Saints Restructure Terron Armsteads Contract In An Effort To Bring In Malcolm Butler

Posted by | March 23, 2017.

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 converted a $5 million roster bonus on offensive tackle Terron Armstead’s into a signing bonus to create $4 million in cap space for 2017, according to an ESPN report Thursday morning.

Tim Lelito Signs With The Tennessee Titans

Posted by | March 23, 2017.

The 6-4, 315-pound Lelito entered the league in 2013 as an undrafted free agent out of Grand Valley State with the Saints.

A versatile offensive lineman, Lelito appeared in 63 games with 24 starts over the past four seasons.

Even with Lelito’s departure and Jahri Evans remaining unsigned, the Saints have depth at the guard position. New Orleans signed Larry Warford to a four-year deal during free agency, and Senio Kelemete and Landon Turner return from last season’s roster.

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Saints Sign LB Manti Te’o To A Two Year Deal

Posted by | March 22, 2017.

NFL veteran linebacker Manti Te’o has agreed sign a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The person spoke to the Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced.

Te’o, a former Notre Dame star, has played 38 games during four NFL seasons, all with San Diego, where he’s made 221 solo or assisted tackles, including 1½ sacks. He has two career interceptions.

The agreement was first reported by ESPN.

Last season, an Achilles injury limited The 6-foot-1, 241-pound Te’o to three games.

In New Orleans, Te’o will work with linebackers coach Mike Nolan, who held the same post with the Chargers two seasons ago. Te’o had his most productive NFL season in 2015, making 83 total tackles in 12 games.

Saints Keep Sterling Moore For One More Year

Posted by | March 22, 2017.

Things are still playing out with Malcolm Butler and the Saints may not land the Patriots restricted free agent when all is said and done.

Whether they get Butler or not, they’ll have Sterling Moore back in their cornerback group in 2017. Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported his agreement on a one-year deal on Tuesday afternoon and Moore confirmed the news by writing “Encore!!!” in response.

Saints Superfans Of The Big Easy Mafia In The 2017 Slidell St Patricks Day Parade

Posted by | March 13, 2017.

A few of the Saints Superfans of the Big Easy Mafia rode in the 2017 Slidell St Patricks Day parade. Here is a video to show you a street view as they pass.

New Orleans Saints Sign Linebacker A.J. Klein

Posted by | March 9, 2017.

Saints sign linebacker A.J. Klein. Klein, who will be 26 in July, should be given every opportunity to win the starting middle linebacker job in the ever-revolving door at the position for the Saints.

He filled in at the Mike spot for the concussed Luke Kuechly toward the end of the 2016 season. Klein might not possess elite skills. He at least presents the Saints with some options at the position joining Craig Robertson and Dannell Ellerbe.

New Orleans Saints Sign Wide Receiver Ted Ginn Jr

Posted by | March 9, 2017.

The Saints have signed wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. Ginn has only really looked like a professional wide receiver when in Charlotte. Two years ago, he parlayed some good numbers with Cam Newton into a payday with the Cardinals, but the Cardinals had buyers remorse after a year and Ginn returned to Charlotte.

Ginn was big part of the late-season push by the Panthers into the playoffs, and finished 2016 with 752 receiving yards, four touchdowns, and a career-high 88 yard reception. It was a solid end to the two-year, $4.2 million contract he signed with the team back in 2015 — his second time with the team after a short and unsuccessful year in Arizona.

Saints Sign One Year Tender With Brandon Coleman Through The 2017 Season

Posted by | March 7, 2017.

Brandon Coleman will be with the New Orleans Saints again in 2017.

The 6-foot-6 wide receiver signed his one-year tender as an exclusive rights free agent at some point in the offseason, according to NFL Players Association records. Coleman received a minimum salary of $615,000.

NFL teams have until the start of the new league year, 3 p.m. Thursday, to tender their exclusive rights free agents, and the Saints have already done so with Coleman and Willie Snead, though Snead hasn’t signed his yet as he hopes for a longer deal.

Despite moving down the depth chart with the arrival of Michael Thomas, Coleman was a key player in the Saints offense in 2016, particularly as a blocker in the run game. He had 26 catches for 281 yards with three touchdowns, but Coleman and Snead were the receivers coaches trusted most to block.

Saints Hall of Fame Reception/Auction, Golf Tourney set for May 21-22

Posted by | March 6, 2017.

The seventh annual Fox 8 Saints Hall of Fame Reception/Auction is set for Sunday, May 21 from 5-8 p.m. at the Saints indoor facility and cafeteria, while the 25th annual WGNO Saints Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic is set for Monday, May 22 at 9 a.m. at Chateau Golf and Country Club in Kenner.

Sponsored by WVUE TV, the Reception/Auction includes all you can eat and drink, along with guided tours. Children can enjoy the Saints Experience, which includes football-themed inflatable interactive games on the field of the team’s indoor practice facility.

To conclude the event, there will be a live auction of 30 outstanding items, including many Saints items. You can also purchase fan club items by clicking HERE

Tickets for the reception/auction are $50 per person.

Sponsored by ABC 26, the Celebrity Golf Classic includes the opportunity to play in an event in which Payton, members of his staff, current Saints players and prominent former Saints players will participate.

The scramble event features a taste of New Orleans, with a restaurant on every hole, various contests and an awards luncheon in the clubhouse following the event. The top three low net teams will receive prizes, along with the low gross score for the event. Entry fee for the golf tournament is $300 per person, $1,200 per foursome or $1,500 for a foursome with a Saints’ celebrity.

New Orleans Saints Trading Brandin “The Archer” Cooks, Say It “Aint” So!!!

Posted by | March 2, 2017.

Mike Triplett, an ESPN Staff Writer thinks it might be a good idea if the Saints trade Brandin Cooks. What do you think?

With his speed and big-play ability, Brandin Cooks might be the most dynamic playmaker the New Orleans Saints have had in the Sean Payton-Drew Brees era.

However, I understand why the Saints would seriously consider trading Cooks if they can get the kind of return that sources have suggested to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen (possibly the Tennessee Titans’ No. 18 pick in the draft or a deal that includes the Saints moving up from No. 11 to No. 5).

Time and again, we have seen the Saints prove they can still thrive on offense without top playmakers such as Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Reggie Bush, Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory, Robert Meachem, Kenny Stills, Devery Henderson and others.

The Saints led the NFL in total offense last year – just like they did in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2014.

More importantly, it’s possible that the Saints would balk at signing Cooks to a lucrative long-term extension after their option runs out on him following the 2018 season.

Cooks probably will cost more than $10 million per year in a long-term extension. And chances are the Saints won’t want to spend that kind of money on both Cooks and 2016 breakout rookie receiver Michael Thomas long-term, when they have more glaring needs on defense, the offensive line and eventually at quarterback. The Saints like Thomas a lot and could view him as the harder of the two to replace, especially since Thomas will be a lot cheaper for the next few years.

In Depth Look At The 2017 New Orleans Saints Cornerback Free Agency

Posted by | February 22, 2017.

With a projected $30 million in available salary cap space, the New Orleans Saints want to be aggressive in free agency when the league’s calendar year kicks off on March 9.

And if there is a position to target, cornerback is likely on the table when considering the Saints come off a season ranked last in the league against the pass, allowing 273.8 yards per game.

Injuries, of course, played a major role.

Delvin Breaux missed six games while recovering from a broken fibula before landing on injured reserve with a shoulder injury; P.J. Williams was placed on injured reserve with a concussion; Damian Swann landed on injured reserve before the start of the regular season; and rookie Ken Crawley suffered a knee injury in the final week of the regular season.

The Saints signed veteran cornerbacks Sterling Moore and B.W. Webb to one-year deals early in the regular season, and then made the most with that they had on the roster.

Breaux, Williams, Swann and Crawley remain under contract. The Saints, however, should bolster competition at a position group that has ranked at or near the bottom of the league against the pass in two straight seasons.

New Orleans has two opportunities to address cornerback in the coming months via free agency and the NFL Draft in late April, as coach Sean Payton pointed out during a Tuesday morning guest spot on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“I think, look, corner is a position that’s going to be important for us,” Payton told SiriusXM Blitz hosts Bruce Murray and Brady Quinn. “We feel the draft is deep in a few spots. Corner is one, we feel it’s deep at safety, it’s deep at running back.

Will The Saints Draft A “Drew Brees Replacement” In 2017

Posted by | February 14, 2017.

The New Orleans Saints don’t have to force it yet.

Eventually they will have to replace quarterback Drew Brees, who turned 38 in January. But he isn’t really acting his age yet. Brees played his best football in five years last season, once again leading the NFL with 5,208 passing yards. And he has talked many times about his determination to keep thriving into his 40s.

However, Brees has only one year remaining on his contract — which is how the Saints wanted it. Brees wanted a long-term extension last year, but the Saints preferred to evaluate the position year-by-year.

In other words, if the Saints fall head over heels for a QB in Round 1 of this year’s draft — such as Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky or Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer — the transition could come sooner than expected.

If not, the position is still in awfully good hands for the time being.

The Krewe of Bacchus Salutes The Saints By Bashing The “Ringless” Falcons In Front Of The World

Posted by | February 14, 2017.

A key part of being a New Orleans Saints fan is having a certain level of contempt for the Atlanta Falcons.

So, it’s no surprise that an upcoming Saints celebration will also feature something poking fun at the Falcons after they lost Super Bowl 51 to the New England Patriots despite having a 25-point lead.

For the Bacchus parade, the theme is Bacchus Salutes the Saints 50th as the parade comes just a couple months after the team completed its 50th professional season.

Based on a photo gallery on the Saints’ website, the variety of creative floats mostly highlight key moments in franchise history, such as the inception of the team, Steve Gleason’s punt block and the Super Bowl XLIV title. They even have one float with the Big Easy Mafia Logo on it to represent the future of Saints fan clubs.

But, at least one float is aimed at the Saints’ chief rival.

The Falcons, of course, have never won a Super Bowl championship, and they let an amazing opportunity slip away a week ago.

The front of the float shows a falcon atop a pot that says, “Dirty Bird Gumbo.”

Bacchus will march through Uptown on Sunday, Feb. 26, a couple days before Mardi Gras.

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Mark Ingram Kills 600 Pound Hog

Posted by | February 11, 2017.

Saints running back Mark Ingram spent time this week hunting wild hogs.
Ingram posing with his big trophy didn’t set off Twitter like, say, the dentist who killed Cecil the Lion did a while back. Lions are majestic creatures, the king of the jungle. Hogs are destined to become bacon or pork chops.

There’s been a much more positive response to Ingram’s conquest.

The New Orleans Saints 2017/2018 Season Is Upon Us… #NODAYSOFF

Posted by | February 8, 2017.


Saints Superfan Jarrius Robertson Became A Rockstar At The NFL Honors Ceremony

Posted by | February 5, 2017.

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton thought Jarrius Robertson was a “rock star” before this week, but the 14-year-old Saints Super Fan became even more famous Saturday night.

Along with Payton and Harry Connick Jr., Robertson presented the NFL Comeback Player of the Year to Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson at the NFL Honors Ceremony at Wortham Theater Center.

Robertson is battling biliary atresia, a chronic disease in the liver that limits his growth. He’s had several surgeries already and is awaiting a liver transplant, but nobody would know it with the joy he constantly displays.

“I feel pretty excited because I know all the big stars are going to be here,” he said on the red carpet before the ceremony while walking around with a WWE championship belt given to him by Roman Reigns.

Payton said it was “fantastic” for more people to learn about Robertson’s story Saturday night.

“He already fined me because he and Harry had a secret practice that they didn’t tell me about, so I don’t know my lines,” Payton joked before the event.

Payton said Robertson also fined him because he hasn’t given him his playoff bonuses yet, demanding a Mercedes-Benz and a helicopter.

The Falcons Are Forced To Cancel Their Pep Rally Due To Their Horrible Fan Base

Posted by | February 5, 2017.

If you know anything about sports in Atlanta, then you know just how bad the fan base is down there for every single major sports franchise they have. The Atlanta Hawks, Braves, Thrashers, Falcons, and even the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets all have (or had) a hard time selling out on a consistent basis. Their fan base just plain sucks, no other way to put it.

For the first time since 1999, the Atlanta Falcons have advanced to the Super Bowl, but it doesn’t seem like many fans made the trip with them down to Houston for support.

The team had a scheduled pep rally for the team at 2:00pm, but it was cancelled last minute because of the lack of fans in H-town, What an embarrassment.

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Sean Payton Banning Social Media In The Saints Locker Room

Posted by | February 4, 2017.

The New Orleans Saints are incorporating technology to ensure players are focused on game day.

Making a guest radio appearance on CBS Sports Radio’s “Tiki and Tierney,” Saints coach Sean Payton said Friday that he plans to utilize a device designed to keep players off social media platforms two hours before kickoff.

“It’s just a simple scrambler that avoids the social media element,” Payton said. “That will be in our locker room.”

When hosts Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney pressed Payton on if the implementation of a scrambler in the locker room is league-wide, the Saints coach made it clear who is behind the initiative.

“It’s going to be a Sean Payton thing,” he said.

The Saints Will Not Be Returning To The Greenbrier Resort For Training Camp

Posted by | February 2, 2017.

The New Orleans Saints will not be returning to the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia for a full training camp.

The Houston Texans are planning to head to the White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, destination for part of their training camp, according to a source, ruling out a return for the Saints.

New Orleans has not decided where training camp will be held yet.

“We’re in the process of making that decision,” Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said last week at the Senior Bowl. “We haven’t made the decision on where we’re going to be.”

The Houston Chronicle initially broke the news that The Greenbrier would have a new tenant at Super Bowl LI on Wednesday.

The three-year contract New Orleans signed to hold training camp at the Greenbrier expired when the Saints left the resort in August, allowing the Saints to move away from their time spent in West Virginia.

At the time, The Associated Press reported that New Orleans had discussed a two-year extension of the agreement with Greenbrier owner Jim Justice, who was elected West Virginia’s governor in November, but those talks never materialized into a deal.

The “Worst To Best” Ranked Cities To Host A Super Bowl

Posted by | January 30, 2017.

(15) New York Giants (MetLife Stadium) – 2014 (WORST)

The overblown worries about a postponed Super Bowl never materialized, but there were other concerns for the first cold-weather championship. The Super Bowl coming to New York (and being played across the Hudson) just wasn’t that big a deal to a city that has so much going on and probably believes the Super Bowl to be inferior to whatever’s happening at the Garden that night. A Super Bowl is supposed to take over a town. In Manhattan, at least, it got as much attention as those creepy Times Square muppets. And then there was the transportation problem. Fans were stuck at MetLife Stadium for hours after the game because NJ Transit and the NFL misjudged the number of people who would be taking public transportation.

(14) San Francisco 49ers (Levi’s Stadium) – 2016

Great city, great stadium, way too far from each other. It’s 75 minutes south from the Golden Gate Bridge to Levi’s Field, a few minutes more than it’d take to go from the bridge north to Napa Valley. Given the current state of the 49ers, spending a Sunday in wine country is probably the best way to ease the pain.

(13) Jacksonville Jaguars (EverBank Stadium) – 2005

NFL owners beg for Super Bowls. They’ll spend billions (or get the government to get the public to spend billions) to build a new stadium so that they have a reason to host the Super Bowl. Jags owner Shad Khan, who wasn’t with the team during its only hosting gig but presumably has ears and heard about everyone bashing the Florida city, is the opposite. He actively doesn’t want a Super Bowl, refreshingly saying about another game coming to town:

Here in Jacksonville? Absolutely not. What it takes to get a Super Bowl, I think, is setting Jacksonville up for failure. I think with time and money, energy is much better served on something else. For example, what they’re going through in Miami. A big renovation with the Dolphins would be a great venue for a Super Bowl. I’d love to see Florida get Super Bowls, but I think Tampa and Miami are much better suited for that. The requirements now for hotel rooms and some of the other infrastructure amenities — we don’t have here, so let’s not kid ourselves.”

(12) Dallas Cowboys (AT&T Stadium) – 2011

Dallas is basically Los Angeles in Texas, minus the self-righteous Hollywood folk: A great city with plenty to do, none of which is remotely close to each other. Although definitely not Americas team.

(11) Detroit Lions (Ford Field) – 2006

Super Bowl XL is credited with being a “catalyst” that helped create a “surge of development” in downtown Detroit. (Others disagree, but they don’t fit our narrative.) The stadium is close to everything, the airport easily handled the crush of people and the game went off without a hitch

(10) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Raymond Jame Stadium) – 2009

Tampa is a perfectly okay place to have a Super Bowl. The stadium is within the city limits, and the city limits are, uh, perfectly okay.

(9) Minnesota Vikings (Metrodome, U.S. Bank Stadium) – 2018

All the worry about Minnesota snow is overblown. You worry about a little snow in Dallas or Atlanta because those cities aren’t equipped to deal with that. A lot of snow doesn’t affect Minneapolis because clearing it is an art form. What would cripple Washington D.C. would be a mere annoyance in Minnesota. Nobody ever has an unkind word to say about the city, so other than the cold weather what’s not to love? They’re going to build an ice palace next year! Beat that, Glendale.

(8) Arizona Cardinals (University of Phoenix Stadium) – 2015

Glendale ain’t Phoenix, and Phoenix ain’t Los Angeles. Still, the stadium is gorgeous, and Phoenix has been built up over the past few years so suck it up, take the shuttle and thank the football gods you’re not in Minneapolis or Jacksonville.