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-- Saints Sign 13 UDFAs --
Tue May 5, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed UDFAs WR R.J. Harris, TE Harold Spears, DL Tavaris Barnes, OT Sean Hickey, WR Malcome Kennedy, DL Kaleb Eulls, DL Bobby Richardson, OG Doniel Gambrell, DL Ashaad Mabry, OG Cyril Lemon, LB Marcus Pierce-Brewster, LB Stephon Sanders and TE Jack Tabb.

-- Saints Release Two --
Mon May 4, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have waived S Marcus Ball and LB Kyle Knox.

-- Tom Crabtree Retires --
Thu Apr 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent TE Tom Crabtree has retired from the NFL.

-- Greg Jennings Leaves Saints Without a Contract --
Fri Apr 17, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports free-agent WR Greg Jennings’ visit with the Saints has come to an end. The veteran wide receiver met with the team on Thursday and left New Orleans later that evening. It was the last visit he currently has scheduled after also meeting with the Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a source. Jennings has also received interest from the Baltimore Ravens.

-- Saints Hosting Corey Wootton --
Wed Apr 15, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports free-agent DE Corey Wootton is visiting with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday.

-- Saints Sign One --
Wed Apr 15, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent C Mike Golic.

-- Greg Jennings Plans to Visit Saints --
Tue Apr 14, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent WR Greg Jennings has a plan to visit with the New Orleans Saints, a source said.

-- Saints Sign Anthony Spencer --
Fri Apr 10, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent DE Anthony Spencer to a one-year contract.

-- Saints Re-Sign Joe Morgan --
Thu Apr 2, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed free-agent WR Joe Morgan.

-- Tom Benson Hearing Set for June 1st --
Thu Apr 2, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports after New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson changed his will in January to dramatically alter plans for the transfer of his NFL and NBA franchises from a daughter and her two children to Mr. Benson’s current wife, the frozen-out family members sued, challenging his competence to make such decisions. A judge has since required Mr. Benson to submit to a psychiatric evaluation, which has been conducted. AP reports a hearing has been set for June 1 on the matter. The report was produced by three psychiatrists — one hired at the recommendation of each side in the litigation and a third one who was jointly selected by the other two. They examined Mr. Benson on March 13. The report will not be released publicly, due to concerns for Mr. Benson’s privacy. The outcome of the case, however, will say plenty about whether he was indeed fit to alter his will.

-- Saints Sign Kyle Wilson --
Wed Apr 1, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent CB Kyle Wilson.

-- Saints Extend Jahri Evans --
Wed Apr 1, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports The New Orleans Saints have extended OG Jahri Evans contract by one year, the team announced on Wednesday. The move puts Evans, 31, under contract through 2017. Terms of the contract were not immediately available. Evans was previously scheduled to make $11 million in salary and bonuses in 2015. The Saints had less than $1 million in available cap space, making Evans a prime candidate to restructure his contract in some form or take a pay cut, something Saints HC Sean Payton indicated was something at the March owners' meetings.

-- Brian Dixon Arrested --
Sun Mar 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints CB Brian Dixon has been arrested in Miami Beach for resisting arrest without violence.

-- Saints Working to Extend Cameron Jordan --
Thu Mar 26, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the Saints have been in discussions to extend DE Cameron Jordan’s contract. The Saints picked up his fifth-year option worth nearly $7 million, but would like to get him locked up long-term.

-- Saints Hosting Anthony Spencer --
Tue Mar 24, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints are hosting free-agent DE Anthony Spencer on Tuesday.

-- Drew Brees Going Nowhere --
Mon Mar 23, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

USA Today reports QB Drew Brees isn't going anywhere. Despite recent speculation that the Pro Bowl quarterback might be on the trade block after the New Orleans Saints dealt his favorite target, star TE Jimmy Graham, to the Seattle Seahawks, the Saints aren't even considering life after Brees. "Anybody who thinks we're trading Drew Brees, that's just not true," Saints GM Mickey Loomis said on Monday before the owners meetings began. Brees turned 36 in January. He is coming off a 33-touchdown, 17-interception season when he completed 69.2% of his passes for a league-high 4,952 yards for the 7-9 Saints. The Saints struggled on defense last year, but so did Brees at times. His interception total was only one off the league lead.

-- Jairus Byrd 100% Healthy --
Mon Mar 23, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints S Jairus Byrd is now 100% healthy and ready for a full offseason. Byrd is poised to remove his name from the list of free-agent busts and become a leader for the Saints. He’s still just 28 and didn’t suffer any torn knee ligaments when shredding his meniscus, which should allow the Saints to feel more comfortable that they’ll be able to get some return on their investment.

-- Saints Re-Sign Bryce Harris --
Fri Mar 20, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

RavenInsider reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed OT Bryce Harris to a one-year contract.

-- Keenan Lewis Restructures --
Thu Mar 19, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have restructured the contract of CB Keenan Lewis.

-- Dannell Ellerbe Accepts Pay Cut --
Tue Mar 17, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe's base salary for 2015 has been chopped from $8.425 million to $1.1 million, per a source who has seen the deal. Ellerbe is guaranteed to make $4.9 million in 2015 off additional signing and roster bonuses. Previously scheduled to earn $6.45 million in base pay in 2016 and another $6 million in 2017, Ellerbe will now average $5.2 million over those two seasons with bonus pay factored in.

-- Saints Officially Acquire Max Unger --
Mon Mar 16, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports nearly a week after the trade was initially agreed upon, the deal to send TE Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round pick to Seattle in exchange for C Max Unger and a first-round pick is now fully complete. Seahawks owner Paul Allen tweeted Monday afternoon that Unger had completed his physical with the New Orleans Saints, the final piece of the puzzle needed to put a bow on the trade. Graham completed his physical with the Seahawks last Wednesday, a day after the trade was agreed upon with the Saints.

-- Keenan Lewis Watch --
Sun Mar 15, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports CB Keenan Lewis went public with a request to join the players the New Orleans Saints have released or traded if the team wasn’t willing to guarantee the final three years of his contract. Lewis revisited the comments on Saturday and said that it was never his intent to force his way off the roster. Lewis said he didn’t think it was wrong of him to “voice my opinion that I want to end my career playing for this team” and that he wanted reassurance from the team that they considered him part of their future. “The only thing I know is that I had a meeting and they promised that they never had any plans to let me go,” Lewis said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “They said that I was in the plans for the upcoming years. They told me I was going to be part of the plan. We didn’t talk about any numbers, or the contract.”

-- Dannell Ellerbe Restructures --
Fri Mar 13, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports new New Orleans Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe has agreed to a restructured contract.

-- Saints Release Corey White --
Fri Mar 13, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

WWL-TV reports the New Orleans Saints have released CB Corey White.

-- Saints Sign C.J. Spiller --
Fri Mar 13, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent RB C.J. Spiller.

-- Saints Acquire Dannell Ellerbe --
Fri Mar 13, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have acquired LB Dannell Ellerbe and a 2015 third-round draft pick from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for WR Kenny Stills.

-- Saints Shipping Kenny Stills to Miami --
Fri Mar 13, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

Yahoo! Sports reports the New Orleans Saints are in the process of trading WR Kenny Stills to the Miami Dolphins.

-- Saints Re-Sign Ramon Humber --
Thu Mar 12, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed LB Ramon Humber to a two-year contract.

-- Saints Shopping Nearly Everyone --
Thu Mar 12, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints appear to be shopping everyone except QB Drew Brees and WR Brandin Cooks, according to a league source.

-- Saints Sign Brandon Browner --
Thu Mar 12, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent CB Brandon Browner to a three-year contract.

-- Saints to Host C.J. Spiller --
Wed Mar 11, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free-agent RB C.J. Spiller will visit with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday.

-- Saints About $2 Million Under the Salary Cap --
Wed Mar 11, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints should be roughly around $2 million under the salary cap after their latest flurry of moves, including a pay cut that will keep veteran LB David Hawthorne with the Saints in 2015. That means more moves are still likely, so New Orleans has room to sign new free agents and draft picks. OG Jahri Evans and OG Ben Grubbs remain among the candidates for possible releases or pay cuts, as well as any other curve balls the Saints might throw out there in the wake of the TE Jimmy Graham trade to Seattle. WR Marques Colston took a pay cut of $3.2 million in 2015, all of which was saved against the salary cap. He went from $7 million in salary and bonuses to $3.8 million. The new deal now calls for a roster bonus of $2.305 million (due this week), a base salary of $1.445 million and a workout bonus of $50,000. Colston also agreed to an even bigger reduction in 2016, which is the final year of his contract, dropping from $7.8 million in salary and bonuses to $3.2 million. LB David Hawthorne took a pay cut of $1.25 million -- though it saves a total of $2 million against New Orleans' 2015 cap because of the way it was structured. Hawthorne received a $1.5 million signing bonus, a base salary of $1.19 million and a roster bonus of $560,000 (due this week). That's a total of $3.25 million, which is down from the $4.5 million he was scheduled to make. Hawthorne also agreed to a reduction in 2016, the final year of his deal, from $4 million in salary and bonuses to $2.25 million. With DT Brodrick Bunkley, the Saints saved about $3 million in cash and cap space when Bunkley agreed to a reduced contract last week (similar to what he did last year) -- though he can earn up to $450,000 in unspecified escalators. Bunkley's base salary dropped from $4.4 million to $1.25 million. His total bonuses climbed from $100,000 to $300,000. The Saints did not alter the final year of Bunkley's deal in 2016.

-- Drew Brees Shocked About Jimmy Graham Trade --
Tue Mar 10, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL Reporter Alex Flanagan reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees' reaction to the TE Jimmy Graham trade is the same as many around the NFL. "I'm as shocked as everyone else. I love the guy," he said.

-- Travaris Cadet a UFA --
Tue Mar 10, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have declined to extend a contract offer to RB Travaris Cadet, making him an unrestricted free agent.

-- Saints Acquire Max Unger --
Tue Mar 10, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks have agreed on a trade sending TE Jimmy Graham and a 4th-round 2015 draft pick to Seattle for C Max Unger and a 2015 1st-rounder.

-- Saints Restructure Junior Galette --
Mon Mar 9, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have restructured LB Junior Galette’s contract. They turned his $12.5 million due into a signing bonus.

-- Saints Release Curtis Lofton --
Mon Mar 9, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released veteran LB Curtis Lofton.

-- Saints Re-Sign Mark Ingram --
Sat Mar 7, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New Orleans Saints and RB Mark Ingram have reached agreement on a four-year deal, a league source said. The deal is worth $16 million over the four years, sources said.

-- Saints Re-Sign Mark Ingram --
Sat Mar 7, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New Orleans Saints and RB Mark Ingram have reached agreement on a four-year deal, a league source said. The deal is worth $16 million over the four years, sources said.

-- Mark Ingram Watch --
Sat Mar 7, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the dividing line for impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram will be about $4 million per year. If a team is willing to pay more, Ingram will likely be gone. Less, and he might just stay and re-sign with the New Orleans Saints.

-- Saints Re-Sign Jamarca Sanford --
Fri Mar 6, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleasns Saints have re-signed veteran S Jamarca Sanford to a one-year contract.

-- Brodrick Bunkley Takes Pay Cut --
Fri Mar 6, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints DT Brodrick Bunkley has agreed to accept a pay cut.

-- Saints Re-Sign Jamarca Sanford --
Fri Mar 6, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed S Jamarca Sanford to a one-year contract.

-- Marques Colston Restructures --
Fri Mar 6, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston has restructured his contract, a source says, keeping him with the team in 2015.

-- Saints Restructure Jairus Byrd --
Thu Mar 5, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have clear $4.8 million of salary cap space by converting S Jairus Byrd's $6 million roster bonus to a signing bonus. His cap number drops from $10.3 million to $5.5 million.

-- Saints Release Pierre Thomas --
Wed Mar 4, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have released veteran RB Pierre Thomas.

-- Saints Release Pierre Thomas --
Wed Mar 4, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have released veteran RB Pierre Thomas.

-- Saints Shopping Curtis Lofton --
Wed Mar 4, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints are shopping LB Curtis Lofton, who had 144 tackles in 2014 and has played in 16 games every year of his career.

-- Saints to Host Kendall Langford --
Tue Mar 3, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports former Rams DT Kendall Langford will visit with the New Orleans Saints this week.

-- Jairus Byrd Rehab Update --
Tue Mar 3, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports New Orleans Saints S Jairus Byrd (knee) is a few weeks away from being at full strength after a season-ending meniscus tear in his knee, according to HC Sean Payton. "He's doing well," Payton said. "His rehab is on schedule. He'll be cleared for minicamp. We're looking at about 2 or 3 weeks from him being 100 percent."

-- Jahri Evans Could be Released Unless... --
Mon Feb 23, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the cap-strapped New Orleans Saints have reached out to OG Jahri Evans’ representatives about the possibility of restructuring Evans’s deal. Evans is set to make $7.5 million in salary and bonuses in 2015 with a cap hit of $11 million with a similar setup for 2016, so it would seem that a straight pay cut would be in play since anything else will add to the cap burden down the road. Evans’s release is a possibility if things can’t be worked out and it will likely move up to a likelihood if Evans is unwilling to agree to a cut.

-- Charge Dropped Against Junior Galette --
Fri Feb 20, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports a domestic violence charge against New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette was dismissed on Thursday, according to the Kenner city attorney. Power said assistant city attorney Howat Peters interviewed three witnesses to the incident before making the decision.

-- Source: Saints Re-Sign Shayne Graham --
Thu Feb 12, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed PK Shayne Graham to a one-year contract, a source says.

-- Saints Re-Sign Parys Haralson --
Thu Feb 12, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed LB Parys Haralson to a one-year contract.

-- Tom Benson Ordered to Undergo Three Physical & Mental Exams --
Tue Feb 10, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports a New Orleans judge ruled that Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson must undergo a physical and mental exam by three physicians as family members fight over his mental competency. Civil District Judge Kern Reese issued the ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by Benson's daughter Renee and her children, Rita and Ryan LeBlanc. They want the 87-year-old Benson declared incapable of handling his affairs. They filed suit in January after they were removed from Benson's succession plan for his teams. Tom Benson's lawyers say Benson made a "deliberate, reasoned" decision to eventually leave control of the teams with Gayle Benson, his wife of 10 years.

-- Judge: Tom Benson Needs Help Managing His Assets --
Mon Feb 9, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson is confronting "tremendous pressures" in the midst of his family's legal battle over his wealth, and the 87-year-old needs help in managing his assets in Texas, a San Antonio judge ruled Monday (Feb. 9). "It is obvious that the trustee is facing the pressures of the overreaching expectations of sports fans, the media's scrutiny, an interdiction contest with the beneficiary, a potential dispute over related trusts with huge assets as well as a likely pre-death will contest," Bexar County Probate Judge Tom Rickhoff said in an order. "Even this revered trustee is mortal and no court should be complicit in allowing him more than he can bear if a reasonable and safe alternative is found to 'assist' him." As expected, Rickhoff appointed former San Antonio mayor Phil Hardberger and estate lawyer Art Bayern as receivers over the Benson family fortune in Texas. Rickhoff had indicated that was his plan after a two-day hearing last week. As receivers, Hardberger and Bayern now stand in the place of Benson, who was trustee over a trust holding Lone Star Capital Bank, a real estate development in the small town of Blanco, a Texas ranch and San Antonio area car dealerships. Hardberger said the first step will determining what the assets are, valuing the assets and deciding whether the assets are in any danger. The judge asked the receivers to report back in 30 days with an inventory of the trust. During a hearing Monday, Tom Benson's lawyers opposed the judge's decision. Lawyer David Beck said the purpose of last week's hearing was on whether to extend a restraining order against Benson as trustee -- not whether to appoint someone to temporarily replace him. In response, Rickhoff said he must take action now out of a concern that key employees will flee the Benson family businesses and disrupt a dealership and banking brand built on trust. He said he envisioned the receivers as "calming everything down while you proceeded in New Orleans, which is without question the appropriate forum." Beck said he plans on appealing the ruling to the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals.

-- Saints Re-Sign Luke McCown --
Thu Feb 5, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports backup QB Luke McCown will return to the New Orleans Saints for a third season, setting up another clash in training camp for the No. 2 spot behind QB Drew Brees. McCown, who would have been an unrestricted free agent in March, signed a one-year deal worth $970,000, the league minimum for a player with 10 years of service time, according to NFLPA records. The deal also includes an $80,000 signing bonus and a $350,000 guarantee, according to a league source.

-- Jahri Evans Undergoes Wrist Surgery --
Tue Feb 3, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

WWLTV reports New Orleans Saints OG Jahri Evans played the second half of the 2014 season with a partially torn TFCC in his wrist. He underwent surgery, which was a success. He shouldn't miss any OTAs.

-- Jimmy Graham Will Avoid Surgery --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) used last week’s exhibition as a barometer for whether or not he would need surgery to repair a nagging shoulder injury. He has determined an operation is not needed. “I’ve been doing rehab and I’m going to start back on my rehab Monday and really there’s going to be no surgery,” Graham told SiriusXM radio. “I’m just going to do rehab, strengthen the area. That’s what’s best — not having to take six months off and try to heal up with a surgery, but now have those six months to work on all things I need to to try and hopefully get to a place like (the Super Bowl) next year.”

-- Junior Galette Court Watch --
Fri Jan 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints LB Junior Galette's possible suspension for violating the league's conduct policy stemming from his arrest for a simple battery arrest in early January would leave the Saints with a gaping hole at outside linebacker/defensive end. He could face a six-game suspension by the NFL. Galette's initial court date is set for Feb. 26 in Kenner. And who knows how long this will take for a conclusion and when the league will react with any punishment? If the NFL sidelines Galette, an outside linebacker/defensive end becomes a huge need.

-- Jimmy Graham Believes He Won't Need Surgery --
Mon Jan 26, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports following Sunday's Pro Bowl, Saints TE Jimmy Graham said he still believes he won't need offseason shoulder surgery.

-- Jimmy Graham May or May Not Need Surgery --
Fri Jan 23, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham clearly wasn’t himself last season, and his shoulder injury seemed to be the obvious cause. But Graham’s playing in this week’s Pro Bowl, and he said he’s hoping that playing against other all-stars will help him know if he can avoid surgery. “It’s something we talked about and is something that’s still being debated,” Graham said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “This is kind of a trial to see where I’m at. I’ve had three weeks off and I’ve finally had some time to heal. It feels great, and I’m going to continue to do my rehab and get back to 100 percent.” When asked the nature of the injury, Graham joked that the watchful eye of HC Sean Payton prevented him from going into any more detail. “You know I can’t say that,” he said. “Even though Sean’s not standing here, he’s going to call me in about 10 minutes and ask me what I’m talking about.”

-- Mark Ingram Watch --
Fri Jan 23, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports coming off his best season as a pro, RB Mark Ingram is headed toward free agency, but hopes he doesn't have to change addresses. "I'm looking forward to getting a new deal," Ingram told Around The NFL on Thursday from Pro Bowl practice. "Hopefully I'm with the Saints, man. They drafted me and I'd love to be with New Orleans for my career." Ingram believes the interest is mutual, adding "they said they want me back." The running back said he hasn't spoken to the team since the Saints' season ended.

-- Saints Ownership Struggle Explodes with Lawsuit --
Thu Jan 22, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the shocking struggle for control of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans escalated Thursday as family members associated with Rita Benson LeBlanc filed a lawsuit claiming that the teams' owner and family patriarch Tom Benson is incompetent and is being directed by a manipulative wife and her allies at the highest level of the sports empire. The suit was filed one day after Tom Benson unexpectedly announced plans to transfer future ownership of the clubs to his wife, Gayle, cutting off his daughter, Renee LeBlanc, and his two grandchildren, Ryan LeBlanc and Rita Benson LeBlanc, who until recently had been designated as the heir apparent.

-- Saints Fire Rick Reiprish --
Tue Jan 20, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports longtime New Orleans Saints college scouting director Rick Reiprish has been let go, he said. GM Mickey Loomis told him today. He said he was surprised.

-- Saints Name Dennis Allen --
Tue Jan 20, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports former Raiders HC Dennis Allen is re-joining the New Orleans Saints in a senior defensive role.

-- Marques Colston Likely Facing a Pay Cut to Remain a Saint --
Thu Jan 15, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints WR Marques Colston finished the 2014 season with 59 catches for 902 yards and five touchdowns. But Colston, who will turn 32 in June, is due $7 million in 2015, with a cap hit of $9.7 million. It's likely the Saints would like Colston back, but not at that price. Colston is a likely candidate for a pay cut if he chooses to come back next season.

-- Saints to Keep DC Rob Ryan, But... --
Wed Jan 7, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints DC Rob Ryan will keep his job, but a source says there will be other unspecified changes to the defensive coaching staff and personnel.

-- Junior Galette Arrested --
Mon Jan 5, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette was arrested in Kenner for domestic violence and simple battery charges on Monday.

-- Saints Fire Three Coaches; DC Rob Ryan in Limbo? --
Sat Jan 3, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have begun to make the offseason changes that HC Sean Payton promised earlier in the week as sources have confirmed that the team is parting ways with three assistants, including longtime tight ends coach Terry Malone. The NFL Network first reported that Malone, receivers coach Henry Ellard and assistant secondary coach Andre Curtis are on the way out. There's still no word on DC Rob Ryan's status, per a source. It's unclear if that's a positive sign for Ryan or not.

-- Saints IR John Jenkins --
Sat Dec 27, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed NT John Jenkins (abdomen) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Saints IR Pierre Thomas --
Fri Dec 26, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed RB Pierre Thomas (ribs) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Mark Ingram Pleased with His Final Season as a Saint... For Now --
Fri Dec 26, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports RB Mark Ingram is wrapping up the final year of his contract with the New Orleans Saints and preparing to head into free agency after his best NFL season. Ingram missed three games early in the season, but has since held up well under a heavy workload caused by injuries other backs. Ingram has set career highs in attempts, yards, receptions and touchdowns and thinks he’s sold himself well in the process. “Yeah, I think that’s a good thing, seeing that I could carry the ball and be out there doing whatever they ask me to do for a stretch of time and be healthy,” Ingram said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Running backs have not found a friendly market in free agency in recent years, so Ingram will have to buck that trend to land a big contract. That will be tough in a year when RB DeMarco Murray, RB Ryan Mathews, RB C.J. Spiller and RB Frank Gore are also set to make up a crowded free agent market at the position, but coming off his best pro season shouldn’t hurt when it comes time for Ingram to talk contract.

-- Darren Sharper Indicted in Rape Cases --
Fri Dec 12, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports former Saints S Darren Sharper and two other men could face life sentences after being charged Friday in a nine-count grand jury indictment stemming from multiple rape allegations in New Orleans. Sharper was indicted on two counts of aggravated rape stemming from accusations that he sexually assaulted two impaired women at his downtown luxury apartment on Sept. 23, 2013. Sharper was additionally charged with simple rape of a different woman on Aug. 31, 2013.

-- Kenny Vaccaro Not Benched --
Thu Dec 11, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New Orleans Saints official website reports Saints HC Sean Payton calls the report about SS Kenny Vaccaro being benched "very inaccurate

-- Saints Work Out Garrett Hartley --
Wed Dec 10, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent PK Garrett Hartley worked out for the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday.

-- Saints Benching Kenny Vaccaro --
Tue Dec 9, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints are going to bench talented second-year S Kenny Vaccaro, according to a source informed of the team's plans. He's made plenty of big plays this season, and he's received "several" game balls. But Vaccaro's overaggressive style has typified a defense that has lacked discipline and given up a ton of long gains.

-- Saints Release Joe Morgan --
Tue Dec 9, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have waived WR Joe Morgan.

-- Jimmy Graham Plays 77% of Snaps on Sunday --
Mon Dec 8, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

PFF reports New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham played 55-of-71 (77%) of the snaps in Sunday's game against the Panthers. He ran a season-high 46 routes, but only caught 3-of-11 targets.

-- Why Jimmy Graham was Shut Out --
Sun Nov 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints TE Jimmy Graham caught zero of QB Drew Brees' 19 completions, and was not the intended target on any of Brees' 27 attempts. The Steelers effectively kept Graham from impacting the game, but Graham implied they might have won the battle, but lost the war, freeing up other receivers for opportunities. Nine of his teammates caught at least one pass. "For me it's all about the W's," said Graham, who also was held without a catch vs. Detroit earlier this season. "I don't care if it's zero catches, 10 catches or 20, as long as you win." Graham praised Steelers S Troy Polamalu and S Will Allen for having done their homework. When the safeties guessed -- sometimes making risky gambles -- they usually guessed right. When there wasn't help over the top, the safeties would "break" on Graham's crossing routes. In other words, they would jump ahead of him to cut him off rather than waiting for Graham to reveal his intentions.

-- Adios Rob Ryan After 2014? --
Sun Nov 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports the relationship between New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton and DC Rob Ryan has been rapidly deteriorating this season, with it privately acknowledged within the team's headquarters that the men strongly dislike each other and a change is inevitable this offseason. There have been several animated sideline discussions between them, including again in Monday night's defeat, and sources said that is reflection of their growing disconnect and contempt that has been obvious to many within the team for quite some time. Ryan is generally well liked within the team, but Payton demands much from his coordinators and assistants and the defense has regressed rapidly this season (albeit with injuries and personnel deficiencies clearly part of the problem as well).

-- Saints IR Brodrick Bunkley --
Thu Nov 27, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed NT Brodrick Bunkley (torn quad) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Kenny Still Plays 67.5% of Snaps Monday Night; Sets Career Highs in Catches & Targets --
Tue Nov 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

PFF reports New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills played 50-of-74 snaps (67.5%) in Monday night's game against the Ravens. Stills set career-highs with 8 catches for 98 yards and 9 targets in the contest.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Thu Nov 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released RB Brian Leonard and signed WR Jalen Saunders.

-- Saints IR Rafael Bush; Make Other Player Moves --
Tue Nov 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed S Rafael Bush (broken leg) in injured reserve, and waived RB Edwin Baker. The team also signed LB Moise Fokou, DB Terrence Frederick and DB Pierre Warren.

-- Saints IR Brandin Cooks --
Tue Nov 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed rookie WR Brandin Cooks (wrist) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Saints Sign Brian Leonard --
Wed Nov 12, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent RB Brian Leonard.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Tue Nov 11, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed S Jamarca Sanford. The team also waived OL Eric Olsen. They also activated WR Joe Morgan from the reserve/suspended list.

-- Saints IR Austin Johnson; Sign One --
Tue Nov 4, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed FB Austin Johnson (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team also signed OT Nick Becton.

-- Saints Suspend Joe Morgan; Re-Sign One --
Tue Oct 28, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed WR Joe Morgan on the reserve-suspended list. HC Sean Payton didn't specify the reason for making that move. The team also re-signed TE Tom Crabtree to replace him.

-- Champ Bailey Retires from the NFL --
Tue Oct 28, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports despite interest from teams, free-agent CB Champ Bailey has decided to retire from NFL to pursue other career opportunities, agent Jack Reale said Tuesday.

-- Jimmy Graham Plays 62% of Snaps on Sunday Night --
Mon Oct 27, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

PFF reports New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham played 43-of-69 snaps (62%) in Sunday night's game against the Packers.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Sat Oct 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have promoted RB Edwin Baker from the practice squad, and waived TE Tom Crabtree.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed TE Tom Crabtree and waived LB Todd Davis.

-- Jimmy Graham Plays 30 Snaps on Sunday, But... --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

PFF reports New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) played 30-of-75 snaps on Sunday against the Lions. Graham was seemingly used as a decoy, since he wasn't really a part of the passing gameplan, failing to make any catches on only two targets. On the Saints final drive, Graham played and ran short out patterns, while QB Drew Brees didn't look his way despite the fact the Saints desperately needed to get into field goal range. It was like Brees had instructions from the bench to ignore Graham. At least Graham didn't appear to suffer a setback.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Sat Oct 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released veteran TE Tom Crabtree and promoted LB Todd Davis from their practice squad Saturday.

-- Saints IR Jairus Byrd; Sign Tom Crabtree --
Tue Oct 7, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed S Jairus Byrd (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team also signed free-agent TE Tom Crabtree.

-- Saints Work Out Kellen Davis --
Tue Oct 7, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent TE Kellen Davis worked out for the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

-- Pierre Thomas Has Not Lost His Role to Travaris Cadet --
Fri Oct 3, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas has not lost his offensive role to RB Travaris Cadet. HC Sean Payton said the Saints spent most of last week's game in their hurry-up package, with an empty unit that features Cadet. Under normal passing situations, Thomas will be on the field.

-- Saints IR Jairus Byrd --
Fri Oct 3, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed FS Jairus Byrd (torn lateral meniscus) on injured reserve, ending his season.