Saints Rumors & News

  • NFL will review Calvin Johnson rule, narrow goal posts

    SB Nation "The league is still considering reducing the width of the goal post and will review the "Calvin Johnson Rule" this offseason. The NFL competition committee will examine reducing the width of the goal post uprights this offseason, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Each year the..." January 30

  • NFLPA to give own salary-cap projection for 2015

    USA Today "For the first time, the NFL Players Association plans to issue its own projections for the 2015 salary cap to counter what it perceives as deflated league projections that can impact teams' budgeting and, in turn, hold down spending. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith made the..." January 30

  • Seahawks CB Byron Maxwell a free agent worth watching for Saints "From a New Orleans Saints perspective, the guy I’m most interested in watching on Super Bowl Sunday is Seattle Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell. Maxwell Although the fourth-year pro is the least-known member of Seattle’s “Legion of Boom,” he’s the only one scheduled to become an..." January 29

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    New Orleans Saints @Saints

    Drew Brees & Odell Beckham Jr. just set a Guinness World Record (@GWR) for most 1-handed catches (33) in 1 minute!

  • History is not on the side of Saints RB Mark Ingram as he approaches free agency

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints have some tough decisions to make this offseason. One of the most difficult will be what to do with free agent running back Mark Ingram. The league has devalued running backs in the last four years. They've gone off the board later in each draft since 2011, with Bishop..." January 29

  • Tom Benson fires back in Saints ownership feud: Rita Benson LeBlanc, family 'never rose to the task'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson filed a response Tuesday (Jan. 27) to a lawsuit by his estranged relatives, saying granddaughter Rita Benson LeBlanc and other relatives he was grooming to run his empire "never rose to the task." Without stating why, specifically, Benson's response said he..." January 27

  • Jimmy Graham will use Pro Bowl as test to decide whether surgery is needed on injured shoulder

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham showed no signs of discomfort at Luke Air Force Base on Thursday afternoon, running around and catching passes in the first Pro Bowl practice of the week. So far, Graham has avoided surgery for a nagging shoulder injury that has bothered him since..." January 25

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Delvin Breaux, a standout CFL CB who worked out for 13 NFL teams, has reached agreement with the New Orleans Saints.

  • Mark Ingram: Yes, the New Orleans Saints want me back

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram will hit free agency this season with a chance to test the waters. Ingram said the Saints have told him they want him back. "They said they want me back, for sure," he said. "I was their draft pick, so they said they definitely want me to come..." January 23

  • Jimmy Graham will use Pro Bowl as test to decide whether surgery is needed on injured shoulder

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham showed no signs of discomfort at Luke Air Force Base on Thursday afternoon, running around and catching passes in the first Pro Bowl practice of the week. So far, Graham has avoided surgery for a nagging shoulder injury that has bothered him since..." January 23

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    Lyons Yellin WWL-TV @LyonsYellin

    Here's Tom Benson's full statement in response to civil suit from family

  • LeBlanc, family file suit claiming Tom Benson incompetent to control Saints, Pelicans

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The shocking struggle for control of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans escalated Thursday (Jan. 23) as family members associated with Rita Benson LeBlanc filed a lawsuit claiming that the teams' owner and family patriarch Tom Benson is incompetent and is being directed by a manipulative wife and..." January 23

  • Drew Brees: 'All I can say is I absolutely love' Gayle Benson

    The New Orleans Advocate "At the Pro Bowl in Arizona on Thursday afternoon, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees expressed his affinity for Gayle Benson, Tom's wife and the newly named future owner of the franchise. "All I can say is I absolutely love Gayle," Brees said. "I think she's one of the sweetest people. I..." January 22

  • Jimmy Graham not planning to have surgery on shoulder

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said that "at this point," he doesn't plan on having shoulder surgery, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Graham hurt his shoulder Week 5 and the injury limited his snaps and production, though he didn't miss a game. " January 22

  • Saints, Pelicans ownership shocker: wife Gayle, not granddaughter Rita, will control empire after Tom Benson dies

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson will transfer ownership of the city's two major pro sports franchises to his wife, Gayle, when he dies, effectively ousting Benson's granddaughter, Rita Benson LeBlanc, who has previously been his handpicked successor. In a plan revealed to..." January 21

  • Marques Colston Open to Taking Pay Cut to Remain with Saints

    Bleacher Report "New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston could be in line for a pay cut due to the Saints' high salary cap. Will Colston want to stay in New Orleans if the Saints ask him to take a pay cut? " January 20

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    It's not just Dennis Allen joining Saints. Former Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland is being hired to do college scouting for Saints, per source.

  • Dennis Allen joins Saints’ staff

    Pro Football Talk "Dennis Allen, who was fired after four games as the Raiders’ head coach last year, has found a new job. Allen will join the Saints’ staff, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. This will be Allen’s second stint as a Saints assistant. " January 20

  • Mark Ingram replaces Marshawn Lynch on Pro Bowl roster

    Pro Football Talk "The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner has made his first Pro Bowl. Saints tailback Mark Ingram has been named to the roster, the team said Monday. He replaces Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who is out of the game on account of Seattle making the Super Bowl." January 19

  • Source: Saints OT Terron Armstead to avoid neck surgery

    The Advocate "As the season came to a close, Terron Armstead was unsure if he would require surgery to repair his injured neck. It turns out he has nothing to worry about. The Saints left tackle is expected to be able to avoid the operating table and recover through rest and rehabilitation, according to a..." January 18

  • Which potential offensive free agent(s) should the New Orleans Saints fight to keep?

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Running back Mark Ingram headlines the New Orleans Saints' list of offensive free agents as the team works to sort out their 2015 roster. I spelled out each player's situation and possible future with the Saints earlier Monday. Ingram is coming off his best season of his NFL career despite..." January 13

  • Since 'Fail Mary,' ex-ref Lance Easley says he is battling post-traumatic stress disorder

    Yahoo! Sports "As the 2012 Russell Wilson pass that would soon be known as the "Fail Mary" floated through the Seattle air, Lance Easley was still an anonymous NFL replacement referee. In his regular life, he was a vice president with Bank of America, a family man, a devout Christian and someone who for..." January 12

  • How should Saints build offensive line in 2015? Expensive veterans make offseason uncertain

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints starting offensive line contained four players older than 30 in 2014. Do the Saints need to get younger (and perhaps less expensive) at the position? If so, what's the best way to achieve it? Those are the pertinent questions after we looked at the offensive line in..." January 09

  • Bears hire Ryan Pace as new general manager

    Pro Football Talk "The Chicago Bears have a new general manager. Ryan Pace, formerly the director of pro personnel for the Saints, became G.M. of the Bears today. Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis said this week that he believes Pace is ready to become a general manager, although the Saints were hoping not to lose..." January 08

  • Jahri Evans withdraws from Pro Bowl after minor surgery "New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans won’t play in the Pro Bowl after having minor surgery to repair an undisclosed injury, according to his agent Jerrold Colton. Colton declined to identify the specific ailment but said the recovery time should be short. He said Evans played through the..." January 08

  • Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to return next season, source says

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Rob Ryan's job is "safe" and he will remain the New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator for the 2015 season, according to a source familiar with the situation. However, the source added, there are looming changes to the defensive coaching staff as well as personnel on that side of the ball...." January 07

  • Saints pass rusher Junior Galette is in Kenner police custody, spokesman says

    The Advocate "Saints pass rusher Junior Galette is in the Kenner Police Department’s custody, a spokesman for the agency confirmed on Monday. He could immediately say what the allegations Galette was being held on were. WRNO-99.5 FM radio host Gerry Vaillancourt, a well-known local sports personality,..." January 05

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    GERRY V @gvtalk

    Junior Galette being questioned for alleged domestic violence.. Stay tuned for updates- 99.5 WRNO

  • New Orleans Saints sign Tim Hightower to reserve/future contract

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints have signed running back Tim Hightower to a reserve/future contract, a league source told | The Times-Picayune. Hightower hasn't played in the NFL since tearing his ACL in 2011 with the Washington Redskins. Hightower played at Richmond and was selected in the..." January 05

  • Saints GM Loomis isn’t reducing his duties with the Saints

    Pro Football Talk "The Jets would like to interview Saints director of player personnel Ryan Pace for the vacant G.M. job in New York. Like others before him (Ravens assistant G.M. Eric DeCosta and Vikings assistant G.M. George Paton), Pace may pass. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media is “hearing it’s unlikely” that Pace..." January 05

  • Rob Ryan's future still unclear "The New Orleans Saints have begun to make the offseason changes that coach Sean Payton promised earlier in the week as ESPN sources have confirmed that the team is parting ways with three assistants, including longtime tight ends coach Terry Malone. NFL Network first reported that Malone,..." January 03

  • 2014 AP All-Pro Team

    Pro Football Talk "Via USA Today and, here is the first-team All-Pro squad as announced by The Associated Press on Friday. Fifty NFL writers compose the AP’s voting panel: OFFENSE Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay. Running back: DeMarco Murray, Dallas; Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh. Fullback: John..." January 02

  • Sources: Saints fire 3 on staff; mum on Ryan "The New Orleans Saints have begun to make the offseason changes that coach Sean Payton promised earlier in the week as ESPN sources have confirmed that the team is parting ways with three assistants, including longtime tight ends coach Terry Malone. NFL Network first reported that Malone,..." January 02

  • Saints sign ex-Giants safety Kenny Phillips

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints have added a former first-round pick to their roster. The club has signed Kenny Phillips, a 43-game starter in five seasons with the Giants, to a reserve/future contract, per the NFL’s Wednesday personnel notice. The No. 31 overall pick in 2008, the 28-year-old Phillips recorded..." January 01

  • Saints Complete 23-20 4th Quarter Comeback over Tampa Bay

    Canal Street Chronicles "Despite three Drew Brees interceptions the Saints were able to overcome a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win a meaningless game over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Saints can't even lose properly. They were well on their way to better draft position and an easier schedule in 2015,..." December 29

  • Sean Payton mum on Rob Ryan's future, but decision won't come easy: Larry Holder

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan doesn't seem like he's cleared his office out like his brother Rex Ryan had done in New York as of midday Monday. Ryan walked into the Saints' locker room shortly before an 11 a.m. team meeting in a yellow button-down shirt with a sheet of paper..." December 29

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Speaking of potential #Saints def coordinators, Dennis Allen eyes a return as a DC in the right situation. Has a relationship with Payton

  • Report: Kenny Vaccaro’s actually injured, not healthy scratch

    Pro Football Talk "So maybe Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro isn’t a healthy scratch. But if he isn’t, then the Saints aren’t filling out injury reports accurately. According to Nick Underhill of the Baton Rouge Advocate, Vaccaro is actually bothered by a quad injury." December 28

  • Rob Ryan on what went wrong with the Saints’ defense: ‘We drank the Kool-Aid too much’

    The Advocate "Rob Ryan would like to be back next season. He just isn’t sure if he’ll be granted the opportunity to come back and fix a defense that performed well under expectations this season. And if he is brought back next season, Ryan said the person who needs to improve the most for this unit to get..." December 28

  • Saints place Pierre Thomas, Akiem Hicks on IR

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints placed tailback Pierre Thomas and defensive end Akiem Hicks on injured reserve on Friday. To fill the open roster spots, club promoted rookie wide receiver Brandon Coleman and second-year linebacker Jerry Franklin from the practice squad. The moves were disclosed in the league’s..." December 27

  • Jimmy Graham not happy with his production: ‘A pretty good year for other people is a bad year for me’

    The Advocate "Jimmy Graham doesn’t want to make excuses for his drop in production over the last month. That also doesn’t mean there aren’t underlying reasons for his drop in production over the final month of the season. Graham has been battling a shoulder injury suffered Week 5 against the Tampa Bay..." December 27

  • Saints' Rob Ryan won't talk future "Rob Ryan said he's used to fielding questions about his job security, as the New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator found himself doing again Friday. But one thing Ryan said he hasn't experienced much is the kind of sophomore slump the young Saints defense has gone through this season,..." December 26

  • Mark Ingram pleased he showed he can handle big workload this season

    Pro Football Talk "Drew Brees remains confident in the direction that the Saints are taking as a franchise despite a disappointing 2014 season and he’s not the only member of the team looking ahead to better days. Running back Mark Ingram is wrapping up the final year of his contract with the team and preparing..." December 26

  • 2015 Pro Bowl: Complete roster "The rosters for the 2015 Pro Bowl, which will be Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN in Glendale, Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIV, were announced Tuesday. Like last year, it's the unconferenced format with players selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and..." December 24

  • 'Funeral' talk irks White, Douglas "Atlanta Falcons receivers Roddy White and Harry Douglas had some choice words for Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis following their team's 30-14 victory on Sunday. It was Lewis who said the Saints would send the Falcons to their "funeral" by eliminating them from the NFC South race. Instead, the..." December 22

  • Falcons beat Saints

    Fox Sports South "The first step in Atlanta's win-or-go-home final two-game stretch of the season was a resounding success. The Falcons took apart the New Orleans Saints 30-14 on Sunday to set up a winner-takes-all NFC South showdown with the Carolina Panthers next week. A playoff trip will be rewarded to..." December 22

  • As Drew Brees prepares to make 200th start, doubters still remain

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "It happens to every quarterback at some point. The questions, the doubts, the whispers. No quarterback can escape them. It happened to Joe Montana and Brett Favre. It's happening to Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Now it's Drew Brees' turn. Brees, who turns 36 on Jan. 15, is preparing..." December 20

  • Disturbing details in Darren Sharper rape case come out during hearing

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The criminal charges against former St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's deputy Brandon Licciardi are bad enough: in state court, he faces counts of battery with a dangerous weapon, aggravated rape and human trafficking; in federal court, he faces counts of distributing drugs used in rapes and witness..." December 19

  • Weatherspoon predicts a sweep of the “Aints”

    Pro Football Talk "A torn Achilles tendon has kept Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon from making an impact on the field this season. On Thursday, Weatherspoon made some waves away from it. Thanks to (what else?) Twitter. “The Aints are way too sorry to have our names in their mouth!” Weatherspoon posted on..." December 18

  • Saints sack Jay Cutler seven times en route to 31-15 win

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints did on Monday night what they couldn't do one week prior -- get to the quarterback. It seemed like they got nothing but pressure on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler during their 31-15 win. "I was pleased with the energy level," said Saints coach Sean Payton. "We..." December 16