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Saints | Jahri Evans negotiating deal to stay
New Orleans Saints OG Jahri Evans was initially expected to be released this offseason, but the team is trying to negotiate a restructured contract. The team is at least $20 million over the 2015 projected salary cap.
Saints | Jameis Winston to talk with Saints
Saints | Junior Galette assault charges dismissed
Saints | Sean Payton wants Mark Ingram back
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram is coveted by head coach Sean Payton, and Payton is hoping the team can find a way to re-sign him. "Hopefully he's someone that's back in the black and gold. Because he's been a big part of our success offensively," Payton said of Ingram, who finally had a breakout year in his fourth NFL season, running for 964 yards and nine touchdowns and earning his first Pro Bowl invite as an alternate.
Saints | No extension for Drew Brees?
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees doesn't need to receive a contract extension for the team to get under the 2015 salary cap, according to head coach Sean Payton. Brees has two years left on his five-year, $100 million deal, with salary cap hits of $26.4 million and $27.4 million in 2015 and 2016. The Saints are currently projected at $25 to $30 million over the cap.
Saints | Mark Ingram's status depends on cap
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram's future with the team depends on Ingram's market value in free agency and the team's lack of salary-cap flexibility, according to general manager Mickey Loomis. Loomis didn't rule out re-signing Ingram if the two sides can agree on his value before March 10. Ingram rushed for a career-high 964 yards last season and will be one of the top free-agent running backs on the market.
Saints | Parys Haralson financials
Saints | Shayne Graham financials
Saints | Brodrick Bunkley could be cut
New Orleans Saints DT Brodrick Bunkley could be released this offseason since he is scheduled to make $4.5 million in 2015. The team would save $2.9 million if they released Bunkley now or could save $4.5 million if they designate him as a post June 1 cut. The team could also consider restructuring Bunkley's contract this offseason.
Saints | Brandin Cooks to work with Drew Brees
Saints | Shayne Graham agrees to deal
New Orleans Saints PK Shayne Graham signed a one-year deal Thursday, Feb. 12. Financial terms were not disclosed. At 37 years old, Graham will be competing with fellow PK Dustin Hopkins for the starting job. Hopkins was signed to a Reserve/Futures deal in 2014.
Saints | Parys Haralson re-signs
New Orleans Saints LB Parys Haralson re-signed with the team on a one-year deal Thursday, Feb. 12, according to a league source. He has played in every regular-season snap in the last two years, making 20 starts with 65 tackles and 6.5 sacks. The Saints will likely still look to add more youth and athleticism to the outside linebackers spot this offseason. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
Saints | Two more coaches hired
Saints | Marques Colston may need to restructure
Saints | Senio Kelemete re-signs with Saints
Saints | Joel Thomas hired
Former Arkansas RB coach Joel Thomas has been hired as the new running back coach for the New Orleans Saints. Dan Roushar already serves as a running back coach for the Saints, but his fate is not known.
Saints | New Orleans over the salary cap
The New Orleans Saints are currently $23.10 million over the projected $140 million 2015 salary cap. They currently have 65 players under contract for the 2015 season.
Saints | Carter Sheridan leaves team
Saints | Luke McCown contract details
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints QB Luke McCown's new contract is a one-year deal worth $970,000, the league veteran minimum. A league source said the deal also includes an $80,000 signing bonus and a $350,000 guarantee. McCown's contract would count $665,000 against the Saints' 2015 salary cap, with $585,000 of the cap hit coming from the base salary and the rest from his $80,000 signing bonus.
Saints | Re-sign Luke McCown
Saints | Cheta Ozougwu released
Saints | Jahri Evans has surgery
New Orleans Saints OG Jahri Evans (wrist) played the second half of the season with a partially torn triangular fibrocartilage complex in his wrist. Evans had surgery and is expected to be ready for OTA's.
Saints | Roger Goodell trusts Tom Benson's mental acuity
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently spoke and Goodell said he trusts Benson's mental acuity and believes he is in complete control of the organization. Benson's family is suing for control of the franchise.
Saints | Delvin Breaux financials
New Orleans Saints CB Delvin Breaux will make the league minimum base salary in each of the next three seasons, which is $435,000 in 2015, $525,000 in 2016 and $615,000 in 2017. A portion of his salary in 2015, $138,000, is guaranteed whether or not he makes the team.
Saints | Drew Brees optimistic about future
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said 2014 was the most frustrating season of his career, but remained optimistic about the team's future. "I think we've identified the problems or the things that got us beat or the things that didn't allow us to be as good as we know we can be, and we have the solution to fix it," Brees said. "It's going to take a lot of work, but I know we can get it done."
Saints | Jimmy Graham ruling out surgery?
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) caught three passes for 30 yards and two scores in the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 25, and when asked if his performance would rule out surgery, he said, "It should, which is really exciting."
Saints | Sign Delvin Breaux
Saints | Jimmy Graham might avoid surgery
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) said he'll rehabilitate his shoulder injury after the Pro Bowl, but he hasn't made a final decision on surgery. "It's something we talked about and is something that's still being debated," Graham said. "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%."
Saints | Will work out Delvin Breaux
Saints | Mark Ingram wants to return to Saints
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram, who will be eligible for free agency this offseason, wants to return to the team next year, and he thinks the interest is mutual. Ingram ran for 964 yards on 226 attempts and nine touchdowns last year, which were all career highs. His 74.2 yards per game ranked him eighth in the league.
Saints | Lawsuit filed against owner
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson had a lawsuit filed against him by the family members of Rita Benson LeBlanc alleging Benson is incompetent and being manipulated by his wife. The lawsuit is asking for Renee LeBlanc to be named as an executor of Benson's sports and business ventures.
Saints | Jeff Ireland hired as scout
Saints | Dennis Allen hired
Saints | Marques Colston may be asked for pay cut
Saints | Khiry Robinson missed opportunity
Saints | Drew Brees going to Pro Bowl
Saints | Rob Ryan returning
Saints | Junior Galette reportedly did not assault woman
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette said there are four witnesses who can testify that he did not assault a woman in his home. Galette was arrested Monday, Jan. 5, on a misdemeanor battery/domestic violence charge.
Saints | No exempt list for Junior Galette
There is no urgency to place New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette on an exempt list after his arrest for an alleged domestic abuse battery incident because there are no football activities, according to general manager Mickey Loomis.
Saints | Junior Galette could face suspension
Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette could be facing a six-game suspension from the league after he was arrested and charged with simple batter following a domestic violence case Monday, Jan. 5.
Saints | Ryan Pace declines Jets' request
Saints | Junior Galette arrested
New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette was arrested Monday, Jan. 5, and has been charged with domestic abuse battery after an incident with a female acquaintance. The Saints are aware of the situation and are gathering information.
Saints | Junior Galette arrested
New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette was arrested and taken into custody Monday, Jan. 5, on undisclosed charges. There was a disturbance at Galette's home, according to Kenner police spokesman Brian McGregor.
Saints | Tim Hightower signed to futures deal
Saints | Wesley McGriff to stay on Saints' staff
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