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-- Saints Sign One --
Mon Jul 27, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent TE Kevin Brock.

-- Who Replaces Junior Galette for Saints? --
Sun Jul 26, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints loaded up with some new options at outside linebacker this offseason – perhaps anticipating all along that they would part ways with tempestuous starter LB Junior Galette at some point. The bad news: All of those options come with question marks. Newly-signed veteran LB Anthony Spencer will get the first crack. Spencer spent most of the summer with the Saints’ starting unit while Galette was sidelined with a pectoral injury. Spencer is a dependable veteran who was once among the NFL’s elite pass rushers with the Dallas Cowboys. He made the Pro Bowl when playing for current Saints DC Rob Ryan in 2012. However, Spencer is 31 now and he hasn’t been the same since suffering a major knee injury in 2013. Second-round draft pick LB Hau’oli Kikaha will also figure into the mix. At Washington, Kikaha led all players in college football last year with 19 sacks. And his athleticism has been apparent this summer. However, he’s still a rookie and admittedly needs to learn how to drop back in coverage. His impact could come in a rotational pass-rush role. Fifth-round draft pick Davis Tull is also a rookie, and he also is more of a pass-rush specialist at this point. However, Tull has been sidelined all summer by labrum surgery, though he’s expected to begin practicing during training camp. Returning veteran LB Parys Haralson should continue rotating into the mix as a run-defense specialist, though he lined up as a 3-4 end during parts of OTAs and minicamp. Second-year pro LB Kasim Edebali can’t be forgotten after he impressed last year in a limited backup role as an undrafted rookie. Fellow second-year pro LB Ronald Powell could also work his way into the rotation after barely playing last year, now that he’s more comfortable in the Saints’ system.

-- Saints Release Junior Galette --
Fri Jul 24, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have released LB Junior Galette. Galette signed a six-year deal with the team last September that has already paid him more than $17 million, but he’s gone after turning in 10 sacks in 16 games for the team last season. This probably isn’t about Galette’s ability to produce on the field, however. Galette was arrested this offseason on domestic violence charges, which were later dropped, and then a video surfaced that appeared to show Galette hitting a woman twice. He said last month that he was scheduled to talk to the NFL about off-field troubles, but the league wouldn’t confirm whether a meeting took place or say if Galette will be disciplined earlier this week.

-- Saints Place Three on NFI List --
Wed Jul 22, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed RB Marcus Murphy, OL Antonio Johnson, and LB Davis Tull (shoulder) on the active NFI list.

-- Final Season for Sean Payton with Saints? --
Sat Jul 4, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

SI.com's Peter King reports the upcoming 2015 season could be HC Sean Payton's final one with the New Orleans Saints.

-- Josh Morgan Watch --
Thu Jul 2, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports WR Josh Morgan has been making the most of his opportunity in New Orleans. The 6-foot, 219-pounder consistently reeled in several midrange passes on a daily basis during organized team activities and minicamp while working with both the first- and second-string offenses. Though Morgan didn't have a ton of highlight-reel plays, he appeared to be in a close battle with veteran TE Benjamin Watson for the most total catches throughout the practices that were open to the media. "There's definitely a big opportunity here," said Morgan, who caught a career-low 10 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown last season in 14 games played with the Chicago Bears, after having caught just 20 passes with no TDs in his final year with the Washington Redskins in 2013. "[Getting a grasp of the playbook] is always the hardest thing," Morgan said. "Learning the terminology, learning how QB Drew Brees wants things, his signals, that's always the hardest part. Everything else is just football." As good as Morgan has looked, it's still hard not to paint him as a "bubble" player.

-- Brian Dixon May Miss Some Camp Time --
Tue Jun 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints CB Brian Dixon may miss some of training camp as a result of his March arrest. The Times-Picayune reports Dixon is scheduled to go on trial in Florida on August 3rd. The Saints will be in training camp in West Virginia at that time. Dixon was arrested for resisting arrest without violence after a traffic stop in Miami Beach. He has accused the arresting officers of racial bias.

-- Appeal Filed in Tom Benson Competency Case --
Thu Jun 25, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports a judge in New Orleans ruled last week that New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson is mentally fit to manage his affairs, which means that there was no need to rescind his decision to change his will to make his current wife Gayle his heir rather than his daughter and grandchildren. Benson never took the stand during the trial leading up to that decision and that’s one of the reasons why the losing side says they are appealing the verdict. Randall A. Smith, the attorney for Renee Benson and her children, issued a statement about the appeal on Wednesday. “Although we have the utmost respect for the Court, the refusal of Tom Benson’s counsel to allow Benson to take the witness stand further evidences Benson’s diminished capacity and serves to suppress the truth,” Smith said. “Our clients are therefore appealing in particular the denial of multiple requests to question Tom Benson before and during trial, or to apply an adverse presumption for his refusal, the failure of which was compounded by the admission of many alleged statements attributed to Tom Benson by his direct employee, his wife, and their lawyer. We are further appealing the reliance by the Court upon only select portions of the testimony, including certain opinions of physicians who employed insufficient methodology and applied improper standards.”

-- No Big Breakthrough for Josh Hill? --
Sun Jun 21, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the thinking is that New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill will pop up on the fantasy radar since he'll get an opportunity at more touches with TE Jimmy Graham gone. But a major breakthrough may be asking for too much. Hill's 5 TDs last year were a bit misleading since he was usually benefitting from being the "open man" on those plays instead of a red-zone monster. He had only 14 catches overall.

-- Junior Galette in More Trouble --
Sat Jun 20, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports in 2013, a video was uploaded to YouTube depicting a man throwing punches and swinging a belt during a brawl on a beach, hitting at least one man and one woman. Today, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that the man shown assaulting people is New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette. Galette was already facing an NFL investigation into a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy after he was arrested for domestic violence in January. Charges were later dropped in that case, although Galette is also facing a civil suit in connection to that case. Now that this video has come to light, Galette’s punishment could be severe. According to the Times-Picayune report, the league is aware of the 2013 video.

-- Tom Benson Ruled Competant to Run Saints & Other Businesses --
Thu Jun 18, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson will remain in control of the teams and his billion-dollar fortune after a New Orleans judge on Thursday (June 18) found the 87-year-old capable of managing his own affairs, blocking his estranged heirs' attempt to take over. Orleans Civil District Judge Kern Reese ruled Benson competent after an eight-day trial that ended last week. His daughter Renee Benson and grandchildren Rita and Ryan LeBlanc had asked the judge to declare the patriarch incompetent, arguing the octogenarian is in mental decline and is being unduly influenced by his wife and an inner circle of team executives. But for now, Benson will stay in control of his estimated $1.7 billion fortune, built over decades on car dealerships, real estate and banking deals in New Orleans and San Antonio. Reese ruled that Benson "is able to make reasoned decisions as to his person and his property and therefore this court will not order an interdiction of any kind these proceedings."

-- Marques Colston Watch --
Wed Jun 17, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports most important at this point for the Saints is to have WR Marques Colston's body totally prepared for the season. Colston hasn't participated in many of the organized team activity sessions and sat out Tuesday's minicamp session. Colston said he's not nursing one injury in particular at this point. It's more about completely resting his body to be ready for the grind of a season. "Mileage is mileage," Colston said. "Whether it's game mileage or practice mileage. I'm just kind of in a mode where they can manage that process throughout the year." Colston's mental odometer may not be back at zero. Physically, Colston and everyone else understand he'll never be back at zero. But he feels well enough in both aspects that he's ready to heavily contribute for the Saints in 2015.

-- Ryan Griffin Hit With Champagne Bottle - Needed 50+ Stitches --
Tue Jun 16, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints backup QB Ryan Griffin needed more than 50 stitches on his face after he was hit with a champagne bottle at a New Orleans bar. But Griffin is OK and has practiced with the Saints since the incident. Griffin, who is heading into his third season with the Saints but has never played in a regular-season game, was attacked around 1:50 a.m. on June 7, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Griffin told police that he thinks he was attacked because he bumped into a group of men. “Mr. Griffin believes words were exchanged and he was struck in the head with a champagne bottle,” the police report said. “Mr. Griffin said that his friends told him that they believed it was a champagne bottle because the contents were sprayed all over them when he was struck with the bottle.” Griffin went to the emergency room, got stitches, and then talked to the police after going home. The Saints have confirmed they are aware of the incident. There have been no reports of any arrests.

-- Junior Galette Doesn't Need Surgery --
Mon Jun 15, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports sources say New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette (pec) learned he won’t need pectoral surgery after meeting with Dr. James Andrews on Monday. He just needs rest and rehab.

-- Saints Sign Kevin Williams --
Fri Jun 12, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent DT Kevin Williams to a one-year contract.

-- Mark Ingram Returns to Practice --
Wed Jun 10, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (ankle/foot) has returned to practice during OTAs.

-- Saints Name Brendan Prophett --
Mon Jun 8, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports the Saints have named Brendan Prophett a college scout.

-- Junior Galette Injury Update --
Fri Jun 5, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports doctors are split on whether New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette (pec) needs surgery or not. The team is awaiting one more opinion from a doctor on vacation.

-- Mark Ingram Sits at OTAs --
Fri Jun 5, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (foot/ankle) has been sidelined at OTAs. HC Sean Payton says the injury is nothing "significant," and the team is just taking a cautious stance with their starting tailback.

-- Junior Galette Injures Pec --
Thu Jun 4, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette suffered a pectoral injury recently and is currently evaluating his options on whether to undergo surgery, sources have said. It's unclear how Galette, who was absent from the team's optional OTA workout on Thursday, suffered the injury and whether there's a legitimate chance he could play through it. Players who undergo surgery for pectoral injuries are usually sidelined for an average of five to six months.

-- Saints Host Jermaine Gresham --
Thu Jun 4, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham visited with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday.

-- Saints Extend Cam Jordan --
Tue Jun 2, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

FOX Sports reports the New Orleans saints have agreed to terms with DE Cam Jordan on a five-year extension worth a maximum of $60 million that will keep Jordan under contract through the 2020 season. The 2011 first-round pick got $33.6 million in guaranteed money and will receive close to $27 million over the next two years.

-- Saints Work Out Kris Durham --
Sun May 24, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports free-agent WR Kris Durham recently worked out for the New Orleans Saints.

-- Saints Sign First-Rounder Andrus Peat --
Thu May 21, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed first-round draft pick OT Andrus Peat to a four-year contract.

-- Saints Sign Mike McGlynn --
Wed May 20, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent OL Mike McGlynn to a one-year contract.

-- Saints Release Shayne Graham --
Tue May 19, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released veteran PK Shayne Graham. The Saints are apparently content to let two young kickers battle for the job this summer, PK Dustin Hopkins and PK Zach Hocker.

-- Andrus Peat Watch --
Mon May 18, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports during the New Orleans Saints' rookie minicamp over the weekend, HC Sean Payton gushed about OL Andrus Peat, envisioning the first-year player eventually taking over at right tackle. The question is whether that vision will come to fruition this season. Starting Peat at right tackle would necessitate veteran OT Zach Strief to the left guard spot vacated by the trade of OG Ben Grubbs. Speaking at the Saints' Hall of Fame golf tournament on Monday, Strief downplayed any move to the inside. "I've never played guard. I don't expect to..." he said, via The New Orleans Advocate. "People don't realize OG Tim Lelito and OG Senio Kelemete are great." Strief was, of course, speaking about the Saints' current depth chart at left guard. The 31-year-old understands that Peat was drafted to take his spot sooner or later, but wants to make the rookie earn the gig. "He's taking my job eventually....My job and my role is to make that take as long as possible," Strief said. The 10-year veteran also acknowledged it's his responsibility to prepare Peat to take his job.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Sun May 17, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports the New Orleans Saints have signed PK Zach Hocker, WR Kyle Prater, and OL Antonio Johnson. The team also waived LB Stephon Sanders.

-- Saints Sign Josh Morgan --
Sun May 17, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent WR Josh Morgan.

-- Saints Sign First-Rounder Stephone Anthon --
Tue May 12, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed first-round draft pick LB Stephone Anthon to a four-year contract.

-- Saints Sign 3rd-Rounder P.J. Williams --
Tue May 12, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed 3rd-round draft pick CB P.J. Williams to a four-year contract.

-- Saints Hosting Kevin Williams --
Tue May 12, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

WWL reports free-agent DT Kevin Williams is visiting with the New Orleans Saints.

-- Saints Sign Six Drafted Rookies --
Mon May 11, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed drafted rookies LB Hau’oli Kikaha, QB Garrett Grayson, LB Davis Tull, NT Tyeler Davison, CB Damian Swann and RB Marcus Murphy to four-year contracts.

-- Will the Saints Acquire a TE? --
Thu May 7, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports the New Orleans Saints seem likely to deal for a tight end. This draft offered few options, but it's tough to see HC Sean Payton going from TE Jimmy Graham to TE Ben Watson at that position, especially given how important it is to an undersized quarterback like QB Drew Brees. Maybe it's TE Marcedes Lewis or maybe it's TE Jermaine Gresham, especially after the Bengals just drafted an intriguing tight end from Rutgers, or maybe it's someone else, but the feel is like something could happen here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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