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New Orleans Saints

-- 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.

-- Saints Sign Adrian Peterson --
Wed Apr 26, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

Michael Nazarek - 4/26/2017: After failing to gain much traction early during free agency, free-agent veteran RB Adrian Peterson has finally found a home. After passing a physical, the New Orleans Saints signed the 32-year old, hoping he can recapture some of that magic he had just a few years ago as a Minnesota Viking. Of course, the immediate question that comes to mind is [READ THE REST OF THE STORY]

-- A.P. to Have a Clear Role as a Saint --
Tue Apr 25, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports the early indication is that if everything remains the same in the Saints running game, RB Mark Ingram will serve as New Orleans\' lead back. He\'s coming off the best season of his career, one in which he rushed for 1,043 yards on 205 carries (5.1 yards per carry), and established himself as one of the key members of the offense. HC Sean Payton says the two backs will blend well. Peterson will have a clear role on the team. \"It\'s a tough, long 16-week season,\" Payton said. \"I think he\'s someone that will certainly be able to complement Mark. Those guys are different in some ways, but we feel like we\'ve added another quality player. ... We think he has more years in his career.\"

-- Saints Close to Signing A.P.? --
Mon Apr 24, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports sources say the New Orleans Saints and free-agent RB Adrian Peterson are believed to be closing in on a deal that would pay him $3+ million in 2017. It\'s not done yet, but is moving in that direction.

-- Saints & A.P. Still Talking --
Mon Apr 24, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints and free-agent RB Adrian Peterson are still talking about a contract. How soon a contract could be agreed upon remains to be seen. NBC Sports adds the Saints may want to wait and see if a running back they like is available in the draft, which could make them less interested in Peterson. And Peterson may want to see if a team that misses out on its preferred running back gives him a call.

-- Saints Leaning Towards Not Trading for Malcolm Butler --
Mon Apr 24, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

MMQB\'s Peter King reports the New Orleans Saints are leaning towards keeping their first three draft picks in 2017, all in the first 42 picks, rather than trading one or more of them for New England Patriots CB Malcolm Butler. That said, the Saints and Butler have a technically agreed to a multi-year contract, one that will unlikely ever be signed.

-- Unsigned Willie Snead Shows --
Mon Apr 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports WR Willie Snead is not officially under contract with the New Orleans Saints. But a source confirmed the receiver will participate in the team's offseason workout program. Snead, 24, is an exclusive rights free agent, as he has only two years of NFL experience. He can't sign with any other team because the Saints offered him the required one-year tender of $615,000. Snead is hoping to work out a longer-term deal, however, after his two impressive seasons in New Orleans (a combined 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns). His role could be even more important to the team after WR Brandin Cooks was traded to the New England Patriots. NFL players in Snead's circumstances can participate in offseason workout programs and minicamps while remaining unsigned. If injured, they will be treated as though they were under a one-year contract.

-- Saints TE Rehab Update --
Mon Apr 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints start the voluntary offseason workout program Monday with key members of the tight end corps. TE Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle) and TE Josh Hill (fibula) are present for Phase I after finishing the 2016 on injured reserve, according to sources familiar with the situation. The 6-4, 265-pound Hoomanawanui, who suffered a high-ankle injury in the third preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, has been cleared for participation and is "good to go," according to a source. The Saints placed Hoomanawanui on injured reserve as part of the personnel moves to get to the initial 53-man roster. Hoomanawanui, a hard-nosed blocker, arrived in New Orleans in 2015 via a trade with the New England Patriots. He appeared in 14 games with eight starts that season, while totaling 11 catches for 79 yards and three touchdowns. The 6-5, 250-pound Hill, who landed on injured reserve after suffering a broken fibula in Week 13, is currently limited while continuing to recovery, but is on track, according to a source.

-- A Swelling Knee Contributed to James Laurinaitis' Retirement --
Sun Apr 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Post Dispatch reports with LB Derrick Johnson out for the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon and the Kansas City Chiefs considering help at middle linebacker, it could have been a chance for LB James Laurinaitis to finally play in his first NFL playoff game. He felt good during the workout, headed to the airport, flew home, and just like that experienced swelling in his right knee. For a week. "That was a 25-minute workout," Laurinaitis recalled. "It was time." Time to call it a career. Oh, he still had the itch. When his former defensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams was hired in Cleveland, Gregg Williams, Laurinaitis thought about giving him a call. But the more he thought about it, the more he realized it was time to walk away from the game, while he still could walk relatively pain free. "When you have daughters, you've got to think about walking them down the aisle in 25 years, man," Laurinaitis said. "So I've gotta keep this body together somewhat."

-- A.P. Leaves Saints Without a Contract --
Tue Apr 11, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports RB Adrian Peterson left his visit with the New Orleans Saints without a deal... tonight. However, the visit went well, and the two sides will keep talking.

-- Saints to Host A.P. --
Thu Apr 6, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent RB Adrian Peterson will meet with the New Orleans Saints next week.

-- Jahri Evans Not Retiring --
Thu Apr 6, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent OG Jahri Evans is not planning to retire from the NFL. \"Not at all,\" Evans said. \"I had a good season last year. We did a lot of good things, and I\'m just waiting for that phone call [in] the right situation. As long I\'m playing at an elite level, I\'ll still strap on that helmet and give it a go.\"

-- Saints Release Luke McCown --
Wed Apr 5, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released veteran QB Luke McCown.

-- Michael Mauti Working Hard to Get Healthy --
Sun Apr 2, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports free-agent LB Michael Mauti (illness) is wearing an ostomy pouch, something doctors will remove during the third and final operation to cure his ulcerative colitis. He underwent one surgery in November, shortly after the disease prematurely ended his 2016 season. He had a second operation in February, and the third is scheduled for mid-April. Mauti, who does another lift targeting his hamstrings, is not yet going full bore during his workouts, but his weight is back up to about 220 pounds after dropping to 190 pounds before his initial surgery. That was 47 pounds less than his weight at the start of 2016 training camp, after which his Saints teammates voted him special teams captain. Thanks to the timing of the operations -- in medical terms, a restorative proctocolectomy with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis -- Mauti will have plenty of time to recover from the third surgery before intensifying his training as he prepares for his fifth NFL season. "He should be back to normal function hopefully by mid-May as long as everything goes well and his pouch functions well," Dr. Shah said, referencing the internal J-pouch he'll soon have in place of the external ostomy bag. The J-pouch uses the small intestine to mimic the function of his colon and rectum. After adjusting to his organ alterations and recovering from his final operation, Mauti estimates he'll have about 10 weeks to return to playing shape. Because of the years he spent countering the effects of the disease, he already knows how to add weight quickly. The Saints have expressed interest in re-signing Mauti, an unrestricted free agent, if he recovers well. HC Sean Payton said Wednesday that he has been in contact with Mauti, and Payton expects him to be healthy for training camp.

-- Drew Brees Speaks on the Brandin Cooks Trade And... --
Fri Mar 31, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleasn Saints decided earlier this month to move on from WR Brandin Cooks, a first-round pick in 2014 who has developed into a quality player. On Friday, QB Drew Brees explained his reaction to the move. “You know that was tough, because I love Brandin and not only is he a great teammate but he’s a great friend and obviously we were able to accomplish some great things together over the last three years,” Brees said. “I think it was just one of those unfortunate things that maybe kind of took on a life of its own too as the season progressed and then into the offseason. You know, there was so much speculation about his intentions and that kind of thing in regards to whether he wanted to be here or not he wanted to be here and I think a lot of that was kind of fostered by the media and that kind of thing. But at the end of the day I hope that he got what he wanted or got in to a good situation, which I think he did and obviously we got some draft picks out of it. So at the end of the day I just want what’s best for him, also want what’s best for us and hopefully that accomplished that.” Brees then addressed how the offense will adjust to the absence of Cooks. “You evolve, and you find ways,” Brees said. “The balls that were going to WR Brandin Cooks are now gonna go somewhere else, and the evolution of WR Michael Thomas, our rookie receiver out of Ohio State last year. The progression he made from the beginning of the season to the end, he became a go-to guy. WR Willie Snead in the slot was very productive for us. I think TE Coby Fleener will be able to take it to the next level as we get him involved at the tight end position, which we’re always able to do here. And the addition of WR Ted Ginn gives you that speed element. Not only a guy that can pull the top off [of a defense] but he’s been very productive over the last few years in Carolina. I’ve been very impressed with him. You know, we got some young guys and we’ll see, there’s always opportunity there. The skill position on offense, we find ways to spread the ball around not matter who’s in the lineup and those guys know they’re gonna get their opportunities.”

-- Drew Brees Feels Like He Can Play Until He's 45 --
Fri Mar 31, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

SiriusXM NFL Radio reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees commented about retirement recently, as he's taking it one year at a time, but he feels like he can play until he's 45-years old. Brees turned 38 in January.

-- Saints Sign Rafael Bush --
Thu Mar 30, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent S Rafael Bush yo a one-year contract.

-- Saints Sign Chase Daniel --
Wed Mar 29, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent QB Chase Daniel to a one-year contract.

-- Saints Re-Sign John Phillips --
Wed Mar 29, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed free-agent TE John Phillips to a one-year contract.

-- Payton: Saints Won't Sign Malcolm Butler to an Offer Sheet, But... --
Wed Mar 29, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton says the team won't sign Patriots restricted free-agent CB Malcolm Butler to an offer sheet. However, he doesn't rule out a potential trade. Payton calls the Butler situation "an exploratory mission." It sounds like it has hit pause for now (or longer).

-- Source: Saints Not Interested in Johnny Manziel --
Tue Mar 28, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

Bleacher Reports' Jason Cole reports a New Orleans Saints source says the team has no interest in signing free-agent QB Johnny Manziel.

-- Josh Hill Rehab Update --
Fri Mar 24, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports Saints TE Josh Hill (fibula) is expected to start running soon. He ended the season on injured reserve with a broken fibula and is progressing well in his rehab.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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