Saints Sign Former Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, 2017 Super Bowl Team In The Making

Posted by | April 25, 2017.

The former Vikings great Adrian Peterson will open the 2017 NFL season against his former team of 10 years as a member of the Saints!!

Peterson reportedly told Josina Anderson of that he has agreed to a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints worth a total of $7 million.

Peterson also gave the full details of the contract as well. The deal is a one-year contract to start with an option for a second year for New Orleans. Peterson will earn $3.5 million in fully guaranteed money this season with a $2.5 million signing bonus and $1 million in guaranteed base salary.

His 2018 option would carry $3.5 million in non-guaranteed money with $2.4 million in roster bonuses. The $3.5 million comes from $1.05 million in base salary, $1.65 million in per game roster bonuses, a $750,000 roster bonus that triggers on the third day of the league year and a $50,000 workout bonus.

Peterson, a seventh overall pick of the Vikings 10 years ago, has racked up seven Pro Bowls, four first-team All-Pro honors, three rushing titles and the 2012 league MVP, when he rushed for 2,097 yards, the second-most in NFL history.

Peterson turned 32 last month and suffered an injury-ruined season last year. Combine that with a contract that called for him to make $18 million, the Vikings decided to move on and released him. They went younger, signing Raiders free agent Latavius Murray.

Peterson has rushed for 11,747 yards to rank 16th in NFL history. He’s 565 from passing Jim Brown for 10th place. But he also played only three games last season because of knee and groin injuries.

With the Saints, Peterson would be joining a passing team featuring Drew Brees and a running back group that shares the team’s limited number of carries. Peterson would join running back Mark Ingram, who posted his first 1,000-yard season and a career-high 10 touchdowns a year ago.

This is definitely a 2017 Super Bowl team in the making and the draft hasn’t even happened yet.

New Orleans Saints 2017 Schedule Released

Posted by | April 21, 2017.

The New Orleans Saints have released the schedule for the 2017 season. The Saints open the season on Monday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings. The full season schedule is featured below, click on the link to view a printable version.

Saints Schedule 2017

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Saints Show Interest In Leonard Fournette But The 11th Pick Won’t Be Early Enough

Posted by | April 14, 2017.

Leonard Fournette didn’t have to travel far for his latest pre-draft visit.

The former LSU star running back is visiting the New Orleans Saints’ facility on Friday 4/14 according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan.

The Saints hold the No. 11 overall pick of the NFL draft. If they want to acquire the New Orleans native for their backfield, however, that pick wouldn’t appear to be early enough. Four of five analysts project Fournette to be selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 4 overall, and if he gets past the Jaguars, the Carolina Panthers loom at No. 8 overall with a need at the position. The Saints will more than likely draft RB Christian McCaffery as their first pick in the 2017 draft.

The Saints’ rushing attack ranked No. 16 in the NFL last year at 108.9 yards per game.

Kenny Vaccaro Wants To Stay With The Saints, But Will He?

Posted by | April 10, 2017.

Kenny Vaccaro hopes that he’ll be sticking around for a while.

The Saints safety, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, is hopeful that he’ll have some conversations with the front office later this summer about his future with the organization.

“I think they’re going to wait until after all the offseason stuff,” Vaccaro told The Advocate. “The draft, once the (organized team activities) get going I’ll be here. We’ll see how that goes. I’m not pressing for anything. Obviously, anyone likes to get a deal done.”

The safety is optimistic about some of the moves the team has made this offseason. He believes that Alex Okafor, who had eight sacks for the Cardinals in 2014 but battled injuries the last two seasons, will be an impactful player for the defense.

Why Do The Saints Lack LSU Players Year After Year? Loomis Explains

Posted by | April 6, 2017.

Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis has been attending LSU’s pro day for 15 years and knows exactly what to expect from the players on the field.

“It seems like it’s good every year,” Loomis said. “Look, what’s evident is when you look out and see the GM’s and head coaches from other teams here because they know the talent level is so high at LSU.”

And most Tiger players that repped Louisiana in college would also love to do so on the pros by trading in their purple and gold for black and gold.

“I would love to play for the Saints,” center Ethan Pocic said.

But there’s a problem… despite their success both here and on the professional level… the Saints have not drafted an LSU tiger since Al Woods back in 2010…. leaving some to wonder why.

New Orleans Saints 2017 Draft Party April 27th #NFLDraftDay

Posted by | April 4, 2017.

Saints fans will be able to party with the Official New Orleans Saints Superfans at Buffalo Wild Wings on Veterans Blvd in Metairie La. at the New Orleans Saints 2017 NFL Draft party brought to you by the Big Easy Mafia fan club.

It all takes place on Thursday, April 27, the night of the first round of the draft, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Saints, hold the 11th and 32nd picks.

Along with great food and drinks, there will be raffles, giveaways and entertainment.

We will be raffling off a copy of the brand new Saints Superfan book, “Fantastic Saints”. This book is not even in stores yet and is already taking the Who Dat Nation by storm.

All Gold Card Members will receive a special giveaway. Just present your card to the person at the giveaway table.

Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Lets The Jets Know What To Expect With This Ominous Question

Posted by | March 31, 2017.

Sean Payton waxed poetic about John Morton by detailing his protégé’s work ethic, creativity and teaching skills. The Saints head coach listed all of Morton’s admirable traits before delivering the ultimate buzz kill, the elephant in every room the Jets step into these days.

It might not matter how great the new Jets offensive coordinator is in a vacuum. The reality is that neither Houdini nor Copperfield would be able to weave magic given the most glaring hole on the Jets roster.

“Most importantly, it’s going to be Who’s Playing Quarterback” Payton said at the annual league meetings in Phoenix this week. “Has that been solved?”

The answer obviously is a resounding NO!.

Todd Bowles’ quarterback conundrum is the single biggest hurdle to clear if the Jets have any realistic opportunity to be legitimate playoff contenders in the near future.

So, does Morton even have a fair chance to succeed in his first season as an NFL play caller?

Will we ever truly know whether or not he’s a good offensive coordinator?

The New Orleans Saints Will Not Jump On The NFL Nomadic Bandwagon

Posted by | March 28, 2017.

New Orleans Saints president Dennis Lauscha stood in front of the Touchdown Club of New Orleans a couple of weeks ago and once again expressed the team’s commitment to the city.

Lauscha said how he thinks people are probably tired of hearing him say these things repeatedly. Given the history of relocation threats involving the Saints and the NFL’s rash of team movements, I’ll speak for all New Orleanians in saying keep on preaching, Dennis.

We still need to hear the teams are staying put. It never gets old.

The Oakland Raiders will be history in two years. NFL owners voted 31-1 on Monday at the league’s annual meetings to allow the franchise to become the Las Vegas Raiders (Miami was the one nea vote). It’s the third team approved for relocation in the last two years with the Rams leaving St. Louis for Los Angeles and the Chargers bolting San Diego for L.A.

Before 2006, the Saints were front and center when relocation talks arose. That’s been put to rest since the team returned to New Orleans after being jettisoned to San Antonio because of Hurricane Katrina.

Yet Lauscha can understand a lingering anxiety for Saints fans when any kind of movement chatter occurs throughout the league.

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.