Saints Rumors & News

  • Saints Sign LB Jayrone Elliott

    Pro Football Rumors "The Saints signed linebacker Jayrone Elliott to a futures deal, as Nick Underhill of The Advocate tweets. The former Packer and Cowboy is now slated to be a part of the team’s 90-man roster and will push to make the final 53-man cut in September. Elliott joined the Packers as a UDFA in 2014..." January 23

  • Saints HC Sean Payton “Squarely In Camp Of Baker Mayfield Believers”

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Charles Robinson, there has been buzz for about a month now that Saints HC Sean Payton is “squarely in the camp of Baker Mayfield believers.” Robinson adds that the talk of Payton having interest in Mayfield is “not going away” at the Senior Bowl. Robinson explains that Drew Brees..." January 22

  • Underdog Justin Hardee became star for Saints special teams

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Like any undrafted rookie, Justin Hardee faced an uphill battle to make the Houston Texans roster last summer. The Illinois product worked to stand out on special teams, knowing that was his best shot to make the team, but when the Texans made their final cuts on Sept. 2, Hardee was among the..." January 21

  • Sean Payton turns free couch offer into goodwill gesture

    Pro Football Talk "Who would have thought the Vikings and Saints could end up as BFFs after a game that ended like last week’s did? It began when a Vikings fan suggested on social media that Minnesotans donate to Thomas Morstead‘s “What You Give Will Grow” charity to show appreciation for the Saints punter..." January 20

  • Terron Armstead, Trey Hendrickson both fined $18,231

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL fined Saints offensive lineman Terron Armstead and defensive end Trey Hendrickson $18,231 each. Armstead’s fine was for unnecessary roughness after he used a horse collar tackle to bring down Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr following an interception in Sunday’s game. Officials penalized..." January 19

  • Will another team make a run at Drew Brees?

    Pro Football Talk "Saints quarterback Drew Brees has said, repeatedly, that he plans to stay with the team for which he has played for 12 years. The Saints, so far, have said nothing about the process for signing Brees to a new contract. Here’s the process, as a practical matter. The Saints eventually will decide..." January 19

  • 2018 Salary Cap Could Exceed $180M?

    NFL Trade Rumors "Mike Jurecki recently spoke to a source who suggested that the 2018 NFL salary cap could end up exceeding $180 million once it’s finalized for the upcoming league year. Last we heard, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported a month ago that the NFL distributed 2018 salary cap projections to teams..." January 19

  • NFL could reportedly force players to stay in locker room during anthem in 2018

    Larry Brown Sports "Forcing players to stand for the national anthem has never really been an option for the NFL, but the league could still explore other means of preventing protests prior to the 2018 season. According to ESPN’s Jim Trotter, the NFL is considering implementing a policy that would require players..." January 18

  • Saints OL Zach Strief still undecided whether he’ll play again

    Clutch Points "New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Zach Strief’s season ended long before the rest of his teammates as he suffered a torn ACL and MCL in October which required surgery. Strief has contemplated retirement due to that serious injury, but the Saints’ stunning loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the..." January 16

  • Thomas Morstead plays through rib injury, impressing Vikings fans

    Pro Football Talk "Thomas Morstead tore cartilage in his ribs while making a tackle early in the first quarter. The Saints punter was in obvious pain on his final three punts, though he had kicks of 56 and 54 yards after the injury and a pain-killing injection. “It was pretty simple in my mind: ‘This is either..." January 16

  • Saints QB Drew Brees says he doesn't plan on testing free agency

    ESPN "Drew Brees says he doesn't plan on testing the free-agent market this year or waiting until the start of the new league year on March 14 to sign a new contract with the New Orleans Saints, even if that means losing the leverage that might come with other potential suitors. "I'm not in the mood..." January 16

  • Saints, Steelers coaching staffs to lead Pro Bowl teams

    Sporting News "Sean Payton and Mike Tomlin have one more game to coach this season. The NFL announced Monday the coaching staffs led by Payton and Tomlin will coach the 2018 Pro Bowl teams. Payton will coach the NFC team while Tomlin will lead the AFC squad. The 2018 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday,..." January 15

  • Was Marcus Williams' whiff the worst mistake in NFL playoff history?

    Sporting News "NFL TV talent is paid for the gift of talking skills. But the best of the best were left almost speechless by Sunday's "Minnesota Miracle" in which the Vikings pulled off a 29-24, come-from-behind victory over the Saints in the Divisional playoffs. Once they recovered their wits, sports TV..." January 15

  • Will Drew Brees stay with the Saints?

    Pro Football Talk "With his 2017 season, his contract fulfilled, and the team having no ability to tag him, Saints quarterback Drew Brees has his first crack at the open market since arriving in New Orleans a dozen years ago. So what will he do? The Saints have exclusive negotiating rights through the launch of..." January 15

  • Marcus Williams was crying in locker room after blown tackle

    Larry Brown Sports "For all the joys of victory the Minnesota Vikings are celebrating, the New Orleans Saints are experiencing equal amounts of the agony of defeat. And nobody is feeling worse than Marcus Williams. The rookie safety missed on a tackle that allowed Stefon Diggs to break free and score the winning..." January 15

  • Saints' challenge decisions made in part due to faulty monitor in booth

    The Advocate "Sean Payton decided to challenge two plays on the same series in the fourth quarter, in part because the Saints did not have a working monitor in their team's booth. Without an assistant coach available to offer him guidance, Payton had to make gut decisions. Both challenges came up..." January 15

  • Saints' No. 3 receiver Brandon Coleman to miss divisional-round game with neck injury

    ESPN "The New Orleans Saints have ruled out No. 3 wide receiver Brandon Coleman for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game at Minnesota with a neck injury. Coleman has quietly been a major contributor to the Saints' offense this year as both a pass-catcher and a blocker (the Saints led the NFL in..." January 13

  • Saints aren’t as bad on the road as believed

    Pro Football Talk "There’s a perception that the Saints are a team that often wins at home and wins just enough on the road to periodically make the playoffs. The reality is a bit different. In the time that Sean Payton has coached the Saints (excluding 2012, when he didn’t), the Saints are 46-43 on the road in..." January 13

  • Report | Saints lose Andrus Peat to injured reserve

    Fanrag Sports "[UPDATE]: Peat didn’t suffer significant ligament damage, but he’s going on injured reserve with the broken fibula and a high-ankle sprain, per Rapaport. The New Orleans Saints absorbed a significant blow to their offensive line depth during the first half of Sunday’s wild card matchup with..." January 10

  • Saints' Jordan following through on promise to send wine to Cam Newton

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "After New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan produced a sack in the third quarter of Sunday's playoff victory, he began shouting at the Carolina Panthers offensive line. Jordan wasn't upset about something that happened on the play. He was just relaying his thoughts about Panthers left..." January 08

  • NOLA paper declares Saints as Panthers' new owner "The NFC South remains a realm not recommended for the thin of skin, the weak of heart, and the vulnerable of disposition. The New Orleans Saints knocked the Carolina Panthers out of the NFL postseason on Sunday with a 31-26 win at the Superdome. The victory completed a clean sweep for the..." January 08

  • NFL wild card ratings all drop by double digits, continuing a bad year for the league

    Awful Announcing "The ratings news is in for the first round of the NFL playoffs, and it doesn’t look great for the networks and the NFL, with every single game suffering double-digit drops year over year relative to comparable slots. First, the Tennessee Titans-Kansas City Chiefs broadcast on ESPN and ABC..." January 08

  • Saints guard Andrus Peat carted off

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints just got left tackle Terron Armstead back in the lineup, but they lost the guy who had done a good job replacing him. Left guard Andrus Peat was just carted off with his left leg in an air cast, after he was caught in a pile. Peat had slid over to tackle when Armstead was out and..." January 07

  • Saints OL Andrus Peat reportedly suffered broken fibula

    Yardbarker "The New Orleans Saints have dealt with a number of injuries along their offensive line this season, and they lost another key player in their playoff game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Former first-round pick Andrus Peat was carted off with a leg injury in the first half. He was..." January 07

  • Saints DT Tony McDaniel’s wife was reportedly in labor, only it was just a stomach bug

    Sportsnaut "Tony McDaniel is currently battling with his teammates on the New Orleans Saints against the Carolina Panthers for the right to advance in the playoffs. As he does so, his wife is facing a different sort of challenge — giving birth to their child. Fox Sports announced McDaniel’s wife is going..." January 07

  • Saints figure reward greater than risk with Alvin Kamara returning kicks

    Pro Football Talk "Alvin Kamara began the season as the Saints’ kickoff returner. But when they traded Adrian Peterson — creating a bigger role for Kamara in the offense — the Saints replaced Kamara in that role. Tommylee Lewis averaged 23.6 yards on 13 kickoff returns, with a long of 39, before the Saints..." January 06

  • Saints list Terron Armstead, Trey Hendrickson as questionable

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints list offensive tackle Terron Armstead and defensive lineman Trey Hendrickson as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Panthers. Both players were limited in practice all week. New Orleans assigned no other player a game designation. Armstead missed last week’s game against..." January 06

  • Mark Ingram won’t have contract voided after missing All-Pro

    Pro Football Talk "Saints running back Mark Ingram deserved consideration for the All-Pro team, with 1,540 yards from scrimmage. It would have rewarded him with more than just an accolade on his resume. A clause in his contract called for either a first-team All-Pro selection or two Pro Bowl selections in 2015-17..." January 05

  • The New Orleans Saints Now Play in the No Fun League

    The Big Lead "The New Orleans Saints host the Carolina Panthers in a Wild Card game this weekend and because symbolism is best served very broad, the team has removed all the fun stuff from the locker room. A table tennis set, a small basketball hoop and a Nintendo 64 console that players used to pass..." January 04

  • Saints head to the playoffs thanks in large part to an incredible rookie class

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints have ended a streak of three straight 7-9 seasons and found themselves hosting a playoff game on Sunday. And the keys to that turnaround arrived in the last weekend of April, when the Saints brought together one of the best rookie classes in NFL history. The draft class in New..." January 03

  • Terrell Owens, Randy Moss headline 15 finalists for Hall of Fame class of 2018

    CBS Sports "From 108 to 27 to 15. The list of candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2018 continues to shrink. On Tuesday night, the Pro Football Hall of Fame whittled down the list of candidates for the Class of 2018 to 15 all-time greats. The process started with 108 nominees in September...." January 03

  • Drew Brees Could Legit Become New Orleans' Next Mayor, Says Jonathan Vilma

    TMZ "Saints legend Jonathan Vilma just threw Drew Brees' name into the hat for next mayor of New Orleans ... and he's making a pretty damn good case. We talked to Jonathan about Brees opening a special needs playground in NOLA ... and Jonathan went full campaign manager describing his longtime..." January 02

  • Alvin Kamara on 106-yard kickoff return: 'My job is easy ... I just run'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "When New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara fielded the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' first kickoff Sunday, it looked like the play was going to stop in the Saints' end zone. Somehow, 13 seconds later, the play instead concluded in the Buccaneers' end zone. Despite hesitating and considering..." January 01

  • Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram make history

    Pro Football Talk "They’re the first running back teammates to make it to the Pro Bowl since Jim Otis and Terry Metcalf in 1975. Saints running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram have now one-upped Otis and Metcalf. Via the NFL, Kamara and Ingram are the first running back teammates in league history to generate..." January 01

  • Sean Payton, Dirk Koetter had words after Saints-Bucs game

    Pro Football Talk "After the Buccaneers beat the Saints on Sunday, coaches Dirk Koetter and Sean Payton had a postgame handshake that seemed to show there are still hard feelings over the ugly incident in the teams’ previous meeting. The two shook hands near midfield and smiled, but as they exchanged shoulder..." January 01

  • Brees reclaims single-season completion percentage record

    The Advocate "The NFL's single-season accuracy title is back in the hands of its rightful owner. Drew Brees, the most accurate passer in NFL history, took back the NFL record for completion percentage on Sunday against Tampa Bay, one year after Minnesota's Sam Bradford broke the mark. Brees completed..." January 01

  • Saints' path to potential NFC South title goes through 'dangerous' Buccaneers

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints (11-4) are on a mission to secure the NFC South against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11) at Raymond James Stadium. On paper, the Saints are a 7-point favorite and appear on track to accomplish the task when considering Tampa Bay has lost five straight games. But with a..." December 31

  • Saints waive John Phillips, promote John Fullington

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints waived tight end John Phillips on Friday, according to the NFL transactions report. They promoted offensive lineman John Fullington from the practice squad in a corresponding move. Fullington spent the season on the Saints’ practice squad after clearing waivers September 3. After..." December 30

  • Veteran defensive lineman Darryl Tapp joins Saints as coaching intern

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints are turning to a familiar face as they prepare for their season finale and potential playoff run. But Darryl Tapp won't be helping the Saints pressure quarterbacks or stuff the run. Instead, the 12-year veteran defensive end will be assisting the coaching staff. Tapp..." December 30

  • Kenny Vaccaro undergoes surgery to repair core muscle

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints placed safety Kenny Vaccaro on injured reserve last week. He began the process of getting ready for 2018 on Tuesday, undergoing surgery to repair a severe core muscle injury, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. Dr. William Myers, the renowned Philadelphia-based surgeon, performed the..." December 29

  • Mike Evans intends to apologize to Marshon Lattimore

    Pro Football Talk "Mike Evans criticized himself for what he calls a “bulls— move” done “in the heat of the moment” and intends to apologize to Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore for it Sunday, via Jenna Laine of ESPN. The league suspended the Buccaneers receiver for one game after Evans charged Lattimore,..." December 29

  • Saints' Tony McDaniel thrilled to return, provides postseason experience

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Tony McDaniel recalls his initial reaction when he received word the New Orleans Saints wanted to bring him back. The veteran defensive tackle said he kept an eye on the Saints' success throughout the season, so the team's interest in him came as a surprise. "Honestly, I was shocked because..." December 29

  • Mark Ingram will take care of offensive linemen expenses on post-season vacation

    Yardbarker "New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram is having a career-best year. After setting career highs with 1,089 rushing yards thus far and 12 rushing touchdowns, Ingram wants to make sure he takes good care of his offensive linemen. “I’m gonna make sure those guys are well taken care of,..." December 29

  • Alvin Kamara tweets he was fined for Christmas stocking cleats

    Pro Football Talk "Saints running back Alvin Kamara got into the Christmas spirit last Sunday by wearing a pair of red cleats designed to look like the stockings one hangs by the fireplace with care in hope that St. Nick will drop a few goodies inside before they wake up on Christmas morning. The NFL gave Kamara..." December 28

  • Marshon Lattimore “looking forward” to facing Mike Evans

    Pro Football Talk "The last time the Buccaneers and Saints played, Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans wound up with a suspension for a running shot from behind on Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore while Lattimore and Jameis Winston were engaged with one another. They’ll be back on the same field this weekend,..." December 28

  • Saints claim LB Kasim Edebali

    Yardbarker "The Saints have added a familiar face as the team gets ready for its first postseason appearance since 2013. The team has claimed linebacker Kasim Edebali off waivers from the Rams, according to Josh Katzenstein of the The Times-Picayune. To free up a roster spot, New Orleans has placed..." December 28

  • Saints put Hau’oli Kikaha on injured reserve

    Pro Football Talk "Saints defensive end/linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha missed all of 2016 with a torn ACL, but made it back in time to start the season on the active roster. He won’t be ending the season on the active roster, however. The Saints placed Kikaha on injured reserve Thursday due to an ankle injury he..." December 28

  • Saints plan to designate John Kuhn to return from IR

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints plan to designate fullback John Kuhn to return from injured reserve, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports. Kuhn tore a biceps during a practice in London, two days after he re-signed with the team. He underwent surgery. Kuhn practiced with the Saints on Wednesday and can practice for up to..." December 27

  • Sean Payton on Drew Brees’ stats: ‘Not in the business of playing fantasy football’

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints are winning in different ways this year than previously in the Sean Payton and Drew Brees era. With the Saints having one of the NFL's top rushing offenses, ranking fifth in yardage and second in yards per attempt, Brees has thrown the ball less than usual this..." December 27

  • Saints clinching postseason spot 'felt like old times,' but unfinished business remains

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "After three straight 7-9 seasons, the New Orleans Saints made an emphatic return to the postseason by clinching a spot after a 23-13 win Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons. While there is unfinished business in the form of the unclaimed NFC South, which has the Saints and Carolina Panthers tied..." December 26