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-- Payton Expects Brandin Cooks to Remain a Saint --
Tue Feb 21, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

USA Today reports New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton says he absolutely expects WR Brandin Cooks to be on the team in 2017.

-- Saints Not Expected to Trade Brandin Cooks --
Thu Feb 9, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints are not expected to trade WR Brandin Cooks this off-season, but it’s not out of the question -- especially after Cooks expressed some frustration with his role last season. Unless that happens, though, the Saints probably won’t invest anything significant in the receiver position in free agency or the draft this year -- with the exception of bringing in a receiver who is really more of a kick-return or punt-return specialist, spots where they could really use an upgrade.

-- Saints Name Curtis Johnson --
Thu Feb 9, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have named Curtis Johnson WRs Coach.

-- Saints Name Ryan Nielsen --
Wed Feb 8, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have named Ryan Nielsen Defensive Line Coach.

-- Tom Benson Settles Lawsuit --
Fri Feb 3, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and trustees for his estranged heirs have ironed out legal and structural sticking points of a settlement that has been in the works since last June, avoiding a federal trial that was scheduled to begin on Monday. Attorney Thomas Flanagan, who represents one of the trustees, said Friday he was informing the court that the parties had reached the confidential agreement, which allows Benson to avoid the likelihood that proprietary financial information sensitive to the NFL and NBA would become public record in court. The 89-year-old Benson and the trustees already had agreed on the framework of a settlement removing shares of the pro teams from trusts set up for Benson's daughter, Renee, and her two children, Rita and Ryan LeBlanc. However, the sides still had to mutually accept technical details regarding how settlement payments would be made and guaranteed.

-- Tom Benson Expects to Reach Agreement Soon in Lawsuit --
Fri Feb 3, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

WVUE reports the attorney for New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson says he expects to reach an agreement as early as today, which would put an end to what could have been a messy trial over the future ownership of the Saints and Pelicans. That trial is scheduled to begin Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. A settlement was reached last year in the lawsuit between Tom Benson and his trustees, which included giving sole ownership of the Saints and Pelicans to Gayle Benson when Tom Benson passes away. However, that agreement was never signed. Saints attorney Phil Whittman said Friday morning that they are very close to an agreement. "If all goes as I expect, the trial will be postponed or canceled. I anticipate reaching an agreement today. We've been close to reaching an agreement before, but I think it will happen today." Benson sued to remove shares in the Saints and Pelicans from the trust funds he created for his daughter and grandchildren He later announced plans to leave the teams to his wife Gayle Benson. Tom Benson's plan was to remove shares in the Saints and Pelicans from the trust funds and replace them with assets of equal value, specifically promissory notes with interest. However, the trustees guarding the funds blocked Benson's move and Benson sued them in return. A team spokesman says business operations between the Saints, Pelicans, WVUE-FOX 8, automotive dealerships and Benson Tower will remain "business as usual".

-- Saints Re-Sign John Kuhn --
Fri Feb 3, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed FB John Kuhn to a one-year contract.

-- Drew Brees: I Have a Few More Years at Least to Play --
Thu Feb 2, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees isn't going anywhere. "I got a few more (years) at least," Brees said on Good Morning Football Thursday when asked how much longer he was planning to play in the NFL.

-- Saints Name Mike Nolan --
Mon Jan 30, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports the New Orleans Saints have named Mike Nolan LBs Coach.

-- Tom Benson Trial to Begin Soon --
Mon Jan 30, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports less than one week remains now until New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson's legal fight over his estranged family's financial stake in the team goes to trial in federal court in New Orleans. Benson, 89, and the trustees overseeing his heirs' trust funds could still settle the case, but U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo has ordered the trial to move forward Feb. 6th if no agreement is reached outside of court. The dispute involves whether Benson can remove ownership shares in the Saints and the Pelicans from trust funds created for his daughter Renee Benson and Rita and Ryan LeBlanc, when the family were still on good terms. Key among the anticipated witnesses is Tom Benson, who so far in all of his legal troubles lately has not taken the witness stand. As is now widely known, the patriarch in January 2015 announced he would cut off Renee, Rita and Ryan and intends to leave full ownership of the Saints to his wife of more than 11 years, Gayle Benson. For years, Benson had been grooming his granddaughter Rita LeBlanc to take the reins one day. The three Rs, as they've come to be known, have reportedly not spoken to Benson since the fallout.

-- Saints Fire Five Assistant Coaches --
Thu Jan 5, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

SiriusXM NFL Radio reports a source says the New Orleans Saints have fired assistant coaches Joe Vitt, Bill Johnson, Greg McMahon, Stan Kwan, and James Willis.

-- Saints HC Sean Payton Says He's Going Nowhere --
Tue Jan 3, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton says on WWL Radio that “I definitely plan on being back here.” He has four years left on his contract and he plans on honoring that.

-- Saints IR Delvin Breaux --
Fri Dec 23, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed CB Delvin Breaux (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Saints IR Stephone Anthony --
Tue Dec 20, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed LB Stephone Anthony (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Saints Could Trade HC Sean Payton --
Sun Dec 18, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports the New Orleans Saints would consider trading HC Sean Payton this coming off-season.

-- Saints IR Terron Armstead --
Wed Dec 14, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed OT Terron Armstead (leg/hip) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Saints Sign One --
Wed Dec 14, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent LB Jason Trusnik.

-- Saints IR Josh Hill --
Fri Dec 9, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed TE Josh Hill (fibula) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Kenny Vaccaro Drops Appeal; OUT for Rest of Season --
Fri Dec 9, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports Saints SS Kenny Vaccaro has dropped the appeal of his four-game PEDs ban and will miss the final four games of the season.

-- Saints Could Trade Brandin Cooks This Off-Season --
Sun Dec 4, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans WR Brandin Cooks' frustration with his role in the offense led some to wonder if this is the best system for his talents, something the Saints likely will explore in the offseason. Expect trade talks centered around Cooks leading up to the free-agency window, with the speedster no doubt set to draw interest. This could be similar to what New Orleans did with TE Jimmy Graham. There are only so many balls to go around. He's a vertical threat unused in that way, and the Saints might decide he's more valuable in a trade than on their team. Graham's trade had to do with his huge contract. For Cooks, it might be because of his impeding contract, as well as the fact that the team seems to have found receivers such as WR Willie Snead and breakout star WR Michael Thomas who better fit what they do.

-- Saints Could Trade Brandin Cooks This Off-Season --
Sun Dec 4, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans WR Brandin Cooks' frustration with his role in the offense led some to wonder if this is the best system for his talents, something the Saints likely will explore in the offseason. Expect trade talks centered around Cooks leading up to the free-agency window, with the speedster no doubt set to draw interest. This could be similar to what New Orleans did with TE Jimmy Graham. There are only so many balls to go around. He's a vertical threat unused in that way, and the Saints might decide he's more valuable in a trade than on their team. Graham's trade had to do with his huge contract. For Cooks, it might be because of his impeding contract, as well as the fact that the team seems to have found receivers such as WR Willie Snead and breakout star WR Michael Thomas who better fit what they do.

-- Sean Payton Speaks on Brandin Cooks --
Wed Nov 30, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton said he is "not concerned" with WR Brandin Cooks becoming frustrated with his role in the offense. He said it was "a little unusual" to have a game where Cooks had zero targets, but the first play of the game was actually a shot play designed for Cooks that didn't work out, and they will keep working for opportunities to get him touches. "He's a fantastic player and a good man, and we have a great relationship," Payton said. "He's been explosive this season, he's certainly a primary target for us with what we do, and I think that's evident."

-- Sources: Brandin Cooks Unhappy --
Tue Nov 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports it’s hard to criticize anything the New Orleans Saints are doing on offense after they just posted a season-high 49 points and rolled up 555 yards on the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. But they probably should make it a priority to get WR Brandin Cooks more involved on a consistent basis -- if for no other reason than to keep one of their most talented players happy. Cooks and sources have hinted at his growing frustration with his usage throughout this season -- including the zero targets on 45 snaps on Sunday. Now, it’s too early to suggest that Cooks might demand a trade in the offseason. He is under contract through 2017, with the Saints holding an option for 2018. And he should be happy in any role if the Saints (5-6) can figure out how to keep beating teams by 28 points like they did on Sunday. But this isn’t a new issue, so the Saints might need to get Cooks more consistently involved to keep that frustration from festering -- not to mention the dynamic boost he brings to the offense. This is too good of a marriage to risk some sort of use-me-or-lose-me standoff.

-- Saints RB Snap Count Watch --
Mon Nov 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram played 42-of-74 (57%) snaps on Sunday against the Rams, while RB Tim Hightower played only 25 snaps. That said, Ingram had two fewer touches than Hightower (15-17).

-- Saints Sign One --
Mon Nov 14, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed DB Chris Banjo.

-- Kenny Vaccaro Facing Four-Game Suspension, But... --
Thu Nov 10, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports sources say New Orleans Saints S Kenny Vaccaro is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL drug policy for use of Adderall. As he awaits final word on his suspension, Vaccaro can play this week.

-- Saints Add Three --
Wed Nov 9, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the Saints have signed LB Sam Barrington and S Shiloh Keo. NBC Sports adds the team also claimed TE John Phillips off waivers from the Denver Broncos.

-- Source: Saints Release John Jenkins --
Tue Nov 8, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have released DT John Jenkins, a source said.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Mon Nov 7, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have claimed TE John Phillips off waivers from the Broncos. The team also waived CB Brian Dixon and LB Chris McCain.

-- Saints IR James Laurinaitis --
Sat Nov 5, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have placed LB James Laurinaitis (quad) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Saints Designate Sheldon Rankins to Return from IR --
Sat Nov 5, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints officially designated first-round draft pick DL Sheldon Rankins (fibula) as their player to return from injured reserve, an indication he'll play tomorrow.

-- RBBC for Saints... At Least This Week --
Sat Nov 5, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports don’t expect New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram to stay down for long after he was benched last week for sudden fumbling issues. Ingram has done too much over the past three years to earn the trust of HC Sean Payton and his teammates for that to be undone so quickly. However, you can expect the Saints will legitimately give veteran backup RB Tim Hightower a chance to stay heavily involved in the offense after his 102-yard performance last week against Seattle. The Saints like Hightower a lot, and they are 4-1 with him as their featured back, dating back to last year. And there’s no reason to expect that Hightower will slow down Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers and the NFL’s worst rushing defense. So this could remain a timeshare for a little while, at least.

-- Mark Ingram Speaks About His Fumble --
Thu Nov 3, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram told it like it is Wednesday. Yes, he admitted, his first reaction was that "it sucked" when he got benched after a first-quarter fumble in the New Orleans Saints' 25-20 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. But the responsibility for making sure it doesn't happen again? All his. "It's just, man, you have to take care of the football. If you fumble, you can't play. And I know that, ever since pee-wee," Ingram said while addressing the media for the first time since Sunday's game. "I haven't been a fumbler. But I've fumbled the past two games in a row. It is what it is, those are the facts, and I have to continue to improve so that doesn't happen anymore. "But that doesn't define me, that doesn't define the player I am. And I won't let it. I'm going to continue to strive to be great, continue to strive to do my best to be the best player I can be, to help us win and work my butt off to take care of the ball better." Ingram also knows that he has probably lost his grip -- at least temporarily -- on the full-time, every-down job he had earned with the Saints over the last two-plus years. Veteran backup RB Tim Hightower did an excellent job in Ingram's place, carrying the ball 26 times for 102 yards in a slugfest against Seattle's vaunted defense. And coach Sean Payton indicated that Hightower had earned more touches going forward -- though he insisted that Ingram will still have "an obviously important role with our team and our offense." The Saints are expected to use a committee approach Sunday at San Francisco.

-- Payton: Tim Hightower Will Play More, But... --
Mon Oct 31, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints HC Sean Payton says RB Tim Hightower will definitely get more carries going forward. That said, RB Mark Ingram will also have a key role. Payton says he didn't initially plan to sit Ingram for the rest of the game on Sunday, but Hightower's play kept him in the game.

-- Payton: Tim Hightower Will Play More, But... --
Mon Oct 31, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints HC Sean Payton says RB Tim Hightower will definitely get more carries going forward. That said, RB Mark Ingram will also have a key role. Payton says he didn't initially plan to sit Ingram for the rest of the game on Sunday, but Hightower's play kept him in the game.

-- Brees Loves Michael Thomas --
Mon Oct 31, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints QB Drew Brees says he couldn't ask for anything more from rookie WR Michael Thomas. "The guy loves to work, he loves to compete, he loves the game of football and he wants to be a great player," Brees said. "I love guys like that."

-- Saints to Use RBBC Moving Forward --
Mon Oct 31, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Britt McHenry reports New Orleans Saints RB Tim Hightower earned more carries for next week's game against the 49ers, per source. The team has a committee approach no matter who starts.

-- Mark Ingram Benched --
Sun Oct 30, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL Red Zone reports New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram was benched after fumbling early today deep in his own territory against the Seahawks. RB Tim Hightower replaced him in the lineup.

-- Nick Fairley Will Play Today --
Sun Oct 23, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints DT Nick Fairley, who shockingly lost his mother on Wednesday, will play today against the Chiefs with a heavy heart.

-- Saints Activate Sheldon Rankins --
Wed Oct 19, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints rookie DT Sheldon Rankins (fibula) was activated by the team from injured reserve. Rankins was the team's first-round pick this year, but suffered a broken fibula in training camp.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Fri Oct 14, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have claimed QB Joe Callahan off waivers from the Green Bay Packers. The team also released OL Khalif Barnes.

-- Saints Work Out Bjoern Werner --
Tue Oct 11, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent LB Bjoern Werner worked out for the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Sat Oct 1, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released OL Khalif Barnes and signed CB Brian Dixon from the practice squad.

-- Saints IR Obum Gwacham --
Wed Sep 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have placed DE Obum Gwacham (undisclosed) on injured reserve.

-- Saints RB Snap Count Watch --
Tue Sep 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints tailback snap counts for Monday night broke down as follows: RB Mark Ingram (40 of 81 snaps), RB Travaris Cadet (33), and RB Tim Hightower (6).

-- Saints Try Out Two --
Thu Sep 22, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints recently tried out free-agents DB Shakiel Randolph and CB D'Joun Smith, per source.

-- Saints IR P.J. Williams; Sign One --
Wed Sep 21, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have placed CB P.J. Williams (concussion) on injured reserve and signed free-agent OT Tony Hills.

-- Saints Release C.J. Spiller --
Tue Sep 13, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released RB C.J. Spiller.

-- Saints Release C.J. Spiller --
Tue Sep 13, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released RB C.J. Spiller.

-- Saints Sign One --
Tue Sep 13, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent CB B.W. Webb.

-- Spiller a Healthy Inactive Sunday --
Mon Sep 12, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints HC Sean Payton says RB C.J. Spiller was a healthy scratch on Sunday. He sat because RB Travaris Cadet was going to have a bigger role on offense.

-- Saints Work Out Veteran WRs --
Wed Sep 7, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Houston Chronicle reports the New Orleans Saints have worked out free-agents WR Nate Washington, WR Rueben Randle, WR Andre Caldwell, and WR Greg Little.

-- Saints Officially Extend Drew Brees --
Wed Sep 7, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints has signed QB Drew Brees to what will be a one-year contract extension through 2017. It's a two-year deal with a guarantee of $44.25 million. The contract was announced as a five-year deal, but it automatically voids after 2017. Brees is now signed through 2017, his age-38 season.

-- Saints Officially Extend Drew Brees --
Wed Sep 7, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints has signed QB Drew Brees to what will be a one-year contract extension through 2017. It's a two-year deal with a guarantee of $44.25 million. The contract was announced as a five-year deal, but it automatically voids after 2017. Brees is now signed through 2017, his age-38 season.

-- Saints Re-Sign Jahri Evans --
Wed Sep 7, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed OG Jahri Evans.

-- Saints Release One --
Wed Sep 7, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have released QB Garrett Grayson.

-- Drew Brees Contract Watch --
Wed Sep 7, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the New Orleans Saints and QB Drew Brees expect to reach agreement on a short-term contract extension by the end of the day.

-- C.J. Spiller Feels Really Good --
Wed Sep 7, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports due to lingering effects of a knee injury, Saints RB C.J. Spiller's first year didn't go as well as he or the Saints hoped, but entering his second season in New Orleans, Spiller said he's feeling "very close" to being the electric guy he's been in the past. "Just hopefully I can stay on the right track with everything, and once we kick this thing off, be ready to go," he said last week. "I definitely feel real good."

-- Saints Close to Extending Drew Brees --
Tue Sep 6, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints and QB Drew Brees are close to agreeing to a contract extension.

-- Saints Host Jahri Evans --
Tue Sep 6, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent OG Jahri Evans visited with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

-- Saints Sign One --
Tue Sep 6, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed CB Sterling Moore.

-- Saints Work Out Rueben Randle --
Tue Sep 6, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent WR Rueben Randle worked out for the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

-- Saints Release Kai Forbath --
Tue Sep 6, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have released PK Kai Forbath.
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-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Tue Sep 6, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed PK Wil Lutz and released CB Cortland Finnegan.

-- Saints IR Sheldon Rankins --
Mon Sep 5, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed DT Sheldon Rankins (fibula) on injured reserve. He's out until at least week #9.

-- What Drew Brees Wants --
Mon Sep 5, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports New Orleans QB Drew Brees is looking for a four-year, $100 million deal in a new contract. He is 37-years old, so the team may balk at giving him that long of a new deal. They plan to talk again later this week.

-- Coby Fleener Struggling with New Playbook --
Mon Sep 5, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener admitted recently he is still adjusting to his new playbook in New Orleans. The Saints will be counting on him and TE Josh Hill even more now that they lost their best blocking tight end, veteran TE Michael Hoomanawanui (leg - IR), to a season-ending leg injury.

-- Saints IR Michael Hoomanawanui --
Sat Sep 3, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have placed TE Michael Hoomanawanui (leg) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Saints Release 18 --
Sat Sep 3, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the Saints have released/waived LB Jeff Schoettmer, DL Bobby Richardson, WR Jake Lampman, CB Brian Dixon, OL John Fullington, C Marcus Henry, FB Austin Johnson, TE Garrett Griffin, LB Davis Tull, OL Khalif Barnes, OT Tony Hills, DE Chris McCain, LB Dillon Lee, C Jack Allen, RB Travaris Cadet, DE Darryl Tapp, DT C.J. Wilson, and OT Tyrus Thompson.

-- Kai Forbath Wins Saints Kicking Job --
Sat Sep 3, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports PK Kai Forbath has won the New Orleans Saints' kicker battle.

-- Source: Saints Extend Max Unger --
Thu Sep 1, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the Saints and C Max Unger have agreed to a three-year contract extension, according to a source. The annual salary averages north of $7 million.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Wed Aug 31, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports DT C.J. Wilson and DE Matt Shaughnessy were both released on a day that also saw the New Orleans Saints officially add OL Khalif Barnes and DE Chris McCain to the roster. The Saints also waived WR R.J. Harris, WR Jared Dangerfield, WR Reggie Bell, S Jamal Golden, TE Rashaun Allen, FB Sione Houma, OG Cyril Lemon, OG Kaleb Eulls, LB Dillon Lee, LB Tony Steward, DB Jimmy Pruitt, LS Chris Highland, and CB Brandon Dixon. OL Avery Young was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list and DE Hau’oli Kikaha, who tore his ACL in the spring, was placed on reserve/PUP.

-- Saints Sign Paul Kruger --
Wed Aug 31, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent LB Paul Kruger.

-- Saints Sign Khalif Barnes --
Tue Aug 30, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed veteran free-agent OL Khalif Barnes.

-- Saints to Host Paul Kruger --
Tue Aug 30, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent LB Paul Kruger will visit with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

-- Saints Acquire Chris McCain --
Mon Aug 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have acquired DE Chris McCain from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for undisclosed late-round draft compensation.

-- Michael Hoomanawanui Carted Off the Field --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints TE Michael Hoomanawanui was carted off the field with an apparent serious leg injury in tonight's game against the Steelers.

-- Brees & Fleener Not Quite on Same Page --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports words and tone from Saints QB Drew Brees and HC Sean Payton have told a lot about the Saints' newest tight end, TE Coby Fleener. The translation: The Saints yearn for more from Fleener. The former Colts tight end hasn't been reliable enough lately on catching passes. He also isn't on the same page with Brees on some routes. Perhaps we are reading too much into things, but the feeling is that we've seen TE Josh Hill more involved in the passing game the last couple of practices. Maybe the weird drop to third team in a Saints "unofficial" depth chart really was a message.
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-- Drew Brees Contract Watch --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees reiterated that he will not negotiate a contract extension after the start of the regular season. "That’s always been my mindset and my approach," Brees said. "I hope that we can get something done between now and then." Brees will earn $20 million in the final year of his contract in 2016.

-- Saints Release Keenan Lewis --
Fri Aug 19, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released veteran CB Keenan Lewis.

-- Coby Fleener Running with First Unit --
Wed Aug 17, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints TE Coby Fleener lined up with first unit today during first team drill. The Saints official website has mistakenly listed Fleener as the #4-TE on their depth chart yesterday before correcting their mistake.

-- Source: Sheldon Rankins Breaks Fibula; Likely OUT 6-8 Weeks --
Mon Aug 15, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints rookie DL Sheldon Rankins (fibula) is believed to have suffered a broken fibula based on initial tests today, a source said. He's a candidate for the IRDFR list. ESPN's Adam Schefter adds Rankins will undergo surgery and likely miss 6-8 weeks of action.

-- Source: Stephone Anthony OUT a Few Weeks --
Mon Aug 15, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports New Orleans Saints LB Stephone Anthony (leg) could miss couple of weeks, but "absolutely" is expected back by the season opener, per source.

-- Sheldon Rankins Carted Off the Field --
Mon Aug 15, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints first-round draft pick DT Sheldon Rankins was carted off the field today during goal-line drills. It's not looking good.

-- Marques Colston Watch --
Sun Aug 14, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

PennLive.com reports free-agent WR Marques Colston isn't planning to retire. He's just taking his time finding a new team. That’s partly because he’s rehabbing a shoulder injury, saying he will be for another month before he starts looking for work again. “Once I’m done with rehab, I’ll see what’s out there,” he said.

-- Keenan Lewis Rehab Update --
Sat Aug 13, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis (hip) says he hopes to be ready to play by Week #1.

-- Source: Saints Sign Cortland Finnegan --
Fri Aug 12, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports the Saints signed veteran CB Cortland Finnegan following a visit on Friday, according to a source.

-- Keenan Lewis Injured --
Thu Aug 11, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox 8 Sports reports New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis has a hip and abductor strain. He is not practicing, but the injury is not season-ending.

-- Michael Thomas Impressive --
Tue Aug 9, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports it's obviously impossible to make a full evaluation after one practice, but Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas looks like a bona fide playmaker. The rookie from Ohio State already has earned the complete trust of every quarterback on the roster and has become a go-to receiver in key situations. That's heady stuff and a positive sign for a rookie two weeks into his first NFL training camp.

-- Saints Activate Terron Armstead --
Mon Aug 8, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have activated OT Terron Armstead (soft-tissue injury) from the active PUP list.

-- Saints Release Hakeem Nicks --
Mon Aug 8, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released veteran WR Hakeem Nicks.

-- Michael Thomas Watch --
Mon Aug 8, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas created some hype by making some incredible catches during the first few days of camp, which raised expectations to potentially unreasonable levels. There’s no question he can play. He has shown great hands, has enough speed to get deep, runs good routes and can get off jams. He has a plan for how he’s going to attack each pattern. There might have been some overeager proclamations during the first couple of days of camp about what he’s going to do in this offense, but he’s going to be a player. He’ll give the Saints the big slot receiver QB Drew Brees likes, and he should help the team make plays inside the 5-yard line, where it sometimes lacked last season. That alone should be enough to make Thomas a successful pick. Everything else is frosting.

-- Willie Snead Looking Even Better Than Last Season --
Mon Aug 8, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports if there were any concerns about New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead being trumped by some of the newcomers at receiver, those concerns have evaporated. Snead has looked even better than last season, and it’s clear he’s right in the middle of QB Drew Brees’ circle of trust. When things were going poorly Saturday with WR Brandin Cooks sidelined, Snead was the receiver Brees locked in on to carry the offense. Snead should remain an important member of the offense. If he doesn’t get enough targets to flirt with 1,000 yards again, it won’t be because of regression. It will be because the offense has more weapons.

-- Saints Sign John Kuhn --
Fri Aug 5, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed veteran free-agent FB John Kuhn.

-- Ingram & Cooks Sit Friday --
Fri Aug 5, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints RB Mark Ingram (undisclosed), along with WR Brandin Cooks (undisclosed), are sitting out practice Friday. Ingram was limited in team drills Thursday, and clearly, the team wants to give him some time to recover from his ailment.

-- Saints Eyeing Ronald Leary --
Thu Aug 4, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have pursued Dallas Cowboys OL Ronald Leary over the past several months. A trade could still get done.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Wed Aug 3, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints DT Nick Fairley and S Erik Harris returned to practice from minor injuries on Wednesday. The Saints signed three new players: veteran DE Matt Shaughnessy, rookie OG Jordan Walsh and rookie S Jamal Golden. To make room, the Saints waived S Alden Darby, DT Lawrence Virgil and WR Kyle Prater.

-- Saints Activate Keenan Lewis --
Wed Aug 3, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports the New Orleans Saints have activated CB Keenan Lewis (knee) from the active PUP list.

-- Saints Signing Matt Shaughnessy --
Mon Aug 1, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent LB Matt Shaughnessy, who was out of football last year, is signing with the New Orleans Saints, a source said.

-- Michael Thomas Making Impressive Catches --
Mon Aug 1, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas made two impressive one-handed catches during his first three days of training camp at The Greenbrier. Thomas' teammates have raved about the second-round pick's ball skills, but don't ask him how he made those catches. "I've been working," he said. Is there anything specific he's done to excel with one-handed grabs? "A lot of things," he said. "Basically, this game is a mental game for me, and ... I focus on the ball when it's in the air." Surely, he must do some extra work at home, right? "I do some stuff," he said, "but that's for me."