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-- 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.

-- Marques Colston Likely Facing a Pay Cut to Remain a Saint --
Thu Jan 15, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints WR Marques Colston finished the 2014 season with 59 catches for 902 yards and five touchdowns. But Colston, who will turn 32 in June, is due $7 million in 2015, with a cap hit of $9.7 million. It's likely the Saints would like Colston back, but not at that price. Colston is a likely candidate for a pay cut if he chooses to come back next season.

-- Saints to Keep DC Rob Ryan, But... --
Wed Jan 7, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints DC Rob Ryan will keep his job, but a source says there will be other unspecified changes to the defensive coaching staff and personnel.

-- Junior Galette Arrested --
Mon Jan 5, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette was arrested in Kenner for domestic violence and simple battery charges on Monday.

-- Saints Fire Three Coaches; DC Rob Ryan in Limbo? --
Sat Jan 3, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have begun to make the offseason changes that HC Sean Payton promised earlier in the week as sources have confirmed that the team is parting ways with three assistants, including longtime tight ends coach Terry Malone. The NFL Network first reported that Malone, receivers coach Henry Ellard and assistant secondary coach Andre Curtis are on the way out. There's still no word on DC Rob Ryan's status, per a source. It's unclear if that's a positive sign for Ryan or not.

-- Saints IR John Jenkins --
Sat Dec 27, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed NT John Jenkins (abdomen) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Saints IR Pierre Thomas --
Fri Dec 26, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed RB Pierre Thomas (ribs) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Mark Ingram Pleased with His Final Season as a Saint... For Now --
Fri Dec 26, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports RB Mark Ingram is wrapping up the final year of his contract with the New Orleans Saints and preparing to head into free agency after his best NFL season. Ingram missed three games early in the season, but has since held up well under a heavy workload caused by injuries other backs. Ingram has set career highs in attempts, yards, receptions and touchdowns and thinks he’s sold himself well in the process. “Yeah, I think that’s a good thing, seeing that I could carry the ball and be out there doing whatever they ask me to do for a stretch of time and be healthy,” Ingram said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Running backs have not found a friendly market in free agency in recent years, so Ingram will have to buck that trend to land a big contract. That will be tough in a year when RB DeMarco Murray, RB Ryan Mathews, RB C.J. Spiller and RB Frank Gore are also set to make up a crowded free agent market at the position, but coming off his best pro season shouldn’t hurt when it comes time for Ingram to talk contract.

-- Darren Sharper Indicted in Rape Cases --
Fri Dec 12, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports former Saints S Darren Sharper and two other men could face life sentences after being charged Friday in a nine-count grand jury indictment stemming from multiple rape allegations in New Orleans. Sharper was indicted on two counts of aggravated rape stemming from accusations that he sexually assaulted two impaired women at his downtown luxury apartment on Sept. 23, 2013. Sharper was additionally charged with simple rape of a different woman on Aug. 31, 2013.

-- Kenny Vaccaro Not Benched --
Thu Dec 11, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New Orleans Saints official website reports Saints HC Sean Payton calls the report about SS Kenny Vaccaro being benched "very inaccurate

-- Saints Work Out Garrett Hartley --
Wed Dec 10, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent PK Garrett Hartley worked out for the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday.

-- Saints Benching Kenny Vaccaro --
Tue Dec 9, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints are going to bench talented second-year S Kenny Vaccaro, according to a source informed of the team's plans. He's made plenty of big plays this season, and he's received "several" game balls. But Vaccaro's overaggressive style has typified a defense that has lacked discipline and given up a ton of long gains.

-- Saints Release Joe Morgan --
Tue Dec 9, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have waived WR Joe Morgan.

-- Jimmy Graham Plays 77% of Snaps on Sunday --
Mon Dec 8, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

PFF reports New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham played 55-of-71 (77%) of the snaps in Sunday's game against the Panthers. He ran a season-high 46 routes, but only caught 3-of-11 targets.

-- Why Jimmy Graham was Shut Out --
Sun Nov 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints TE Jimmy Graham caught zero of QB Drew Brees' 19 completions, and was not the intended target on any of Brees' 27 attempts. The Steelers effectively kept Graham from impacting the game, but Graham implied they might have won the battle, but lost the war, freeing up other receivers for opportunities. Nine of his teammates caught at least one pass. "For me it's all about the W's," said Graham, who also was held without a catch vs. Detroit earlier this season. "I don't care if it's zero catches, 10 catches or 20, as long as you win." Graham praised Steelers S Troy Polamalu and S Will Allen for having done their homework. When the safeties guessed -- sometimes making risky gambles -- they usually guessed right. When there wasn't help over the top, the safeties would "break" on Graham's crossing routes. In other words, they would jump ahead of him to cut him off rather than waiting for Graham to reveal his intentions.

-- Adios Rob Ryan After 2014? --
Sun Nov 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports the relationship between New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton and DC Rob Ryan has been rapidly deteriorating this season, with it privately acknowledged within the team's headquarters that the men strongly dislike each other and a change is inevitable this offseason. There have been several animated sideline discussions between them, including again in Monday night's defeat, and sources said that is reflection of their growing disconnect and contempt that has been obvious to many within the team for quite some time. Ryan is generally well liked within the team, but Payton demands much from his coordinators and assistants and the defense has regressed rapidly this season (albeit with injuries and personnel deficiencies clearly part of the problem as well).

-- Saints IR Brodrick Bunkley --
Thu Nov 27, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed NT Brodrick Bunkley (torn quad) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Kenny Still Plays 67.5% of Snaps Monday Night; Sets Career Highs in Catches & Targets --
Tue Nov 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

PFF reports New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills played 50-of-74 snaps (67.5%) in Monday night's game against the Ravens. Stills set career-highs with 8 catches for 98 yards and 9 targets in the contest.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Thu Nov 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released RB Brian Leonard and signed WR Jalen Saunders.

-- Saints IR Rafael Bush; Make Other Player Moves --
Tue Nov 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed S Rafael Bush (broken leg) in injured reserve, and waived RB Edwin Baker. The team also signed LB Moise Fokou, DB Terrence Frederick and DB Pierre Warren.

-- Saints IR Brandin Cooks --
Tue Nov 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed rookie WR Brandin Cooks (wrist) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Saints Sign Brian Leonard --
Wed Nov 12, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent RB Brian Leonard.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Tue Nov 11, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed S Jamarca Sanford. The team also waived OL Eric Olsen. They also activated WR Joe Morgan from the reserve/suspended list.

-- Saints IR Austin Johnson; Sign One --
Tue Nov 4, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed FB Austin Johnson (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team also signed OT Nick Becton.

-- Saints Suspend Joe Morgan; Re-Sign One --
Tue Oct 28, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed WR Joe Morgan on the reserve-suspended list. HC Sean Payton didn't specify the reason for making that move. The team also re-signed TE Tom Crabtree to replace him.

-- Champ Bailey Retires from the NFL --
Tue Oct 28, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports despite interest from teams, free-agent CB Champ Bailey has decided to retire from NFL to pursue other career opportunities, agent Jack Reale said Tuesday.

-- Jimmy Graham Plays 62% of Snaps on Sunday Night --
Mon Oct 27, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

PFF reports New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham played 43-of-69 snaps (62%) in Sunday night's game against the Packers.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Sat Oct 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have promoted RB Edwin Baker from the practice squad, and waived TE Tom Crabtree.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed TE Tom Crabtree and waived LB Todd Davis.

-- Jimmy Graham Plays 30 Snaps on Sunday, But... --
Mon Oct 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

PFF reports New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) played 30-of-75 snaps on Sunday against the Lions. Graham was seemingly used as a decoy, since he wasn't really a part of the passing gameplan, failing to make any catches on only two targets. On the Saints final drive, Graham played and ran short out patterns, while QB Drew Brees didn't look his way despite the fact the Saints desperately needed to get into field goal range. It was like Brees had instructions from the bench to ignore Graham. At least Graham didn't appear to suffer a setback.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Sat Oct 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released veteran TE Tom Crabtree and promoted LB Todd Davis from their practice squad Saturday.

-- Saints IR Jairus Byrd; Sign Tom Crabtree --
Tue Oct 7, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed S Jairus Byrd (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team also signed free-agent TE Tom Crabtree.

-- Saints Work Out Kellen Davis --
Tue Oct 7, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent TE Kellen Davis worked out for the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

-- Pierre Thomas Has Not Lost His Role to Travaris Cadet --
Fri Oct 3, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas has not lost his offensive role to RB Travaris Cadet. HC Sean Payton said the Saints spent most of last week's game in their hurry-up package, with an empty unit that features Cadet. Under normal passing situations, Thomas will be on the field.

-- Saints IR Jairus Byrd --
Fri Oct 3, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed FS Jairus Byrd (torn lateral meniscus) on injured reserve, ending his season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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