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Last Updated: Wed Oct 18, 2017, 3:11 PM

New Orleans Saints

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Tue Oct 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have promoted RB Daniel Lasco from the practice squad and waived LB Adam Bighill and released OT Bryce Harris.

-- Saints Work Out Khiry Robinson --
Mon Oct 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports free-agent RB Khiry Robinson worked out for the New Orleans Saints on Monday.

-- Saints Sign One --
Wed Oct 11, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed LB Gerald Hodges.

-- Saints Sign One --
Wed Oct 4, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed OG John Greco.

-- Saints IR Zach Strief --
Tue Oct 3, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed veteran OT Zach Strief (knee) on injured reserve.

-- Saints IR John Kuhn; Activate Willie Snead --
Thu Sep 28, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have placed FB John Kuhn (biceps) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team has activated WR Willie Snead.

-- Willie Snead Watch --
Wed Sep 27, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton says the team is going to see how WR Willie Snead handles this week of work. Then, they will see how much they can use him Sunday.

-- Saints Sign One --
Wed Sep 27, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed LB Ben Heeney from their practice squad.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Mon Sep 25, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed veteran DL Kendall Langford and FB John Kuhn. The team also released OT Bryce Harris and waived DB Arthur Maulet.

-- A.P. on Track for 411 Rushing Yards --
Mon Sep 25, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Pioneer Press reports if he plays in all 16 games, New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson is on pace to have only a 411-yard rushing season.

-- Willie Snead Returns to Saints --
Mon Sep 25, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead's three-game suspension is over. He rejoined the team on Sunday night.

-- Adrian Peterson Snap Count Watch --
Mon Sep 25, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports RB Adrian Peterson received the fewest snaps (14) of the New Orleans Saints' three RBs for the third straight game on Sunday. That said, he touched the ball on 11 of them this time.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Sat Sep 23, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released DE Kendall Langford and DE Darryl Tapp and promoted CB Justin Hardee and CB Arthur Maulet from the practice squad.

-- Saints Sign One --
Thu Sep 21, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent DE Kendall Langford.

-- Saints Work Out Ricky Jean-Francois --
Wed Sep 20, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports free-agent DL Ricky Jean-Francois worked out for the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

-- Saints Trade Stephone Anthony --
Tue Sep 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Miami Dolphins have acquired LB Stephone Anthony in exchange from the New Orleans Saints for an undisclosed 2018 draft pick.

-- Saints Working Out Lamarr Houston --
Tue Sep 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports veteran free-agent LB Lamarr Houston is working out for the New Orleans Saints today, a source said.

-- Kenny Vaccaro Benched --
Sun Sep 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports New Orleans Saints S Kenny Vaccaro was benched in today's loss to the Patriots.

-- Saints Shopping Kenny Vaccaro --
Fri Sep 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports a handful of teams are engaged in trade talks with the New Orleans Saints about S Kenny Vaccaro. New Orleans is overloaded with quality safeties. A trade is possible.

-- A.P. Not Happy with Nine Snaps --
Fri Sep 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson says he didn't sign with the Saints for nine snaps. Peterson was out-snapped by both RB Alvin Kamara and RB Mark Ingram on Monday night. "I didn't sign up for nine snaps, but unfortunately that's the way the game played out," Peterson said. "In my mind, I knew it was gonna take some adjusting. You know, me and Mark played in the last preseason game, AK didn't even play that game. So with all three of us being out there, I knew it would take a game or so to kind of get adjusted."

-- Saints RB Snap Count Watch - Kamara Plays Most Snaps --
Tue Sep 12, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints rookie RB Alvin Kamara played 31-of-62 snaps on Monday night, while RB Mark Ingram played 26, and RB Adrian Peterson played 9.

-- Drew Brees a Free Agent After 2017 --
Sun Sep 10, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has a clause in his contract that prohibits the team from using their franchise tag on him next season.

-- Saints Release One --
Sat Sep 9, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have waived RB Daniel Lasco.

-- Dorenbos Trade May Be Rescinded --
Sat Sep 9, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints recently sent a 7th-round draft pick in 2019 to the Philadelphia Eagles for LS Jon Dorenbos. With Dorenbos now needing surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm, the Saints may be getting their pick back. "Yes, that will handle itself," HC Sean Payton said on Friday regarding whether the trade will be rescinded. "In other words, this is a preexisting condition that he had genetically at birth. Yes, absolutely."

-- Saints Sign One --
Sat Sep 9, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed LS Zach Wood.

-- Saints Place Jon Dorenbos on NFI List --
Fri Sep 8, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have placed LS Jon Dorenbos (heart) on the reserve/non-football injury list. Dorenbos had an aortic aneurysm, and will have surgery.

-- Saints Hosting Leon Hall --
Fri Sep 8, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent CB Leon Hall is visiting the New Orleans Saints on Friday.

-- Saints Re-Sign John Kuhn --
Wed Sep 6, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed veteran FB John Kuhn.

-- Saints IR Delvin Breaux --
Mon Sep 4, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have placed CB Delvin Breaux (fibula) on injured reserve with a fractured fibula.

-- Saints Release Darryl Tapp --
Mon Sep 4, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released veteran DE Darryl Tapp.

-- Saints Release John Kuhn, But... --
Sun Sep 3, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released veteran FB John Kuhn. Word is that the team plans to re-sign him.

-- Saints Activate Terron Armstead --
Sat Sep 2, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have activated OT Terron Armstead (shoulder) from the active PUP list.

-- Willie Snead Suspended Three Games --
Fri Sep 1, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead has been suspended for the first three games of the regular season due to an off-season DUI arrest.
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-- Saints Release Jason Jones --
Tue Aug 29, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released DE Jason Jones.

-- Saints Acquire Jon Dorenbos --
Mon Aug 28, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Philadelphia Eagles LS Jon Dorenbos has been traded to the New Orleans Saints for a seventh-round draft pick in 2019.

-- Adios Dannell Ellerbe --
Fri Aug 25, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports last month, the New Orleans Saints said they would release LB Dannell Ellerbe (foot) once he was cleared from a foot injury. That has now happened. Ellerbe was cleared and will be released soon, his agent says.

-- Two Saints Rookies Hurt --
Thu Aug 24, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints CB Marshon Lattimore and OL Ryan Ramczyk left practice early with undisclosed injuries. HC Sean Payton didn't comment on their specific injuries, telling reporters, "I'm sure they'll bounce back and hopefully ready to play Saturday."

-- Saints Sign Zach Line --
Wed Aug 23, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent FB Zach Line.

-- Terron Armstead Rehab Update --
Wed Aug 23, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports when New Orleans Saints OT Terron Armstead (shoulder - PUP) suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder and had surgery in June, word was that he would miss 4-6 months while recovering. The longer end of that timeline opened up the possibility that Armstead could miss the entire season, but it sounds like Armstead doesn't think that's where things are headed. During a giveaway of school supplies to kids on Tuesday, Armstead provided a short update on how things are progressing. "I'm a little bit ahead of where I was supposed to be at this point," Armstead said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "So that's always a blessing." Armstead didn't say what that meant in terms of a return date and it seems likely that he'll keep his spot on the PUP list into the regular season. That would leave him ineligible to play for the first six weeks of the year with rookie OT Ryan Ramczyk holding down the spot.

-- Marshon Lattimore Returns to Practice --
Wed Aug 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints rookie CB Marshon Lattimore (knee) returned to practice and may play this week.

-- Delvin Breaux OUT 4-6 Weeks with a Fractured Fibula --
Wed Aug 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have fired team orthopedists Deryk Jones and Misty Suri, per source, after it was discovered that CB Delvin Breaux has a fractured fibula and will require surgery expected to sidelined him for 4-6 weeks. Breaux was originally diagnosed with a contusion, and the team was frustrated that he wasn't recovering more quickly until the missed diagnosis was revealed. It was accurately reported that the team has had an issue with Breaux's string of nagging injuries in the past, but this case is different. And it seems unlikely at this point that the team will be as eager to trade or release Breaux.

-- Delvin Breaux Injury Update --
Mon Aug 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints CB Delvin Breaux (leg) has missed the majority of training camp with a left leg injury, and there's a sense of frustration within the team about the length of his absence from the practice field. HC Sean Payton indicated as much when stressing the importance of availability when talking about Breaux on Monday. Initially diagnosed with a contusion, Breaux on Monday underwent X-rays that revealed a more serious injury, according to a source, though still not an ailment considered long-term in nature. The source declined to say the exact injury with which Breaux is suffering, but the cornerback was seen at the team facility Monday afternoon in a walking boot and using crutches.

-- Saints Shopping Delvin Breaux --
Mon Aug 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports the New Orleans Saints are shopping CB Delvin Breaux, per source. They're frustrated with his injury history over the last three years.

-- Marshon Lattimore Injury Update --
Sun Aug 13, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints rookie CB Marshon Lattimore (knee) is working off to the side with trainer, as he works his way back with minor knee injury. He has missed nearly two weeks.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Sat Aug 12, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The New Orleans Saints official website reports the Saints have signed TE Braedon Bowman,DB Malik Foreman, DT John Hughes, and WR Xavier Rush. They have also waived DB Dejaun Butler, WR Rashad Lawrence, and S Robenson Therezie. The team also waived DT Devaroe Lawrence injured.

-- Saints Release Patrick Murray --
Sat Aug 12, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have waived PK Patrick Murray.

-- Saints Sign Jason Jones --
Sat Aug 12, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed veteran free-agent DE Jason Jones.

-- Saints Working Out Leodis McKelvin --
Fri Aug 11, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent CB Leodis McKelvin is working out for the New Orleans Saints on Friday.

-- A.P. to Sit Tonight, But... --
Thu Aug 10, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson will not play tonight. however, unlike years past, he is considering playing in the preseason.

-- Saints Sign Patrick Murray --
Sun Aug 6, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent PK Patrick Murray.

-- Mark Ingram Wants to be the Complete Back --
Thu Aug 3, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the area where New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram has excelled at the most in recent days is the passing game, which has quietly become a big part of his repertoire over the past few years. Ingram has consistently been churning up yards through screen passes, wheel routes and dump-offs over the middle during training camp practices. He has also shown proficiency at other routes. That's something Ingram has always taken a great deal of pride in. He loves to point out that he was listed as an "athlete" when he was recruited to Alabama because he was a running back, receiver and kick returner. And the play that probably cemented his Heisman trophy win in 2009 was a 69-yard screen pass in the SEC championship victory over Florida. "I've always caught the ball my entire life," said Ingram, whose father Mark Ingram Sr. was a standout NFL receiver. "So I've always known that I had good hands and was able to catch the ball. But early in my career I wasn't able to be featured that way. So now that I'm able to get a chance, I just want to make sure that I keep excelling in that area of my game, that I keep proving I'm more than capable of coming out of the backfield and catching the ball and running routes and catching the ball with the best backs that do that in this league. I just want to keep proving that I'm the best complete back in this game. You know RB LeVeon Bell, RB David Johnson, I feel like I can do the same thing that those guys do, given the opportunity. So that's my mindset, that's my goal. I want to be the best back in this league. That's what I come out here and work for every single day." Ingram, 27, remains the safe bet to play the most snaps and rack up the most yards from scrimmage because of his versatility. Not only does he have 96 catches for 724 yards and four touchdowns in just 28 games played over the past two seasons, he's also the Saints' best pass protector.

-- Saints Activate Senio Kelemete --
Wed Aug 2, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have activated OL Senio Kelemete (undisclosed) from the active PUP list.

-- Saints Release Orlando Franklin --
Tue Aug 1, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released veteran OG Orlando Franklin.

-- Saints WR Update --
Mon Jul 31, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the majority of Saints receivers looked good Monday. WR Michael Thomas continues to make things look easy, creating separation and making catches against whomever he faces. WR Willie Snead made a few impressive contested catches between 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. This was probably WR Brandon Coleman's worst practice thus far, and he still had multiple good plays, including the best one of practice. On the last play of the day, he caught a pass on a crossing pattern, stiff armed S Vonn Bell and then ran to the end zone. WR Corey Fuller corralled one pass that he initially bobbled against CB Dejaun Butler. WR Tommylee Lewis had a deep diving catch against CB Ken Crawley.

-- Will Lutz Impresses --
Sun Jul 30, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints PK Will Lutz continues his stellar work early in camp. He connected on all eight kicks today with the longest being from 53 yards. He's a different guy from when he first arrived. He's very confident.

-- Willie Snead Wants to be More of a Deep Threat --
Fri Jul 28, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead is focused on becoming more of a deep threat this season rather than his potential long-term contract.

-- Saints Sign Orlando Franklin --
Thu Jul 27, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent veteran OG Orlando Franklin to a one-year contract.

-- Saints Sign Three --
Wed Jul 26, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have signed veteran OL Martin Wallace, DB Dejaun Butler, and OL Kristjan Sokoli.

-- Saints IR Dannell Ellerbe --
Tue Jul 25, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have placed LB Dannell Ellerbe (foot) on injured reseved. He'll be waived when healthy.

-- Saints Re-Sign One --
Mon Jul 24, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

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

-- Saints Re-Sign Willie Snead --
Mon Jul 24, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports on the eve of training camp, New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead has signed his exclusive-rights free-agent tender, per source. He comes at a real bargain for only $615,000 in 2017.

-- Willie Snead Won't Hold Out --
Mon Jul 24, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead says he won't hold out of training camp despite the lack of a contract. He'll practice Thursday.

-- Saints to List Two on PUP List --
Mon Jul 24, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints OT Terron Armstead (shoulder) and C Max Unger (foot) will start camp on the physically unable to perform list, HC Sean Payton said.

-- Saints List Two Rookies --
Wed Jul 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports the New Orleans Saints have placed rookie WR Travin Dural and DT Devaroe Lawrence on the non-football injury list. Rookies reported for camp today.

-- Where Will Drew Brees Sign in 2018? --
Tue Jul 11, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees could be available to the highest bidder and/or the best chance to pursue another Super Bowl in 2018. Last year, as Brees was entering the final year of his contract, he signed a one-year extension. Which now puts him in the same place he was a year ago - one season removed from free agency. This time around, however, there is no discussion about an extension. "Listen, so I signed a one-year extension, so that was this year and then next year," Brees said in January. "And so I plan on playing that out and just allowing things to take form and take shape here for next year and putting forth my absolute best effort to help us win a division championship and then a world championship. And then, again, just one year at a time, and that's not a lack of commitment or anything like that. It's just, I just want to focus on what's right in front of me." Later in the month of January, GM Mickey Loomis said the team is fine with that approach. Here's where that approach is leading. Given the presence of a no-trade clause and a commitment not to tag Brees in 2018, he has one year under contract with the Saints. After that, who knows what will happen?

-- Source: Saints List Nick Fairley; Will Not Play in 2017 --
Mon Jun 26, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New Orleans Saints have placed DT Nick Fairley on reserve/non-football-injury with his heart condition, per source. He will not play this year, and his NFL career could be over.

-- Saints Sign First-Rounder Ryan Ramczyk --
Thu Jun 22, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed first-round draft pick OT Ryan Ramczyk to a four-year contract.

-- Saints Sign Chris Watt --
Mon Jun 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent C Chris Watt.

-- Terron Armstead OUT 4-6 Months --
Fri Jun 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports sources says New Orleans Saints OT Terron Armstead (shoulder) is scheduled for surgery on Monday to repair a torn labrum. The timetable to return is 4-6 months.

-- Saints Sign Tony McDaniel --
Thu Jun 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent DT Tony McDaniel.

-- Willie Snead Contract Watch --
Wed Jun 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports WR Willie Snead remains optimistic that he'll have a long-term deal with the Saints before the season begins. Snead, who received a tender of $615,000 as an exclusive-rights free agent this offseason, would like a long-term deal, and New Orleans would like to lock up the talented receiver. But GM Mickey Loomis cautioned at the NFL draft that although he didn't expect any issues in re-signing Snead, a new contract might be imminent. "I think the guys upstairs are working on it," Snead said. "I'm hopeful, and I just have to keep worrying about myself and staying healthy and doing all the right things. I know it's going to be a handled, it's going to take time, but I feel like we'll get it done sooner or later."

-- Source: Saints to Sign Ryan Nassib --
Mon Jun 12, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent QB Ryan Nassib is expected to sign with the New Orleans Saints, a source said.

-- Saints Working to Trade Travaris Cadet --
Sat Jun 10, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Houston Chronicle reports the New Orleans Saints are exploring trade scenarios for RB Travaris Cadet prior to training camp, according to a source. The Jets were interested during free agency.

-- Nick Fairley Awaiting Third Opinion --
Thu Jun 8, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints DT Nick Fairley (heart condition) has sought several doctors about whether he is able to continue playing football with a heart condition and he's waiting for one of them to weigh in before deciding how to proceed. On Thursday, Saints HC Sean Payton said that one doctor told Fairley that he should stop playing and that another gave "a little different" opinion. Fairley is now waiting for a third opinion before moving on to a determination about his future. Payton also said that he's guardedly optimistic about having Fairley back on the defensive line this season, but that he wants Fairley to be sure he's fully confident that it is in his best interests to return to the field.

-- A.P. Off to a Good Start --
Thu Jun 8, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports Saints players have gushed over RB Adrian Peterson's ability during organized team activities, marveling over his burst and stride length. It's only the first look, and the players are participating without pads. The real football hasn't started, but he's off to a good start.

-- Nick Fairley Has Heart Condition --
Sat Jun 3, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports New Orleans Saints DT Nick Fairley has been absent from OTA's because of medical issues. Tests show heart trouble, an issue that could jeopardize the future of his career. NFL.com adds the medical issue being tested is a heart condition that previously came up in Fairley's pre-draft physical. The lineman has played with the condition for seven years in the league. Fairley, who signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Saints in March, visited a cardiologist last month and since then has been away from OTAs and out of communication with many of his teammates, sources say, adding that players who usually speak to Fairley on a regular basis have been unable to reach him. When reached last week, Fairley's agent, Brian Overstreet, denied his client had visited a doctor recently. "He's good, just doing his own thing," Overstreet said, adding that he speaks to Fairley every day. Overstreet declined to say when Fairley would be back to work.

-- Saints Sign Two Drafted Rookies --
Fri Jun 2, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed drafted rookies S Marcus Williams and RB Alvin Kamara to four-year contracts.

-- Saints Sign First-Rounder Marshon Lattimore --
Fri Jun 2, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed first-round draft pick CB Marshon Lattimore to a four-year contract.

-- Saints Sign Three Drafted Rookies --
Thu Jun 1, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have signed drafted rookies DE Trey Hendrickson, LB Alex Anzalone , and DE Al-Quadin Muhammad to four-year contracts.

-- Ted Ginn Impresses During OTAs --
Thu Jun 1, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports new New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn had an impressive practice, flashing his speed with deep catches in both full-team and 7-on-7 drills, as well as making an impressive sideline catch and another one in traffic over the middle. He did have one drop, however. "I could not be more impressed with him," Saints QB Drew Brees said. "He certainly doesn't look like he's lost a step. He can fly."

-- Saints Re-Sign One --
Wed May 31, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed OL Khalif Barnes.

-- Saints Release One --
Tue May 30, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have released OL Khalif Barnes.

-- Lance Moore Retires --
Tue May 30, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports WR Lance Moore signed a one-day contract to retire as a New Orleans Saint.

-- Hau'oli Kikaha Rehab Update --
Sat May 27, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports almost a year after suffering the third torn ACL of his career, Saints DE Hau'oli Kikaha (torn ACL) is close to getting back to full strength for the New Orleans Saints. Kikaha is participating in part of the organized team activities that began this week, although the third-year defensive end did not participate in full-team sessions. New Orleans wants to make sure he's at full strength when training camp begins. "He's doing really well. He's going through some individual drills, he's taking part in the walk-through," DC Dennis Allen said. "I think the training staff, I think we're going to be smart with him."

-- Zach Strief Gets a Pay Raise --
Fri May 26, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports the New Orleans Saints restructured OT Zach Strief's contract, giving him the opportunity to earn an additional $1 million this season, according to a league source. The agreement raises Strief's 2017 base salary by $700,000 and is giving him the opportunity to earn an extra $300,000 in roster bonuses. His cap hit raises from $5.1 million to $6.1 million. None of the money is guaranteed outside of the $1.1 million remaining from the proration of his signing bonus. Strief's salary structure for 2018, the final year of his contract, remains unchanged. One of his roster bonuses, which was worth $1.5 million, was already paid out on the fifth day of the league year. He will be due another bonus of $1.4 million if he is on the roster the fifth day of the 2018 league year. Strief, 33, can earn up to $1.7 million in roster bonuses depending on how many games he is on the 46-man roster this season.

-- Mark Ingram Sits Thursday; A.P. Handles Bulk of First Unit Reps --
Thu May 25, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (undisclosed) did not participate in Thursday's OTA practice because of an unspecified injury issue, though he watched from the sideline. That meant RB Adrian Peterson handled the bulk of the Saints' first-string RB-snaps. He and backup QB Chase Daniel fumbled one exchange during full-team drills. But he also looked fluid catching several passes from QB Drew Brees in team and 7-on-7 drills during a nickel-heavy practice session. HC Sean Payton said Peterson has been moving around well.

-- Saints Re-Sign One --
Mon May 22, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed OT Bryce Harris.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Mon May 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent OL Josh LeRibeus and released veteran S Shiloh Keo.

-- Saints to Sign Two --
Sun May 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports the New Orleans Saints plan to sign veteran free-agents TE Clay Harbor and OL Khalif Barnes on Monday.

-- Saints Expect Max Unger to Return for Week #3 of the Preseason --
Sun May 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports a shroud of mystery surrounded New Orleans Saints C Max Unger (foot surgery), who, recently underwent foot surgery. While there are various reports speculating on Unger's road to recovery, the Saints have their sights set on before the start of the regular season. "We anticipate probably early August," HC Sean Payton said Saturday on Day Two of rookie minicamp. "I see him possibly being able to get into the preseason. Our goal would be Week 3 (of the preseason), so that's where he's at." Payton confirmed two key areas on Unger's situation - the foot surgery and the procedure was performed on the same foot that caused Unger to miss one game in 2016.

-- Ryan Ramczyk Rehab Update --
Sat May 13, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints already expected first-round draft pick OT Ryan Ramczyk (knee) to be healthy in time for training camp, but they're even more optimistic after getting a look at the offensive tackle during this weekend's rookie mini-camp. "He's in good shape and much further along than really we anticipated, even with his surgery," Saints HC Sean Payton said of Ramczyk, who had hip labrum surgery in January. "He's getting a lot of work, but he's not getting the [full] team work. He probably is three to four weeks out with his labrum, but he's picking things up very quickly. "So it's been good, it's been a good exposure."

-- Payton Speaks on Kaepernick --
Sat May 13, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton when asked about free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick still being unsigned said it's "a little surprising," but said, "I think he's gonna be in a camp. ... I don't think he's gonna be available too long." Payton said the "key is the fit and the vision for a club offensively." But, Payton added, "I think there will be a team that has that vision and has an offense that's built around some of the things that he does well."

-- Several Veterans Trying Out for Saints During Mini-Camp --
Sat May 13, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports among the veteran NFL players trying out this weekend at New Orleans Saints minicamp are former Saints OT Khalif Barnes and OT Bryce Harris, WR Louis Murphy, QB Matt Simms and TE Clay Harbor.

-- Max Unger May Not Miss Any Real Game Action --
Tue May 9, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints currently expect that C Max Unger (foot surgery) will return during the preseason. This contradicts multiple reports that he won't be available when the Saints head to Minnesota for a Week #1 game against the Vikings. This situation is obviously fluid, and depends upon how Unger's rehab goes in the coming months.

-- Saints Release One --
Mon May 8, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released TE Jake Stoneburner.

-- Source: Max Unger Undergoes Foot Surgery --
Mon May 8, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints C Max Unger (foot) underwent surgery on foot over the weekend, per source. This is the same foot injury he dealt with in 2016. He's still expected to miss the start of the 2017 season.

-- Willie Snead Still Unsigned --
Mon May 8, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints WR Willie Snead has not signed his exclusive rights tender yet, and no one should blame him. He's worth much more than the league minimum of $615,000. Nobody should be worried at this point because he can't sign with another team, but if the Saints don't give him a fair contract, I would be concerned about how long he wants to stay in New Orleans. At some point, the Saints will likely do the right thing, but there's no pressure at the moment.

-- Max Unger Injures Foot; Expected to Miss Start of 2017 Season --
Mon May 8, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints C Max Unger has suffered a foot injury and is expected to miss the start of the 2017 season, a source says.

-- Saints Release Two --
Mon May 1, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the Saints have waived DE D.J. Pettway and DB Jimmy Pruitt.

-- Saints Wanted to Acquire Trumaine Johnson, But... --
Thu Apr 27, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN\'s Adam Schefter reports earlier this month, the New Orleans Saints were willing to trade what was thought to be a second-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for their franchise cornerback, CB Trumaine Johnson, who already has signed his franchise tender. Only issue was, Johnson was unwilling to agree to a long-term deal in New Orleans because he so badly wanted to remain in Los Angeles, and the Rams have said they aren\'t particularly interested in dealing.

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