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-- C.J. Spiller Looks Better --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller's (knee) health and movement skills are noticeably different thur far this offseason, according to HC Sean Payton. "He worked his butt off in the offseason to get the strength back in that leg he [injured]," Payton said. "That's been real encouraging."

-- Michael Thomas Sees First Unit Reps Thursday --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas practiced with the first-team offense during OTAs on Thursday with WR Brandin Cooks (undisclosed) missing practice.

-- Cameron Jordan Rehab Update --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports DE Cameron Jordan has not been cleared to participate in organized team activities after a February back surgery. But the New Orleans Saints defensive end said he still considers himself “ahead of schedule” and expects to be fine in plenty of time for the 2016 season. Jordan, who made his second Pro Bowl as an alternate last year, had a minor back surgery, which he said was to help deal with herniated discs. Jordan dealt with the back issues last season, missing some practice time but playing in every game. He finished with 10 sacks. “We’re just being safe and playing it safe,” Jordan said Wednesday night at teammate Tim Lelito’s charity softball game. “I can’t give out a timetable for me being back 100 percent, but I do know that we’ll be well within camp, season. This is as expected. We set a timetable for everything to go along smoothly. And technically I think I’m ahead of schedule. So definitely in the right direction.”

-- Cooks & Byrd Sit Thursday --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints just wrapped the first OTA practice that was open to the media. S Jairus Byrd and WR Brandin Cooks did not practice, instead working off to the side with trainers. HC Sean Payton declined to get into many injury specifics but said Byrd is rehabbing the same knee that bothered him the last two years and is on schedule to be back before training camp. It's unfortunate for Byrd, who seemed on track for his first fully healthy offseason in New Orleans, but there's still ample time to get back to 100 percent.

-- Drew Brees Contract Watch --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports QB Drew Brees said he's "not stressing" over the fact that he and the New Orleans Saints haven't discussed a long-term contract extension in about two months. But Brees did say Wednesday night that he would love to get a deal done before the season starts, or else he will wait until after the season to resume talks. "I don't like to talk about contract during the season," Brees said. "If you go back to 2011, where it began to drag into the season, three weeks in I was like, 'I don't want to deal with it anymore, I want to focus on football, I want to focus on the season.' ... That'll be my approach again. So there's a deal to be done now, and then if it doesn't get done now, then there will be a different deal to get done at the end of the year."

-- Saints Sign Vincent Brown --
Mon May 23, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed veteran free-agent WR Vincent Brown.

-- Saints Sign Connor Barth --
Thu May 19, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New Orleans Saints have signed veteran free-agent PK Connor Barth.

-- Saints Sign 3rd-Rounder David Onyemata --
Wed May 18, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed 3rd-round draft pick DE David Onyemata to a four-year contract.

-- Saints Work Out Four Veteran Free-Agent WRs --
Wed May 18, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports free-agents WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Denarius Moore, WR Nathan Palmer, and WR Vincent Brown worked out for the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday.

-- Michael Thomas Should Play Right from the Start --
Wed May 18, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the release of WR Marques Colston opens up an immediate spot in the Saints receiving corps. Rookie WR Michael Thomas should receive playing time no matter what in the regular season. How much depends on his growth.

-- Saints Release Josh Scobee --
Tue May 17, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released veteran PK Josh Scobee.

-- Saints Sign One --
Sun May 15, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent OT Tyrus Thompson.

-- Drew Brees Seems Unlikely to ber Extended This Summer --
Sun May 15, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Florida Times-Union reports in January, one of the locks of the off-season was New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees having his contract extended to reduce his 2016 cap number of $30 million. But the Saints appear inclined to let Brees play out the final season of his five-year, $100 million contract. It’s a smart move by the Saints because it means they’re not pushing cap problems into the future.

-- Saints Sign 7th-Rounder Daniel Lasco --
Fri May 13, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed 7th-round draft pick RB Daniel Lasco to a four-year contract.

-- Saints to Work Out Matt Shaughnessy --
Thu May 12, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent LB Matt Shaughnessy, who missed 2015 after an injury in camp, will work out for the New Orleans Saints this weekend.

-- Saints Sign 2nd-Rounder Michael Thomas --
Thu May 12, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed second-round draft pick WR Michael Thomas to a four-year contract.

-- Saints Sign 2nd-Rounder Vonn Bell --
Tue May 10, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed second-round draft pick S Vonn Bell to a four-year contract.

-- Saints Sign Three Drafted Rookies --
Mon May 9, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed drafted rookies DT Sheldon Rankins, WR Michael Thomas, and RB Daniel Lasco to four-year contracts.

-- Saints Sign One --
Tue May 3, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent LS Chris Highland, according to the NFL transactions report on Tuesday. Highland spent three weeks with the Saints in training camp last August while Justin Drescher recuperated from an injury.

-- Saints Extend Terron Armstead --
Tue May 3, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the New Orleans Saints have signed OT Terron Armstead to a five-year contract extension through 2021. NFL.com adds Armstead's five-year extension is worth $64.5 million with $38 million guaranteed.

-- Saints Sign 20 UDFAs --
Sun May 1, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have signed UDFAs DE Royce LaFrance, WR TommyLee Lewis, S Michael Caputo, FB Sione Houma, OT Joseph Cheek, WR Jordan Williams, LB Dominique Tovell, C Jack Allen, LB Jeff Schoettmer, S Trae Elston, DL D.J. Pettway, TE Mitchell Loewen, LB Dillon Lee, OL Avery Young, CB Ken Crawley, C Marcus Henry, OG Landon Turner, WR Jared Dangerfield, OT Ryker Matthews, and CB De'Vante Harris.

-- Drew Brees Contract Watch --
Wed Apr 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees remains very confident that an extension will happen this off-season. "I’m very confident that it will," Brees said. "I’ve got one year left, so it’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t and we play through the year. I’d rather not do that."

-- Saints Considered Moving Up to Draft a QB --
Tue Apr 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have had talks about moving up to acquire the #1 overall draft pick in 2016 to select a QB, but it was too costly.

-- Saints Release Two --
Mon Apr 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have waived DL Tavaris Barnes and S Vinnie Sunseri.

-- Brees Wanted Saints to Sign Josh Norman --
Sat Apr 23, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints pushed to sign free-agent CB Josh Norman, but failed. They likely would have reworked QB Drew Brees’ contract to get the deal done. Brees “personally wanted” Norman on the team. Signing Norman and locking up Brees to a long-term extension would have been like hitting the daily double -- and it would have created some legitimate playoff buzz around this team.

-- Saints Pushing to Sign Josh Norman --
Fri Apr 22, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports as free-agent CB Josh Norman is with the Washington Redskins, the New Orleans Saints are making a strong push to sign him, per sources. The decision is down to the Redskins and Saints.

-- Saints to Work Out Robert Meachem --
Fri Apr 22, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports free-agent WR Robert Meachem will work out for the New Orleans Saints on Friday.

-- Saints Re-Sign Tim Lelito --
Thu Apr 21, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints havde re-signed restricted free-agent OG Tim Lelito to a one-year, $1.671 million contract.

-- Saints Pick Up 5th Year Option of Kenny Vaccaro --
Tue Apr 12, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have exercised S Kenny Vaccaro's 5th-year option. He's the first player in the 2013 draft class to have his picked up.

-- DE Will Smith Shot Dead --
Sun Apr 10, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports former New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith was shot to death in New Orleans' Lower Garden District on Saturday night following a traffic collision, the coroner's office confirmed. Smith, 34, was shot after exchanging words with the driver of a Hummer H2 that rear-ended his Mercedes G63 SUV, causing him to strike another vehicle, police said. Smith was shot multiple times, and his wife, Racquel, also 34, was shot twice in the right leg, according to police. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene, while his wife was taken to a hospital. Our sincerest condolences go to his family and friends.

-- Saints Sign One --
Sat Apr 9, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed QB Griffin Neal to a three-year contract.

-- Saints Re-Sign Tim Hightower --
Fri Apr 8, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed RB Tim Hightower.

-- Saints to Meet with Tim Hightower --
Thu Mar 31, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints will meet with free-agent RB Tim Hightower this week regarding the possibility of re-signing him, according to a source. Hightower, 29, was with the Saints last season on a one-year, veteran minimum contract that expired in the offseason.

-- Mark Ingram Restructures --
Wed Mar 30, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have converted $2.235 million of RB Mark Ingram's $3 million base salary for 2016 into a signing bonus, creating $1.49 million of salary cap space.

-- Saints Restructure Two --
Tue Mar 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have restructured the contracts of DE Cam Jordan and P Thomas Morstead.

-- Josh Hill Contract Details --
Mon Mar 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill's new contract with the team is for three years and worth $7.1 million with $3.25 million guaranteed, a source said. The maximum value is $8.15 million with incentives.

-- Saints Sign Nick Fairley --
Mon Mar 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent DT Nick Fairley to a one-year contract.

-- Drew Brees Contract Watch --
Sat Mar 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints QB Drew Brees could choose to play out his contract year, but both sides know it's in their best interest to get a new deal done. Brees is owed $30 million against the salary cap and holds all the leverage, but has expressed confidence an extension will get worked out.

-- Saints Re-Sign Josh Hill --
Fri Mar 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Saints have matched Chicago’s offer sheet for restricted free-agent TE Josh Hill. That means Hill is going nowhere, and has a three-year deal with New Orleans.

-- Saints to Sign Nick Fairley? --
Fri Mar 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New England Patriots won't sign free-agent DT Nick Fairley, an indication he's expected to sign with the New Orleans Saints.

-- Drew Brees Contract Watch --
Thu Mar 24, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports QB Drew Brees reiterated Thursday that he is “very confident” he will sign his own long-term contract extension with the New Orleans Saints at some point in the wake of HC Sean Payton's new extension. And when asked why there hasn’t been more of a sense of urgency, so they could get the deal out of the way before the start of offseason camps and provide the team with some needed salary-cap space, Brees said, “Certainly my hope and goal would be that we could get something done sooner than later.” But Brees said he understands that “these things are always a process.” “I wouldn’t say there’s anything complicated about it, and yet I understand it’s a process,” said Brees, who has one year remaining on his current contract. “Obviously there’s a lot going on right now in regards to free agency still, and preparing for the draft and continuing to kind of fine-tune the roster, and obviously in our case getting Coach Payton an extension. So I know that these things happen in due time.”

-- Tom Benson's Estranged Family Files Appeal with State Supreme Court --
Wed Mar 23, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the estranged family of Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson continued to challenge the 88-year-old's mental competency by filing an appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court on Wednesday (March 23). Benson's daughter Renee Benson and grandchildren Rita and Ryan LeBlanc -- who Tom Benson disavowed last year -- argue the patriarch is in mental decline and being manipulated by his third wife, Gayle, and Saints executives. The estranged relatives filed a lawsuit last year seeking to take control of Benson's estimated $2.2 billion empire including the sports franchises.

-- Saints Extend HC Sean Payton --
Wed Mar 23, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the New Orleans Saints have signed HC Sean Payton to a five-year contract worth in excess of $45 million.

-- Saints Sign Craig Robertson --
Tue Mar 22, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent LB Craig Robertson.

-- Damian Swann Arrested for Reckless Driving --
Mon Mar 21, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints CB Damian Swann was arrested for reckless driving in Athens, Georgia on March 18th. Swann was allegedly going 100 mph in a 65-mph zone. The police report said Swann was driving 35 mph over the posted speed limit and was driving in complete disregard for the safety of his passenger and the motorist that he passed. The misdemeanor can carry a sentence of up to 12 months, but is unlikely he sees any jail time.

-- Saints Hosting Nick Fairley --
Thu Mar 17, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent DT Nick Fairley is visiting with the New Orleans Saints.

-- Saints Re-Sign One --
Thu Mar 17, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL./com reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed S Jamarca Sanford.

-- Saints Sign James Laurinaitis --
Wed Mar 16, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent LB James Laurinaitis.

-- Saints Sign One --
Wed Mar 16, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent LB Nathan Stupar to a three-year contract.

-- Saints Hosting Jason Hatcher --
Tue Mar 15, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

WWL reports free-agent DE Jason Hatcher is visiting with the New Orleans Saints tonight, according to sources.

-- Saints to Host Craig Robertson --
Mon Mar 14, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent LB Craig Robertson will soon be visiting with the New Orleans Saints.

-- Saints Re-Sign Luke McCown --
Thu Mar 10, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports QB Luke McCown and the New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth $3 million, a source said. He gets $500K to sign.

-- Saints Re-Sign Travaris Cadet --
Thu Mar 10, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed RB Travaris Cadet to a one-year contract.

-- Saints Release Brandon Browner --
Wed Mar 9, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL Insider Howard Balzer reports the New Orleans Saints have released CB Brandon Browner with a post-June 1st designation.

-- Saints Sign Coby Fleener --
Wed Mar 9, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The New Orleans Saints official website reports the Saints have signed free-agent TE Coby Fleener to a five-year contract worth $36 million.

-- Saints Re-Sign Kai Forbath --
Wed Mar 9, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the Saints have re-signed free-agent PK Kai Forbath.

-- Saints Tender Tim Lelito --
Wed Mar 9, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have extended an original-pick tender to restricted free-agent OG Tim Lelito.

-- Saints Tender Josh Hill --
Wed Mar 9, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have made a tender offer to restricted free-agent TE Josh Hill, according to a source.

-- Saints Re-Sign Michael Hoomanawanui --
Tue Mar 8, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed TE Michael Hoomanawanui to a three-year contract.

-- Saints Working to Re-Sign Tim Hightower --
Tue Mar 8, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints are working to bring back RB Tim Hightower, a source said. He started three games late in 2015 after four years out of football.

-- Saints Re-Sign Kyle Wilson --
Mon Mar 7, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints have re-signed CB Kyle Wilson to a one-year contract.

-- Saints to Re-Sign Senio Kelemete --
Sun Mar 6, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints and OG Senio Kelemete have agreed to a two-year contract, per source. Kelemete, 25, was scheduled to be a restricted free agent. Rather than tender him, the Saints worked out a two-year deal. Terms have not been disclosed. Kelemete, who was a backup and spot starter last year, should have a chance to compete for one of the Saints' starting guard jobs after they let go of veteran OG Jahri Evans last month.

-- Khiry Robinson Set to Become an Unrestricted Free Agent --
Fri Mar 4, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints won’t tender RB Khiry Robinson and he will become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year opens next week. Robinson tweeted and then deleted a farewell message to New Orleans on Friday, perhaps because there’s always a chance that the two sides could circle back together if they don’t find what they want elsewhere.

-- Saints Sign Josh Scobee --
Fri Mar 4, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports free-agent PK Josh Scobee has announced on Facebook that he has signed with the New Orleans Saints.

-- Saints to Host James Laurinaitis --
Mon Feb 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent LB James Laurinaitis is set to visit with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

-- Saints Release Marques Colston --
Mon Feb 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released WR Marques Colston. He was cut after failing a physical.

-- Cameron Jordan Underwent Minor Surgery --
Sun Feb 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

Bleacher Report reports New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan underwent minor lower back surgery this off-season.

-- Saints Eyeing James Laurinaitis --
Sat Feb 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the league interest in free-agent LB James Laurinaitis is strong, and the New Orleans Saints want to get a jump on things. The Saints are hoping to bring him in for a visit next week.

-- Saints Close to Extending Sean Payton --
Thu Feb 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton says that he is close to finalizing a new contract with the team. Payton also said he envisions remaining with the Saints for at least the next four or five years.

-- Saints to Release Brandon Browner --
Wed Feb 24, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints will release CB Brandon Browner on the first day of the new league year, March 9th.

-- Saints Expected to Release Marques Colston --
Tue Feb 23, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints are expected to release WR Marques Colston in the coming days. Colston is set to make $3.2 million in 2016.

-- Khiry Robinson Rehab Update --
Sat Feb 20, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson (broken tibia) suffered a gnarly injury last November, when a Week 8 rush attempt against the New York Giants resulted in a broken right tibia. It was an open fracture, meaning the bone broke through his skin. On Friday, Robinson posted a video of his rehabilitation progress. In the brief video, he balances on one foot and catches a football that is thrown to him. Before suffering his season-ending injury, Robinson had 180 rushing yards and four touchdowns in New Orleans' running back committee. He also had 17 receptions for 115 yards, as the 6-foot, 220-pound running back showcased a little more of his versatility in 2015. Robinson, 26, is about to become a restricted free agent. He should earn a tender from the Saints, since he showed some growth over his first three seasons and is now fighting back from a devastating injury.

-- Loomis Confident Saints Will Extend Drew Brees --
Wed Feb 17, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has a $30 million salary cap number for 2016, and a ton of leverage when it comes to the strategies for reducing it. Saints GM Mickey Loomis is confident that, eventually, a new deal with a more palatable cap charge for the current year is coming. “We want Drew to be our quarterback this year, next year and the foreseeable future,” Loomis said Tuesday, via FOX Sports. “I know he feels like he’s got more years left in him. I would say we feel that way as well.” Loomis also said “it’s not mandatory” that a new deal be executed before the start of the new league year on March 9. Still, that’s the point when the $30 million cap number kicks in, resulting in roughly 20 percent of the total spending amount being allocated to one player. “We’ll get that worked out in a way that helps our team and obviously fits in with what he wants to do,” Loomis said.

-- Cameron Jordan Restructures --
Wed Feb 17, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have created $4.8 million in salary cap space by converting DE Cameron Jordan's $6\ million roster bonus into a signing bonus. His cap number is now $8 million.

-- Ooops: Josh Morgan Shoots Himself; Faces Charges --
Wed Feb 10, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

TMZ.com reports free-agent WR Josh Morgan has been charged with reckless use of a firearm after accidentally shooting himself in Virginia on January 31st.

-- Saints Re-Sign Austin Johnson --
Wed Feb 10, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed exclusive-right free-agent FB Austin Johnson to a one-year contract.

-- Saints Restructure Dannell Ellerbe --
Wed Feb 10, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have restructured LB Dannell Ellerbe's contract, per source, to keep him in New Orleans. He was scheduled to make $5.2 million this year. Details of the new deal aren't immediately known. The veteran showed promise in his first year with the Saints, but also battled injuries which limited him to six games.

-- Saints Release Four --
Mon Feb 8, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have waived WR Seantavius Jones. The team also released OG Jahri Evans, LB David Hawthorne, and LB Ramon Humber.

-- Saints to Release Brandon Browner --
Fri Feb 5, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Saints DB Brandon Browner appears to be on the way out in New Orleans. Although the Saints haven’t announced anything and by league rules can’t cut him until after the Super Bowl, Browner posted a message on social media this morning that indicated he has been told he’s out. “I truly did love the city, really wanted to do well,” Browner wrote. “Some of the best people, best hospitality, and food. And a city that will show you a good time. How could you beat that?”

-- Drew Brees Contract Watch --
Fri Feb 5, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees says he's yet to have any conversations with the team regarding a contract extension.

-- Saints Sign Vick Ballard --
Thu Feb 4, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The New Orleans Advocate reports the Saints have signed RB Vick Ballard to a futures contract for 2016.

-- Saitns Expected to Downsize at RB --
Mon Feb 1, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans is expected to downsize at running back, possibly parting ways with RB C.J. Spiller, RB Khiry Robinson or RB Tim Hightower. If they let two or more of those guys go, then maybe a mid-round draft pick could come into play. RB Mark Ingram is the only back who is firmly entrenched on the depth chart. He is coming off of the best two years of his pro career, proving himself as an every-down back as a runner, receiver and pass protector. He has battled a series of minor injuries, though, including shoulder surgery that landed him on injured reserve in December. Robinson has been a great young, cheap understudy since the Saints discovered him as an undrafted tryout player out of West Texas A&M in 2013. But now that Robinson is a restricted free agent, the Saints will have to pony up a bit to keep him. They'll need to make a one-year qualifying offer around $1.5 million with no draft-pick compensation or closer to $2.5 million with second-round compensation. Spiller's first year in New Orleans was a flop, partly because of a minor knee surgery he underwent during training camp. But if the Saints cut him before June 1, he will actually count more against the cap ($5.3 million) than if they keep him. So there's a good chance they'll give him another summer to regain his spark. Hightower, meanwhile, was one of the most pleasant surprises of the Saints' 2015 season, reviving his career after three-plus years out of the NFL. He played fantastic down the stretch after Ingram's injury. He could potentially come cheaper than both Spiller and Robinson and provide even more bang for the buck. RB Travaris Cadet also left a strong lasting impression after rejoining the Saints in mid-December. He and Murphy are both good depth options as runner/receiver/return men.

-- Saints Name Peter Giunta --
Fri Jan 22, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have named Peter Giunta Senior Defensive Assistant.

-- Drew Brees Going Nowhere --
Thu Jan 14, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis promised Thursday that QB Drew Brees would remain the team's quarterback, but he didn't reveal any details of expected offseason contract negotiations. Brees is under contract for 2016, but his $30 million hit against the salary cap could be reduced if the contract is extended. "I know this: Drew's going to be our quarterback," Loomis said. "We'll figure out how we're going to handle the contract, whether it stays the same and just remains right in place, or whether we do something different. That's all part of what we've got to figure out in the coming weeks." Loomis said the Saints' precarious cap situation doesn't necessarily require that Brees' contract be extended. "I keep reading how we're in dire straits with the cap and this, that and the other," Loomis said. "It's not a great cap situations, but it's not as dire as sometimes I think it's painted out to be. We know where we're at, we know what we have to do."

-- Saints Name Two --
Wed Jan 13, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have named Joe Lombardi QBs coach and Dan Campbell Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends.

-- HC Sean Payton Staying with Saints --
Wed Jan 6, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton isn't going anywhere. He and GM Mickey Loomis agreed he's staying in New Orleans as their head coach.

-- No Surgery for Drew Brees --
Tue Jan 5, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (foot) flew to Charlotte to have his foot injury evaluated by Dr. Robert Anderson, who recommended the QB Peyton Manning plan of 4-6 weeks of rest before easing into football and training activity, a source close to Brees said. Brees will not need surgery for the torn plantar fascia in his right heel, or for the shoulder injury he suffered earlier in the season.

-- Saints Want a 2nd-Round Draft Pick for HC Sean Payton --
Mon Jan 4, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the potential price placed by the New Orleans Saints on HC Sean Payton is a 2nd-round draft pick.

-- Saints IR Kendall Hunter --
Fri Jan 1, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have placed RB Kendall Hunter (undisclosed) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Zach Strief: Saints or No One in 2016 --
Fri Jan 1, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports OT Zach Strief's negotiating skills aren’t very impressive at this stage of his career. His loyalty to the New Orleans Saints? That’s another story. The 10th-year offensive tackle said this week that he will keep coming back to play for the Saints “until they tell me to stop coming” -- even if that means playing a backup role next season. But if the Saints do let him go, Strief said he has no interest in playing for another team. “No. (I’d be) done,” Strief said. “You can’t say that, I guess, but my assumption would be that no, I’m not playing anywhere else.” That kind of allegiance to a team is rare in the NFL but as Strief said, “My situation is rare in this league.”

-- Saints IR C.J. Spiller --
Wed Dec 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed RB C.J. Spiller (undisclosed) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Drew Brees: HC Sean Payton & I Aren't Going Anywhere --
Tue Dec 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees says he's not going anywhere, and neither is Saints HC Sean Payton. Brees was asked Tuesday if he sees any scenario in which he and head coach Sean Payton are not back in New Orleans next season. "No, I don't," he said. "I think we -- a plan was put in place throughout last offseason as to how we were going to build a foundation by which to make a run at it in the future. That includes some new faces, that includes some young players that, I think, will all have a chance to come together and kind of build a team that can make a run at it in the future. Unfortunately, we had high expectations going into this year and we fell a bit short. But I'm confident with the character, the leadership, the talent we have."

-- Drew Brees Watch --
Sun Dec 27, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has a $30 million cap figure in 2016. Word is circulating that he has to take a hometown discount to return.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Wed Dec 23, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have claimed RB Travaris Cadet off waivers from the 49ers. The team also waived WR T.J. Graham.

-- Saints IR Damian Swann; Sign Two --
Wed Dec 16, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed CB Damian Swann (concussion) on injured reserve, ending his season. THe team also signed RB Kendall Hunter and FB Toben Opurum.

-- Saints IR Marcus Murphy; Sign One --
Wed Dec 16, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed KR Marcus Murphy (ankle) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team also signed CB Tony Carter.

-- Adios C.J. Spiller in 2016? --
Sun Dec 13, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports at this point, it seems to be a longshot that RB C.J. Spiller is on the Saints team in 2016.

-- Saints IR Mark Ingram --
Wed Dec 9, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have placed RB Mark Ingram (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Saints IR Mark Ingram --
Wed Dec 9, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have placed RB Mark Ingram (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Saints Could Trade HC Sean Payton --
Mon Dec 7, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports several teams are prepared to approach the New Orleans Saints about trading for HC Sean Payton, according to league sources, and under the right set of circumstances that's a possibility that could well appeal to him. Contrary to a previous report, the Saints are not entertaining the prospect of releasing their most successful coach in franchise history from his deal and would not do so. Payton is focused on the task at hand with the Saints and enjoys some unique circumstances there. Payton and GM Mickey Loomis essentially have full autonomy, with owner Tom Benson dealing with health issues and not a significant factor in organizational decisions, sources said. Payton is also very enthused about some of the talent on his young team, and any of the machinations about his future are taking place at a level he is not involved in. His mind is on the next game, but the reality is that other pro and college programs have been interested in him in the past and will be so again this winter. The Dolphins, for one, are very interested in Payton, but it would likely take a change in their organizational structure to make that a job that most interested him, according to sources. The Titans, Colts and Browns could be in the market for his services as well, and the rebuilding Saints would likely be interested in the kind of draft-pick compensation a coach as distinguished as Payton could yield with two years left on his contract.