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-- 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.

-- Darren Sproles Feels Disrespected by Saints --
Thu Oct 2, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NJ.com reports his old team is 1-3 and coming off a blowout loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Just don't expect Eagles RB Darren Sproles to be shedding any tears for the struggling New Orleans Saints, who traded him to Philadelphia in the offseason. “I felt disrespected there,’’ said Sproles, who has helped the Eagles to a 3-1 start to the season. “Listen, I understand this is business and all of that, but (when they talked about trading him) they put it up on Twitter. That’s how I found out. There was a screen shot and a friend of mine texted it to me. I felt they did me wrong. “First, Sean (Payton) told me they were going to cut me. Then I find out on Twitter they’re trading me. That’s just not right. “So I really haven’t been in contact with anyone there since I left. I really haven’t paid attention to what they’re doing. I’m more focused on what’s happening here.’’ Sproles is aware of the Saints’ record and the fact they lost to the Cowboys, 38-17. “Oh, yeah,’’ he said with a slight grin. “I saw that."

-- Jabari Greer Retires --
Thu Sep 11, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports free-agent CB Jabari Greer has announced his retirement from the NFL.

-- Why Shayhne Graham Was Released & Re-Signed --
Thu Sep 4, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints PK Shayne Graham was released on Saturday as the Saints finalized a 53-man roster that, in a shock to perhaps everyone but him, did not include a kicker. On Tuesday, Graham was re-signed by the Saints and third-string QB Ryan Griffin was waived. On Wednesday, the roster roulette was finalized when LB Khairi Fortt was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return and WR Robert Meachem, like Graham, was re-signed. "We had to buy time with the IR," said Saints HC Sean Payton. Players can only be placed on the injured reserve with a designation to return after Tuesday. That required the ensuring roster shuffle that involved Graham, Griffin, Meachem and, eventually, Fortt, the player who was actually going on the IR. The bottom line, Payton said, was that Graham beat out PK Derek Dimke to win the job and the Saints weren't shopping for kickers over the weekend. "Clearly (Graham) was someone that we felt won the competition," said Payton. "I felt -- we felt -- that both of those guys did a good job of handling it. I thought (Graham) had a real good camp." Graham said, somewhat obliquely, that he was told by the Saints to "stay ready." "I didn't pack anything up. I waited around and relaxed," he said. "I was going to make sure I was ready when the call came....On Tuesday, I got the call."

-- Saints Officially Extend Junior Galette --
Wed Sep 3, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have officially signed LB Junior Galette to a four-year contract extension worth $41.5 million, according to a source. He’ll receive $23 million guaranteed.

-- Saints IRDFR Khairi Fortt; Re-Sign Robert Meachem --
Wed Sep 3, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have placed LB Khairi Fortt on injured reserve designation for return. The team also re-signed WR Robert Meachem.

-- Saints Re-Sign Shayne Graham; Release One --
Tue Sep 2, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed PK Shayne Graham. The team also waived QB Ryan Griffin.

-- Saints Re-Sign Shayne Graham; Release One --
Tue Sep 2, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed PK Shayne Graham. The team also waived QB Ryan Griffin.

-- Saints Extend Junior Galette --
Tue Sep 2, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Yahoo! Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed LB Junior Galette to a multi-year contract extension.

-- Champ Bailey Watch --
Sat Aug 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent CB Champ Bailey plans to continue playing in the NFL following his release from the New Orleans Saints. His agent says he's fully healthy.

-- Saints Release Meachem, Bailey, & Others --
Sat Aug 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have terminated the contracts of CB Champ Bailey, LB Keyunta Dawson, PK Shayne Graham, FB Greg Jones, WR Robert Meachem, OT Thomas Welch. The team also waived C Matt Armstrong, CB Derrius Brooks, WR Brandon Coleman, LB Todd Davis, PK Derek Dimke, CB Terrence Frederick, WR Charles Hawkins, TE Nic Jacobs, OG Marcel Jones, WR Seantavious Jones, OT Tavon Rooks, RB Derrick Strozier, NT Lawrence Virgil, CB Trevin Wade, S Pierre Warren, and OL Jason Weaver.

-- Saints Release Shayne Graham & Other Kicker --
Sat Aug 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released PK Shayne Graham and PK Derek Dimke.

-- Saints Release Shayne Graham & Other Kicker --
Sat Aug 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released PK Shayne Graham and PK Derek Dimke.

-- Kenny Stills Questionable to Play Week #1 --
Wed Aug 27, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills (quad) is considered questionable to play for Week #1.

-- Saints Release Six --
Tue Aug 26, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have released LB Kevin Reddick, CB Rod Sweeting, QB Logan Kilgore, OG Manese Foketi, DE George Uku, and DL Rufus Johnson.

-- Saints Release Five --
Mon Aug 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have waived WR Andy Tanner, OT Ty Nsekhe, and S Ty Zimmerman. The team also released TE Travis Beckum and LB Victor Butler.

-- Saints Injury Update - Still Re-Injures Quad --
Sun Aug 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports WR Kenny Stills re-injured the quadriceps that has plagued him throughout the preseason during the New Orleans Saints' 23-17 victory over the Indianpolis Colts on Saturday night. Neither Stills nor HC Sean Payton gave any estimates as to how long he might be sidelined. “Not much to say. It’s the same injury I was dealing with before,” Stills said briefly on his way out of the locker room. Stills has now suffered at least two setbacks after originally suffering the injury while working out with QB Drew Brees and others during the offseason in San Diego. He first tweaked the quad again on the first practice of training camp. Then he was limited until this past week, missing the first two preseason games. Stills finished with zero catches on Saturday, though he made a terrific effort when he almost reeled in a deep pass from Brees. The ball was knocked loose by CB Darius Butler. It’s possible Stills was injured on that play since he was seen leaving the field soon after. There were no other known injuries that occurred Saturday. LB Junior Galette briefly left the field but returned. The team said he had the wind knocked out of him. Fellow WR Brandin Cooks also sat out after battling a stomach virus earlier in the week. Cooks told reporters that he felt better but the coaches decided to hold him out. Brees later mentioned that it will be important for him and Cooks to get some good practice snaps in together during the next two weeks since they still haven’t played in a game yet together.

-- Saints Release Four --
Thu Aug 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the Saints have waived RB Timothy Flanders, WR Tobais Palmer, TE Je'Ron Hamm, snd LB Chidera Uzo-Diribe.

-- Saints Wednesday Injury Update --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints CB Champ Bailey participated in team drills for the first time since July 31. CB Keenan Lewis returned to team drills for the first time since a leg injury against the Titans last Friday. CB Patrick Robinson took snaps during seven-on-seven drills. Oh, and S Jairus Byrd intercepted two passes. Not bad at all for the Saints. Bailey lined up as the second cornerback in the base defense along with Lewis on Wednesday. WR Marques Colston caught a pass on Bailey on a third-down play in team drills, but Bailey held his own otherwise.

-- Jairus Byrd Expected to Play This Week --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints S Jairus Byrd (back surery) went through full-contact team drills for the first time as a member of the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, and he's expected to make his preseason debut Saturday night against the Indianapolis Colts.

-- Marques Colston Looking Sharp --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston had at least two nice catches on Monday, including a gorgeous throw from QB Drew Brees over CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste during team drills. Colston sat out last Friday's preseason game for an undisclosed reason, but his health certainly hasn't looked like an issue over the past two days.

-- Drew Brees Plans to Play This Week --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) was a full participant in practice on Sunday for the first time since his oblique strain and he plans to add another first when the Saints face the Colts on Saturday. Brees said he has been targeting the third preseason game as a return to game action since getting hurt in early August and the return to practice on Sunday puts him firmly on track to make that happen. “Today was my first day to be full-go. I’ve been taking it very slow,” Brees said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I wanted to make sure it was all good. I’m still not 100 percent, but I hope by Saturday I am.”

-- Brees, Colston, & Still Practice Sunday --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique), WR Marques Colston (undisclosed), and WR Kenny Stills (quad) returned to practice on Sunday.

-- Brees & Colston Among Saints Not Playing Tonight --
Fri Aug 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocater reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees and veteran WR Marques Colston headlined a list of 15 players who were not in pads prior to their team’s home preseason exhibition against the Tennessee Titans on Friday. Brees has been nursing an oblique injury since the beginning of the month, but nothing about Colston’s status was disclosed as kickoff approached. Others not in pads were CB Patrick Robinson (undisclosed), CB Champ Bailey (undisclosed), CB Rod Sweeting (undisclosed), FB Erik Lorig (leg), LB David Hawthorne (undisclosed), OG Ben Grubbs (back), OG Jahri Evans (undisclosed), OT Ty Nsekhe (undisclosed), LB Victor Butler (undisclosed), NT John Jenkins (chest), WR Kenny Stills (quad), TE Je’Ron Hamm (stinger) and S Jairus Byrd (back).

-- Saints PK Battle Update --
Wed Aug 13, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints PK Derek Dimke had a rough day Wednesday, missing two of his three field-goal attempts. PK Shayne Graham was a little better, going 3-of-4, including one from 50-plus. But Graham did doink one off the right upright. Graham has the edge if he can show stability throughout the rest of the preseason. The Saints just need to have faith that he can be a solid 80-percent kicker. But Graham hasn't locked down the job yet, and he's competing with both Dimke and kickers who will get cut around the league.

-- Saints Wednesday Injury Update - Brees Participates in Passing Drills; Stills Sits --
Wed Aug 13, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans QB Drew Brees (oblique) took yet another small step toward returning to action Wednesday when he participated in some individual passing drills with the quarterbacks and receivers for the first time. But it still seems extremely unlikely that the New Orleans Saints quarterback will play in Friday’s preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. Saints HC Sean Payton declined to say whether Brees will play. But Payton has consistently said the team will be smart and cautious with Brees, who strained his oblique on Aug. 1. Either way, Brees definitely appears as though he’ll be healthy in plenty of time for the start of the regular season. He has increased his workload on a daily basis, including a return to the lineup during the team’s afternoon walk-through on Tuesday, followed by his appearance in individual drills on Wednesday. OG Ben Grubbs (back) returned to live team drills for the first time Wednesday. Grubbs said it was a lower back issue that caused him to miss more than a week of training camp practices, but he feels good now and is blessed to have enough time to fully recover before the regular season. Rookie LB Ronald Powell left the field with the trainers after hobbling off the field during a play. The details of his apparent injury are unknown. There was still no sign of FB Erik Lorig or LB Victor Butler at practice. Both players have been sidelined for nearly two weeks, though the Saints have not offered any details on the severity of their injuries. OG Jahri Evans and CB Patrick Robinson made brief appearances on the sideline Wednesday but did not participate in practice. Also not practicing Wednesday: WR Kenny Stills, LB David Hawthorne, TE Je’Ron Hamm, OT Ty Nsekhe, CB Rod Sweeting and S Ty Zimmerman.

-- Saints Sign Travis Beckum; List Richard Quinn --
Wed Aug 13, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports the Saints have signed free-agent TE Travis Beckum and placed TE Richard Quinn on the reserve/retired list.

-- Saints Tuesday Injury Update - Brees Progressing --
Tue Aug 12, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) didn’t participate in any drills Tuesday, though, as he continued to throw and exercise off to the side with the training staff as he recovers from a strained oblique. Once again, it appears extremely unlikely that Brees will play in Friday’s preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. But he still appears on schedule to be back in plenty of time for the regular season. “He's progressing well,” Saints HC Sean Payton said after practice. “So all those things are good signs. Each day he does a little bit more with the training room and then out here. And we just keep working on the rehab and making sure, functionally, that we're not stressing it where it sets him back." CB Champ Bailey returned to the practice field for the first time in nearly two weeks after suffering an undisclosed injury -- though he was limited to walk-through and individual work. “He’s progressing well, feeling better, and it’s encouraging,” Payton said. OG Jahri Evans was spotted on the sideline for the first time in a week, although he wasn’t dressed in pads and only did some light exercises with the trainers off to the side as he recovers from an undisclosed injury. LB Victor Butler, FB Erik Lorig and S Ty Zimmerman remained absent from practice. WR Kenny Stills, CB Patrick Robinson, LB David Hawthorne, LB Kyle Knox, CB Rod Sweeting, RB Timothy Flanders and OT Ty Nsekhe were among the players who attended practice but did not wear pads or participate in any drills. TE Je'Ron Hamm also did not participate. PK Shayne Graham returned to practice after being held out with an undisclosed injury Monday. C Jonathan Goodwin was also back after being absent from Monday’s afternoon walk-through. S Jairus Byrd, OG Ben Grubbs and DT John Jenkins participated in individual drills but remained out of full-team drills.

-- Drew Brees Works on the Side in Pads on Tuesday --
Tue Aug 12, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is only working with trainer Scottie Patton on the side on Tuesday. He's not going through any other drills. However, it is progress that he's at least wearing pads.

-- Saints Monday Injury Update - Brees Sits; Thomas Practices --
Mon Aug 11, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) remained sidelined by a strained oblique during Monday’s practice, increasing the odds that he will sit out the New Orleans Saints' second preseason game on Friday night against the Tennessee Titans. However, Brees continued to show signs that he won’t be out for too long. He threw passes to WR Kenny Stills and ran with CB Champ Bailey, among other exercises on an adjacent practice field. Saints HC Sean Payton didn’t bother with another daily status update calling Brees "day to day" and adding that Brees is "getting there." Payton did, however, elaborate slightly when asked about the injuries to Bailey and CB Patrick Robinson and how they’ll affect the Saints' evaluation of that No. 2 cornerback battle. Although Payton didn’t specify either player's injury, he predicted both will return to practice soon. Bailey, who has been sidelined since July 31, did more running on the side Monday than we have seen to date. Robinson, who left Sunday’s practice early, spent some time on the stationary bike Monday. "I think (Bailey) is making progress, and I think sooner than later he’s gonna be back out here," Payton said. "Champ’s someone that’s smart enough to know his body and obviously wants to make sure he’s 100 percent. I think with regards to Patrick, I don’t anticipate him being out a whole lot of time. He’s in good shape and he was smart enough yesterday, he just felt it get tight and he pulled off." In another bit of good news, RB Pierre Thomas returned to practice in full pads and participated in some full-team drills after being held out of last Friday’s preseason opener and Sunday’s practice with an undisclosed injury. Meanwhile, OG Jahri Evans, LB Victor Butler, FB Erik Lorig, CB Rod Sweeting and S Ty Zimmerman remained absent from practice. PK Shayne Graham was present but did not participate in practice after suffering an undisclosed injury during Friday’s game. Stills, OT Ty Nsekhe and TE Je'Ron Hamm were also present but didn’t participate. S Jairus Byrd and OG Ben Grubbs were dressed in full pads and did some individual work, but they did not participate in full-team drills.

-- Pierre Thomas Fading into Background? --
Mon Aug 11, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports it's unwise to take too much out of a preseason game whether it's good or bad. What Friday did show is that Saints RB Mark Ingram and RB Khiry Robinson continue to pull away from RB Pierre Thomas, who did not make the trip Friday for unspecified reasons. "Overall, we knew we would be splitting the better part of the half because Pierre (Thomas) was not going to play, and we end up doing it," HC Sean Payton said. Thomas by far outpaced Robinson and Ingram in snaps last season, taking 564 offensive snaps before missing the final two playoff games with a chest injury. Ingram, who missed five games with a toe injury, had 230 snaps. Robinson was inactive for six games and had no snaps in another, finishing with 91. But it has become apparent that Ingram and Robinson have moved ahead of Thomas, who has been listed with the third team on the unofficial depth charts. Thomas was reportedly on the trading block in the offseason before taking a paycut to return with the Saints. In camp, Thomas has started taking snaps with the second team in walkthroughs while Ingram and Robinson got the first team reps.

-- Drew Brees Day-to-Day --
Sun Aug 10, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) has missed more than a week of practice with a strained oblique. He also missed the team’s preseason opener. Now that the team has returned to its West Virginia training camp, there’s still no timetable for Brees’ return. “We will go day-to-day,” HC Sean Payton told reporters. “He is making progress and yet I just want to make sure that it is something that we don’t hurry back.”

-- Saints PK Battle Update --
Wed Aug 6, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints PK Shayne Graham maintained the "hot foot" at the end of practice Wednesday, making all four of his field-goal attempts, including two from 50-plus yards. PK Derek Dimke went 3-for-4, missing a 53-yarder wide left. They've now missed two each during practices. But the preseason games will be more important. It's Graham's job to lose as long as he looks steady enough. He could probably afford one or two misses as long as he shows overall consistency.

-- Saints Sign Greg Jones --
Wed Aug 6, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports with FB Erik Lorig (leg) sidelined by a leg injury, the Saints signed an 11-year veteran at the position off the street Wednesday, the team announced. FB Greg Jones spent his first 10 NFL seasons with Jacksonville (who chose him out of Florida State in the second round of the 2004 draft) and last year with Houston before signing with the Saints on Wednesday and participating in an afternoon walkthrough.

-- Drew Brees Sits Wednesday, But... --
Wed Aug 6, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints continued to practice without QB Drew Brees (oblique) on Wednesday, but they aren’t willing to rule him in or out of Friday’s preseason opener yet. HC Sean Payton said that Brees, who has not worked since late last week, is feeling a lot better as he recovers from the oblique strain that has forced him to the sideline. Brees’ progress hasn’t done anything to sway the team’s decision makers at this point, however, as Payton also said that Brees’ status for the game against the Rams.

-- Saints Sign One --
Tue Aug 5, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent TE Richard Quinn.

-- Tom Benson Out of Hospital; He's OK --
Tue Aug 5, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints team owner Tom Benson has been released from the hospital and is OK.

-- Brees Day-to-Day --
Tue Aug 5, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New Orleans Saints official website reports Saints HC Sean Payton said they're still taking QB Drew Brees (strained oblique) day to day. There is no status update for the preseason opener.

-- Tom Benson Taken to Hospital --
Tue Aug 5, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints team owner Tom Benson had to be taken off the field in an ambulance on Tuesday morning. The 87-year-old Benson was taken to a local hospital to receive oxygen, and a team spokesman said it was a result of elevation.

-- Shayne Graham Back on Track --
Mon Aug 4, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints veteran PK Shayne Graham got back on track after two misses last week. He went 4-for-4 on field-goal attempts, including kicks from 51 and 53 yards. Meanwhile, PK Derek Dimke missed his first attempt of camp from 39 yards (his only attempt of the day). That battle won’t be decided on the practice field, though. If Graham is steady in preseason games, the belief is it’s his job to lose.

-- Drew Brees Sits Monday --
Mon Aug 4, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) did not practice on Monday.

-- Kenny Stills Practices Monday --
Mon Aug 4, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports Saints WR Kenny Stills (quad) is in pads and taking part in the walkthrough on Monday for first time since tweaking quad Friday, July 25th.

-- Star of Saints Camp to Date: Brandin Cooks --
Sun Aug 3, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the star of the New Orleans Saints' scrimmage on Saturday was the same guy who has been the star of their entire camp, rookie WR Brandin Cooks. Somehow, the dynamic playmaker keeps managing to top himself with each passing day. Among his other highlights on Saturday, Cooks torched CB Rod Sweeting with a sharp cut for a touchdown of about 25-30 yards, leaped up to reel in a deep ball behind CB Patrick Robinson at the 1-yard line and broke a big gain on a kickoff return. Unofficially, Cooks caught a total of six passes (some against the first-string defense and some against the second-stringers).

-- Drew Brees Has a Strained Oblique --
Sat Aug 2, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) was held out of scrimmage on Saturday with a strained oblique, according to HC Sean Payton. He made it seem precautionary. The Saints are off tomorrow.

-- Saints PK Battle Update --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints had their first missed field-goal attempt of camp in full-team drills on Friday. Veteran PK Shayne Graham went 2 of 3, while young hopeful PK Derek Dimke went 3 of 3. I still consider Graham the front-runner, but the preseason games will be especially important.

-- Kenny Stills Sits Thursday --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills (quad) remained sidelined on Thursday.

-- Pierre Thomas = Darren Sproles Now? --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the best guess for the New Orleans Saints is that RB Mark Ingram and RB Khiry Robinson will split carries pretty evenly in base packages and early downs, while RB Pierre Thomas lines up more with the nickel offenses (sort of the old RB Darren Sproles role). That would make sense, since Thomas is both the best pass-catcher and the best pass-protector of all the Saints’ running backs.

-- Saints Activate Three --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have activated WR Robert Meachem (back), OT Tavon Rooks (back), and FS Jairus Byrd (back) from the active PUP list.

-- Saints Monday Injury Update - Stills & Meachem Sit --
Mon Jul 28, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints OG Ben Grubbs (undisclosed injury) and WR Robert Meachem (back) remained sidelined Monday. HC Sean Payton said both should be back within a day or so but declined to offer any specifics on the injuries. S Jairus Byrd, DT John Jenkins, WR Kenny Stills and OT Tavon Rooks also remained sidelined.

-- Mark Ingram Working as a Starter --
Sun Jul 27, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints RB Mark Ingram worked primarily with the first team on Saturday, while RB Pierre Thomas spent time with the reserves. Although it's far too early to draw firm conclusions, HC Sean Payton did refer to Ingram as "one of our starters" when answering a question about him Saturday. "He's a guy that we felt played very well in the last half of the season," Payton said. "It's a position where we obviously carry depth, because it's a position that gets nicked up in our game. (Ingram) is smart. He's tough. He runs with good pad level. So far, he's doing well."

-- Kenny Stills Sits Saturday --
Sat Jul 26, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints WR Kenny Stills (quad) is not practicing on Saturday. He left yesterday's session with a quad injury.

-- Kenny Stills Pulls Up Lame --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports Saints WR Kenny Stills pulled up on deep route and clutched at the back of one of his legs in practice this morning. He is leaving the field with a trainer.

-- Jimmy Graham in Fantastic Shape --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton said TE Jimmy Graham had the “low time” in the team’s pre-camp conditioning test. “That was significant. I told him to stay in Miami every offseason,” Payton said, via ESPN.com. “I mean, it was outstanding.”

-- Joe Morgan a Go for Training Camp --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports Saints HC Sean Payton said WR Joe Morgan (torn ACL) is "a go" for training camp.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have added two undrafted rookies who had previous short stints with other NFL clubs, signing LB Marcus Thompson (ex-Dolphins) and NT Tyrone Ezell. The team also waived/injured LB Cheta Ozougwu and undrafted rookie NT Moses McCray.

-- Saints List One --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed NT John Jenkins (pectoral) on the active PUP list.

-- Jairus Byrd Rehab Update --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints S Jairus Byrd's (back surgery) recovery from back surgery has gone as expected, according to a league source. It's unknown if he'll be limited to start training camp.

-- Jimmy Graham Trained Hard While Away from Saints --
Thu Jul 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New Orleans Saints official website reports while TE Jimmy Graham’s contract negotiations played out, he remained in Miami to train as the Saints held their offseason program in Metairie. He treated his offseason regimen exactly as he did in 2011 when the league was in a lockout and players could not practice or train at their respective teams’ facilities. “It was tough being away from the guys,” said Graham. “The good thing is that the base and group of friends I have here in Miami is still strong. I did the same thing I did during the lockout year. I basically did the same day-to-day routine that I did (in 2011). And after the lockout, I had one of my best seasons I have ever had.”

-- Darren Sharper Court Update --
Wed Jul 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the case against former NFL S Darren Sharper is scheduled to move forward in a California court on Wednesday. Sharper is charged with drugging and raping two women in Los Angeles last October and the Associated Press reports that there will be a hearing on Wednesday to determine if there is sufficient evidence for Sharper to stand trial. Sharper was originally held on $1 million bail, but a judge ruled that he should be held without bail after he was indicted on similar charges from November in Arizona. Wednesday’s court schedule is also expected to include a hearing on whether Sharper should be extradited to Arizona to face the charges in that state before any trial in California. Authorities in Louisiana, Florida and Nevada have also investigated Sharper for alleged sexual assaults, but he has not been charged in any case. Sharper pleaded not guilty to the charges in California and has denied the other allegations as well.

-- Saints Finally Re-Sign Jimmy Graham; Make Him Highest Paid TE --
Tue Jul 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New Orleans Saints and Pro Bowl TE Jimmy Graham have agreed to a four-year, $40 million deal that includes $21 million guaranteed, a source familiar with the deal said. The deal makes Graham the highest-paid tight end in NFL history, eclipsing the deal signed in 2008 by former Indianapolis Colt TE Dallas Clark, who got $27.55 million in the first three years of that deal. Graham and the Saints both announced the agreement, minus terms, via Twitter on Tuesday morning. NBC Sports adds a source with knowledge of the contract says Graham received $12 million to sign, along with a $1 million base salary for 2014. That’s $13 million in the first year (math!) and a cap number of $4 million. The rest of the guaranteed money falls into 2015 salary, which is guaranteed for injury only, for now. The $8 million Graham is due to make next year becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2015 waiver period. This means that, as a practical matter, the Saints won’t be cutting Graham before the injury guarantee becomes a full and complete guarantee. Cutting Graham in the days after the next Super Bowl, more than a month before the start of the new league year, would result in $9 million in cap dollars flowing back to 2014. Which presumably would force the Saints to engage in some contract restructurings on an emergency basis.

-- Saints Finally Re-Sign Jimmy Graham; Make Him Highest Paid TE --
Tue Jul 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New Orleans Saints and Pro Bowl TE Jimmy Graham have agreed to a four-year, $40 million deal that includes $21 million guaranteed, a source familiar with the deal said. The deal makes Graham the highest-paid tight end in NFL history, eclipsing the deal signed in 2008 by former Indianapolis Colt TE Dallas Clark, who got $27.55 million in the first three years of that deal. Graham and the Saints both announced the agreement, minus terms, via Twitter on Tuesday morning. NBC Sports adds a source with knowledge of the contract says Graham received $12 million to sign, along with a $1 million base salary for 2014. That’s $13 million in the first year (math!) and a cap number of $4 million. The rest of the guaranteed money falls into 2015 salary, which is guaranteed for injury only, for now. The $8 million Graham is due to make next year becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2015 waiver period. This means that, as a practical matter, the Saints won’t be cutting Graham before the injury guarantee becomes a full and complete guarantee. Cutting Graham in the days after the next Super Bowl, more than a month before the start of the new league year, would result in $9 million in cap dollars flowing back to 2014. Which presumably would force the Saints to engage in some contract restructurings on an emergency basis.

-- Saints Close to Signing Jimmy Graham --
Mon Jul 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New Orleans Saints and TE Jimmy Graham are closing in on a new long-term deal to make him the highest-paid tight end in NFL history. There is now optimism a deal will be done by the Tuesday deadline.

-- Source: Jimmy Graham Appeals Arbitrator's Ruling --
Mon Jul 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham has officially appealed an arbitrator's ruling that stated he’ll be paid as a franchise-tagged tight end not as a wide receiver, a source said.

-- Jimmy Graham Deadline Set for Tuesday --
Mon Jul 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports by 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the New Orleans Saints must file and the NFL must approve a long-term deal with TE Jimmy Graham. If they don’t, Graham will be able to sign only a one-year contract in 2014. Amid Twitter sightings of both Graham and HC Sean Payton in New Orleans, the fact remains that, regardless of where the principals are located, the time has come to put signatures on a multi-year contract. Technically, failure to agree to a long-term deal by the close of business on Tuesday would prevent the Saints from signing Graham to a multi-year contract until after the conclusion of the 2014 regular season. As a practical matter, it would push everything back by a year, with the Saints having to decide whether to apply the tag for a second straight year to Graham. If they do, then next July 15th becomes the deadline for signing him to a long-term deal. It’s unclear whether they’ll actually get something done.

-- Benjamin Watson: Jimmy Graham Learning Valuable Lesson --
Sat Jul 12, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson, who is atop the depth chart as long as TE Jimmy Graham remains unsigned, says Graham has learned a valuable lesson this offseason: Even if your team appreciates the work you do, they’ll fight as hard as they can to pay you as little as they can. Asked about Saints HC Sean Payton testifying against Graham at an arbitration hearing, Watson said that’s just the way management handles contract negotiations. “Welcome to the business side of football,” Watson told ESPN. “And a lot of times we don’t see this part because rarely does a situation make it all the way to arbitration. But that’s the business side of football. And it’s kind of no different than a contract situation where there’s a heated discussion over contracts, things are said back and forth. And in the end both sides are able to amicably move on and back to the business of football once there’s an agreement in place. But I’m with you. I was thinking much the same thing when I heard that Coach Payton was having to testify, and I don’t know if he was testifying on his own accord or was being forced to, and I also don’t know what conversations he’s had with Jimmy since then and where their relationship stands. But I do know that if and when Jimmy makes it back, and hopefully sooner than later, things will be smoothed over and we’ll get to trying to play Saints football and winning championships.”

-- Jimmy Graham Watch --
Fri Jul 11, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints and TE Jimmy Graham must reach a long-term deal by Tuesday, July 15. If they don’t, the Saints and Graham can thereafter sign only a one-year deal. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the discussions have to date gone slowly. Which means there’s a chance the discussions will go down to the wire. This means that Graham’s window for appealing the decision that he’s a tight end and not a receiver for franchise tag purposes will close before a deal is, or isn’t, done. The CBA states that Graham “must serve on the other party and file with the System Arbitrator a notice of appeal within ten (10) days of the date of the award appealed from.” The arbitrator issued his ruling on July 2. That makes Saturday, July 12, the deadline. This means that Graham may have to file his appeal as soon as today, in order to ensure that he doesn’t technically fail to file “within” 10 days of the decision.

-- Sources: Saints to Negotiate with Jimmy Graham This Week --
Mon Jul 7, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Ed Werder reports sources expect the New Orleans Saints will resume negotiations on a multi-year deal with TE Jimmy Graham this week. The deadline for a franchise player to sign a long-term deal is July 15th.

-- Saints Not Happy About How the Jimmy Graham Ruling was Determined --
Sun Jul 6, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints like the decision from arbitrator Stephen Burbank that TE Jimmy Graham is a tight end for franchise-tag purposes. But the Saints aren’t thrilled with the way Burbank reached his conclusion. According to a source with knowledge of the team’s position, the Saints disagree with the notion that the question of tight end vs. receiver boils down to whether the player lines up most of the time within four yards of an offensive tackle. As the Saints see it, a tight end is a tight end no matter where he lines up or how often he lines up there.

-- Source: Saints Won't Pull or Reduce High Offer to Jimmy Graham --
Fri Jul 4, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports contrary to reports, suggestions, and/or speculation that Wednesday’s ruling from arbitrator Stephen Burbank re-set the negotiations on a long-term deal between the Saints and TE Jimmy Graham to square one, a source with knowledge of the discussions says that the Saints have not reduced or yanked their offer. The Saints haven’t, and won’t, use the ruling that Graham is a tight end for franchise tag purposes to alter a proposal that would make Graham the highest-paid tight end in NFL history, with a package worth $9.5 million per year. The Saints likewise have no animosity or frustration to Graham for attempting to advance an interpretation of the labor deal that would have entitled him to a franchise tender of $12.3 million. The team understands that those efforts are part of the business of the sport, and the team believes that Graham’s camp realizes the same thing regarding the team’s efforts to keep the franchise tender at $7 million. And the team remains very confident that a long-term deal will be reached by the July 15 deadline. At $9.5 million per year with a considerable chunk of fully guaranteed money up front, Graham will have a hard time rejecting the offer and taking a year-to-year approach that would pay $7 million in 2014, $8.4 million in 2015, and quarterback money of $16 million or so in 2016. That’s $30 million over three years, but with Graham carrying the injury risk each and every season. If the Saints fully guarantee an amount equal or greater to the first two years ($15.4 million) and offer a total package in the range of $30 million over the first three years, it’s a no-brainer that Graham will take the offer.

-- Jabari Greer Watch --
Thu Jul 3, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent CB Jabari Greer (knee) said his rehab from last year’s major knee injury is “going really well.” But the former New Orleans Saints cornerback said he’s not actively pursuing any opportunities to return to the NFL right now and acknowledges that it’s probably unlikely that he’ll be able to work out for any teams in time for training camp. “I think my pride and my body have two different things to say about that,” joked Greer, who was released by the Saints in February. “But we’ll see. I mean, God can do anything, man.”

-- Jimmy Graham Contract Watch --
Thu Jul 3, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports agent Jimmy Sexton and New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis will be starting at "ground zero" in negotiations for a new deal for TE Jimmy Graham. Both sides were waiting for Wednesday's ruling as a benchmark for talks. Graham now has 10 days to appeal, which looms as a potential complication. There is a very real possibility that Graham will balk at signing his tender if there is no agreement by the deadline. Arbitrator Stephen Burbank suggested as much in his ruling, stating that Graham's "consideration of whether to accept the Franchise Player tender is affected by whether the tender is for a one-year contract of $7 million, or $12 million." In a worst-case scenario for the Saints, Graham could travel the route paved by OG Logan Mankins in 2010 when the Patriots guard skipped training camp, failed to report for the start of the regular season and only rejoined the team in early November, thereby accruing a season toward free agency. On the positive side, though, the Saints have been "100 percent prepared" for this scenario and still anticipate an agreement with Graham "right before" the July 15 deadline. The tight-end ruling will provide clarity in negotiations, setting Graham's value below the top-tier wide-receiver market. If Graham is due to collect $15-16 million under the franchise tag for the next two years, the Saints might be able to appease him by offering more than $20 million up front.

-- Six Teams Ready to Make a Run at Jimmy Graham --
Wed Jul 2, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Bleacher Report reports there are a good half dozen teams preparing to make runs at TE Jimmy Graham should talks between him and the New Orleans Saints falter.

-- NFLPA Make Statement on Jimmy Graham Grievance Ruling --
Wed Jul 2, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the union representing TE Jimmy Graham in the process has responded to today's grievance ruling. “The NFLPA will review with Jimmy Graham the decision from Arbitrator Stephen Burbank which permits the player to be designated as a tight end for Franchise Tag purposes,” the union said in a press release. “We will advise Graham of his options and carefully determine next steps in this matter.” On the surface, his options are simple. He can appeal the ruling to a three-person panel, or he can drop it. Under the normal procedure spelled out in the labor deal, however, Graham’s appeal wouldn’t be resolved by July 15, the deadline for doing a long-term contract with the Saints. So if he hopes to push the pendulum decisively in his direction before the last day for using that as leverage on a long-term contract, he needs to request an expedited appeal, with a ruling coming in the next 13 days at the latest. Here’s the catch. Graham deliberately waited from the application of the tag in late February until the middle of April to file the grievance. Thus, the three-person panel could response to a request for a speedy appeal by saying, “You should have filed your grievance earlier.” Either way, the Saints and Graham have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal.

-- Ruling: Jimmy Graham a TE for Franchise Designation --
Wed Jul 2, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports arbitrator Stephen Burbank has ruled that New Orleans Saints franchised TE Jimmy Graham is a tight end for franchise designation purposes.

-- Ruling: Jimmy Graham a TE for Franchise Designation --
Wed Jul 2, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports arbitrator Stephen Burbank has ruled that New Orleans Saints franchised TE Jimmy Graham is a tight end for franchise designation purposes.

-- Jimmy Graham Decision Coming July 3rd --
Mon Jun 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports arbitrator Stephen Burbank expects to inform the sides of his ruling regarding franchise New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham’s grievance on July 3rd, “no sooner, no later.”

-- Drew Brees Says He Knows How Arbitrtor Will Rule in Graham Case, But... --
Sun Jun 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he's spoken with arbitrator Stephen Burbank about whether Graham will be ruled a tight end or a receiver. "He kind of let me know what his ruling is going to be," Brees said jokingly in the interview. "But he swore me to secrecy, so I can't really say at this point."

-- Jimmy Graham Grievance Hearing Details Leak --
Sat Jun 28, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports as the ruling on New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham's grievance approaches, more information is trickling out regarding last week’s arbitration hearing on the question of whether Graham is a tight end or a receiver for purposes of the franchise tag. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the cases on behalf of the NFL and NFLPA were bolstered by expert testimony from former NFL GM Bill Polian and former NFL HC Butch Davis, respectively. Polian was an expert witness as to the position that Graham is a tight end for tag purposes; Davis testified on behalf of the position that Graham should be regarded as a receiver. Other witnesses included, from the team’s perspective, GM Mickey Loomis and HC Sean Payton. Testifying on Graham’s behalf were Graham and former Saints (current Steelers) WR Lance Moore.

-- Source: Jimmy Graham Grievance Decision Coming Next Week --
Fri Jun 27, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports it’s been more than a week since an arbitrator considered arguments and evidence in the franchise-tag grievance between TE Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans Saints. To date, no ruling has been issued. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, a ruling is expected next week. That won’t be the end of it. The losing party party inevitably will appeal the outcome to a three-person panel under the labor deal. And a decision may or may not be issued before the July 15 deadline for working out a long-term deal. Which means that there’s a decent chance the decision won’t be official before the team and the player have to decide whether to work out a long-term contract or let it ride on a one-year deal with franchise tender to be determined by the appeals panel.

-- July 15th Looming for Saints & Jimmy Graham --
Tue Jun 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports as the system arbitrator ponders the evidence and prepares to issue a ruling on the question of whether New Orleans Saints franchised TE Jimmy Graham should be regarded as a tight end or a receiver for franchise tag purposes, a key date looms on the calendar. If the Saints and Graham don’t work out a long-term deal by July 15, Graham may sign only a one-year contract. The only problem? Nothing in the Collective Bargaining Agreement mandates a final ruling by July 15. Article 15 of the CBA doesn’t impose a specific timetable for the issuance of a decision by the system arbitrator. In theory, the system arbitrator can drag his feet until after the deadline passes. After a decision is rendered, it won’t be final until the losing party exercises its right to an appeal before a three-person panel. The portion of Article 15 that addresses the appeals process establishes various dates and deadlines for exercising appeal rights and filing briefs and conducting oral argument, but it also allows either side to request an expedited schedule upon a showing of good cause. It’s unclear whether either side has sought an expedited ruling from the system arbitrator, or whether the arbitrator or the appeals panel would react favorably to such a request from Graham, who didn’t move immediately to file a grievance when the tight end version of the franchise tag was applied to him in February. If he had, the process surely would have finished by now. Maybe that’s the way Graham wanted it. The absence of a ruling before July 15 could be the best way to nudge the two sides toward resolving the dispute via a long-term contract.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Mon Jun 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed rookie LB Todd Davis and waived injured CB A.J. Davis.

-- NFL Pushing for a Jimmy Graham Grievance Settlement? --
Sun Jun 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports while the New Orleans Saints have arguments about which it feels very strongly, losing the TE Jimmy Graham grievance would be far less surprising than losing the previous QB Drew Brees grievance. If they do, it will cost $12.3 million to keep Graham for 2014, $14.76 million for 2015, and $21.25 million for 2016. That’s $48.31 million over three years on a year-to-year approach, if Graham chooses to take the OT Walter Jones approach and assume the injury risk for as long as the Saints are willing to continue using the tag. If the Saints don’t want to pay a guy they regard as a tight end $14.76 million in 2015 or $21.25 million in 2016, then he’ll hit the open market and go to the highest bidder. For all those reasons and plenty of others (including the sending of a message to young players that they’ll be rewarded for their efforts without a protracted fight and/or protracted delays), the Saints would be wise to find a way to work this out with a compromise. If Graham wins his grievance, they’ll wish they had.

-- Jimmy Graham Has Grievance Hearing Today --
Tue Jun 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports today is New Orleans Saints franchised TE Jimmy Graham’s system arbitration, barring a compromise. He will he be tagged as a wide receiver ($12 million) or tight end ($7 million) after the grievance hearing. A settlement in the TE Jimmy Graham system arbitration is unlikely.

-- Marques Colston Over His Foot Issues --
Wed Jun 11, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston says, unlike last year, he has no foot issues. "Feels completely different ... no restrictions," Colston said about his foot.

-- John Jenkins Undergoes Minor Surgery --
Tue Jun 10, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints DT John Jenkins has missed offseason workouts after undergoing a minor pectoral surgery, a source says. He will be ready for training camp or sooner.

-- Pierre Thomas to Replace Darren Sproles... a Lot --
Mon Jun 9, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas will get a lot of snaps in the packages where we used to see RB Darren Sproles because he's such a good receiver out of the backfield and such a reliable pass protector.

-- Saints TE Game Plan --
Fri Jun 6, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints TE Benjamin Watson lined up just to the outside of the left tackle on one play. TE Josh Hill was split wide on another. Both followed their assignments during a recent New Orleans Saints offseason practice. Saints coaches insist they have asked the tight ends to do everything TE Jimmy Graham would have if he and the team were not in the middle of a contract dispute that has caused him to stay away from practices. "Some other guys are getting reps, but as far as what we are installing and what we are doing, it's not changing," Saints OC Pete Carmichael said.

-- Joe Morgan Rehab Update --
Thu Jun 5, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints WR Joe Morgan (torn ACL) is on track to return for the start of training camp.

-- Jimmy Graham No-Shows OTAs --
Thu Jun 5, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times Picayune reports unsigned franchised free-agent TE Jimmy Graham continues to skip New Orleans Saints OTAs.

-- Saints Sign Brandon Deadrick --
Tue Jun 3, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent DL Brandon Deadrick to a one-year contract.

-- Saints Work Out Brandon Deaderick --
Tue Jun 3, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have worked out free-agent DT Brandon Deaderick.

-- Saints Sign Jonathan Goodwin --
Mon Jun 2, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent C Jonathan Goodwin.

-- Jimmy Graham Contract Watch --
Sat May 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports there appears to be very little chance that franchised TE Jimmy Graham’s contract issue will drag into training camp. The deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term deals is July 15. After that date, they can only sign one-year deals. It would be shocking if Graham doesn’t sign a long-term deal with the New Orleans Saints by then, no matter what happens with his upcoming grievance hearing to decide whether he should be considered a tight end or receiver. Normally, the prediction would be that Graham would sign his deal around July 14th. However, that grievance hearing (scheduled for June 17-18) makes it much tougher to predict how things will play out. For one thing, it could entice both sides to reach a long-term agreement sooner – if they decide they don’t want to put too much leverage into the hands of a third-party arbitrator. Both sides might feel good about their arguments, but there’s no way either side can confidently predict how the arbitrator will rule. If they do play this thing out, it could significantly influence the size of Graham’s deal. If Graham is declared a tight end, which comes with a salary of $7.035 million this year, the Saints will have a strong case for keeping his annual salary at $10 million or below. If Graham is declared a receiver, which comes with a salary of $12.3 million this year, then his camp will have a strong case to demand $12 million or more per year. It would make sense for them to agree to a deal worth between $10.5 million and $11 million per year before the arbitrator makes his decision. But don't be surprised if Graham’s camp decides it’s worth the gamble to play this thing out.

-- Rob Ryan: Champ Bailey Looks Fantastic --
Fri May 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints DC Rob Ryan likes what he sees on new Saint CB Champ Bailey. “He looks fantastic,” Ryan told the Advertiser. “You look out there and you think he’s one of those young guys running around. But he’s bringing excitement to our defense and knowledge and it’s awesome to add a great player like him.” The soon-to-be 36-year-old Bailey is the oldest player on the Saints other than PK Shayne Graham, and he says he takes the role of being a leader seriously. “If you put me on any team, I’m always going to be the old guy,” Bailey said. “It’s just something I’ve got to get used to. . . . My first thing is to lead by example, show how hard I can work and try to lead that way. And all these guys — I know I have a lot of experience and I’m not going to shy away from telling them things I think they need to hear and making sure I’m there for them when they have questions.”