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-- Saints Re-Sign Darryl Tapp --
Thu Mar 23, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed free-agent DE Darryl Tapp.

-- Payton & Manziel Meet --
Thu Mar 23, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports sources say New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton and free-agent QB Johnny Manziel were spotted together Super Bowl week, at breakfast. They discussed a return to football. Manziel has kept a low-profile as he trains for a return. Payton appears to have taken an interest in him. The Saints still need a backup quarterback. Payton could make the most of Manziel’s talent. QB Drew Brees would be a perfect mentor. It makes a lot of sense.

-- Terron Armstead Restructures --
Thu Mar 23, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports a source says New Orleans Saints OT Terron Armstead had a $5 million roster bonus converted to a signing bonus, creating $4 million in cap space in 2017 for the team.

-- Saints Re-Sign One --
Tue Mar 21, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed CB Sterling Moore to a one-year contract.

-- Saints Sign Manti Te'o --
Tue Mar 21, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent LB Manti Te'o to a two-year contract.

-- Mantei Te'o Close to a Deal with the Saints --
Mon Mar 20, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports a source says that free-agent LB Mantei Te'o is close to a deal with the New Orleans Saints. He could sign on Tuesday.

-- Malcolm Butler Watch --
Mon Mar 20, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

CSNNE.com reports the New Orleans Saints are enamored with Patriots restricted free-agent CB Malcolm Butler and that the parameters for a deal between the team and the cornerback are mostly in place. The amount of guaranteed money is still the source of quibbling in the negotiations.

-- Saints Hosting Chase Daniel --
Sun Mar 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints are hosting veteran free-agent QB Chase Daniel for a visit today, a source said.

-- Saints Hosting Malcolm Butler Today --
Thu Mar 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints are hosting New England Patriots restricted free-agent CB Malcolm Butler on his visit today. There is momentum toward finalizing a deal before he leaves.

-- Saints Re-Sign Travaris Cadet --
Wed Mar 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed free-agent RB Travaris Cadet.

-- Malcolm Butler Warming Up to New Orleans --
Tue Mar 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New England Patriots restricted free-agent CB Malcolm Butler has very much warmed up to the idea of playing for the New Orleans Saints. That said, the Patriots still control the situation.

-- Payton: Saints to Host Malcolm Butler --
Tue Mar 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton says Patriots restricted free-agent CB Malcolm Butler will visit with the Saints on Thursday. NFL.com adds the Saints have begun negotiations on a new contract for Butler and hope to strike a deal this week. Then they will talk trade with the Patriots.

-- Saints Sign Alex Okafor --
Tue Mar 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent LB Alex Okafor to a one-year contract worth up to $3 million.

-- Saints to Host Alex Okafor --
Mon Mar 13, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent LB Alex Okafor is visiting with the New Orleans Saints today, a source said.

-- Sources: Saints Trade Brandon Cooks & Swap Draft Picks --
Fri Mar 10, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Diana Russini reports the New England Patriots have traded their #32 & 3rd (#103) round draft picks to the New Orleans Saints for WR Brandin Cooks and their 4th (#118) round draft pick per sources.

-- Brandin Cooks Watch --
Thu Mar 9, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports nothing is imminent on a WR Brandin Cooks trade and the New Orleans Saints definitely value him and have a plan for him if the value is not there in trade.

-- Saints Re-Sign Nick Fairley --
Thu Mar 9, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed DT Nick Fairley to a four-year contract worth nearly $30 million.

-- Saints to Host Manti Te'o --
Thu Mar 9, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.ocm reports free-agent LB Manti Te'o will visit with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday.

-- Saints to Sign Larry Warford --
Thu Mar 9, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints are set to sign free-agent OG Larry Warford to a four-year contract worth $34 million, with $17 million in guarantees.

-- Saints Close to Signing Nick Fairley --
Thu Mar 9, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints and free-agent DT Nick Fairley are closing in on a big-money contract, sources say.

-- Sources: Saints to Sign Ted Ginn --
Thu Mar 9, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Dianna Russini‏ reports free-agent WR Ted Ginn will sign with the New Orleans Saints, per sources. The deal is a three-year contract worth $11 million with $3 million guaranteed, a source said

-- Saints to Sign A.J. Klein --
Thu Mar 9, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints will sign free-agent LB A.J. Klein.

-- Saints Re-Sign One --
Wed Mar 8, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed S Shiloh Keo to a one-year contract.

-- Saints Still Shopping Brandin Cooks --
Wed Mar 8, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints are continuing to talk with Eagles, Titans, and Patriots in a potential WR Brandin Cooks deal. They want a picks or someone to take down QBs.

-- Saints Re-Sign One --
Tue Mar 7, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed S Chris Banjo to a two-year contract.

-- Saints Re-Sign Brandon Coleman --
Tue Mar 7, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed exclusive-rights free-agent WR Brandon Coleman to a one-year, $615,000 contract.

-- Source: Saints Officially Tender Willie Snead; But... --
Tue Mar 7, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have made their one-year qualifying offer to maintain their rights to exclusive-rights free-agent WR Willie Snead, per source. That's no surprise since Snead comes at a third-year minimum-salary price of $615,000, since he has only two years of service in the NFL. However, Snead won't sign it right away as he will continue to negotiate for a longer-term deal.

-- Saints to Tender Willie Snead --
Mon Mar 6, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports WR Willie Snead will be a member of the New Orleans Saints in 2017, but the price of his contract remains unclear. The Saints plan to submit a tender to retain Snead, an exclusive rights free agent, by the deadline Thursday, but his camp is hopeful New Orleans will eventually offer more than the one-year minimum salary of $615,000. "We look forward to having additional conversations," said agent Jim Miller, who met with the Saints during the combine last week in Indianapolis. "They like Willie, and we like the Saints."

-- Brandin Cooks in Demand; Patriots Offer #32 Overall Pick in a Package for Him, But... --
Sat Mar 4, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis and HC Sean Payton have acknowledged that the team would need a significant return in order to trade WR Brandin Cooks, and it seems they've set their sights on a desired price. If the Saints choose to move Cooks, they're hoping to receive a draft pick in the middle of the first round, according to two sources with knowledge of the negotiations. To this point, at least five teams have made overtures to the Saints about the productive young receiver. In addition to the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles, the New England Patriots are among the teams that have inquired about a potential Cooks deal. The Patriots offered the No. 32 overall pick as part of their package, but that wasn't enough for the 23-year-old Cooks, per both sources. Other teams involved have tried to acquire Cooks for a second-round pick. The Saints are negotiating from a position of power because they would be content to keep Cooks as part of one of the top groups of wide receivers in the NFL, along with WR Michael Thomas and WR Willie Snead.

-- What the Saints Want for Brandin Cooks --
Fri Mar 3, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints are aiming high value-wise for a potential WR Brandin Cooks trade. They've told teams they want a 1st-round draft pick. Wherever Cooks goes, he'll want a hefty contract extension, among the highest at his position. That complicates his trade value.

-- Saints Shopping Brandin Cooks --
Thu Mar 2, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Ed Werder reports New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks is the object of trade talks with the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles identified as two interested suitors, per league sources. The Titans appear to be most likely suitor over the Eagles, per one source, but nothing can be official until March 9th, if it happens.

-- Source: Saints Will Release Jairus Byrd --
Tue Feb 28, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports a source says the New Orleans Saints will release S Jairus Byrd on the first day of free agency.

-- Saints Release One --
Mon Feb 27, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have waived OL Avery Young.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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