the process of trading DE Chris McCain to the Saints. Getlin doesn’t say what the Dolphins will receive in return as part of this trade, but I’m sure the details will be available shortly. McCain, 24, wound up going..." August 29

  • Saints Trying Out 3 Including Veteran QB Ricky Stanzi

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Josh Katzenstein, the Saint tried out three players on Monday including QB Ricky Stanzi, G Todd Herremans, and TE Bear Pascoe. Stanzi, 28, is a former fifth-round pick of the Chiefs back in 2011. He spent two years with the Chiefs before he waived at the start of the 2013 season..." August 29

  • Sean Payton wants focus on football, not Colin Kaepernick controversy over national anthem

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The controversy surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to not stand during the playing of the national anthem has dominated headlines in past days. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton took a few moments Monday morning during a conference call to answer a few..." August 29

  • Sean Payton considering shifting Andrus Peat to left guard

    New Orleans Saints "New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton on Monday morning said that one of the possible solutions to trigger improved offensive line play for the Saints, as they near the regular-season opener on Sept. 11, is to shift right guard Andrus Peat to left guard. Peat, New Orleans’ first-round pick in..." August 29

  • Report: NFL thinking about eliminating the preseason

    Sportsnaut "The NFL preseason isn’t for everyone. The casual fan really isn’t interested in watching training camp bodies play in a meaningless game. Though, it’s still a cash cow. Interest is there. Stadiums sell out. The cost of television rights remain relatively high. In reality, it makes very..." August 28

  • Roethlisberger sharp as Steelers top Saints

    The Sports Xchange "Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger directed two touchdown drives before heading to the bench, completing scoring passes to tight end Jesse James and wide receiver Antonio Brown, to lift the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 27-14 preseason victory over the New Orleans Saints Friday night at the Mercedes Benz..." August 27

  • Terron Armstead, Cam Heyward, Marcus Gilbert all leave early with injuries

    Pro Football Talk "The Steelers and Saints have both seen some key members of their lineups depart with injuries in the first half of their game at the Superdome. Saints left tackle Terron Armstead left the game shortly after picking up a holding penalty and went back to the locker room. There’s been no..." August 27

  • New Orleans Saints RB Daniel Lasco, DB Jimmy Pruitt suffer injuries against Steelers

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints rookie running back Daniel Lasco left the game early in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers after taking a big helmet-to-helmet hit from linebacker Vince Williams. Lasco fumbled, which the Steelers recovered, and lay motionless face first on the turf before..." August 27

  • Sean Payton: Saints' pass protection 'concerning and troubling right now'

    ESPN "Based on the New Orleans Saints' first three preseason games, Drew Brees might want to think about holding out for the 2016 season just to stay upright. The Saints’ starting offensive line has been abysmal, both in pass protection and the run game." August 27

  • Daniel Lasco, Marcus Murphy suffer concussions in Friday's exhibition, sources say

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Two New Orleans Saints running backs competing for a spot on the 53-man roster will have to pass through the NFL's concussion protocol before returning to the field. Daniel Lasco and Marcus Murphy both suffered concussions in the Saints' preseason loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to..." August 27

  • Drew Brees outlines why players don't trust the NFL

    Sporting News "Drew Brees, who as a member of the NFLPA Executive Committee was part of the 2011 CBA negotiations, of all people should know all about the relationship between the NFL and its players. The Saints quarterback was candid when speaking about issues facing the league during an interview on the..." August 26

  • Drew Brees says players do not trust league office, Roger Goodell

    Larry Brown Sports "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees knows what it’s like to be the victim of Roger Goodell’s firm disciplinary hand, and he believes that there are major trust issues between the league office and the players. Brees told CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney on Wednesday that a multitude of..." August 25

  • Nick Fairley ready to take on bigger load with Saints

    NFL.com "Nick Fairley's talent has never been a question. Motor, consistency and drive have been the stumbling blocks of a career left wanting. After four seasons in Detroit, Fairley is with his second new team in two years. Signed by the New Orleans Saints as a rotational pass rusher, Fairley is..." August 24

  • Sean Payton: I'd want rookie WR Michael Thomas in fantasy football

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints rookie Michael Thomas has made some sensational plays this summer, but for the most part, his teammates have been the ones praising the wide receiver publicly. Thomas, a second-round pick, has been extremely humble while discussing his performance in his first training camp,..." August 24

  • Coby Fleener still 'a work in progress' in Saints offense

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "It's easy to see the things Coby Fleener does well on a football field. The 6-foot-6 tight end can get open, catch the ball and run downfield, and in a New Orleans Saints offense in which quarterback Drew Brees likes to throw to tight ends, Fleener should have plenty of chances to showcase..." August 23

  • Osweiler leads Texans past Saints

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Brock Osweiler passed for 124 yards and one score and the Houston Texans defeated the New Orleans Saints 16-9 at NRG Stadium on Saturday night. Osweiler was locked in during the second drive for the Texans (2-0), going 4-of-4 for 51 yards, capping it off with a 19-yard touchdown..." August 21

  • NFL drops “probable” from injury report, redefines “questionable” and “doubtful”

    Pro Football Talk "It’s definite that “probable” no longer will be part of the NFL injury lexicon. As first noted (as best we can tell) by Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald and as the league office confirms, the widely-misconstrued P-word has been dumped from the injury reporting procedures. “The ‘Probable’..." August 21

  • Keenan Lewis: I wasn’t one of Dennis Allen’s guys

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints have parted ways with cornerback Keenan Lewis, who believes that a long-standing icy relationship with defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is the reason why he’s been dropped from the roster. In an interview with Josina Anderson of ESPN, Lewis said he has never been one of Allen’s..." August 21

  • Saints undrafted CB De'Vante Harris: 'My confidence is through the roof'

    ESPN "De'Vante Harris isn’t ashamed to admit it. The New Orleans Saints rookie cornerback was a little awestruck when he lined up against Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins in practice on Thursday. “I’m not going to lie,” Harris said. “When I lined up, I’m like, ‘Man, this is Hopkins!’” But –..." August 20

  • Keenan Lewis released by New Orleans Saints

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints released veteran cornerback Keenan Lewis Friday night, but Lewis told ESPN's Josina Anderson he "seen it coming." In a lengthy, exclusive phone conversation with Anderson, Lewis opened up about being released by his hometown team, his injuries and his relationship with..." August 20

  • Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper gets 18 years for drugging, raping women

    Chicago Tribune "Former NFL star Darren Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in a case where he was accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states. Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Sharper on Thursday. He had pleaded guilty or no-contest to charges arising from the allegations..." August 18

  • Snoop Dogg Rips NFL for Allowing Players to Own Guns But Preventing Them From Smoking Weed

    Complex "Deep down, the NFL is probably not OK with its players owning guns. In the past, there have been quite a few players who have gotten themselves into trouble as a result of carrying guns, so if the league had its way, it would likely force all players to stop purchasing guns. They can’t legally..." August 18

  • Saints' Delvin Breaux, Zach Strief carted off from practice with Texans

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Three starters for the New Orleans Saints rode carts away from the Houston Texans' practice facility during joint practice Thursday morning. Cornerback Delvin Breaux was the first to leave, pulling up limping after covering Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in a team drill. Breaux..." August 18

  • NFLPA exec says NFL has 'zero credible evidence' for interview demands

    Sporting News "The NFL has threatened to suspend players mentioned in an Al Jazeera America report that alleges steroid use if they don't submit to an interview. The union isn't about to give in so easily. NFL Players' Association executive George Atallah told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Wednesday the..." August 18

  • Saints confident about Sheldon Rankins coming back this year

    Pro Football Talk "Saints coach Sean Payton wouldn’t say how much time first-rounder Sheldon Rankins would miss. But the good news is it won’t be the whole year. Via Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, Payton said the defensive tackle’s surgically repaired broken left fibula “clearly is not gonna be season ending at..." August 17

  • Report: Saints first-rounder Sheldon Rankins breaks fibula

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints have been lucky to avoid serious injury for most of training camp, but those fortunes might've changed Monday morning. Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, the team's rookie first-round pick out of Louisville, suffered an apparent injury and needed a cart to leave the field..." August 15

  • NFL considers early week ’18 opener in China

    Sports Business Daily "The NFL could open the 2018 season on a Tuesday or Wednesday in China, with its traditional Thursday night season-opening game following later that same week, according to the league’s top international executive planning the proposed game. Intent on staging a game in China despit... " August 15

  • Marques Colston in wait-and-see mode about NFL career

    Penn Live "It's been more than five months since the New Orleans Saints released Marques Colston, their all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. And Colston, who played each of his 10 NFL seasons in New Orleans, has yet to sign with another team or declare an intention to..." August 13

  • Garoppolo, Patriots dump Saints

    The Sports Xchange "Jimmy Garoppolo completed 11 of 18 passes for 168 yards as the New England Patriots beat the New Orleans Saints 34-22 in the preseason opener for both teams Thursday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Garoppolo, who enters the season as the Patriots' starting quarterback while..." August 12

  • Saints expected to sign veteran Cortland Finnegan

    Canal Street Chronicles "According to NFL Insider Rand Getlin, the New Orleans Saints are bringing in veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan for a visit. He's expected to sign. This isnt exactly encouraging news for the future of Keenan Lewis, but we will see." August 12

  • Ricky Williams, once 'smoked under the bus' by Willie Nelson, and his case for HOF

    CBS Sports "Because the legalization of marijuana remains a hot topic in NFL circles and there are few more prominent advocates for the usage of of it -- particularly for football players -- than former NFL running back Ricky Williams. Williams revealed recently he was drug tested more than 500 times in..." August 11

  • Brees Wants Long-Term Extension; Saints Not Interested

    Bleacher Report "Does New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees still want a long-term deal? Can the Saints commit enough guaranteed money? Has Brees shown any signs of wear? Watch in the video above as Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole discusses." August 11

  • Saints Release Veteran WR Hakeem Nicks, Sign LS Chris Highland

    NFL Trade Rumors "Saints HC Sean Payton, told reporters on Monday that they’ve made the decision to release veteran WR Hakeem Nicks and sign LS Chris Highland to a contract. Nicks was reportedly unimpressive during the early part of Saints’ training camp, which explains why his time with the team was so..." August 08

  • Kuhn writes heartfelt farewell to Packers fans

    Yardbarker "During his nine seasons with the Green Bay Packers, fullback John Kuhn was a fan favorite. The Green Bay faithful cheered when he touched the football, and loved chanting “Kuuuuuuuuuhhnnnnn” at Lambeau Field and on the road. This week, Kuhn signed a one-year deal to join the New Orleans Saints,..." August 07

  • John Kuhn, longtime Packers fullback, to sign with Saints

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints plan to sign longtime Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn to a one-year deal, according to a source. ESPN first reported the deal on Friday evening, which will add a veteran to the Saints' fullback competition. Kuhn should be at The Greenbrier in time for practice on..." August 06

  • Saints reportedly pursuing Cowboys guard Ronald Leary in a trade

    CBS Sports "The New Orleans Saints have a hole in the middle of their offensive line. As of this moment, they're slated to start either Tim Lelito or Senio Kelemete at left guard. That's not a great duo from which to be choosing, and so they are interested in pursuing a trade for Dallas Cowboys guard..." August 04

  • Saints Add Veteran Linebacker Matt Shaughnessy

    Canal Street Chronicles "The New Orleans Saints continue to try to find some hidden gems and/or comeback players to reverse their football fortunes in 2016. This time, they signed veteran linebacker Matt Shaughnessy who was out the league last season. The move was reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and then..." August 02

  • Sean Payton skeptical of NFL’s new touchback rule

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The NFL is trying to make its games safer, but New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton thinks one of the new rules could have adverse effect. League owners in March approved a rule that will now bring the ball to the 25-yard line, instead of the 20, after touchbacks. In theory, receiving teams..." August 01

  • Saints' Snead accidentally went blond

    The Advocate "Many Saints fans didn’t even know who Willie Snead was this time a year ago. But after catching 69 passes for 984 yards and three touchdowns last season, that has changed. He's adjusting to the new success just find. “A lot of people are starting to notice me more than they did last..." July 31

  • 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

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