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-- 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."

-- Brees Can See Fleener Catching Many Passes --
Mon Aug 1, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints QB Drew Brees can see TE Coby Fleener catching a lot of footballs. "I think he's feeling very good right now so I'm excited to see what we are able to put together over the next few weeks as we get a lot of time and a lot of reps together but listen his role, as a tight end in this offense, you get a lot of opportunities, you get a lot of favorable match ups, and you can be a guy that catches a lot of balls and I certainly see him in that role," Brees said.

-- Saints Sign Hakeem Nicks --
Wed Jul 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks to a one-year contract.

-- Saints IR Vincent Brown --
Tue Jul 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have placed WR Vincent Brown (undisclosed) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Saints Place Three on Active PUP List --
Mon Jul 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have placed DE Hau'oli Kikaha (knee), OT Terron Armstead, and CB Keenan Lewis (knee) on the active PUP list.

-- Keenan Lewis Rehab Update --
Sat Jul 23, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis (sports hernia/hip/knee) says he'll be out there at practice on Day #1 of training camp, but he might not be doing everything right away.

-- Drew Brees Contract Watch --
Sat Jul 23, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports QB Drew Brees won't have a new contract in place before the New Orleans Saints kick off training camp, unless something changes drastically in the next few days. Even though other quarterbacks like QB Andrew Luck and QB Joe Flacco have gotten long-term extensions done this off-season, Brees said Saturday that he and the Saints haven't even resumed negotiations in the last three months. "Not sure why things have not progressed," said Brees, who is heading into the final year of his contract. "They made an offer in March, we made an offer shortly thereafter. And besides the CB Josh Norman deal [when the Saints approached Brees about restructuring his contract to try to fit the star cornerback under their salary cap], there has been no talk about a contract since." Brees, 37, has suggested in the past that deadlines usually spur action in contract talks like these -- and there has been no real deadline in place so far, with the Saints content to let him play out the year with a whopping salary-cap figure of $30 million. When asked if the start of training camp might serve as an unofficial deadline, Brees reiterated that he wanted a deal done by the start of the season on Sept. 11. "I would say the deadline is the start of the regular season, not training camp," he said.

-- Source: Saints Not Trying to Sign Anquan Boldin --
Fri Jul 15, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports a source says there isn't a push by the Saints to sign free-agent WR Anquan Boldin. They did look into it earlier in the summer, but didn't make an offer.

-- Saints Making Push to Sign Anquan Boldin --
Thu Jul 14, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports a source says the New Orleans Saints are making the strongest push to sign free-agent WR Anquan Boldin. Boldin loves former 49ers, now Saints, WRs coach John Morton.

-- Saints Unlikely to sign Reggie Bush --
Tue Jul 12, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports free-agent RB Reggie Bush is likely to play in the NFL again this year, but not with the New Orleans Saints, HC Sean Payton said Monday while on The Rich Eisen Show. Payton said the Saints and Bush nearly had a reunion last offseason, as the coach and player met for dinner in Los Angeles, but the sides could not reach a deal and the Saints signed RB C.J. Spiller instead. Asked if a reunion could be in the works for this off season, Payton said it was not likely.

-- Saints Sign Darryl Tapp; Release One --
Wed Jul 6, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent DE Darryl Tapp and waived TE Jack Tabb.

-- Mark Ingram Has a New Goal --
Mon Jul 4, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports when Saints RB Mark Ingram is healthy, he’s clearly the feature back in this offense, particularly after he established himself as a pass-catching threat last season. When Ingram was available in the first three-quarters of the season last fall, he took 62.6 percent of the snaps. None of the Saints’ other backs came close to that kind of playing time. “The last couple of years, I’ve had a lot more opportunities to show my abilities all-around,” Ingram said. Ingram’s evolution as a pass-catcher made him a vital part of the Saints offense last season. A sure-handed player capable of beating linebackers and safeties one-on-one even if he’s split wide, Ingram’s versatility was rumored — mostly by Ingram himself — and finally proven last year. Now, he has a new goal. “That i can keep doing it,” Ingram said. “I had 50 catches last year, so I just want to be a guy who people look at me and say, ‘he’s one of the top backs in the league hands-down. Somebody that you have to respect and know where he’s at on every snap.” Opposing teams already know the damage Ingram can do. What matters is how many snaps his body allows him to take.

-- Kyle Wilson Injury Update --
Sun Jun 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints CB Kyle Wilson (shoulder), who was just put on season-ending Injured Reserve, suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder. That explains the injury designation.

-- Saints IR Kyle Wilson; Sign One --
Fri Jun 24, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have placed CB Kyle Wilson (undisclosed) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team has also signed free-agent DT C.J. Wilson.

-- Drew Brees Contract Watch --
Wed Jun 22, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees termed his contract talks “ongoing,” and again expressed confidence a deal would get done. During a break in shooting a soup commercial, Brees said he has no plans to play anywhere else, even though this is the final year of his Saints deal and he’s said he won’t negotiate once the regular season begins. “I’ve been through that a few times, so you know that [the contract extension] will happen when it’s supposed to happen,” Brees said, via USA Today. “There’s so much that goes into an offseason — you’re signing free agents, you’re signing rookies, you’re going through the draft process. “Now as we get ready for training camp, I obviously, I see myself in New Orleans for the rest of my career.” Brees also reiterated his stance that he didn’t want the negotiations dragging out. “Once the season rolls around, I just want to focus on football. And I handled it that way back in 2011 — the exact same way,” he said. “So I plan on handling it the exact same way this time around.”

-- Brees Getting Very Comfortable with Fleener --
Mon Jun 20, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints QB Drew Brees came into the OTA and minicamp portion of the offseason with an expectation that TE Coby Fleener would frequently be an open receiver. It's what Brees saw on film last year. And it's what he ended up seeing on the New Orleans Saints practice field this spring. Fleener, along with returning WR Brandin Cooks and WR Willie Snead, were the three most-targeted players by Brees in the three-day mandatory rookie minicamp that concluded Thursday. Brees attempted eight passes to each during competitive 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 team drills, with seven caught by Snead, six by Fleener and four by Cooks. "Time on task with a guy like that, the more time we have in this offense where he can understand the nuances and understand what I am thinking, and where I want him to be, and when I want him to be there, and when and where the ball is going to be thrown — that's when you really start cooking," Brees said about Fleener. "That's when you feel like a guy is uncoverable. I don't care who is on him. He's 6-5 or 6-6, there is a place where I can throw the ball where he can get it or nobody can."

-- Saints IR Jamarca Sanford; Sign One --
Sat Jun 18, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the Saints have placed S Jamarca Sanford (undisclosed) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team also signed DT Lawrence Virgil.

-- Dannell Ellerbe Rehab Update --
Fri Jun 17, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe (toe/hip) says he expects to be 100% healthy for the start of training camp.

-- Robert Meachem Trying Out for Saints --
Tue Jun 14, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent WR Robert Meachem attended New Orleans Saints mini-camp on Tuesday on a tryout basis.

-- Saints PK Battle Watch --
Tue Jun 14, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports on NFL field goal attempts 45 yards or longer, Saints PK Kai Forbath has a 73.1 percent accuracy rate. PK Connor Barth, his challenger this summer in the battle to be the New Orleans Saints' kicker, has connected on 73.2 percent. It's just one example that caused Saints HC Sean Payton to remark last week about the remarkably similar numbers of the two kickers. "These two guys are almost identical all the way back through their college years," Payton said. We crunched the numbers -- and he was right. The two veteran kickers have all summer to separate. A year ago, when PK Zach Hocker edged out PK Dustin Hopkins, coaches didn't make the final call until the very end of training camp. But Forbath may already have a slight lead. In the three organized team activities open to the media, he's connected on 13 of 13 attempts. Barth is 9-for-12. "Right now, hopefully they're developing a timing and a sequence, they're rotating with the groups every other day," Payton said. "Of course all of it's charted. Then ultimately when you get into training camp and you get into the preseason games, you keep track of all the numbers."