Saints Rumors & News

  • Players to Goodell: We'd like a jet, lifetime insurance and $50 million, too

    ESPN "ESPN reported Sunday that commissioner Roger Goodell had asked for a salary of $49.5 million a year, lifetime use of a private jet and lifetime health insurance for his family in negotiations for a contract extension. Here’s how NFL players are reacting to Goodell’s reported demands: Oakland..." November 16

  • Papa John's tweets apology for being 'divisive' when ripping NFL

    USA Today "A couple weeks after CEO John Schnatter blamed the NFL for sagging pizza sales, Papa John's is trying to tone down the vitriol. Tuesday, the company apologized, said it supports players' protests and denounced neo-nazis, via its Twitter account On the company's earnings call earlier this..." November 15

  • NFL moves Saints to later starts in Weeks 12 and 13

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints have ridden a seven-game winning streak to the top of the NFC South and the NFL is responding to that by putting a couple of their upcoming games into the preferred television window on Sunday afternoon. The league announced changes to the kickoff times of the Saints’ games in both..." November 14

  • Saints sign RB Jonathan Williams off Broncos practice squad, report says

    Sporting News "The Saints are reinforcing their already dominant rushing attack. New Orleans on Tuesday signed second-year running back Jonathan Williams off the Broncos practice squad, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported. According to the report, the undisclosed deal is for two years and will allow..." November 14

  • Drew Brees: 'I don't plan on leaving New Orleans ever' "Drew Brees doesn't want to play anywhere but New Orleans. That's fine and dandy, but there are a few details that make that less than guaranteed. Brees is in the final year of his contract. The quarterback is 38 years old. And while this might sound preposterous, the Saints are the least..." November 14

  • Mark Ingram’s helmet smelled like beer for rest of first quarter

    Pro Football Talk "When Saints running back Mark Ingram spotted a fan wearing his jersey in the stands at Buffalo after Ingram scored his first of three touchdowns on the day, Ingram decided to pay the fan a visit by jumping in to the stands. And a Bills fan decided to welcome Ingram by dumping a beer on him. “I..." November 13

  • Sheldon Rankins the latest star to shine for the Saints defense

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Through the New Orleans Saints' first eight games, 11 different players contributed at least a half sack. The number shows how the defense has received contributions from several players during its recent stretch of dominance. Surprisingly, starting defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins wasn't among..." November 13

  • Sean Payton hopes Saints rookie class can be like 2006 group

    Pro Football Talk "When the Saints won the Super Bowl after the 2009 season, they got sizable contributions from guard Jahri Evans, safety Roman Harper, wide receiver Marques Colston and running back Reggie Bush. All four of those players joined the Saints in the 2006 draft as part of a class that also included..." November 12

  • Saints' familiarity with Sean McDermott should help against Bills' defense

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Sometimes all a team needs for an advantage on any given Sunday in the NFL is an edge. And the New Orleans Saints (6-2) could have one in Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills (5-3) at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y. While the Saints and Bills haven't played each other since 2009, the..." November 12

  • Saints player taken to hospital with possible spine injury after brutal collision

    CBS Sports "There was a scary situation in Buffalo on Sunday that ended with Saints running back and special teams player Daniel Lasco being taken off the field in an ambulance. After a second-quarter touchdown by the Saints, Lasco entered the game as a member of New Orleans' coverage team for the ensuing..." November 12

  • Saints ‘unsure’ Drew Brees is with team in 2018

    247 Sports "Drew Brees will be a free agent next season, but the Saints are not entirely convinced that the 38-year-old quarterback will wear their uniform in 2018, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. “The team at this point is unsure about whether Brees will be their quarterback in 2018, for a couple..." November 12

  • Sean Payton had a feeling Alvin Kamara was special early in the draft process

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints took a significant risk in this year’s draft, shipping both their 2018 second-round pick and a 2017 seventh-round pick to San Francisco to get the 49ers’ third-rounder. Why would the Saints give up a second-round pick and more to acquire a third-round pick? Because, Saints coach Sean..." November 10

  • Saints Won’t Activate CB Delvin Breaux From Injured Reserve

    NFL Trade Rumors "Saints HC Sean Payton announced Thursday that CB Delvin Breaux will remain on their injured reserve for the duration of the 2017 season. This shouldn’t come as a big surprise, as reports from last week mentioned that Breaux suffered a setback during practice that was going to make it difficult..." November 09

  • Alvin Kamara taking star turn as headliner in Saints' talented rookie class

    USA Today "Alvin Kamara just had to acknowledge the milestone. His former teammate, Adrian Peterson, logged a career-high 37 carries for the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday. So Kamara, the New Orleans Saints' dynamic rookie back, reached out to Peterson. "I texted him and said, ‘Well, I know you’re in..." November 09

  • NFL: Owners voted unanimously to extend Goodell’s contract in May

    Pro Football Talk "Perhaps the most important point regarding the ongoing effort by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to block the extension of Commissioner Roger Goodell relates to a decision that all 32 owners made in May, including Jones. “I’d say that, on the issue of extending the Commissioner’s contract that in the..." November 09

  • Roger Goodell “Furious” Over Contract Delay

    Pro Football Rumors "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is reportedly “furious” over the league’s insistence that he accept a contract that includes performance-based incentives that could still allow him to reach his prior salaries, according to Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham of A potential Goodell..." November 09

  • Roger Goodell: NFL fans don’t come to stadiums ‘to be protested to’

    Sportress of Blogitude "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell perhaps made his strongest remarks regarding the league’s national anthem protest controversy by stating, “People come to our stadiums to be entertained and have fun, not to be protested to.” Goodell was a speaker at Bloomberg’s The Year Ahead Summit in New York..." November 08

  • NFL TV numbers decline infecting ESPN's 'Sunday NFL Countdown,' other pregame shows

    Sporting News "Sunday NFL pregame shows are known for their hearty laughter. But there has been little to guffaw about this season. The NFL's TV numbers slide has infected long-running pregame shows on ESPN, NBC Sports and CBS Sports. The hardest hit has been ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" (10 a.m. to 1 p.m...." November 08

  • Bob Costas on the future of football: 'This game destroys people's brains'

    USA Today "As far as longtime sports broadcaster Bob Costas is concerned, the future of football in the United States is clear — and bleak. “The reality is that this game destroys people’s brains," he said Tuesday night. Speaking at a roundtable discussion at the University of Maryland, Costas, who..." November 08

  • Sean Payton: Mike Evans should have been ejected "New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton believes Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans should have been ejected for shoving rookie defensive back Marshon Lattimore to the turf during the third quarter of Sunday's game. "If there's not an ejection in that situation then I don't know when..." November 06

  • Saints defense introducing new wrinkles as season progresses

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "As the New Orleans Saints tried to stop one of the NFL's best rushing offenses last week, defensive coordinator Dennis Allen thought of a creative way to give his group an advantage. In last Sunday's win over the Chicago Bears, the Saints defense deployed a package with five defensive linemen..." November 05

  • Saints’ Delvin Breaux has setback, may not play this year

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints approached this season expecting Delvin Breaux to be their top cornerback. Now he may not play at all this year. Breaux, who suffered a fractured fibula in August, has experienced a setback and may not play at all this year, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. That may explain why..." November 04

  • NFL owners called for depositions, cellphone records in Colin Kaepernick collusion case

    ESPN "Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, among others, will be deposed and asked to turn over all cellphone records and emails in relation to the Colin Kaepernick collusion case against the NFL, a league source told ESPN's Adam..." November 03

  • CBS boss Les Moonves: NFL player protests not affecting advertising

    Sporting News "While Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter is blaming “poor leadership” at the NFL, vis a vis player protests during the national anthem, for a decline in the company’s pizza sales, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves insists there is no evidence of advertiser erosion during broadcasts of the league’s..." November 03

  • Saints Hau'oli Kikaha a healthy scratch for second straight game

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "It was a bit surprising last week to see defensive end Hau'oli Kikaha inactive last week for the New Orleans Saints. Now, it looks like a trend for the Saints to play without Kikaha, who opened the season as the No. 3 defensive end. Kikaha is among the Saints' seven inactive players for..." October 30

  • Saints RB Ingram: Game was close because 'I sucked' "Mark Ingram was blunt when assessing his play Sunday: "I sucked." The New Orleans Saints running back used a variation of "sucked" 18 times to describe his performance in the 20-12 victory over the Chicago Bears, per beat reporters. The running back also threw in the adjectives "terrible" and..." October 30

  • James Andrew Miller: Why ESPN Could Abandon NFL Football

    The Hollywood Reporter "It’s not outlandish to entertain a previously unthinkable prospect: Might ESPN elect to go without rights to NFL games? ​In a span of less than five years, industry giant ESPN has seen its narrative transformed from that of a mighty colossus into the hard-luck tale of a ragtag warrior. As it..." October 30

  • Report: Saints looking to trade Hau’oli Kikaha

    247 Sports "The Saints could be in the market for another trade ahead of the Tuesday deadline. Defensive end/linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha could be the next player the organization seeks to trade, according to a report from Doug Kyed of New England Sports Network. That the report emerged from the Boston..." October 30

  • Why NFL trade deadline does not produce NBA-, MLB-like blockbuster deals

    Sporting News "Every year as the NFL trade deadline nears, we speculate about player trades. And every year, the trade deadline comes and goes with almost no action. To many, it seems odd that the NFL has not embraced trades the way other leagues have. Bad teams in other sports become sellers, and the trade..." October 30

  • Ball security essential for Saints against opportunistic Bears defense

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Different styles of winning streaks clash on the field Sunday when the New Orleans Saints (4-2) host the Chicago Bears (3-4) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints are riding a four-game run with a balanced offensive attack -- ranking third in passing (269.3 yards per game) and 10th in..." October 29

  • Marshon Lattimore emerging as shutdown corner for Saints

    Yardbarker "After years of question marks in their secondary, the New Orleans Saints may finally be finding an answer in rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore. The 21-year-old’s stellar debut season continued on Sunday with a late fourth-quarter interception to seal the Saints’ 20-12 victory over the Chicago..." October 29

  • Saints, Pelicans owner Benson hospitalized after Sunday's game

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Tom Benson was taken to Ocshner Hospital on Sunday afternoon for precautionary reasons after the New Orleans Saints owner started to feel weak after the game between the Saints and Chicago Bears at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Benson was expected to be released to go home after he is evaluated..." October 29

  • Saints RB Mark Ingram feels like he let team down after two fourth-quarter fumbles in win

    ESPN "Mark Ingram didn't mince words after his two fourth-quarter fumbles nearly cost the New Orleans Saints their fifth straight victory. "I sucked," Ingram said -- a total of 18 times, if you include the word "sucky." He also mixed in "I was terrible" and "I was whack" a handful of times as he..." October 29

  • Drew Brees makes NFL history ─ again

    247 Sports "Carve another place in the NFL history books for Drew Brees. The New Orleans Saints quarterback became just the third passer all-time to surpass 6,000 career completions, and emerged as the fastest to ever achieve that feat. With his pass for Michael Thomas in his Week 8 appearance against..." October 29

  • Ryan Pace returns to New Orleans with Bears building blocks in place

    Chicago Sun-Times "General manager Ryan Pace should feel good about his homecoming this weekend in New Orleans. After 14 years, he left the Saints for the Bears in 2015, and his rebuilding efforts in three offseasons finally are bearing fruit. Simply put, there’s hope because building blocks have emerged. With..." October 28

  • Brandon Coleman has become one of the guys Drew Brees looks for in red zone

    The Advocate "Brandon Coleman has quietly spent the past three seasons earning the trust of his legendary quarterback. Drew Brees has watched Coleman grow from an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers on the practice squad to a key component of the New Orleans offense, particularly in the red zone. Coleman..." October 28

  • Marshon Lattimore aiming to be 'a Darrelle Revis type' "Marshon Lattimore transformed the New Orleans Saints' defense. Perhaps it's slightly hyperbolic to shove a huge helping of credit for the Saints' defensive renaissance onto the rookie's plate. It's also certainly not wrong to do so. The first-round pick has played at a lockdown level this..." October 27

  • David Onyemata fined $12,154 for unnecessary roughness

    Pro Football Talk "Saints defensive lineman David Onyemata learned an expensive lesson in last week’s victory over the Packers: It’s against the rules to pull players off the pile. Officials penalized the Saints 15 yards for Onyemata’s unnecessary roughness, and the NFL followed with a $12,154 fine this week." October 27

  • Saints releasing Sterling Moore

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints haven’t had cornerback Sterling Moore in the lineup since the second week of the regular season and he won’t be making any more appearances for them this season. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Saints are releasing Moore on Wednesday. Moore suffered a pectoral injury in..." October 25

  • Michael Thomas out of practice for Saints

    Pro Football Talk "Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas didn’t show any sign of having a knee injury in last Sunday’s win over the Packers, but it appears something isn’t quite right. Thomas was listed as a non-participant by the Saints for Wednesday’s practice and a knee issue was cited as the reason for his..." October 25

  • Chris Christie calls NFL “hypocrisy” on gambling “overwhelming”

    Pro Football Talk "As the NFL paves the way for putting a team in Las Vegas, it continues to push back against the ongoing effort to pave the way for sports wagering in all 50 states. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose state’s effort to launch sports wagering sparked the lawsuit that will be resolved by the..." October 25

  • Report: Larry Warford could miss ‘several weeks’

    247 Sports "There could be a change coming on the Saints’ offensive line. Veteran right guard Larry Warford is expected to miss the next “several weeks” with the abdominal strain he suffered in Sunday’s game, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports. Warford went down with the injury fairly early in the..." October 23

  • President Trump notes players still kneeling during national anthem

    Pro Football Talk "President Trump’s push to keep NFL players who don’t stand during the national anthem a major storyline continued on Monday morning. Players from the Giants, Seahawks and 49ers did not stand for the anthem before Sunday’s games and the President took note of it as well as the fact that the..." October 23

  • Drew Brees throws 500th career TD pass, including postseason

    Pro Football Talk "Brett Hundley has one career touchdown pass. That came last week when he replaced Aaron Rodgers. The quarterback on the other side, Drew Brees, has thrown his 500th career touchdown pass, including the postseason. Brees has 476 touchdown passes in the regular season and 24 in the playoffs." October 22

  • Sean Payton on Delvin Breaux's potential return: 'He's on schedule'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The clock may have started for New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux's potential return. For the first time this regular season, Breaux was observed Friday on the field participating in the stretching and conditioning portion of practice open to the media. The Saints officially..." October 21

  • Cameron Jordan fined for dunking football

    Pro Football Talk "Saints coach Sean Payton famously gave Jimmy Graham an earful in a 2014 preseason game after the team’s former tight end twice dunked over the crossbar, punctuating touchdowns but drawing penalties. New Orleans defensive end Cameron Jordan brought back memories of Graham, whose 2013 dunk that..." October 20

  • Donald Trump’s Petition Seeks ‘Stand For National Anthem’ Supporters

    NESN "Donald Trump now is trying to combat an athletes’ movement with one of his own. The president released a petition Thursday on the Republican National Committee website, in which he asks people to register their support for standing for the national anthem. “The President has asked for a..." October 20

  • Saints Re-Sign LB Adam Bighill To Practice Squad

    NFL Trade Rumors "Herbie Teope reports that the Saints are re-signing LB Adam Bighill to their practice squad now that he has passed through waivers unclaimed. Bighill, 28, wound up going undrafted out of Central Washington back in 2011 and eventually agreed to a deal with the BC Lions. He was a four-time All..." October 19

  • President Trump slams NFL for not forcing players to stand for anthem

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL is back on President Trump’s radar Wednesday. The President went on a Twitter spurt Wednesday morning and the NFL’s announcement that there will be no change to league rules regarding the national anthem was part of his agenda. After a day that included a meeting between players and..." October 18

  • Eric Reid doesn’t think rule change on anthem is coming

    Pro Football Talk "In a statement about Tuesday’s meeting between the NFL, NFLPA, players and team owners in New York, the NFL and NFLPA said that everyone in the NFL community has “a tremendous respect” for the national anthem but it doesn’t sound like the anthem was a focal point of the meeting. Albert Breer of..." October 17