Saints Rumors & News

  • Saints Re-Signing TE John Phillips

    NFL Trade Rumors "Nick Underhill of the Advocate reports that the Saints are re-signing TE John Phillips to a new contract on Wednesday. Phillips, 29, is a former sixth-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2009. He spent four years in Dallas before signing a three-year contract with the Chargers as an unrestricted..." March 29

  • Saints to sign Chase Daniel

    Pro Football Talk "Chase Daniel is returning to his roots as a backup to Drew Brees in New Orleans. Daniel, a free agent quarterback who spent his first four seasons as a backup with the Saints, will sign a one-year contract with the team, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN. Daniel originally entered the NFL as..." March 29

  • NFL concussion settlement takes nasty turn

    ESPN "The $1 billion NFL concussion settlement -- nearly six years in the making yet still to deliver a penny to former players and their families for brain injuries stemming from football -- is revealing the underbelly of the legal system to former players and their families. As they finally close..." March 29

  • Sean Payton: Saints Won’t Sign Malcolm Butler To Offer Sheet

    CBS Boston "The once-hot story of Malcolm Butler’s restricted free agency has cooled off significantly in recent weeks. And now it might get even cooler. Speaking with reporters at the NFL league meeting on Wednesday morning, Saints head coach Sean Payton said that the team won’t be signing Butler to an..." March 29

  • Report: Saints have no interest in signing Johnny Manziel

    Fanrag Sports "New Orleans Saints’ head coach Sean Payton recently met up with former Browns’ quarterback Johnny Manziel, and the two apparently ate breakfast and talked about getting “Johnny Football” back into the league. That’s about as far as the process will go, as Jason Cole of Bleacher Report noted that..." March 29

  • NFL: Concussions dropped by around 10 percent

    Fanrag Sports "According to the NFL, concussions dropped in 2016, falling by around 10 percent. That would make it appear that the strict concussion protocol has been working. Since the lawsuit, the NFL has been working to cut back on concussions. They originally rose with the new protocol, but the NFL..." March 28

  • 2017 NFL schedule: League reportedly hoping to unveil full schedule in late April

    CBS Sports "The release of the NFL schedule has become much more than an announcement with a long list of football games to be played in the future. It’s become a full-blown spectacle, with a three- or four-hour television program planned around it on multiple networks. This despite everyone already knowing..." March 28

  • Leaping block attempts on field goals, extra points expected to be banned

    ESPN "NFL owners are expected to pass a rule on Tuesday that will prohibit players from leaping over linemen to try to block field goal and extra-point attempts, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Sources said the league feels the play is too dangerous and a player could get flipped over and..." March 28

  • NFL Owners Approve Raiders' Relocation Proposal

    NBC New York "NFL owners have given the Oakland Raiders the green light to continue with their current home in the East Bay in favor of Las Vegas. Stay tuned for updates. Monday could be the day many fans of the "Silver and Black" have feared for years. NFL owners stationed in Phoenix could vote as..." March 28

  • The NFL has an odd rule about refs visiting Las Vegas during the regular season

    CBS Sports "If the Raiders want to have an officiating crew at the first game they play in Las Vegas, then the NFL is going to have change one of its weirdest rules, which you probably didn’t even know about: NFL refs aren’t allowed to visit Sin City during the season. Under current league policy, every..." March 27

  • Saints need to begin preparing for life after Drew Brees, and they need to do it now

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The advantages to having an elite NFL quarterback are numerous, one of the main ones being you don't have to worry about the position in the NFL Draft. While other teams are wringing their hands trying to find the next Drew Brees, you can concentrate on other positions in the draft and trying..." March 27

  • NFL owners to rake in absurd money in Rams, Chargers and Raiders relocation fees

    Sportsnaut "NFL owners are in Phoenix, Arizona for the Annual League Meeting, and they’re expected to approve a proposal that would send the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. Now we have at least one idea about why there is so much overwhelming support for the proposed move, as it means more money in the..." March 27

  • Seven teams likely to move down in the 2017 NFL Draft

    Sportsnaut "NFL draft day trades have become more prevalent in recent years. It’s not that teams don’t value picks at the same clip as before. Instead, squads simply have not been afraid to give up capital in order to target a specific player. On the other hand, some rebuilding teams have found it a sound..." March 26

  • Linebacker Manti Te'o grateful for opportunity with Saints; cherishes signal-caller role

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Linebacker Manti Te'o didn't visit other teams during free agency before choosing to sign a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. For Te'o, the opportunity in New Orleans felt right after he visited the Saints on the first day of the league's new calendar year. "I thought that I really..." March 24

  • A.J. Klein, Manti Te'o additions maintain Saints' revolving door at linebacker

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Denying the New Orleans Saints have lacked overall talent on defense the past few years is like denying the world is round. Look no further than the turnover at linebacker as a major example of ineptitude in either evaluating talent or properly developing the players on the roster. It's another..." March 23

  • Saints Re-Sign DL Darryl Tapp

    Pro Football Rumors "The Saints announced that they have re-signed defensive lineman Darryl Tapp. Terms of the deal are not yet known. Heading into today, we had Tapp ranked as the ninth-best edge defender left in free agency, placing him ahead of guys like Devin Taylor, Eugene Sims, Howard Jones, Wallace..." March 23

  • ESPN formally announces Suzy Kolber, Samantha Ponder, Trey Wingo to head NFL studio shows

    Awful Announcing "Three weeks ago, Jim Miller reported that ESPN would replace Chris Berman with a trio of studio hosts: Trey Wingo, Suzy Kolber and Samantha Ponder. On Thursday, ESPN finally confirmed the news, announcing that Kolber will host Monday Night Countdown, Ponder will lead Sunday NFL Countdown and Wingo..." March 23

  • Saints an option? Johnny Manziel, Sean Payton reportedly discussed return to NFL

    CBS Sports "It’s been a year since the Browns gave up on Johnny Manziel, and in the months that followed the 2014 first-round pick regularly made news for his partying habits. It got so bad that Manziel’s father said he didn’t expect his son to see his next birthday unless he changed his ways. But by the..." March 23

  • Saints restructure Armstead's contract to create $4M in cap space

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints have been busy since the start of free agency, acquiring five new players and re-signing some others. All the new contracts resulted in the Saints' salary cap space quickly dwindling, but they reportedly made a move to open some more operating room. New Orleans..." March 23

  • Saints meet with running back Kareem Hunt before Toledo pro day: source

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints running backs coach Joel Thomas helped lead drills at Toledo's pro day Monday morning, but that wasn't the only time he spent with draft prospect Kareem Hunt this week. Thomas met privately with Hunt, Toledo's leading rusher the past three seasons, on Sunday, according to a..." March 21

  • Saints agree to 2-year deal with Manti Te'o

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints officially added more competition to the linebacker position. The Saints agreed to terms on a contract with inside linebacker Manti Te'o, a source familiar with the situation confirmed Tuesday morning. Mike Triplett of ESPN reports it is a two-year deal. KHON2 in..." March 21

  • Are Patriots targeting No. 11 pick for Malcolm Butler? "Restricted free agent Malcolm Butler and the Saints have mutual interest in a long-term relationship on the heels of last week's meeting. The problem is the Patriots hold all of the cards. Butler's agent has exchanged proposals with New Orleans' management, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport..." March 21

  • Saints spending Sunday morning with Kansas State defensive end Jordan Willis: sources

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints are in the heartland with a rising pass rusher in the upcoming NFL Draft. A Saints representative was observed Sunday morning in Manhattan, Kan., exiting a vehicle with Kansas State defensive end Jordan Willis in the parking lot of the school's indoor practice facility..." March 20

  • Patriots have not discussed Malcolm Butler trade with Saints

    Sportsnaut "The New Orleans Saints would love to make a trade for New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler. However, since he has yet to sign his first-round tender, the Patriots haven’t even begun discussing said trade with the Saints, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. As it seems to be the..." March 20

  • Saints, Butler have parameters of deal 'mostly' in place

    CSN New England "CSN's Mike Giardi reports the Saints are 'enamored' with Malcolm Butler and that the parameters for a deal between the team and the cornerback are 'mostly' in place. Once the Saints and Butler have reached agreement, the ball goes back into the Patriots' court. They can either match the offer..." March 20

  • Manti Te’o close to signing with Saints

    Yardbarker "Former San Diego Chargers and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is reportedly closing in on a deal with the New Orleans Saints. Before the catfishing scandal that rocked Te’o’s world heading into the 2013 NFL Draft, he was considered to be one of the top linebacker prospects in that class...." March 20

  • Saints bring back Chase Daniel for a visit

    Pro Football Talk "Chase Daniel’s career could be coming full circle. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that Daniel is visiting the Saints. Undrafted in 2009 and cut by Washington in September of his rookie season, Daniel landed with the Saints and remained there for four seasons. They would have liked to have kept..." March 19

  • Saints were among teams to express interest in A.J. Bouye before start of free agency

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints are serious about bolstering the pass defense. New Orleans is currently in pursuit of New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, a restricted free agent, but what happened behind the scenes early in free agency offers the proof. The Saints were among teams to..." March 19

  • Slim pickings remain in free agency

    Pro Football Talk "There aren’t many big moves left to make in free agency. Sure, there’s still the question of whether our No. 1 free agent, Le’Veon Bell, will sign a long-term deal in Pittsburgh or play this season on the franchise tag. And there are big names out there like Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and..." March 18

  • Sean Payton: Trading Brandin Cooks was opportunity to get better defensively

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints' trade of Brandin Cooks was one of the marquee deals of NFL free agency this year, but since it happened, the team has been relatively quiet. Coach Sean Payton offered his first public remarks about the trade during an interview Thursday with Mile High Sports (1340-AM) in..." March 17

  • Malcolm Butler, Saints reportedly making progress in contract talks

    Larry Brown Sports "Malcolm Butler was in New Orleans to visit with the Saints on Thursday, and it sounds like the two sides hit it off. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Butler and the Saints discussed a possible long-term contract and there was “momentum” toward getting a deal done. Butler is a..." March 16

  • Saints, Jets, Bills in on Travaris Cadet

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints would like to bring running back Travaris Cadet back to New Orleans, but a couple of other teams are also in the running. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Bills and Jets have also made offers to Cadet since free agency got underway. Both those teams have solid..." March 15

  • Patriots WR Brandin Cooks says he never asked the Saints to trade him

    Fox Sports "The New England Patriots didn’t exactly enter the offseason needing another wide receiver with Julian Edelman, Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola in the mix, but Bill Belichick felt adding Brandin Cooks would put them over the top. And so, that’s what Belichick did, trading a first-..." March 15

  • Saints Kicked The Tires On Veteran WR Andrew Hawkins, But Aren’t Very Interested

    NFL Trade Rumors "Mike Triplett of ESPN reports that the Saints kicked the tires on veteran WR Andrew Hawkins, but they aren’t very interested at this point in time. This is the first reported interest in Hawkins since he became available a few weeks ago. It’s worth mentioning that signing Hawkins to a..." March 15

  • Malcolm Butler To Visit New Orleans Saints On Thursday

    CBS Boston "Malcolm Butler has begun shopping his services in earnest. According to The Associated Press, the restricted free agent cornerback will be visiting the New Orleans Saints on Thursday. Saints head coach Sean Payton informed the AP of the news. Butler, 27, is currently in a bit of a dispute..." March 14

  • Saints agree to deal with edge rusher Alex Okafor

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Few impactful NFL pass rushers hit the open market when free agency began last week, leaving the New Orleans Saints limited options as they look to improve on the edge defensively. But, that didn't stop the Saints' pursuit of players who could potentially offer some help, and on Tuesday, they..." March 14

  • Recently signed Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn on punt returning: 'I will fight for that position'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Don't tell Ted Ginn Jr. he is just a wide receiver. The New Orleans Saints signed Ginn to a three-year deal a day before trading Brandin Cooks to the New England Patriots last week. Ginn, who has been clocked in the 4.3s in the 40-yard dash, offers the speed to put pressure on a defense, as..." March 14

  • Saints checking out Alex Okafor

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints continue to sift through the pile for any and all help for their defense. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the latest look will be at Cardinals outside linebacker Alex Okafor, who is visiting today." March 13

  • Kasim Edebali signs one-year contract with Broncos "The Broncos made their third defensive signing of the day Monday when outside linebacker Kasim Edebali put pen to paper on a one-year deal. Edebali played the previous three seasons in New Orleans, appearing in each of 48 possible games and starting twice. He tallied 54 tackles, eight sacks,..." March 13

  • Eagles reportedly offered a Pro Bowler and draft picks to Saints for Brandin Cooks

    CBS Sports "When the Saints dealt Brandin Cooks to the Patriots on Friday, they got a nice return in the form of a first-round pick. As it turns out though, that wasn’t the only generous offer that came their way for the speedy receiver. According to Pro Football Talk, the Saints also got an intriguing..." March 12

  • Cam Jordan says ‘no one is safe’ after Brandin Cooks trade

    Larry Brown Sports "After the trade of Brandin Cooks to the Patriots, Saints defensive end Cam Jordan acknowledged no one is safe. Cooks spent the first three seasons of his NFL career with New Orleans, but will soon be catching passes from Tom Brady as the Saints sent Cooks and a draft pick to the Patriots in..." March 11

  • Patriots will lose the fourth-rounder they get from the Saints

    Pro Football Talk "The good news for the Patriots is that they will be getting back the fourth-round pick that the NFL previously stripped as part of the #DeflateGate punishment. The bad news is that pick No. 132 will be restored only because the fourth-round pick that the Patriots are picking up from the Saints as..." March 11

  • Thief! How Bill Belichick pulled another heist to get Saints speedster Brandin Cooks

    Fox Sports "It usually takes years to determine which team won or lost an NFL trade. There are dozens of variables that go into judging which side got the better of a certain deal. And then there are trades involving the New England Patriots, which can be evaluated by a fairly simple formula: Are you Bill..." March 11

  • Despite not being traded for Brandin Cooks, Malcolm Butler reportedly could still be traded to Saints

    WEEI Boston "Even though Malcolm Butler was not included in the reported trade for Brandin Cooks, he could still in fact be traded to the Saints. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Saints and Patriots still could consider a trade later on for Butler. The 27-year-old cornerback is a restricted free..." March 11

  • Drew Brees Turns to Social Media to Explain He Doesn't Turn to Social Media

    The Big Lead "Drew Brees lost one of his most dangerous weapons on Friday as the Saints traded wide receiver Brandin Cooks to New England. Presumably, he wasn’t a fan of this move, but don’t expect him to talk about it on social media like some of his teammates. No sir. Drew Brees talks to people. He doesn’t..." March 11

  • Patriots trade package of draft picks to Saints for Brandin Cooks

    CBS Sports "Somehow, the Patriots found a way to make their already potent offense even more powerful. As first reported by ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the Patriots traded for Saints receiver Brandin Cooks on Friday night. To acquire Cooks, the Patriots sent the Saints a package of draft picks: the last pick..." March 11

  • Three years, $15 million for A.J. Klein in New Orleans

    Pro Football Talk "Linebacker A.J. Klein has stayed in the NFC South, but he has moved from the Carolina to New Orleans. He’ll be getting paid pretty well to do it. Per a source with knowledge of the contract, Klein will make $15 million over three years in New Orleans. Technically a four-year, $24 million..." March 10

  • Saints bringing back Nick Fairley on $30M deal "The New Orleans Saints are signing one of their own. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the team is bringing back defensive tackle Nick Fairley on a four-year, $30 million deal, per sources informed of the situation. Coming off the best season of his career, the 29-year-old..." March 09

  • Saints to sign Larry Warford

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "After having Jahri Evans hold the right guard spot for the past 11 years, the New Orleans Saints appear ready to move on. The Saints have agreed to terms on a contract with former Detroit Lions guard Larry Warford, according to a tweet from his agents Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod. NFL..." March 09

  • Saints expect to trade Cooks before Thursday's end

    NESN "Interested in seeing where Brandin Cooks lands amid the latest trade rumors? You might not have to wait much longer. The New Orleans Saints expect to finalize a trade involving their star wide receiver by Thursday afternoon, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported earlier in the day. The New England..." March 09

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