Saints Rumors & News

  • Spiller: ‘I’ll always be a Buffalo Bill at heart’

    Buffalo News "They say moving can be the most stressful time in a person’s life. C.J. Spiller knows this now. He has been back in Orchard Park this week, packing up five years of Buffalo Bills memories before starting his new job with the New Orleans Saints. “I thought it would be a smooth cleanout,”..." April 17

  • Report Suggests About 1 in 6 NFL Players Go Broke Within 12 Years of Retiring

    Complex "When the NFL comes back in 2015, and you gaze upon the first 11-on-11 play of the bloodsport's season, know that, statistically speaking, at least three players on that field will be bankrupt soon after they hang up their cleats. According to a new research paper by the National Bureau of Economic..." April 15

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    After his #Jaguars visit, the plan for WR Greg Jennings included a FA visit with the #Saints, source said. Played with Rodgers. Brees next?

  • Schedule release likely coming next week

    Pro Football Talk "With the draft only 17 days away and in light of the NFL’s habit of releasing the regular-season schedule before the draft, the window for releasing the 2015 regular-season schedule is getting fairly narrow. The current thinking, per a source with knowledge of the situation, is that the sheet..." April 13

  • 10 things to know about Darren Sharper's plea deal settling rape charges

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Terms of Darren Sharper's global plea agreement with the four state jurisdictions prosecuting him as a serial rapist were revealed Wednesday (April 9) from a 15-page memorandum obtained by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. But to get you water-cooler ready, here are 10 things to know about the..." April 12

  • Saints sign LB Anthony Spencer

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints have signed former Dallas Cowboys linebacker/defensive end Anthony Spencer to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday. Spencer, 31, has spent all eight seasons of his NFL career in Dallas. He was selected in the first round (26th overall) out of Purdue in..." April 10

  • ‘Penile plethysmograph’ test to gauge arousal part of Darren Sharper’s strict post-prison deal

    The New Orleans Advocate "When Darren Sharper gets out of prison in less than a decade, if he wants to stay out, the former NFL star who once cut loose on the field and in nightclubs from Miami to Los Angeles will live the closely monitored life of a known predator. During his first three to five years of freedom,..." April 10

  • 2015 NFL preseason schedule announced

    CBSSports.com "Preseason football may be some four months off, but the NFL wants to give you time to get adequately pumped for what amounts to glorified practices. That's right: On Thursday, the league announced the 2015 preseason schedule in all its meaningless glory. Meaningless may be an overstatement; the..." April 09

  • Report: Repeated police failures allowed Darren Sharper to continue rape spree

    The Score "Former NFL safety Darren Sharper could have been prevented from a string of druggings and rapes for which he recently agreed to plead guilty, had the initial police investigations been more thorough. That's the conclusion of a joint comprehensive investigation by T. Christian Miller and Ryan..." April 08

  • Saints Super Bowl Ring for Sale on Craigslist for $45K

    Sportsnaut "They say money can’t buy championships. This is rarely proven untrue, however in this case, all you have to do is have $45,000 and you have yourself a Super Bowl ring. According to CBS Sports, there is a Super Bowl ring being sold on the Internet. A New Orleans Saints Super Bowl ring to be..." April 07

  • Darren Sharper plea deal on state rape charges postponed until federal case resolved

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Former Saints safety Darren Sharper's expected guilty plea to three New Orleans rape charges was delayed Tuesday (April 7) after a state judge ruled that the former football star's federal drug charges must be adjudicated first. The ruling by Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Karen..." April 07

  • Sharper pleads not guilty in New Orleans, for now

    Pro Football Talk "Former NFL safety Darren Sharper made his initial appearance in Louisiana federal court on Monday in connection with rape charges. Despite a global plea deal, Sharper officially pleaded not guilty, according to the Associated Press. It’s believed to be a formality. Prosecutors in New Orleans..." April 07

  • Darren Sharper due in federal court Monday on drug, rape charges

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Darren Sharper, one of the heroes of the Saints' run to the 2010 Super Bowl victory, returns to New Orleans in disgrace Monday (April 7) for a series of court appearances that will close out rape cases against the former football star in four states. Sharper is set to appear in federal court at..." April 06

  • Kyle Wilson should lead in race for Saints' nickel cornerback job

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Kyle Wilson was to the New York Jets as Patrick Robinson was to the New Orleans Saints. Both cornerbacks were first-round picks gone awry in 2010. Both of their original teams opted not to re-sign either one of them this offseason. And yet both cornerbacks seemingly improved once they played in..." April 05

  • Saints save $4 million in salary cap space with Jahri Evans' new contract

    ESPN.com "The New Orleans Saints saved $4 million in salary-cap space by working out a new three-year contract with guard Jahri Evans earlier this week. The new deal is a three-year, $18 million contract, according to ESPN Stats and Information, and lowers his cap figure from $11 million to $7..." April 05

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    Alex Marvez @alexmarvez

    .@GoPittFootball T TJ Clemmings @TAClemmings_90 has pre-draft visits set w/ @Broncos @STLouisRams & @Saints @SiriusXMNFL @MarkdominikESPN

  • Sean Payton is the NFL’s most aggressive coach on fourth down

    Pro Football Talk "Saints coach Sean Payton goes for it on fourth down far more often than any of his colleagues around the NFL. In fact, in 2014, Payton went for it on fourth down more than twice as often as an average NFL coach would have, when faced with the same circumstances. FootballOutsiders.com analyzed..." April 04

  • Saints are well positioned to make a splash early in the draft

    Pro Football Talk "The bad news facing the Saints this year is that they’ve been forced to focus for most of the offseason on getting their salary cap under control. The good news for the Saints is that they have the best stockpile of picks early in the draft of any team in the NFL. The Saints are the only team..." April 04

  • Saints' Brees: Graham trade 'shocked all of us'

    ESPN.com "In his first public comments of the offseason, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees expressed sadness about the trade of tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle, but said it’s part of the business. “Jimmy was like a brother to me," Brees told WWL Radio in New Orleans on Thursday night. “He was close to..." April 04

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    This is stunning: The #Saints have re-signed WR Joe Morgan, who they cut last year. Second chance for a talented player

  • Drew Brees: Never worried about “false reports” of trade possibility

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Drew Brees heard the rumors. He heard about the supposed trade talks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Or the possible deal with the New York Jets. He never believed them. "I'll be honest with you, I really did not pay attention one bit," the New Orleans Saints quarterback said in an interview..." April 03

  • Redskins Have Reportedly Expressed Interest In RB Pierre Thomas

    NFL Trade Rumors "John Keim of ESPN.com reports that the Redskins have expressed interest in free agent RB Pierre Thomas in recent weeks. However, Washington is likely to wait and see what transpires in the draft before seriously considering the idea of signing Thomas to a contract. Keim adds that Thomas is..." April 02

  • Darren Sharper Locked Up In New Orleans Preps for Guilty Plea

    TMZ.com "Darren Sharper has touched down in New Orleans ... where prosecutors say he's expected to plead guilty to multiple counts of rape next week. Sharper had been locked up in L.A. for more than a year -- but officials allowed him to travel to N.O. so he could appear in court for drug charges on..." April 02

  • Saints sign cornerback Kyle Wilson

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent cornerback Kyle Wilson, the team announced on Wednesday. Wilson, 27, was a first-round draft pick of the New York Jets in 2010. At 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, Wilson could be one of a handful of players competing for a nickel or reserve role on the..." April 01

  • Saints extend Jahri Evans' contract by one year

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints have extended guard Jahri Evans' contract by one year, the team announced on Wednesday. The move puts Evans, 31, under contract through 2017. Terms of the contract were not immediately available. Evans was previously scheduled to make $11 million in salary and bonuses..." April 01

  • Saints' Mark Ingram on C.J. Spiller: He's a game-breaker

    ESPN.com "Although Mark Ingram was thrilled about the opportunity to be featured as a workhorse back when needed last season, he insisted he was fired up when the New Orleans Saints signed fellow running back C.J. Spiller in free agency. Not only are the two friends, but Ingram said he loves what the..." March 31

  • Saints could remain active, all the way through draft weekend

    SI.com "The Saints will be a headline act. I don’t believe it involves Drew Brees, because I think the Saints are committed to at least one more season of Brees at quarterback. But I hear New Orleans wants to be even more active before the draft, and that could mean dealing stalwart guard Jahri Evans for..." March 30

  • Saints cornerback arrested in Miami Beach

    Pro Football Talk "Saints cornerback Brian Dixon has been arrested in Miami Beach for resisting arrest without violence. Per multiple sources, the arrest occurred early this morning. It’s unclear why Dixon was being arrested in the first place. He’s charged only with resisting arrest." March 29

  • Impact of Jimmy Graham trade still being felt

    USA Today "The aftereffects of the deal that sent Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham across the country are still being weighed by the two teams involved in the swap. When Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider first informed coach Pete Carroll that Graham was on the block, Carroll could barely..." March 29

  • NFL exploring Mexico, Germany and other markets to host games

    SB Nation "The NFL views Mexico, Canada and China as the next markets to focus on as it looks to add more international games to the schedule, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network. The league could be considering NFL games in those markets, similar to the International Series that already takes place..." March 27

  • Saints guard Jahri Evans survives purge, but contract tinkering is coming

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "It sounds like New Orleans Saints perennial Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans will be the starter at right guard for his 10th season with the team, but there's a catch. Coach Sean Payton said during the NFL owners meetings Wednesday how he didn't think the structure of Evans' contract, which is..." March 26

  • With so much tampering, NFL will struggle to police it all

    Pro Football Talk "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged the obvious on Wednesday when he said at the league meeting that multiple teams had dealings before the start of free agency that may have violated the letter of the law. “We want to make sure no teams are gaining an advantage as it relates to free..." March 26

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    Nick Underhill @nick_underhill

    Saints talking longterm with Cam Jordan's agent, per Payton

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    Larry Holder @LarryHolder

    Payton: Josh Hill is a player we value a lot. He's not on anyone's fantasy first three rounds. Pumping up Jones and Coleman.

  • NFL momentum builds to alter extra point for 2015 season

    USA Today "A rules alteration that would inject more excitement into the near-automatic extra point could be adopted for the 2015 NFL season as early as the league's next meeting this May. There was lively discussion among the 32 teams Wednesday about adding significant drama to the mundane point after..." March 25

  • Darren Sharper Eligible For HOF ... Despite Rape Conviction

    TMZ.com "Despite the fact he'll be locked up for the next 9 years, convicted rapist Darren Sharper is still eligible to be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- and based on his numbers alone, there's a real possibility it could happen. TMZ Sports spoke with Joe Horrigan -- Executive V.P. of..." March 25

  • Sean Payton dispels Drew Brees, Marcus Mariota trade rumors

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton vehemently quashed rumors floating around concerning the team possibly trading Drew Brees. During his media availability Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings, Payton said his 36-year-old starting quarterback isn't going anywhere. "We can't control it (the..." March 25

  • Rex Ryan says brother Rob could get head coaching job if he loses hair, gut

    Larry Brown Sports "Although he had a few minor disagreements with New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton last year, Rob Ryan is still considered by many to be one of the better defensive coordinators in the NFL. According to his brother Rex, the only thing stopping Rob from landing a head coaching job is his..." March 25

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Interested to learn the #Dolphins finished 2nd to the #Seahawks in the Jimmy Graham trade. MIA was aggressive in trying to upgrade at TE.

  • Sean Payton on possible Brees trade: 'It's not that time'

    CBSSports.com "Though the New Orleans Saints appear to have started their rebuilding effort in earnest, head coach Sean Payton says the team will not be trading quarterback Drew Brees any time soon. "Yeah, it's not that time. ... We're not interested in moving on from Drew Brees," Payton said, according to FOX..." March 24

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    Kristian Garic @KristianGaric1

    #Saints hosting Free Agent OLB/ DE Anthony Spencer on visit, per source.

  • Saints GM dispels Drew Brees rumors

    ESPN.com "Despite the flurry of trades the New Orleans Saints have made this month, general manager Mickey Loomis downplayed the notion that "everyone" is for sale and specifically said he never made a single call about trading quarterback Drew Brees. Loomis met with a group of reporters Monday during a..." March 24

  • Darren Sharper sentenced to 9 years in Arizona rape case

    The New Orleans Advocate "Former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper has pleaded guilty to sexual assault and attempted sexual assault in a plea deal with Arizona prosecutors and was immediately sentenced to nine years in prison, according to the Associated Press. Earlier Monday, TMZ reported Sharper will serve a..." March 24

  • NFL may let injury spotters stop play during games

    SB Nation "Besides instant replay reform and finding a better definition of a "catch," the NFL's competition committee is busy this week deciding whether to increase the duties of injury spotters in NFL games. The proposal would allow independent medical trainers to watch for possible concussions and stop..." March 23

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    MC Superior Court @courtpio

    Darren Sharper pled guilty to sexual assault and attempted sexual assault. He was sentenced to 9 years in prison and lifetime probation.

  • Healthy Jairus Byrd eager to become part of the solution for Saints

    ESPN.com "A year ago, the New Orleans Saints made one of the biggest splashes in the NFL by signing free-agent safety Jairus Byrd, which helped them generate a lot of buzz as a top Super Bowl contender. A year later, that buzz is gone. But Byrd isn't. Now healthy again, the three-time Pro Bowler still..." March 23

  • The NFL Charged Its Players $400 to Participate in Veteran Combine

    Complex "The NFL's first Veteran Combine took place this weekend. A new addition to the offseason calendar, the Combine seemed like a great idea for older players to get in front of scouts and front office types—a way to balance the scales between the incoming rookie class and the veteran class that'll..." March 23

  • Source: Darren Sharper takes 20-year deal in Louisiana rapes

    The New Orleans Advocate "Former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper will serve a 20-year prison sentence for drugging and raping a series of women in New Orleans as part of a global plea deal that was playing out with guilty pleas in various states on Monday, according to a source familiar with deal. Under the..." March 23

  • NFL considering Brazil to host 2017 Pro Bowl

    Fox Sports "One of the world's biggest soccer hotbeds could soon host a different type of football event. A source told FOXSports.com that Brazil is a viable candidate to host the 2017 Pro Bowl. The all-star exhibition game's future destination is one of the subjects that will be broached during the..." March 23

  • Saints GM Mickey Loomis: Drew Brees not on trade block

    USA Today "Drew Brees isn't going anywhere. Despite recent speculation that the Pro Bowl quarterback might be on the trade block after the New Orleans Saints dealt his favorite target, star tight end Jimmy Graham, to the Seattle Seahawks, the Saints aren't even considering life after Brees. "Anybody..." March 23