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-- Brees Believes Graham Gets New Deal Soon --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints QB Drew Brees said he's very confident a new deal for franchised TE Jimmy Graham will happen soon.

-- Saints Pick Up 5th-Year Option on Cameron Jordan --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have picked up the 5th-year option on DE Cameron Jordan for 2015.

-- Saints Re-Sign Robert Meachem --
Fri Apr 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New Orleans Saints official website reports the Saints have re-signed free-agent WR Robert Meachem to a one-year contract.

-- Saints Work Out Rusty Smith --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL Insider Howard Balzer reports free-agent QB Rusty Smith recently worked out for the New Orleans Saints.

-- Saints Hosting Jonathan Goodwin --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints are hosting veteran free-agent C Jonathan Goodwin today.

-- Not Much Movement in Jimmy Graham Contract Talks --
Thu Apr 10, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis shot down the notion Wednesday that the Saints and franchised TE Jimmy Graham will aim to strike a new deal by the middle of this month. NBC Sports last month cited a source as saying the two sides would try to reach a long-term contract agreement before the April 22 deadline for Graham to file a grievance over his franchise-tag designation. Graham was officially designated as a tight end, though it’s expected that Graham and agent Jimmy Sexton will file the grievance to argue that he should be considered a wide receiver based on where he lined up most often last season. “Look, I’m always optimistic. But there’s no deadline here,” Loomis said when asked if that April 22 date was being used as a target. Loomis, who spoke to the media while attending LSU’s pro day, declined to give any specific updates on how talks are developing with Graham. But he seemed to indicate that the pace hasn’t picked up much since the Saints first placed the franchise tag on Graham more than a month ago. When asked for the most rational way for fans to look at the situation, Loomis cracked, “Well, when does training camp begin?”

-- Brodrick Bunkley Accepts Pay Cut --
Wed Apr 9, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports Saints DT Brodrick Bunkley restructured his contract to create $2.85 million in salary cap space and accepted a pay cut. His salary this year went from $4.5 million to $1.65 million, including a $300,000 roster bonus. His base salaries in 2015 and 2016 stayed the same.

-- Rafael Bush Remains a Saint --
Mon Apr 7, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports S Rafael Bush said the New Orleans Saints matched the two-year offer sheet the Atlanta Falcons gave him. As a result, he remains a Saint.

-- Rafael Bush Hopes Saints Don't Match Offer from Falcons --
Fri Apr 4, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports S Rafael Bush says he has enjoyed his two seasons with the Saints, and he especially liked playing under DC Rob Ryan in 2013. But after he hit restricted free agency this offseason, the Atlanta Falcons offered him a two-year deal worth up to $4.5 million to play for them instead, a league source said Friday. Bush signed the offer sheet. The Saints can keep him if they match the Falcons’ offer sheet by Tuesday. But Bush would prefer it if New Orleans let him move on, the source said. It’s nothing personal against the Saints, who in March extended Bush a one-year, $1.4 million tender that ensured they would have the chance to match any offer sheet the safety signed, the source said. According to the source, in Atlanta, Bush is being offered a chance to be a starting safety alongside S William Moore, a friend. The Falcons’ release in February of S Thomas DeCoud, a starter since 2009, created the opportunity.

-- Saints Sign Champ Bailey --
Fri Apr 4, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent CB Champ Bailey to a two-year contract with a maximum value of $7 million.

-- Saints Sign One --
Wed Apr 2, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed S Marcus Ball to a three-year contract.

-- Saints Re-Sign Parys Haralson --
Tue Apr 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed veteran free-agent LB Parys Haralson.

-- Saints Host Champ Bailey --
Tue Apr 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent CB Champ Bailey visited with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday. ESPN's Adam Schefter adds Bailey plans to take at least another trip depending on host the talks go with the Saints.

-- Saints Plans for Center Still Unsettled --
Fri Mar 28, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints could still “very well” re-sign C Brian de la Puente or another veteran in free agency, coach Sean Payton said Wednesday at the NFL meetings in Orlando, Fla. Payton spoke highly of second-year OL Tim Lelito as a possible contender for the role, as well. And he said it appears to be a good draft class for interior linemen. But he said the Saints have not finalized their plans for the position yet. “It’s still unfolding, so it’d be premature to say, ‘Hey, here’s our plan today,’” Payton said. “We feel we’ve got some good young linemen in the building, and I’m sure that as we get back to New Orleans and we still continue to look at our boards, I wouldn’t be surprised if there possibly is a player signed. “But Tim Lelito would be a guy that’s gonna be in the mix, someone that will be competing for that opportunity. Well see who he’s gonna be competing against. But he’s someone that we feel has a chance to be that player. And yet we think there could be the potential to have someone (else). And it could very well be a guy like de la Puente or another guy who’s out there.” De la Puente visited with the Washington Redskins last week, and other teams have shown interest. The Saints remain in play as he mulls his options, according to league sources. That list of other veteran possibilities includes former Saints Pro Bowl C Jonathan Goodwin, who remains unsigned after three years with the San Francisco 49ers. Or the Saints could wind up drafting a potential center.

-- Saints Re-Sign Luke McCown --
Wed Mar 26, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed free-agent QB Luke McCown to a one-year contract.

-- Payton: Only a Matter of Time When Saints Re-sign Jimmy Graham --
Wed Mar 26, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton said Wednesday at the NFL owners meeting that it's a matter of time before the team reaches a long-term contract extension with Pro Bowl TE Jimmy Graham. The Saints used the one-year franchise tag with Graham on March 3. Both sides have been in continued negotiations, and Payton is confident a deal will be complete before the July deadline. "It's hard to put a timetable on it," Payton said Wednesday. "But I would say very similar to QB Drew Brees, I think all of us feel like it's just a matter of not if, but when. I don't know if there's nervous anticipation."

-- Jimmy Graham Plans to Lead the League in Penalties --
Tue Mar 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the NFL has passed what surely will be known as the TE Jimmy Graham rule. And Graham plans to break it. Repeatedly. “I guess I’ll have to lead the NFL in penalties next year!” Graham said on Twitter after the NFL passed a rule banning the goal post dunk. Graham’s tweet was accompanied by an image of Graham dunking over an official. Obviously, the move isn’t banned; Graham can still dunk the ball after scoring. But Graham will be subject to a 15-yard penalty and fines that will increase as the violations mount. While many have accused the NFL of once again behaving as the “No Fun League,” the fact that Graham knocked a goal post cockeyed with a two-handed dunk last season likely prompted the league to eliminate the exception created when a prohibition on the use of props was passed several years ago.

-- Jimmy Graham Watch --
Mon Mar 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports a league source says the current expectation is that the New Orleans Saints and franchised TE Jimmy Graham will finalize a long-term contract before Graham pulls the pin on a grievance grenade. Once Graham files a grievance, the process will take on a life of its own, with more than $5 million turning on whether Graham lined up more as a receiver or a tight end for franchise tag purposes. At that point, Graham has nothing to lose by letting it ride, especially once the process becomes adversarial in an industry where the bright line of winning and losing looms over everything else.

-- Brees: Jimmy Graham is a Hybrid --
Sat Mar 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees weighed in again on whether TE Jimmy Graham is a tight end or a wide receiver, a topic that has become one of the New Orleans Saints' biggest offseason issues. But Brees did not fall on either side of the debate this time, taking a more diplomatic approach when evaluating Graham's position in a recent interview with the ESPN Radio's "The Dan Le Batard Show." "He's a hybrid," Brees said during the interview, which took place Thursday night. "I don't know if there's anybody like him or ever like him." Brees' statement differed from his remarks earlier this offseason. In an interview with NBC Sports Radio in January, Brees described Graham as a tight end on multiple occasions. The Saints placed their franchise tag on Graham earlier this month, tendering a $7.04 million offer to the two-time Pro Bowler. Barring a holdout, Graham will play the 2014 season under the distinction of tight end rather than wide receiver. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound Graham could still opt to file a grievance, asking to be designated instead as a wide receiver, which carries a $12.3 million franchise tag. Graham's camp is believed to be seeking a long-term contract that is more in line with the NFL's top receivers than the league's top tight ends. The Saints have remained adamant throughout the process that Graham is a tight end, but Brees doesn't necessarily see it that way. "He plays a different position than anybody in the league," Brees said during his interview with ESPN Radio. "So he'll be cutting edge with whatever he gets [paid]. And everybody will try to compare themselves to him five years from now." Graham and his agent, Jimmy Sexton, likely will file a grievance through the players' association, asking that Graham be considered a receiver because he lined up out wide or in the slot on 67 percent of his snaps last season.

-- Pierre Thomas New Contract Details --
Thu Mar 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas did take a pay cut in 2014 when he signed his new three-year deal with the Saints this month. The details are now available after that three-year, $6.9 million contract was officially processed. Thomas will now make $2.4 million in salary and bonuses this season instead of $2.9 million. But that $2.4 million is all guaranteed. The Saints saved $1.33 million off this year’s salary cap with Thomas’ new deal.

-- Keenan Lewis Restructures --
Thu Mar 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis has agreed to a restructured contract to save a bit on salary cap space.

-- Saints Re-Sign Joe Morgan --
Tue Mar 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed free-agent WR Joe Morgan to a one-year contract.

-- Saints Sign Erik Lorig --
Tue Mar 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New Orleans Saints official website reports the Saints have signed FB Erik Lorig to a four-year contract

-- Joe Morgan Watch --
Tue Mar 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports free-agent WR Joe Morgan has a couple of big obstacles to getting another job. One was a 2013 DWI charge that carried possible jail time if Morgan was convicted in a trial, but that no longer appears to be an issue. The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that Morgan has entered a diversion program that will employ monitoring, counseling and other social services to help him avoid future trouble instead of going through a trial. That leaves the knee injury that wiped out Morgan’s 2013 season as a major impediment to the next step of his NFL career. It was the second serious knee injury in the last three years for Morgan, whose speed appeared to have on track to nab a good-sized role in the Saints receiving corps last season.

-- Saints Eyeing Sidney Rice --
Mon Mar 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints are interested in free-agent WR Sidney Rice.

-- Saints Re-Sign Zach Strief --
Mon Mar 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed free-agent OT Zach Strief to a five-year, $20.5 million contract, including $8.5 million guaranteed.

-- Jed Collins an Unrestricted Free Agent --
Sun Mar 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints never tendered an offer to FB Jed Collins, making him an unrestricted free agent.

-- Saints Hosted Erik Lorig --
Sun Mar 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent FB Erik Lorig visited with the New Orleans Saints last week.

-- Travaris Cadet = Darren Sproles? --
Sat Mar 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports RB Travaris Cadet is a candidate to replace RB Darren Sproles in the New Orleans Saints' offense.

-- Zach Strief Shuns Dolphins; Expects to Re-Sign with Saints --
Fri Mar 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Miami Herald reports free-agent OT Zach Strief has turned down a visit with the Miami Dolphins. He expects to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints.

-- Saints Re-Sign Ramon Humber --
Fri Mar 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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

-- Saints Trade Darren Sproles to Eagles --
Thu Mar 13, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports RB Darren Sproles, who Wednesday expressed a desire to be released by the New Orleans Saints, was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday for a fifth-round draft pick. "Darren Sproles is an unbelievable offensive weapon," Eagles HC Chip Kelly said. "He can do it all -- run, catch -- plus he's a proven winner. And on top of that, he can bring all of those dynamic skills to the return game as well. There is no question we were all excited once we found out we were going to be able to trade for him."

-- Darren Sharper Indicted Again --
Wed Mar 12, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports former New Orleans Saints S Darren Sharper has been indicted in Arizona on charges of sexual assault and administering dangerous drugs.

-- Darren Sproles Wants the Freedon of a Release --
Wed Mar 12, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports New Orleans Saints RB Darren Sproles wants his release. "I want to get released. I don't want to be traded. I don't know where they would send me because I have no control over it and I want to be able to pick. The good thing is none of the teams I'm told they're talking to are terrible. It's more than two. I feel I should have more of an idea later on today."

-- Saints Re-Sign Pierre Thomas --
Wed Mar 12, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed RB Pierre Thomas to a two-year extension, the latest move in what has been a busy offseason for New Orleans. The Saints announced the move Wednesday morning on their Twitter account. Financial terms were not disclosed.

-- Saints; Jairus Byrd Agree to Contract --
Tue Mar 11, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New Orleans Saints have reached agreement with free-agent S Jairus Byrd on a six-year, $54 million deal that includes $28 million guaranteed, sources said.

-- Saints to Trade Darren Sproles Due to Heavy Interest --
Tue Mar 11, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New Orleans Saints still haven’t released RB Darren Sproles and now plan to trade him due to heavy interest, per a source.

-- Saints to Host Jairus Byrd --
Tue Mar 11, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free-agent S Jairus Byrd is on his way to New Orleans to visit the Saints.

-- 2014 Saints RB Show: Ingram & Robinson --
Sat Mar 8, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports with the New Orleans Saints set to move on from both RB Pierre Thomas and RB Darren Sproles, it appears they will go with RB Mark Ingram and RB Khiry Robinson in 2014.

-- Adios Darren Sproles! --
Fri Mar 7, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints will continue their roster overhaul by releasing RB Darren Sproles if they're unable to trade him, according to multiple media reports. Sproles' production started to dip last year, and the Saints might be banking on a steeper decline in the near future. Sproles was due to receive $3.5 million in salary and bonuses this year, the last of his contract, all of which can be saved against the salary cap. The Saints are an estimated $2 million to $4 million under the salary cap after releasing WR Lance Moore on Friday. They also have been shopping RB Pierre Thomas as possible trade bait, sources said.

-- Darren Sharper Told Witnesses Sex with Women Not Consensual --
Fri Mar 7, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports former Saints FS Darren Sharper told witnesses that the sex he and a friend had with two women in New Orleans in September was not consensual, according to a report by a New Orleans police detective obtained by USA Today. The former NFL safety is currently jailed in Los Angeles, having surrendered last week to police after a warrant was issued in connection with the alleged rapes in New Orleans. An acquaintance of Sharper's, Erik Nunez, also is facing two charges of aggravated rape in the incident, which police in Louisiana said occurred at an apartment on Sept. 23, 2013. Nunez was booked on two counts of rape Friday morning in New Orleans. The report states the two alleged victims were under the influence of an unknown substance and "do not recall the entirety of the sexual intercourse." Both victims said they awoke from the stupor to find Sharper on top of them, "completely nude," according to the report, and both denied consenting to the sex. An acquaintance later entered the apartment that night and found Sharper in his boxer shorts, according to the report. The person then saw Nunez exiting Sharper's room, also in just underwear. "Through further investigation by the (detectives) it was learned that Nunez and Sharper admitted to other known witnesses that he and Sharper had ... sex with victims #1 and #2 without their knowledge or permission," the report states. Sharper will appear in court Friday. His attorneys will argue that he should be released from a Los Angeles jail, where he has been held without bail because of the arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities. Sharper's attorneys filed a motion Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, arguing that since Sharper has not been formally charged in Louisiana, he should be released on the terms of $1 million bail he previously posted in regards to charges in Los Angeles.

-- Saints Release Lance Moore --
Fri Mar 7, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New Orleans Saints have released veteran WR Lance Moore.

-- Saints Release Lance Moore --
Fri Mar 7, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New Orleans Saints have released veteran WR Lance Moore.

-- Saints Shopping Two; Could Trade Sproles --
Thu Mar 6, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New Orleans Saints are shopping RB Pierre Thomas and WR Lance Moore to other teams, according to sources, and even could be open to trading RB Darren Sproles.

-- Jimmy Graham Franchised as a TE --
Mon Mar 3, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints officially franchised tagged TE Jimmy Graham as a tight end. This ruling is not a surprise, but sets the stage for a battle via a grievance.

-- Saints Use Non-Exclusive Franchise Tag on Jimmy Graham --
Sat Mar 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the New Orleans Saints used their non-exclusive franchise tag on free-agent TE Jimmy Graham, leagues sources told ESPN, meaning he can sign with another team willing to surrender two first-round draft picks as compensation to New Orleans. Under the non-exclusive tag. the Saints would have a right of first refusal, allowing them match any offer sheet and retain Graham for the specific amount by the signing team. The move, confirmed by team spokesman Greg Bensel, was expected as the two sides attempt to work out a long-term deal.

-- Saints Franchise Jimmy Graham --
Fri Feb 28, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have officially franchise tagged free-agent TE Jimmy Graham.

-- Source: Saints to Franchise Jimmy Graham --
Fri Feb 28, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New Orleans Saints will use their franchise tag on free-agent TE Jimmy Graham before Monday’s deadline, according to a league source.

-- Darren Sharper Arrested on Multiple Rape Charges --
Fri Feb 28, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans police have obtained arrest warrants for former Saints star FS Darren Sharper and a second man, both accused of raping two women in the same apartment in September. Sharper, 38, who was booked in a California jail hours after the warrants issued, and Erik Nunez, described by police as a 26-year-old acquaintance of the retired football player, each face two counts of aggravated rape, the NOPD said. Investigators learned only last week that a second woman says she was sexually assaulted in the same Central Business District apartment on the same night as another woman, who had reported to police that Sharper raped her on Sept. 23 after a night of drinking downtown.

-- Saints Nowhere Close to Re-Signing Jimmy Graham --
Tue Feb 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

FOX Sports reports the New Orleans Saints and free-agent TE Jimmy Graham are still several million dollars apart per year on a new deal. A franchise tag fight is looming quickly on the horizon.

-- Saints Free Agency Update --
Tue Feb 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports TE Jimmy Graham isn't the only potential free agent for the New Orleans Saints, and the team is acting accordingly. The Saints have already had early discussions with players like OT Zach Strief, LB Parys Haralson, S Rafael Bush and WR Joe Morgan with their contracts up in March and there's interest from each side in re-uniting, according to league sources.

-- Saints Would Like to Re-Sign Parys Haralson --
Tue Feb 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have had some preliminary discussions about re-signing free agent LB Parys Haralson, according to a league source.

-- Zach Strief Watch --
Mon Feb 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints had some early discussions with free-agent OT Zach Strief's agent, Ralph Cindrich, during the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. But the key word is "early." "There is a mutual interest to get something done on both sides, and we had a good meeting and discussions," Cindrich said. It's still too early to predict whether Strief will remain with the Saints. But I think it's a good sign that they've had some early discussions.

-- Kenyon Coleman to Retire --
Fri Feb 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports veteran DE Kenyon Coleman plans to retire after missing all of last season with a torn pectoral muscle, according to his agent Jordan Woy. Coleman signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints last offseason but never played with the team after suffering the injury in training camp.

-- Tom Johnson Set to Become an Unrestricted Free Agent --
Thu Feb 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

USA Today reports the New Orleans Saints will not tender an offer to DE Tom Johnson, which will make him an unrestricted free agent on March 11th.

-- Jimmy Graham Contract Watch; Will File Grievance If... --
Tue Feb 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports there has been no progress yet regarding a new contract for TE Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans Saints. If, as expected, he’s franchised tagged as a tight end, you can expect an immediate grievance to be tagged as a wide receiver.

-- Saints Re-Sign Two --
Sat Feb 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed free-agents PK Shayne Graham and OT Bryce Harris to one-year contracts.

-- Darren Sharper Charged with Rape --
Fri Feb 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports former New Orleans Saints S Darren Sharper was charged Friday with drugging and raping two women in Los Angeles, one in October and one in January, according to a complaint filed by the L.A. district attorney's office. In both incidents Sharper is accused of following a similar pattern of raping women whom he had invited to his hotel room and given them liquid shots possibly containing Ambien and morphine, causing them to pass out, prosecutors said. Sharper, 38, is currently being investigated in a rape case in New Orleans, and L.A. prosecutors revealed Friday that he is also being investigated for rapes in Arizona and Nevada. His attorney in New Orleans has maintained his innocence. Sharper was suspended without pay from the NFL Network upon his arrest, a spokeswoman said at the time.

-- Saints Re-Sign Trevin Wade --
Fri Feb 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed exclusive rights free-agent CB Trevin Wade to a one-year contract.

-- Jimmy Graham Watch --
Thu Feb 13, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports TE Jimmy Graham is heading into an offseason that may feature a lengthy contract negotiation and a fight with the New Orleans Saints about the position he plays, but he says he’s not sweating it. Graham said today that he’s approaching the offseason the way he always does, working out and preparing for the next season. “I’m just standing. I take every day one day at a time. I’m just going to wait, see what happens,” Graham said, via the Times-Picayune. The biggest question looming for Graham is whether he’ll be categorized as a tight end or a wide receiver for the purpose of his status as the Saints’ franchise player. If he’s a wide receiver the Saints will have to guarantee him $4.5 million more on the franchise tender than they’d have to pay him if he’s a tight end, but Graham says he’s not worried about that. “That’s not for me to decide. I’m going to do and I’m going to play what ever I’m asked to do. It’s that simple,” Graham said.

-- Saints Release Three; Won't Re-Sign Vilma --
Wed Feb 12, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have released DE Will Smith, CB Jabari Greer, and SS Roman Harper. NBC Sports also adds the Saints announced that LB Jonathan Vilma will not be re-signed.

-- Saints Release Three; Won't Re-Sign Vilma --
Wed Feb 12, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have released DE Will Smith, CB Jabari Greer, and SS Roman Harper. NBC Sports also adds the Saints announced that LB Jonathan Vilma will not be re-signed.

-- Saints Re-Sign Keyunta Dawson --
Wed Feb 12, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed DE Keyunta Dawson to a one-year contract.

-- Saints About to Say Adios to Three Veterans? --
Tue Feb 11, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints LB Will Smith and S Roman Harper could both be cut, as soon as Wednesday. Smith has a cap number of $13.9 million, thanks in large part to a $10.4 million base salary. He tore an ACL in August and missed all of the 2013 season. Harper, a second-round pick in 2006, is due to earn a base salary of $2.35 million. He carries nearly $3.6 million in cap money for bonuses previously paid. It’s also highly likely that LB Jonathan Vilma won’t return. The impending free agent appeared in only one game last year due to a lingering knee problem. He was acquired via trade from the Jets in 2008 after the team that drafted him in the first round switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense.

-- Saints Name Mike Neu --
Wed Feb 5, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the Saints have named Mike Neu QBs coach.

-- Jimmy Graham: Getting Franchise Tagged Would Be Unfortunate --
Sat Jan 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports TE Jimmy Graham does not seem thrilled about the prospect of receiving the New Orleans Saints' franchise tag. Graham addressed recent comments made by Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, who acknowledged that he would prefer to reach a long-term deal with the star tight end but said New Orleans would use its franchise tag on the Pro Bowler if necessary. "I'm not keen on the franchise tag," Graham said after Pro Bowl practice Friday, according to NFL.com. "That would be really unfortunate, but that is really all I have to say about that one." Graham, who led the NFL with 16 touchdown catches this past season, said he would prefer not playing 2014 on the one-year franchise deal. "That's real unfortunate," he said. "If that happens, it doesn't really matter what I prefer." If New Orleans uses its franchise tag on Graham, the move likely would trigger a groundbreaking battle over whether the pending free agent should be officially considered a tight end or a wide receiver. Loomis, who has stressed that the March 3 franchise-tag deadline is more than a month away, also made it clear that the Saints consider Graham a tight end. "Isn't that what we drafted him as? Isn't that what he made the Pro Bowl as?" Loomis said Tuesday. "That's what we see him as, a tight end. ... That's what makes him valuable." The difference between the franchise-tag salary for a receiver and a tight end will be significant. Last year it was $10.5 million versus $6 million. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Graham lined up as a receiver on 67 percent of his snaps in 2013 (45 percent in the slot, 22 percent out wide, 33 percent as an in-line tight end).

-- Jimmy Graham Going Nowhere --
Tue Jan 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

WWL-TV reports New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis said the team will franchise tag free-agent TE Jimmy Graham if they can't manage to re-sign him before free-agency begins.

-- Darren Sharper Arrested --
Sat Jan 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports former New Orleans Saints S Darren Sharper has been arrested in Los Angeles on felony charges, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Sharper was arrested on suspicion of rape according to TMZ.com, who first reported the story. Sharper has also been linked to sexual assaults in Oct. 2013 and Jan. 2013, TMZ reported. The 38-year-old Sharper was arrested on Friday afternoon and booked into an L.A. jail. He was released on a $200,000 bond.

-- Saints Friday Injury Update - P. Thomas Questionable --
Fri Jan 10, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (chest) and DE Akiem Hicks (ankle) were limited in Friday's practice and are questionable to play in Saturday's divisional playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. CB Keenan Lewis (head/neck), who was forced to undergo concussion protocol after leaving last week's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, practiced fully all week and is probable. OT Terron Armstead (knee) and OG Jahri Evans (ankle) are listed as probable.

-- Saints Thursday Injury Updatre - P. Thomas Limited --
Thu Jan 9, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New Orleans Saints official website reports Saints RB Pierre Thomas (chest) and DE Akiem Hicks (ankle) were limited in practice on Thursday. OG Jahri Evans (ankle), OT Terron Armstead (knee) and CB Keenan Lewis (head/neck) fully practiced.

-- Saints Wednesday Injury Updatre - P. Thomas Sits --
Wed Jan 8, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New Orleans Saints official website reports Saints RB Pierre Thomas (chest) did not practice on Wednesday. OG Jahri Evans (ankle) and DE Akiem Hicks (ankle) were limited. OT Terron Armstead (knee) and CB Keenan Lewis (head/neck) fully practiced.

-- Keenan Lewis Practices Tuesday; Expects to Play This Week --
Tue Jan 7, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis (concussion) was back on the practice field Tuesday, and he insisted he will "definitely be out there" on Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks after leaving last Saturday's playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles early with a concussion.

-- Saints IR Parys Haralson; Make Other Player Moves --
Tue Jan 7, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed LB Parys Haralson (torn pec) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team also promoted LB Rufus Johnson from the practice squad and waived S Isa Abdul-Quddus.

-- Saints Sign Jordan Pugh --
Tue Jan 7, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The National Football Post reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent S Jordan Pugh to back up at strong safety and play on special teams.

-- Parys Haralson Injured Saturday --
Sun Jan 5, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports New Orleans Saints LB Parys Haralson suffered what is believed to be a torn pectoral muscle on Saturday, according to a source. Tests are coming to confirm the exact extent of his injury.

-- Two Saints Injured --
Sat Jan 4, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints LB Parys Haralson (chest) and CB Keenan Lewis (head) were injured in today's game against the Eagles.

-- Saints Friday Injury Update - P. Thomas OUT --
Fri Jan 3, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New Orleans Saints official website reports Saints RB Pierre Thomas (chest) is OUT. LB Keyunta Dawson (calf) is questionable to play this week. S Rafael Bush (ankle) is probable.

-- Saints Thursday Injury Update - P. Thomas Sits --
Thu Jan 2, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New Orleans Saints official website reports Saints RB Pierre Thomas (chest) did not practice on Thursday. S Rafael Bush (ankle) was limited.

-- Saints Wednesday Injury Update - P. Thomas Sits --
Wed Jan 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New Orleans Saints official website reports Saints S Rafael Bush (ankle) and RB Pierre Thomas (chest) did not practice on Wednesday.

-- Pierre Thomas Sits Wednesday --
Wed Jan 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (chest) did not practice on Wednesday.

-- Saints IR Kenny Vaccaro --
Wed Dec 25, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed S Kenny Vaccaro (ankle) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Ben Watson Sees More Snaps Than Jimmy Graham Sunday --
Mon Dec 23, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints TE Ben Watson (47) received more snaps than TE Jimmy Graham (44) on Sunday at Carolina. It came with an increase in the run game.

-- Saints Sign One --
Wed Dec 18, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent S Eric Frampton.

-- Saints Release Garrett Hartley & Chris Carr; Sign Shayne Graham --
Tue Dec 17, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the Saints have waived PK Garrett Hartley and CB Chris Carr. The team also signed free-agent PK Shayne Graham.

-- Saints Release Garrett Hartley & Chris Carr; Sign Shayne Graham --
Tue Dec 17, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the Saints have waived PK Garrett Hartley and CB Chris Carr. The team also signed free-agent PK Shayne Graham.

-- Darren Sproles Plays Only 15 Snaps Last Sunday --
Wed Dec 11, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints RB Darren Sproles' snap count continues to be low every week. He played just 15 snaps last weekend. He also returns punts, and he gets used more when the Saints are in their hurry-up, two-minute offense, but perhaps HC Sean Payton may be intentionally trying to keep him fresh for later in the season like he did with RB Reggie Bush in 2009.

-- Saints IR Jabari Greer; Sign One --
Tue Nov 19, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have placed CB Jabari Greer (torn ACL) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team also signed DB Trevin Wade.

-- Saints Offensive Snap Count Watch --
Mon Nov 18, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham played 51 of 69 offensive snaps on Sunday, while TE Josh Hill played 30. WR Marques Colston played 47, WR Kenny Stills saw 42, WR Lance Moore played 34, WR Robert Meachem saw 21, and WR Nick Toon played 11 snaps. RB Pierre Thomas played 35 snaps, RB Darren Sproles played 21, and RB Mark Ingram played 13.

-- Saints Sticking with Garrett Hartley... For Now --
Thu Nov 14, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints PK Garrett Hartley has made 16 of 22 field-goal attempts this season. His funk started when he missed three consecutive kicks during Weeks 8 and 9. But he had appeared to right the ship when he nailed a career-long 55-yarder and a 43-yarder in the second half of that Week 9 game, a 26-20 loss at the New York Jets. Overall, he has missed 4 of his last 6 FGAs. HC Sean Payton insisted Wednesday that he still has “a ton of confidence” in Hartley’s ability and explained that the kicker workouts are a common practice in the NFL. "We'll do this. We had safeties in as well. We'll have other positions in as well,” Payton said. “Typically, we'll bring in players that are on our short list to validate a grade, make sure we feel the same when they leave. ... [But] Garrett has done it in so many big spots. I've got a ton of confidence in his ability, and I'm glad we did back in '09. And I think the same thing applies this year."

-- Saints WR Snap Watch - Moore Plays #4 WR Role --
Wed Nov 13, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints WR Lance Moore played on just 29-of-83 snaps (34.9%) in Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Moore had one catch for 14 yards on two targets. WR Kenny Stills (50 snaps), WR Marques Colston (47) and WR Robert Meachem (33) saw more snaps than Moore.

-- Saints Work Out Kickers --
Tue Nov 12, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefterr reports with PK Garrett Hartley struggling, the New Orleans Saints have worked out a group of kickers that included PK Derek Dimke, PK Shayne Graham and PK Neil Rackers.

-- Jimmy Graham Limited to 33 Snaps --
Mon Nov 11, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints TE Jimmy Graham only played on 33 offensive snaps, which was 40% of the total offensive snaps on Sunday night against the Cowboys.

-- Saints IR Jonathan Vilma; Sign One --
Wed Nov 6, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed LB Jonathan Vilma (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team also re-signed CB Chris Carr.

-- Saints Activate Jonathan Vilma --
Sat Nov 2, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have activated LB Jonathan Vilma (knee) from injured reserve designated for return.

-- Saints Release Martez Wilson --
Wed Oct 23, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have waived LB Martez Wilson.

-- Saints Promote One --
Tue Oct 22, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have promoted QB Ryan Griffin from the practice squad.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Tue Oct 8, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed DE Keyunta Dawson and released DE Jay Richardson.

-- Mark Ingram Could Ask for a Trade --
Sun Sep 22, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram could soon ask for a trade.

-- Saints IR Patrick Robinson --
Wed Sep 18, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed CB Patrick Robinson (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Saints Re-Sign Chris Carr --
Tue Sep 17, 2013 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed CB Chris Carr.