Saints Rumors & News

  • Malcolm Butler trade “less attractive” to Saints

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints have shown interest in Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler for some time this offseason and met with him before he signed his restricted free agent tender with New England, but the need to send the 11th overall pick to the Patriots if they signed him to an offer sheet that the Patriots..." April 24

  • Time for Saints to trade for Patriots CB Malcolm Butler is quickly approaching

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "We're nearly two months removed from the start of the New Orleans Saints' flirtation with Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler. His name swirled as possible compensation in the Saints' trade of Brandin Cooks to New England. Butler's contract situation halted the corner's involvement in the..." April 23

  • Rough first four weeks could make or break 2017 Saints

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The formula for a successful season for the New Orleans Saints since 2006 typically begins with a fast start. The schedule isn't doing the Saints too many favors to aid a possible winning run at the 2017 onset. A rough stretch will hit the Saints right in the face to begin the 2017 season. The..." April 21

  • Saints, Patriots expected to continue talking Malcolm Butler trade

    Sportsnaut "With the 2017 NFL Draft less than a week away, time is running out for teams to take advantage of their assets in the annual event and make trades for veteran players. That list surely includes a New Orleans Saints team that has been linked to New England Patriots Pro Bowl cornerback Malcolm..." April 21

  • Saints were set to hire Will Smith before he was killed

    Sportsnaut "On a day when the NFL world was reminded of the harsh realities of life with the suicide of Aaron Hernandez, here’s yet another poignant reminder that the game of football isn’t all that important in the grand scheme of things. Speaking to reporters during his annual pre-draft press conference,..." April 20

  • Report: Saints to open at Minnesota on MNF

    Pro Football Talk "Adrian Peterson visited the Saints but left without a deal. Now he might reconsider. According to Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate, the Saints are going to Minnesota to open the season on Monday Night Football. That’s ostensibly the first half of the doubleheader, along with the..." April 20

  • Cardell Hayes sentenced to 25 years for manslaughter in killing of ex-Saints DE Will Smith

    USA Today "Cardell Hayes, the man convicted of shooting and killing former Saints player Will Smith has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, Judge Camille Buras ruled Thursday. Hayes was given 25 years for manslaughter for killing Will Smith and 15 years for attempted manslaughter for wounding Racquel..." April 20

  • NFL owners chipped in millions to fund President Trump’s inauguration events

    Sporting News "Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was among many high-rolling sports figures to contribute to President Donald Trump's inaugural festivities, including six other NFL owners who donated $1 million, The Washington Post reported, citing a Federal Election Commission filing it obtained. The Republican..." April 20

  • Phil Simms joining CBS’ The NFL Today as studio analyst

    Sportsnaut "CBS announced Wednesday that Phil Simms will be joining the show The NFL Today as a studio analyst. Simms had previously made it clear he wasn’t done working in broadcasting after being bumped for Tony Romo in the live booth next to Jim Nantz. A consummate professional, we expect Simms to..." April 19

  • Poll: 87 percent of NFL fans oppose their team drafting player with history of violence against women

    Sportsnaut "According to one poll, the majority of NFL fans aren’t on board with their favorite team drafting a player who has physically abused a woman. “A Marist poll conducted for HBO’s Real Sports found that the vast majority of fans — 87 percent — say that they would oppose their favorite NFL team..." April 19

  • Saints cornerback P.J. Williams a 'full go' for start of offseason workout program

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints have good news at the cornerback position for the start of the nine-week offseason workout program. P.J. Williams, who returns from injured reserve, is present and considered a "full go" ahead of organized team activities (OTAs), according to a source familiar with the..." April 18

  • If Saints don't get Malcolm Butler, they could finally draft LSU player

    ESPN "My best bet for the New Orleans Saints' draft choice at No. 32 isn’t a draft pick at all. I still think there is at least a 50-50 chance they wind up trading for New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler. Of course my confidence has waned a bit over the past few weeks, since those trade..." April 17

  • Willie Snead to attend Saints' offseason workouts despite being unsigned

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints wide receiver Willie Snead has not yet signed his contract tender for 2017, but that isn't stopping him from participating in offseason workouts with his teammates. Snead is an exclusive rights free agent, and although the Saints offered him the minimum salary tender before..." April 17

  • Strong tight end class might tempt Saints in this year's NFL Draft

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "At first glance, the New Orleans Saints could feel set in their current group of tight ends. Coby Fleener is entering his second season with the Saints and Sean Payton expressed confidence Fleener's 2017 campaign should be more consistent. The Saints also appear to have depth there with Josh..." April 16

  • Saints should consider any linebacker -- inside or outside -- in this year's NFL Draft

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Add as many linebackers as humanly possible and see how it pans out. I can't fault the New Orleans Saints for implementing this philosophy, and the team probably won't abandon the strategy when it enters the NFL Draft in two weeks. The Saints unequivocally need to land as many defensive..." April 14

  • Leonard Fournette visiting Saints Friday

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints are hosting their annual pro day for local draft prospects on Friday, which means several LSU players are at the team’s facility. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that running back Leonard Fournette is part of the group taking part. Teams are permitted to work out local prospects at their..." April 14

  • Saints could sign Adrian Peterson ‘down the line’

    The Advocate "Adrian Peterson’s visit with the Saints went well. And while he left without a deal, the door isn’t closed on something happening down the line. It’s not clear if the two sides ever discussed money, but when that hurdle arrives, it’s going to be interesting to see what happens. New Orleans..." April 14

  • Quarterback might not be a total 'must' for the Saints, but drafting one makes sense

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Calling quarterback a "need" for the New Orleans Saints is still probably a stretch. The Saints feel better about their quarterback hierarchy at this point then they did a couple of weeks ago. Now would Sean Payton "want" to draft a quarterback? I'd say no question. There's not a doubt in..." April 13

  • NFL players on the trading block: Big names who could get dealt

    ESPN "Of all the potential NFL offseason storylines, "Seahawks trade Richard Sherman" would have ranked among the least believable two or three months ago. Yet, here we are. Sherman and the Seahawks, one of the most beautiful and successful pairings of player and NFL organization in the past..." April 12

  • Adrian Peterson leaves Saints visit without a deal

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints visited with former All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson on Tuesday, but he left without a deal, according to an NFL Network report. The report Tuesday night indicated the two sides will continue to talk after the visit went well. Peterson, 32, became a free agent in..." April 12

  • James Laurinaitis retires

    Pro Football Talk "Former Rams and Saints linebacker James Laurinaitis is calling it quits. The 30-year-old Laurinaitis wrote on Twitter that it’s time for him to move on. “With offseason programs starting back up, the thing I’m going to miss the most is the locker room,” Laurinaitis wrote. “The conversations..." April 11

  • NFL Relocation Fees Are Revenues The Players Will Never Touch

    Deadspin "NFL owners are poised to rake in a fortune from the recent franchise relocations of the Rams, Chargers, and Raiders. Those owners naturally won’t be sharing a penny from that windfall with the players. As a condition of approving all three franchise moves in the last 15 months, the league..." April 11

  • NFL releases 2017 preseason schedule "The NFL released the entire 2017 preseason schedule Monday. The 65-game slate features eight nationally televised matchups, including a game between the Chargers and Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. ET. The 2017 preseason will kick off Thursday, Aug. 3 (NBC, 8 p.m...." April 11

  • NFL Fining Players Who Participated In Vegas Arm Wrestling Event

    CBS Pittsburgh "Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is reportedly getting fined by the NFL, but not for what you might think. Over the weekend Harrison and dozens of other current and former NFL players reportedly participated in the Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship at the MGM Grand Hotel &..." April 10

  • NFL schedules early London kickoff for Saints-Dolphins

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL isn’t done with early kickoffs to accommodate fans in London. The league confirmed today that the October 1 Saints-Dolphins game will kick off at Wembley Stadium at 2:30 p.m. London time, which is 9:30 a.m. Eastern time. That runs contrary to a report last season that the league had..." April 10

  • Malcolm Butler more likely to end up with Saints than remain with Patriots?

    Larry Brown Sports "Talks between the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints surrounding star cornerback Malcolm Butler appear to have cooled considerably, but that does not mean they won’t pick up again closer to the NFL Draft. One reporter, Albert Breer of The MMQB, expects them to. In an appearance on CSN..." April 10

  • Lewis Neal among LSU players set for Saints Pro Day

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "LSU defensive end Lewis Neal confirmed on Facebook that he's working out privately for the New Orleans Saints at the team's Pro Day April 14. Neal posted the following message on his Facebook page, "First private workout with Saints coming up. You always remember that first one of everything!..." April 09

  • Report: Rex Ryan dedicated 2016 season to trying to save brother Rob’s reputation

    Larry Brown Sports "Rex Ryan was apparently trying to do more than just help his twin brother out when he hired Rob to his coaching staff with the Buffalo Bills last season. Gay Myers of the New York Daily News was told by a source that Rex “dedicated the 2016 season to resurrecting the reputation of his brother..." April 09

  • Seven most realistic Richard Sherman trade scenarios

    Sportsnaut "We have no real idea whether the Seattle Seahawks will trade Richard Sherman. What we do know is that he’s firmly on the trade block and the asking price is said to be both a high-round pick and a good player. That pretty much limits the teams that could make a play for the All Pro cornerback...." April 07

  • Adrian Peterson to visit the Saints next week

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints already have one physical, downhill runner in Mark Ingram. That won’t stop them from kicking the tires on Adrian Peterson. New Orleans will host the 32-year-old running back for a visit next week, according to Heath Evans of the NFL Network. This marks the third known free-agency..." April 06

  • Could Malcolm Butler to Saints still happen? 'No deal to really talk about,' Loomis says

    The Advocate "For the most part, Mickey Loomis declined to comment on Wednesday on the possibility that the New Orleans Saints could still acquire New England cornerback Malcolm Butler. But Loomis made it clear that there is no deal already in place for Butler. "Obviously, we had Malcolm in and we spent..." April 06

  • Saints had 'good' visit with Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon this week, Mickey Loomis says

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "With the NFL deciding not to invite Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon to the combine last month, teams around the league have had to use other avenues to research the troubled but talented prospect. The New Orleans Saints are among the many teams doing their due diligence. They met with Mixon..." April 06

  • Saints Releasing QB Luke McCown

    NFL Trade Rumors "Josh Katzenstein reports that the Saints plan to release backup QB Luke McCown on Wednesday. This comes a week or so after the Saints brought back Chase Daniel, so it was clear that McCown’s status with the team was up in the air moving forward. McCown, 35, was taken in the fourth round of..." April 05

  • Amazon Scores With Live-Streaming Rights For NFL 'TNF' Package

    Sports Business Daily "Amazon will replace Twitter in live streaming the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football.” The company will livestream the 10 “TNF” games carried by CBS and NBC as part of a one-year deal that the league announced late Tuesday. Amazon paid $50M for the rights, substantially more than the $10M that Twitter..." April 05

  • Saints Hosted Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon On A Visit

    NFL Trade Rumors "Nick Underhill of the Advocate reports that the Saints hosted Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon for a visit on Tuesday. The Jaguars are also expected to meet with Mixon at some point this week. (NFLTR) Despite the obvious concerns, Mixon has drawn a lot of interest from NFL teams in recent weeks. Mixon..." April 04

  • Veteran K Josh Scobee Signing One-Day Contract To Retire With Jaguars

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Jacksonville Jaguars confirmed on Tuesday that veteran K Josh Scobee is, in fact, signing a one-day contract on April 13 to retire as a member of the team. Jacksonville will likely place him on the reserve/retired list soon after he signs with them. Veteran K Josh Scobee announced that..." April 04

  • Sean Payton 'excited about' some of this year's quarterback prospects

    ESPN "Sean Payton stuck up for this year’s quarterback draft class, which has not exactly been drawing rave reviews from many analysts. “I think it’s a pretty good class myself,” the New Orleans Saints coach said during his media session at last week’s NFL meetings. “I think there are a few players..." April 04

  • Hard Knocks will remain on HBO with new four-year deal

    Awful Announcing "When it comes to sports documentaries, HBO’s Hard Knocks was revolutionary. It may be impossible to believe it now, but Hard Knocks has been around since 2001 when the Baltimore Ravens first took the plunge to allow HBO cameras into their training camp. Since that time the NFL has had a team..." April 03

  • Return specialist: Michael Mauti battles back from career-threatening condition

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "With one play and one game, Michael Mauti proved why he belonged in the NFL, and how a debilitating medical condition could take it all away. The date was Oct. 15, 2015. It was Mauti's sixth game with the New Orleans Saints, a "Thurday Night Football" matchup against the archrival Atlanta..." April 02

  • Drew Brees “greatly” surprised Chase Daniel hasn’t gotten a starting job yet

    Pro Football Talk "Saints quarterback Drew Brees knows Chase Daniel well, based on their four prior years together in New Orleans. Daniel has now returned as the backup to Brees, after four years elsewhere but no chance to become the starter. Brees visited Friday’s PFT Live, and he was asked how surprised he is..." April 02

  • Drew Brees sees Las Vegas and New Orleans presenting similar temptations

    Pro Football Talk "With the Raiders eventually taking their team to Las Vegas, dropping more than 60 players into the gambling capital of the world, should there be concerns about players falling victim to the Vegas lifestyle? Saints quarterback Drew Brees believes that the situation can be managed, because it’s not..." April 02

  • Drew Brees explains stance on possibility of Saints drafting quarterback

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "With the New Orleans Saints having five selections in the first three rounds on the upcoming NFL draft, one of the most speculated topics surrounding the team is the possibility of drafting a quarterback to eventually replace Drew Brees. The 38-year-old Brees trusts the Saints to make the right..." April 01

  • Drew Brees, 38, on contract: 'Can worry about it at end of year'

    ESPN "Drew Brees keeps insisting that he isn't worried about a contract extension, even though he is heading into the final year of his current deal. And the 38-year-old quarterback also understands that the New Orleans Saints need to be "prepared" for a future without him at some point. But Brees..." April 01

  • Sean Payton has 'exact vision' for how to use Ted Ginn "The Saints traded in Brandin Cooks for an older, supposedly tougher model this offseason, and Saints head coach Sean Payton is just fine with that. "I made this comment: I think this guy has played better in the middle to the back half of his career than the front," Payton said of Ted Ginn this..." March 31

  • Drew Brees: “We’re very close” to getting back to the Super Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints have finished 7-9 three years in a row, but quarterback Drew Brees doesn’t think that means they’re mired in mediocrity. Brees said on PFT Live that his goal is to get another ring, and he thinks the Saints can be Super Bowl contenders this year. “I think that we’re very close,”..." March 31

  • Would the Saints take a quarterback as high as No. 11? Never say never

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "I'm going to use former New Orleans Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert as the pulse of the Saints fanbase in this debate. I mentioned while on WWL Radio on Tuesday how the Saints could be in the business for drafting a quarterback ... in the first round ... at pick No. 11 overall. Hebert..." March 31

  • Chase Daniel will get paid plenty by the Eagles to play for the Saints

    Pro Football Talk "Chase Daniel has returned to the Saints, after stints in Kansas City and Philadelphia. Thanks to his contract with the Eagles, the vast majority of his compensation for 2017 won’t come from the team that now employs him. Per a source with knowledge of the contract, the Saints will pay Daniel a..." March 30

  • Saints coach Sean Payton sheds light on why he recently met with Johnny Manziel

    CBS Sports "Since being cut by the Browns back in March 2016, Johnny Manziel hasn’t really received any interest from the NFL, which is why it was a pretty big surprise earlier this month when a report came out that Johnny Football had met with Saints coach Sean Payton during Super Bowl week. Although..." March 30

  • Saints sign safety Rafael Bush

    The Advocate "The Saints secondary will have some familiar faces in it next season. The team will bring back safety Rafael Bush, according to a source, which brings him back to New Orleans after spending last season with the Detroit Lions. The 29-year-old appeared to confirm the move by posted a picture..." March 30

  • 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

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