Saints Rumors & News

  • In letter to Tom Benson, Roger Goodell supports New Orleans as host of future Super Bowls

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans will not be hosting a Super Bowl through at least 2021, but the NFL is committed to bringing the game back to the city, according to a letter sent to Saints owner Tom Benson by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The letter, which was obtained by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, said the..." May 27

  • Ricky Williams to Run Marijuana-Friendly Gym Power Plant Fitness in California

    Houston Chronicle "Ricky Williams and marijuana have been inextricably linked over the years, with the former Texas Longhorns great serving multiple suspensions for using it during his football career. Now, he's going to profit from it. Williams is a partner and spokesman for Power Plant Fitness, a pot..." May 27

  • Rob Ryan: I did a damn good job with Saints and got fired for it; discusses his and Rex's weight struggles

    SI "Rex Ryan has many famous boasts. Among them, is that he has never lost a fight, because he always had his twin brother with him. It doesn’t take long to recognize that is exactly the reason Rob Ryan was hired at One Bills Drive in January. Sitting together on a leather couch in Rex’s office one..." May 27

  • Sean Payton: Rob Ryan saying it wasn’t his defense is “silly”

    Pro Football Talk "In a new interview, former Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan hinted that he wasn’t allowed to coach the defense the way he wanted to because head coach Sean Payton took some authority away from him. Payton says that isn’t so. Payton said this morning on PFT Live that the defense in New..." May 27

  • Drew Brees, Saints have not discussed extension in two months

    Larry Brown Sports "Drew Brees is entering the final season of his five year contract, and he and the Saints haven’t tried to work out a new one in nearly two months. Brees made the admission Wednesday and said he’d rather not deal with it during the season. “I don’t like to talk about contract during the..." May 26

  • Drew Brees applies deadline to talks with Saints on a new deal

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints and quarterback Drew Brees still haven’t worked out a new deal that reduces his salary-cap number for 2016 below $30 million. There’s now an apparent deadline for getting a deal done. “I don’t like to talk about contracts during the season,” Brees said Wednesday, via the Associated..." May 26

  • Roger Goodell on NFL’s concussion issue: ‘This is our No. 1 priority’

    Sportsnaut "Holding a press conference at this week’s NFL spring meetings, commissioner Roger Goodell had to answer questions involving an Outside the Lines report suggesting that the league attempted to influence a government study on concussions. Primarily focusing on what seems to be league-mandated PR..." May 25

  • 8 Saints story lines to follow during organized team activities

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Organized team activities serve as the ground floor for NFL teams in learning what they have to work with for the upcoming season. Teams won't leave the sessions with anywhere near a full semblance of ideas they might implement come Week 1. You can at least pick up observations here or there,..." May 24

  • Cameron Jordan not fully cleared for OTAs after back surgery

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints start the organized team activities portion of their offseason program this week and the practices will unfold without the full participation of defensive end Cameron Jordan. Jordan played with a back injury during last season and while it didn’t seem to have a great impact on his..." May 23

  • Drew Brees will participate in Saints' OTAs despite lingering contract talks

    ESPN "Drew Brees' contract talks haven’t been going anywhere this offseason. But they won’t keep him off of the New Orleans Saints' practice field. Brees told ESPN that he will participate in OTA practices when they kick off on Tuesday. “I’m not missing any offseason,” Brees said. That’s not..." May 23

  • New Orleans Saints to sign WR Vincent Brown

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints are signing wide receiver Vincent Brown following a tryout last week, a league source told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. The Saints were officially at 89 players prior to signing Brown, but that number doesn't include the contracts of several recently signed players,..." May 23

  • Former New Orleans Saints, Alabama safety/special teamer Vinnie Sunseri worked out for the Patriots

    Pats Pulpit "While the New England Patriots have one of the deepest and most talented safety corps in the entire league, they continue to look for ways to potentially improve it – be it via the draft or via free agency. Earlier this week, it was reported that the team recently worked out former Pro Bowler and..." May 21

  • New Orleans Saints to sign kicker Connor Barth

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints are signing former Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth following his tryout at rookie minicamp, according to ESPN. The Saints cut veteran kicker Josh Scobee on Tuesday, opening up a space for another kicker to compete with Kai Forbath, who the Saints signed last year to..." May 20

  • Tom Benson testifies that his estranged heirs “tried to kill me”

    Pro Football Talk "If it wasn’t already clear that the family feud engulfing Saints owner Tom Benson had become personal, it now should be crystal clear. Via Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, Benson explained under oath earlier this year his reasons for a decision to change his will to prevent the Saints..." May 19

  • Report: NFL to move Pro Bowl to Orlando

    Orlando Sentinel "The National Football League is moving its Pro Bowl all-star game to Orlando, according to a report by Bloomberg.com. The Bloomberg report cited three people familiar with the matter confirming that Orlando has beaten out the event's traditional home of Honolulu, as well as Houston and Sydney,..." May 19

  • Saints Working Out Veteran WR Hakeem Nicks

    NFL Trade Rumors "ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Saints are working out a group of receivers on Wednesday including WR Hakeem Nicks. This is the second reported opportunity for Nicks after he tried out for the Bengals over a month ago. Unfortunately for Nicks, Cincinnati wound up going in a direction..." May 18

  • Michael Thomas, Vonn Bell bring championship swagger to Saints

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Something struck me about New Orleans Saints second-round picks Michael Thomas and Vonn Bell at the team's rookie minicamp this past weekend. It was confidence. They weren't cocky, they simply possessed a level of confidence I can't recall from many rookies this early in the..." May 18

  • Saints release Josh Scobee

    The Score "The New Orleans Saints released kicker Josh Scobee, the team announced Tuesday. The team also announced the release of offensive tackle Bryan Witzmann and signing of cornerback Jimmy Pruitt. The 33-year-old Scobee signed a one-year deal with the Saints in March after spending the 2015 season..." May 17

  • 10 undrafted free agents who could make an impact in the NFL

    SB Nation "Carving out a spot on an NFL roster filled with veterans, free agent acquisitions and new draft selections is a lot for undrafted free agents to overcome. But every year players are able to pull it off. In 2015, there were 56 undrafted rookies who snagged a spot on a 53-man roster after..." May 17

  • NFL names new czar of discipline for on-field conduct

    Sporting News "Former All-Pro offensive tackle Jon Runyan was named the NFL's new czar of discipline for on-field conduct, the league announced Tuesday. Runyan, who also served as a congressman (R-New Jersey) from 2011-15, played 14 seasons in the NFL for four teams, most notably with the Philadelphia..." May 17

  • Special needs boy bursts into tears after meeting idol Drew Brees

    The Score "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees gave a special needs boy the surprise of a lifetime Monday while in Shreveport, La. for a speaking engagement, taking time out of his visit to chat with the boy and give him an autograph. Ten-year-old Hunter Glass, who has cerebral palsy and was born 12..." May 17

  • Tight end Garrett Griffin will need permission from the Air Force to play for Saints

    The Advocate "The current plan for Garrett Griffin is for him to finish classes and then join the New Orleans Saints after hooking on with the team following a tryout at last week’s rookie minicamp. There’s only one issue. He needs to approval of the Air Force before he knows if he can pursue his football..." May 17

  • Ranking NFL's divisional worst-to-first contenders

    Tennessean "Optimism is never in short supply throughout the NFL offseason, even for the league's most moribund franchises. In a parity-driven league, a sudden rise never seems far off. The Washington Redskins were last season's lone worst-to-first story, but they proved it's possible to shed the standards..." May 17

  • Best offseason acquisitions for all 32 NFL teams

    ESPN "From free agents to coaches and draft picks to general managers, NFL Nation reporters select the top offseason pickup for every team: AFC EAST Buffalo Bills Outside linebacker Shaq Lawson Drafting Lawson at No. 19 overall was a steal for the Bills -- general manager Doug Whaley never..." May 16

  • Warren Sapp’s Bankruptcy Docs Went to Jeremy Shockey’s House

    Black Sports Online "Warren Sapp said publicly that Jeremy Shockey was the snitch in the Saints Bounty case, but that turned out to be 100% false. Since then Sapp has been Shockey’s mortal enemy. Somehow Sapp’s bankruptcy documents got sent to Jeremy Shockey’s house, so Shockey thought it would be a good idea to..." May 16

  • Saints sign OT Tyrus Thompson

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints have signed offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson following a minicamp tryout, per various reports. A sixth-round pick of the Vikings in 2015, Thompson was waived-injured at the conclusion of the preseason and later waived from the injured-reserve list. He then spent time on the practice..." May 15

  • Saints starting “totally anew” on defense this year

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The optimists within the New Orleans Saints defensive unit probably have said aloud or to themselves "the only direction to go from here is up" a time or two or 10 the last couple of years. You think about it, and that philosophy sounds right. Except there's a far less discussed and more..." May 15

  • No rest for Saints rookies; Sean Payton says 'you gotta start working at your craft'

    ESPN "New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said he understands the Miami Dolphins' new approach to rookie minicamp, where they're not doing any on-field work to cut down on the long offseason that begins with months of pre-draft training. But, "I'd be lying to you if I said we considered it," Payton..." May 15

  • Saints kicker caddies for PGA Tour pro at Players Championship

    Fox Sports "On what was a brutal day at the Players Championship for many golfers in the field, Steve Wheatcroft shot himself into 70th place with a 7-seven over par round of 79 Sunday. With the entire field in front of him, Wheatcroft turned to a new caddie for his final 18 holes - New Orleans Saints kicker..." May 15

  • The Saints seem just fine with Drew Brees' $30 million cap hit and pending free agency

    Canal Street Chronicles "Cap Hell? What Cap Hell? By now, if you still believe in the proverbial "Salary Cap Hell" in the NFL, then you haven't been paying attention, especially to the dealings of one Mickey Loomis, General Manager of the New Orleans Saints. There truly is no such thing as a cap hell in the NFL, not..." May 13

  • Broncos waive Toben Opurum 3 days after his release by Saints

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The Denver Broncos waived former New Orleans Saints fullback Toben Opurum after he failed a physical, according to the NFL transactions wire Thursday. Opurum was one of three Saints players released Monday to make room for the signing of three draft picks. The Broncos claimed him Tuesday." May 13

  • Saints Bringing In OLB Matt Shaughnessy For Workout This Weekend

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Saints are bringing in veteran DE/OLB Matt Shaughnessy for a workout this weekend. This is the first reported interest in Shaughnessy since he tried out for the Cardinals back in January. Shaughnessy, 30, is a former third-round pick of the Raiders..." May 12

  • After passing on Saints, DeShawn Williams bets on Bengals

    Cincinnati Enquirer "DeShawn Williams found himself facing an important career decision in early December 2015. The Cincinnati Bengals had signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Clemson that spring and kept him on the practice squad – but with four games left in the season, he had a chance to take a big leap: a..." May 12

  • Drew Brees’ agent: Saints seem satisfied holding current cap of $30 million

    Sportsnaut "Barring a new deal, Drew Brees is going to cost the New Orleans Saints $30 million this season. And according to his agent, Tom Condon, the Saints don’t seem inclined to make an adjustment at this time. When Brees originally signed his five-year, $100 million contract, it was thought by..." May 11

  • 10 players on the roster bubble heading into training camp

    The Score "The most exciting stage of free agency has come and gone, but there are still plenty of moves to be made before the 2016 season gets underway. With the NFL draft now in the books, and teams having added plenty of competition to their respective rosters, a number of veteran players will be..." May 11

  • Study reveals interesting data about NFL player suicide rate

    The Comeback "According to government research, NFL players are less likely to commit suicide than the average man in the general population. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health performed research on over 3,000 retired players, and that research showed that NFL players were less likely..." May 11

  • 10 NFL players who are destined for breakout seasons in 2016

    USA Today "As rookie camps and OTAs get going around the league, prepare yourself for hype season. You know, that’s the time of the year when you start to hear that Young Player X is dominating in practice and primed for a big year. We’ve picked out ten players who will undoubtedly create that buzz over the..." May 11

  • Saints sign No. 12 overall pick Sheldon Rankins

    NFL.com "The New Orleans Saints struck a four-year deal with their first-round pick Sheldon Rankins on Monday, the team announced. Rankins was selected No. 12 overall by New Orleans in 2016 NFL Draft. The Saints are hoping the defensive tackle out of Louisville shores up an anemic defensive line that..." May 09

  • N.F.L. Concussion Payouts Have Lenders Circling

    New York Times "The offers seem too good to pass up: Loans worth tens of thousands of dollars with no money down and no time limit for paying it back. The main catch, sometimes buried in the fine print, is the interest rate of 40 percent or higher. “We take the weight off your shoulders,” reads one pitch,..." May 09

  • In Will Smith's probe, police take DNA sample, bloody shirt from ex-NOPD captain

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Police probing Will Smith's killing have collected a DNA sample from a retired New Orleans Police Department captain who dined with Smith the night the former Saints player was murdered, the ex-cop's attorney said Friday (May 6). Former officer Billy Ceravolo, a friend of the late defensive..." May 08

  • Former NFL Star Will Smith's Widow Racquel Accepts Masters Degree on Late Husband's Behalf

    People Magazine "After a trying month, Racquel Smith, 33, enjoyed a heartwarming moment on Thursday night. In one of her first public appearances since losing her husband, the widow of former NFL star Will Smith, 34 – who was shot and killed in April following a car accident in New Orleans – accepted an MBA..." May 06

  • How will the Saints defense look after new NFL Draft additions?

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins and safety Vonn Bell, recent selections in the NFL Draft, should play important roles on the New Orleans Saints defense in 2016. They'll join the four defensive players the Saints added in free agency a month earlier. Precisely how the newcomers will be used..." May 05

  • NFLPA warns players against meat that could trigger positive PED test

    Fox Sports "Almost every athlete who tests positive for a banned PED says he must have ingested something unknowingly, and now there’s evidence that can actually happen – if you eat a lot of meat in China or Mexico. The NFL Players Association sent a letter to its members this week warning them that eating..." May 03

  • Saints Signing LT Terron Armstead To A Five-Year Extension

    NFL Trade Rumors "Josina Anderson of ESPN is reporting that the Saints are signing LT Terron Armstead to a five-year extension on Tuesday. This new deal will keep Armstead under team control through the 2021 season. Armstead, 24, is a former third-round pick of the Saints back in 2013. He’s currently in the..." May 03

  • Sean Payton's college coaching ties aid Saints' draft decisions

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Ten years have passed since Sean Payton completed one of the more impressive draft classes in NFL history, making a phone call to a former boss to help him decide on picking 10-year veteran lineman Zach Strief in the seventh round. That was just the start. Payton in more recent years has..." May 02

  • Saints trade up to nab Canadian DL David Onyemata

    The Score "Following a trade with the Washington Redskins, the New Orleans Saints have traded up to select defensive lineman David Onyemata out of Manitoba in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. In order to acquire the 120th overall pick and draft Onyemata, the Saints gave up the 152nd overall pick..." April 30

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    The #Saints take #Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins at No. 12.. a pick that was basically in every mock draft. Good work, guys!

  • New Orleans Saints select Sheldon Rankins in 2016 NFL Draft

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints selected Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. A 6-foot-1, 299-pound lineman who can play as a traditional tackle or a big end, Rankins had six sacks and 13 tackles for loss in his final year with..." April 28

  • Cris Collinsworth to call Thursday Night Football with Mike Tirico

    Awful Announcing "It’s been widely reported that Mike Tirico will be joining NBC and calling Thursday Night Football this season. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, his partner will be Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth: At the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton last month, NBC Sports..." April 28

  • Cardell Hayes indicted in Will Smith's murder, attempted murder of Racquel Smith

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Cardell Hayes, the man accused of murdering former Saints player Will Smith, was indicted Thursday (April 28) on a charge of second-degree murder. A New Orleans grand jury also indicted him in attempted second-degree murder of Smith's wife, Racquel, of aggravated criminal damage to a vehicle and..." April 28