Saints Rumors & News

  • Ryan Pace on letting Cameron Meredith go: We lean on our medical staff

    Pro Football Talk "After his two-year deal with the Saints became official, wide receiver Cameron Meredith said he saw no reason why he wouldn’t be able to play at the start of the 2018 season after tearing his ACL and partially tearing his MCL last summer. It seems the Bears aren’t so sure about that. There was..." April 24

  • NFL cheerleaders will settle for $1 in exchange for meeting with Roger Goodell

    ESPN "If NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will have a meeting with a group of cheerleaders, the two former cheerleaders who recently filed discrimination claims will settle those claims for $1 each. The settlement proposal by Sara Blackwell, the lawyer representing the cheerleaders, proposed that..." April 24

  • Saints Decline To Match Ravens’ Offer Sheet For WR Willie Snead

    NFL Trade Rumors "Adam Schefter confirms reports over the weekend that the Saints will not match the Ravens’ offer sheet to RFA WR Willie Snead. The news was first reported by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Baltimore signed Snead to a two-year offer sheet worth up to $10.4 million on Friday. The deal is a..." April 23

  • Saints Not Planning To Match Ravens’ Willie Snead Offer Sheet

    Pro Football Rumors "After four years in New Orleans, Willie Snead looks like he will head north. The Saints are not planning to match the Ravens’ offer sheet, per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports (Twitter link), which will send the RFA wide receiver to Baltimore. The Ravens only submitted this two-year offer sheet..." April 21

  • Saints likely looking for diamonds in the rough with fewer picks on first two days of NFL draft

    The Advocate "Mickey Loomis has already gotten the question a couple of times this offseason, and it's sure to come up again in the days leading up to this weekend's NFL draft. Will the Saints be able to match the success of their last two drafts, the two cycles under assistant general manager Jeff Ireland..." April 21

  • Journeyman QB Luke McCown retiring from NFL

    NFL.com "The National Football League is down to just its final McCown. While 38-year-old Josh still toils under center for the New York Jets, his younger brother, Luke McCown, is calling it quits. The 36-year-old career backup passer announced his retirement Friday, sending a statement out through..." April 20

  • Saturday flex could be a strong hint for the next MNF deal

    Pro Football Talk "The 2018 schedule includes the inevitable flexing of two late-season Sunday games to Saturday. This is not, in my own personal view uninfluenced by anything I’ve heard or not heard from anyone at NBC, an insignificant development. For the first time ever (except in the event of inclement..." April 20

  • Ravens Signing Saints RFA WR Willie Snead To Two-Year, $10.4M Offer Sheet

    NFL Trade Rumors "Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that Saints RFA WR Willie Snead is signing a two-year offer sheet worth up to $10.4 million with the Baltimore Ravens on Friday. The Saints will now have five days to match the Ravens’ offer sheet to Snead. New Orleans placed the original-round restricted..." April 20

  • Marcus Williams using missed tackle as 2018 motivation

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams has notes of encouragement throughout his home near the team facility in Metairie. He has goals, including five interceptions and 70 tackles for 2018. One message says, "What's your why?" which makes him remember why he does the things he does. Then,..." April 19

  • Saints to re-sign Brandon Coleman

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints are re-signing receiver Brandon Coleman, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. He was a restricted free agent who the Saints declined to tender. Coleman, 25, played in 16 games with six starts last season, making 23 catches for 364 yards and three touchdowns." April 18

  • Saints RB Mark Ingram Changes Agents

    Pro Football Rumors "New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram is entering the final year of his contract in 2018, and this spring, he made a change that could impact his next round of negotiations. Ingram, 28, has hired a new agency to represent him, signing with Detroit-based VIP Sports Management and agents..." April 18

  • Strahan, Bradshaw, Long to work Thursday night pregame for FOX

    Pro Football Talk "FOX still hasn’t announced who will be in the booth on Thursday Night Football this season, but it has announced who will be on the pregame set. Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long will work the pregame show on Thursday nights, FOX announced today." April 18

  • NFL to release 2018 regular-season schedule Thursday

    NFL.com "The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule will soon be here. The schedule will be announced exclusively on NFL Network during the 2018 NFL Schedule Release Presented by Verizon at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday as part of a two-hour long special. The special will be hosted by Scott Hanson and feature NFL..." April 18

  • Still unsigned, Willie Snead attending start of Saints offseason workouts: source

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Some New Orleans Saints players have shared on social media their excitement for the start of offseason workouts this week. But, one player whose attendance remained a question was wide receiver Willie Snead. A restricted free agent, the Saints offered Snead the lowest tender with a $1.907..." April 17

  • NFL, NFLPA announce ban of 10 helmet models after laboratory study

    CBS Sports "The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement Monday that they have banned 10 helmet models from being used in the future. Six of the 10 helmet models are banned immediately, while four are only permitted to be worn by the players that wore them in 2017. The results of the laboratory testing,..." April 16

  • Sean Payton: No QB prospects as good as Luck or Wentz in this draft

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints own the 27th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, which means they won’t be taking one of the top quarterbacks, which frees coach Sean Payton to speak honestly about those prospects. And Payton isn’t overly impressed. Payton told Peter King of SI.com that he doesn’t view any of..." April 16

  • Saints pick up Andrus Peat's 5th-year option on rookie contract

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "It took a couple years to find where Andrus Peat best fit on the offensive line, but he's become a reliable -- and at times menacing -- blocker for the New Orleans Saints. And after watching Peat's growth, the Saints made a relatively easy decision recently by picking up the fifth-year option..." April 13

  • Former Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro visiting Dolphins

    NFL.com "Could the safety market finally begin to see dominoes fall? Ex-Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro is visiting the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the trip. A former first-round pick, Vaccaro is one of several safeties still floating on..." April 12

  • Gayle Benson: I'll remain owner of Saints 'until my death'

    The Advocate "Gayle Benson doesn't plan on going anywhere. The new owner of the New Orleans Saints has stated that several times. She put it in writing Thursday in a letter sent to the owners of the NFL's other 31 teams that was obtained by The Advocate. "I will own and operate this franchise until my..." April 12

  • Steve Gleason candidate for Congressional Gold Medal

    NFL.com "Steve Gleason has served as an inspiration to people worldwide. In return, the former Saints star is a candidate to be honored for his work in the areas of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research. Legislation has been introduced in the Senate and House to award Gleason with the..." April 12

  • Letting Cameron Meredith walk for free proves the Bears still don't get it

    Yardbarker "The Chicago Bears have had themselves a nice little offseason. Adding the likes of wide receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, as well as tight end Trey Burton, seemingly sets second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky up well heading into the 2018 campaign. Letting the Green Bay Packers..." April 11

  • Bears letting Cameron Meredith sign with New Orleans has big implications for draft, Kevin White

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Bears on Wednesday declined to match the New Orleans Saints’ two-year, $9.6 million offer sheet to Cameron Meredith, according to multiple reports, meaning the wide receiver will have Drew Brees throwing to him in 2018, not Mitch Trubisky. The surface-level optics of this decision could..." April 11

  • The NFL is reportedly dumping its Color Rush uniforms this year

    Awful Announcing "NFL fans expecting to see the ridiculously colored “Color Rush” uniforms during Thursday Night Football this season appear to be in for a rude awakening. According to sports radio guru Jason Barrett of Barrett Sports Media, Fox Sports EVP of Programming, Research and Content Strategy Bill..." April 11

  • Sources: Former Louisville QB Lamar Jackson visits Saints

    The Advocate "The Saints are once again doing homework on quarterbacks. The team hosted former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson for a visit on Tuesday, according to sources. Teams are permitted to host 30 prospects before the draft. Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and quarterbacks coach..." April 11

  • Saints leading the NFC South pack following measured free agency approach

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "No team in the NFC South has followed the Los Angeles Rams' guide to building its 2018 roster. No one among the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers splashed all around the free-agent market. Each team added pieces here and there. Each team subtracted..." April 08

  • Austin Howard visited Saints

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints are exploring a possible addition to their offensive line. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that tackle Austin Howard visited with the team. The Ravens opted not to pick up their option on Howard’s contract for 2018. Howard started every game at right tackle for the Ravens last..." April 06

  • Saints Signing Bears RFA WR Cameron Meredith To Two-Year, $10M Offer Sheet

    NFL Trade Rumors "Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Saints are signing Bears’ restricted free-agent WR Cameron Meredith to an offer sheet on Friday. Ian Rapoport reports that the Saints have signed Meredith to a two-year deal worth $9.6 million plus incentives and includes $5.4 million in..." April 06

  • FOX Sports Working on Plan to Have Michael Strahan Host 'Thursday Night Football' Pregame Show in New York

    SI "A source tells SI.com that FOX’s plan for its “Thursday Night Football” pregame show is to bring it to New York City with a scaled down version of its regular “FOX NFL Sunday” cast. The network, whose Sunday NFL pregame show is based Los Angeles, is expected to air Thursday’s show from the Big..." April 06

  • Source: Saints to re-sign Zach Line

    The Advocate "The Saints plan to bring back Zach Line, according to a source. The fullback joined the team midway through last season after John Kuhn was placed on injured reserve and finished the year with seven carries for 28 yards and two catches. He also scored a touchdown in a playoff game against the..." April 05

  • Saints re-sign Michael Mauti

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints have re-signed linebacker Michael Mauti to a one-year deal, his agent, Mike McCartney, tweeted. Mauti, 28, spent the past three seasons with the Saints. He has played 35 games with four starts for New Orleans, making 42 tackles and a sack. He started his career in Minnesota after..." April 05

  • Saints hoping draft goes as well this year as last

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints started the 2017 draft with five picks in the first three rounds, and they added a sixth selection by trading their 2018 second-round pick for the third-round pick that became running back Alvin Kamara. Now, as a result of dealing that pick and because they haven't made..." April 05

  • Saints sign Benjamin Watson for his ability, not his familiarity with the offense

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints pursued two tight ends this offseason that used to be on their team, but General Manager Mickey Loomis explained Wednesday that was more of coincidence than anything else. The Saints first targeted Jimmy Graham, who was with the team from 2010-14, but Graham ultimately..." April 04

  • Drew Brees Sues Over $8 Million Ring, Jeweler Fires Back

    TMZ "Drew Brees claims he was scammed out of MILLIONS by a jeweler who sold him an $8 MILLION diamond ring ... but the jeweler is saying Brees has no one to blame but himself. The New Orleans Saints QB has filed a lawsuit against Vahid Moradi -- who runs the CJ Charles jewelry shop in San Diego, the..." April 03

  • No Sweatpants in Public: Inside the Rule Books for N.F.L. Cheerleaders

    New York Times "Cheerleaders for the Carolina Panthers, known as the TopCats, must arrive at the stadium on game days at least five hours before kickoff. Body piercings and tattoos must be removed or covered. Water breaks can be taken only when the Panthers are on offense. TopCats must leave the stadium to change..." April 02

  • Superdome renovations move one step closer as state officials approve survey funding

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "State officials continue to explore the possibility of another major renovation of the Superdome. Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District (LSED) officials this week approved funding for a $400,000 diagnostic architectural survey of the iconic 42-year-old stadium. The non-destructive digital..." March 31

  • Cameron Jordan hints he wants Lamar Jackson to be heir apparent to Drew Brees

    CBS Sports "The Saints re-signed 39-year-old quarterback Drew Brees this offseason, but they need to begin planning for life after Brees, who took a two-year, $50 million deal to remain in New Orleans. With that in mind, there are two noteworthy developmental quarterbacks in this year's draft that have a..." March 31

  • Goodell: Helmet should be for protection, not a weapon

    NFL.com "A day after the NFL broadened the helmet-hit rule, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expanded on the decision the league hopes will help make the game safer. "Our focus is how to take the head out of the game and make sure that we're using the helmet as protection, and it's not being used as a..." March 28

  • NFL Competition Committee may consider eliminating kickoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "Kickoffs may be the next NFL stalwart to go out the window in the name of player safety. Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy, a member of the NFL Competition Committee, said that if nobody can find a way to reduce injuries on kickoffs, the committee will strongly consider eliminating them..." March 28

  • Saints bringing back Benjamin Watson on 1-year deal: source

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "It took until the third week of free agency, but the New Orleans Saints have finally found tight end help. The Saints agreed to a one-year deal with Benjamin Watson on Wednesday (March 28), according to a league source. Contract terms were not immediately available. The 37-year-old Watson..." March 28

  • NFL institutes 15-yard penalty, possible ejection for lowering head to make hit

    ESPN "NFL owners passed an unexpected rule Tuesday that will expand penalties for helmet-to-helmet contact, one that is more significant and far-reaching than the NCAA's targeting rule. Under the change, a player will be penalized 15 yards and potentially ejected any time he lowers his head to..." March 27

  • NFL gives officiating office authority to eject players remotely

    Pro Football Talk "Ejections are no longer at the sole discretion of the on-field officials. The NFL’s owners voted today on a new rule that authorizes a designated member of the officiating department to instruct on-field game officials to eject a player who commits “a flagrant non-football act,” if a foul for..." March 27

  • CBS says fewer ad breaks in NFL games will stay for the 2018 season

    Awful Announcing "Last season, the NFL and its television partners reduced the amount of ad breaks from five per quarter to four. That was in hopes of stopping the silly score-commercial-kickoff-commercial sequence. While it did reduce the number of those silly sequences, the change didn’t get rid of them..." March 27

  • Owners unanimously approve simplified catch rule

    ESPN "NFL owners approved new rules and bylaws on Tuesday, including unanimously approving the proposal to change the league's catch rule and authorizing in-game ejections from the league's officiating office. The owners also made permanent the rule change that teams start from the 25-yard line after..." March 27

  • Gayle Benson on talk of selling Saints or Pelicans: 'I would never sell it. No'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Gayle Benson made it clear Monday (March 26) during her first public comments after the passing of Tom Benson she would "never" sell the New Orleans Saints or the New Orleans Pelicans. "I don't think there's any other choice," Benson said at the league's owners meetings. "I think that's the..." March 26

  • Pass interference rule unlikely to be changed to 15-yard penalty

    ESPN "A proposal to change the NFL's defensive pass interference rule to a 15-yard penalty, rather than a spot foul, does not appear to have enough support to pass this week at the league's owners meetings. New York Giants co-owner John Mara said that he was one of the few competition committee..." March 26

  • Arden Key says Saints plan to give him private workout, visit

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Former LSU edge rusher Arden Key said the New Orleans Saints are among the NFL teams that will put him through a private workout and a personal visit during the lead-up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Key spoke Saturday (March 24) before a charity kickball game put on by New Orleans native and former..." March 25

  • NFL not considering rule change on fumbles through the end zone

    Pro Football Talk "The rule that says a fumble into the end zone and out of bounds goes to the defense on the 20-yard line seems illogical. But it’s not going anywhere. Among the many rules changes the league will consider at next week’s owners’ meeting, there’s nothing about the fumble touchback rule, which many..." March 23

  • NFL considering ‘McDaniels rule’ allowing assistants to take new jobs during playoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL would probably like to avoid ever seeing the Josh McDaniels coaching fiasco ever happen again, and a subsequent rule change would ensure that it doesn’t. NFL Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay confirmed that the league is considering a rule change that would allow assistant..." March 23

  • Ex-NFLers say league is trying to ‘rig’ concussion settlement, dementia claims are going unpaid

    New York Daily News "Victims of NFL concussions are tired of waiting for their money. Frustrated that their clients aren't getting paid fast enough, lawyers for players entitled to a share of the league's billion-dollar class-action concussion settlement said the NFL needs help finding its wallet. Specifically,..." March 21

  • Ricky William Kicks Off Entrepreneurship with Cannabis-Based Wellness Brand

    NBC San Diego "San Diego native, former NFL running back and Heisman Trophy winner, Ricky Williams is now a cannabis entrepreneur. Williams launched Real Wellness by Ricky Williams (RW), a cannabis-based wellness brand created for the health-conscious cannabis consumer. RW has six cannabis-based wellness..." March 21

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