Saints Rumors & News

  • Saints expected to interview 49ers special teams coach

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints are beginning the process of filling some coaching vacancies. According to Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate, the Saints are expected to interview former 49ers special teams coach Derius Swinton." January 17

  • Kenny Vaccaro didn’t realize taking Adderall was against rules

    Pro Football Talk "Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro apologized for letting down his teammates, but admitted he didn’t realize he was doing something against the rules when he took Adderall, failed a PED test and was suspended for four games. Vaccaro told Mike Triplett of that he wasn’t trying to take the..." January 12

  • The NFL's Drug of Choice

    Bleacher Report "They didn't ask questions. If something hurt, NFL players simply stepped in line behind dozens of others waiting for the same drug. One by one, for years, players have taken a shot of Toradol to the rear or swallowed the drug in pill form to play football on Sunday. The game-day ritual was..." January 11

  • Pacific Pro Football League for non-NFL-eligible players to debut

    ESPN "A new pro football league announced Wednesday it plans to begin hiring players in winter 2017 and staging games in summer 2018. The Pacific Pro Football League is for players who have graduated from high school but aren't in college and haven't been out for three years in order to make..." January 11

  • Super Bowl ad spending for first 51 years totals almost $5 billion

    Awful Announcing "The Super Bowl is an event where the ads are almost as important as the game. Over the years, attention to the commercials has grown to the point where you can preview them on YouTube and other sites before the Big Game. Because the Super Bowl draws the year’s biggest television audience, it’s no..." January 11

  • Sean Payton fires five Saints assistants, including Joe Vitt

    Pro Football Talk "Saints coach Sean Payton is making a major change to his coaching staff. Payton has fired five assistants: Joe Vitt, Bill Johnson, Greg McMahon, Stan Kwan and James Willis, according to Alex Marvez of Sporting News." January 05

  • Chris Berman stepping down from ESPN NFL studio role

    Larry Brown Sports "Sundays are going to look and feel a lot different at ESPN next fall, as longtime broadcaster Chris Berman is stepping down from his current in the network’s NFL studio. ESPN announced on Thursday that Berman will no longer be hosting ESPN’s NFL studio programming following the playoffs. He..." January 05

  • NFL TV viewership dropped an average of 8 percent this season

    ESPN "Broadcasters of NFL games saw television viewership drop by an average of 8 percent for the 2016 regular season, as a typical game was watched by 1.4 million fewer people than last season (16.5 million versus 17.9 million), according to league data obtained by ESPN. Prime-time broadcasts were..." January 05

  • It's no joke: A barista and a farmer walk into a Vegas sportsbook, and come out with $1.2 million "So, a barista and a farmer walk into the Las Vegas Superbook… It sounds like the setup for a great joke, right? Well, it’s no joke, although the barista and the farmer are now laughing all the way to the bank. That’s because the two finished No. 1-2 in the prestigious SuperContest, the..." January 05

  • Agent's Take: 10 NFL stars who could be in different uniforms in 2017

    CBS Sports "A player getting released because his performance doesn't justify his salary is a way of life in the NFL, where contracts aren't fully guaranteed. When a player is released or traded, the remaining proration of the salary components that are treated like signing bonus immediately accelerate into..." January 04

  • Finalists for 2017 Hall of Fame class include LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Brian Dawkins

    ESPN "First-year eligibles LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor and Brian Dawkins are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also making the finals are Morten Andersen, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin..." January 04

  • McMullen: Saints should move on from Sean Payton’s tired act

    Fanrag Sports "Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints have been stuck in neutral over the past three seasons, finishing with identical 7-9 records. And through it all, there has always been an underlying narrative that Payton is looking for the bigger and better deal, first playing footsie with the idea of..." January 03

  • 'Hard Knocks' 2017: Which teams are eligible for this year's HBO show?

    Sporting News "HBO's "Hard Knocks," a well-produced show that gives fans get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of training camp, is a popular series. There's always intrigue before the show starts in the summer, as producers must first select a team for the season. The league in 2013 mandated..." January 03

  • Payton calls report he met with Loomis about future 'completely false'

    ESPN "Sean Payton refused to answer questions Monday about reports that he might consider leaving the New Orleans Saints, saying it would be "silly" to answer such speculation every time it comes up. Payton also strongly denied reports from ESPN, and other outlets that he met with Saints..." January 02

  • Brees tops 5,000 yards for 5th time in career, no other QB has done it twice

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees reached 5,000 passing yards in a fifth season Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. He is the only passer in league history to reach 5,000 yards more than once. Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Peyton Manning and Dan Marino have each done it once. Brees..." January 02

  • If Sean Payton trade happens, Saints will consider Doug Marrone

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Former New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Doug Marrone would be given serious consideration for the head coaching position if Sean Payton leaves after the season, CBS Sports reported Sunday. The report said there remained a "very real" possibility for the Saints to complete a trade that..." January 02

  • Ryan bolsters MVP case as Falcons down Saints

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons go into the NFC playoffs with a first-round bye and their standing as the top offense in the NFL intact. The Falcons scored touchdowns on all five of their first-half possession and defeated the New Orleans Saints 38-32 to lock up the NFC's No. 2 seed on Sunday..." January 01

  • Rams, Sean Payton have mutual interest

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Sean Payton and the Los Angeles Rams share "mutual interest" in him becoming the team's next head coach, and the decision lies largely with New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, reported Sunday. The report said Payton and the Rams have not had any contact. That could change..." January 01

  • Petitioners Still Mad At Michael Vick Don’t Want Him Honored At Saints-Falcons Game

    Black Sports Online "It’s been almost 10 years since Michael Vick was convicted for illegal dog fighting that he ran on his property. The ex-NFL quarterback served his time and even came back to play football again. Now, a petition wants to keep him away from being honored at Sunday’s Falcons-Saints game. These..." December 31

  • Drew Brees “absolutely” expects Sean Payton back in 2017

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees heard rumors about Sean Payton being a trade target last year. Payton obviously stayed with the Saints for 2016, even signing a contract extension through the 2020 season. But, as this season draws to a close, Payton's name is involved in trade..." December 29

  • Hall of Fame game moved to Thursday night to start preseason

    ESPN "The Hall of Fame game will be played on Aug. 3 -- a Thursday night -- next summer, two days before the inductions into the pro football shrine. On Wednesday, the hall announced the change in schedule. Previously, the game was played on a Sunday, one night after the inductions. Participants..." December 28

  • Drew Brees closing in on his fifth 5,000-yard season

    Pro Football Talk "Saints quarterback Drew Brees is the only player in NFL history to pass for 5,000 yards in a season more than once. This year, Brees is likely to do it for the fifth time. Brees has an NFL-high 4,858 passing yards this season, meaning he’ll almost certainly top 5,000 yards for the season in..." December 25

  • Payton becomes Saints' all-time winningest coach

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "As Sean Payton discussed his 94th regular-season victory, which passed Jim Mora for the most wins of any New Orleans Saints coach, owner Tom Benson interrupted from the side of the news conference room. "Great coach, great game!" Benson said. With a 31-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at..." December 25

  • Brees, Ingram power Saints past Buccaneers

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, the NFL coach most frequently rumored to be on the prowl for his next job, has lived through the frustration of spending the last three seasons home for the holidays instead of participating in the playoffs. While the 7-8 Saints once again..." December 24

  • Sean Payton reportedly has 'sincere interest' in Rams, Ron Rivera in rumor mill

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is monitoring the Los Angeles Rams head coaching job "with sincere interest," according to an NFL Network report posted Saturday. Similar to the CBS Sports report last week, the NFL Network report said the Saints would consider letting Payton out of his..." December 24

  • Cooks: Drew Brees not in Pro Bowl 'just ridiculous'

    ESPN "New Orleans Saints receiver Brandin Cooks wasn't happy that his quarterback, former Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees, didn't receive an invite when Pro Bowl bids were announced Tuesday night. "That's just ridiculous. It's just ridiculous," Cooks said Wednesday. "What are we looking at? What are we..." December 23

  • New Spring League isn’t an NFL production

    Pro Football Talk "Yes, there’s a new spring football league coming. No, it’s not an NFL production. A series of tweets from SiriusXM NFL Radio declares that “[t]he NFL will have a spring league starting in the spring of 2017, structured around four squads of veteran free agent players.” Per a source with..." December 22

  • Report: NFL to debut spring league in 2017

    Sportsnaut "In unprecedented news Thursday, the NFL announced plans to start a “spring league,” using four teams comprised of veteran NFL free agents. Seemingly a take on the FXFL that ran for two seasons in 2014 and 2015, as well as the veteran free agent combine that was a magnificent bust last year, the..." December 22

  • NFL vows to apply Rooney Rule informally to some coordinator openings

    Washington Post "The NFL has vowed to apply a new best practice to the hiring process for some coordinator jobs based upon its minority interviewing standard known as the Rooney Rule, according to the diversity group that works with the league on its hiring practices. The change, which will not constitute a..." December 22

  • Saints place Stephone Anthony on injured reserve: report

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints are placing linebacker Stephone Anthony on injured reserve, ESPN reports. The second-year linebacker has been dealing with a knee injury that kept him out of Week 15's game against the Arizona Cardinals. Coach Sean Payton said last week that Anthony aggravated an old..." December 21

  • The odds of legalized sports betting in Trump's America "The surprise election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president was one of the biggest betting upsets in recent years, with the Republican nominee cashing in as big as a 200/1 long shot this past November. That underdog run to the White House has now sparked hope for another political long..." December 21

  • NFL announces 2017 Pro Bowl rosters "A league-best seven Oakland Raiders have been selected to play in the 2017 Pro Bowl, according to rosters released by the NFL on Tuesday. Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack are among the standouts who will be representing the resurgent Raiders in the annual gridiron all-star fest, which..." December 21

  • Jon Gruden a ‘Focal Point’ of Rams HC Search

    Fox Sports "Monday Night Football analyst and former head coach Jon Gruden is someone the Los Angeles Rams are reportedly keying in on in their head coach search. The Los Angeles Rams are reportedly focusing in on ESPN analyst Jon Gruden as their search for a head coach has begun. According to Yahoo..." December 20

  • Saints Placing LB Stephone Anthony On Injured Reserve With Knee Injury

    NFL Trade Rumors "Saints HC Sean Payton announced Tuesday that they’re placing LB Stephone Anthony on injured reserve with a knee injury, per Mike Triplett. The Saints will likely add someone to their roster by the end of the day to take Anthony’s spot. Anthony, 24, is a former first-round pick of the Saints..." December 20

  • NFL to expand fan access at combine, opens ticket registration

    ESPN "The NFL is greatly expanding access for fans to its scouting combine, letting them witness the bench press up close, watch media interviews and even allow them to try their hand at running the 40-yard dash. The league opened up applications to free tickets to the event, which takes place at..." December 20

  • Mark Ingram on shouting at Sean Payton: 'I need to control my emotions better'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "With 3:27 remaining Sunday, the New Orleans Saints took a 48-34 lead, their biggest advantage in an eventual 48-41 win over the Arizona Cardinals. But, after running back Tim Hightower scored on the 2-yard rush, not everyone on the Saints sideline was happy. FOX cameras showed fellow..." December 19

  • Brees rebounds as Saints down Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After going through the worst two-game stretch of his illustrious career, Drew Brees was nothing but confident that he'd get things turned around Sunday on the road against the Arizona Cardinals. "I'm a confident guy," said Brees, who for the first time in his 16 seasons..." December 18

  • Saints open to trading Payton; price tag likely low

    CBS Sports "A year after the Colts considered acquiring Saints coach Sean Payton, and a year after Payton signed a lucrative extension in New Orleans, a change of scenery is still possible. League sources said the Saints -- adrift in another lost season and with veteran quarterback Drew Brees spiraling in..." December 18

  • Sean Payton indirectly compares David Johnson to Calvin Johnson

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson provides a unique challenge to the New Orleans Saints defense, a unit entering Week 15 ranked 12th against the run (98.4 yards per game). Johnson has 100-plus yards from scrimmage in all 13 games this season to become the second player in NFL..." December 16

  • NFL finds one form of progress with personal conduct policy, but concerns remain

    USA Today "It has been two years since the NFL unveiled a tougher, more comprehensive personal conduct policy as the key response to the fallout from the Ray Rice episode. By one measure, the policy is having a positive impact for a league that for so long failed miserably in addressing domestic..." December 15

  • Drew Brees says it's 'ridiculous' to think he's forcing ball to Brandin Cooks

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Brandin Cooks has led the New Orleans Saints in targets the past two games after publicly expressing his frustration with his role in the offense. However, Cooks and quarterback Drew Brees both laughed at the idea that Brees is forcing the ball to Cooks in the two games since he had no targets..." December 15

  • 2017 Salary Cap Projected To Increase By $11M-$15M

    NFL Trade Rumors "Tom Pelissero of USA Today is reporting that NFL teams were informed Tuesday that the 2017 salary cap is expected to be between $166 million – $170 million. The current salary cap is set at $155.27 million, which means we could be looking at increases of $10.73 million – $15 million when..." December 14

  • 2017 London games: NFL announces which teams will be playing "The NFL today announced the four games that will take place in London next season, the first time the league will play four games -- half of a home schedule of regular-season games -- in the UK capital. The 2017 London games: (Week; Date; Visiting Team vs. Home Team; Site) 3 or 4; 9/24/17..." December 13

  • NFL introduces Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, will feature dodgeball

    Sportsnaut "The new location and return to an old format will not be the only changes made to the Pro Bowl in 2017. Pro Bowl week will also feature The Pro Bowl Skills Showdown. Jerome Bettis and Ray Lewis will co-captain an AFC squad against Tony Gonzalez and Charles Woodson, who will lead the NFC..." December 13

  • NFL to consider relaxing celebration rules

    Sportsnaut "The NFL has long been known as the “no fun league.” Never has this been more true than in the era of commissioner Roger Goodell, who has made headlines for his strict policies, fines and especially his handling of Tom Brady during the Deflategate scandal. And while some of commissioner Goodell..." December 12

  • NFL’s Brain-Damage Accord Survives as High Court Rejects Appeals

    Bloomberg "The U.S. Supreme Court let stand the National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement, turning away contentions by former players that the accord won’t adequately compensate them for the brain damage they may have suffered. The justices left intact a federal appeals court ruling..." December 12

  • Cardell Hayes Found Guilty Of Manslaughter For Killing Will Smith

    Deadspin "After five hours of deliberations, a New Orleans jury has convicted Cardell Hayes of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter after a shooting in April that left former Saints star Will Smith dead and Smith’s wife Racquel Smith hospitalized. Hayes testified yesterday, telling the jury Smith..." December 12

  • Saints' Mark Ingram, listed as questionable, will play at Buccaneers, report says

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Mark Ingram, the New Orleans Saints running back listed as questionable with toe and knee injuries, will play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL Network reported. Ingram played the last two games after the team listed him as questionable, first against the Los Angeles Rams after he..." December 11

  • Saints' Thomas to be game-time decision vs. Bucs

    Number Fire "New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (foot) is a game-time decision against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. What It Means: Thomas only got in a limited practice this week. The Saints want to see him in pre-game warmups before determining his status. It's a..." December 11

  • Brees extends streak of 4,000-yard seasons

    Pro Football Talk "Saints quarterback Drew Brees has gone over 4,000 yards passing for the 11th straight season, the longest streak in NFL history. At least thus far, though, nothing has come easy for Brees and the Saints Sunday. They trail the Buccaneers in the third quarter, 13-8, and have scored via two field..." December 11