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Saints | PK job is Shayne Graham's to lose?
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:16:12 -0700
New Orleans Saints PK Shayne Graham, 36, is in a battle for the place-kicking job with 24-year-old PK Derek Dimke. Graham appears to have the edge, unless Dimke clearly out-kicks him in training camp. The Saints may bring in other place kickers to compete, however.
Saints | Mark Ingram will be core player
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:31:26 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram will be a core player in the Saints' offense this year, according to general manager Mickey Loomis.
Saints | Tavon Rooks update
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:59:39 -0700
New Orleans Saints OT Tavon Rooks (back) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list due to a sore back, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Saints | Joe Morgan ready to practice
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:57:26 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Joe Morgan (knee) is good to go for practice, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Saints | Cheta Ozougwu placed on IR after clearing waivers
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:12:58 -0700
New Orleans Saints DE Cheta Ozougwu (undisclosed) cleared waivers and was transferred to the Saints' Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, July 23.
Saints | Moses McCray cut
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:53:55 -0700
The New Orleans Saints waived DT Moses McCray to make room for new signings on Tuesday, July 22.
Saints | Cheta Ozougwu waived
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:44:23 -0700
The New Orleans Saints have waived LB Cheta Ozougwu (undisclosed) with a failed physical designation.
Saints | Sign two
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:40:11 -0700
The New Orleans Saints signed free-agent DE Tyrone Ezell (Texans) and free-agent LB Marcus Thompson (Dolphins). Terms of the deals were undisclosed.
Saints | Je'Ron Hamm stood out
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:43:17 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Je'Ron Hamm stood out the most of the backup tight ends and fullbacks during organized team activities and minicamps because of his athletic ability and receiving skills.
Saints | Tavon Rooks placed on NFI list
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:27:39 -0700
New Orleans Saints OT Tavon Rooks (undisclosed) has been placed on the Non-Football injury list.
Saints | Two go on PUP list
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:22:31 -0700
New Orleans Saints DE Cheta Ozougwu (undisclosed) and DT John Jenkins (pectoral) have been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Saints | Jairus Byrd update
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:10:08 -0700
New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd's (back) recovery from back surgery has gone as expected. However, it's unknown if he'll be limited at the start of training camp.
Saints | More on Jimmy Graham contract
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:38:14 -0700
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham agreed to a contract with a $4 million cap hit in 2014, $11 million in 2015, $12 million in 2016 and $13 million in 2017. The deal includes a $2 million roster bonus in 2017.
Saints | Jimmy Graham worked out this offseason
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:43:00 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham said it was hard not to work with his teammates this offseason but did work out in Miami with free-agent LB Jonathan Vilma (Saints). He said he had a similar regime this offseason than what he did during the lockout in 2011, which produced one of his best NFL seasons. "It was tough being away from the guys," Graham said. "The good thing is that the base and group of friends I have here in Miami is still strong. I did the same thing I did during the lockout year. I basically did the same day-to-day routine that I did (in 2011). And after the lockout, I had one of my best seasons I have ever had."
Saints | Jimmy Graham the highest-paid TE
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:52:14 -0700
Updating earlier reports, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham will be the highest-paid tight end in the league with his $40 million deal with between $20 million and $21 million guaranteed.
Saints | Jimmy Graham terms
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:32:53 -0700
Updating earlier reports, the New Orleans Saints signed TE Jimmy Graham to a four-year, $40 million deal with $21 million guaranteed, according to a source familiar with the deal.
Saints | Confirm Jimmy Graham deal
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:32:28 -0700
Updating an earlier report, the New Orleans Saints have confirmed they've reached a multi-year agreement with TE Jimmy Graham.
Saints | Jimmy Graham appears to have deal in place
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:13:00 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham tweeted "It's official. I'm bleeding black and gold this morning!" Tuesday, July 15, which likely means he has signed a contract extension. The terms of his contract are unknown, but this tweet leads us to believe it's done.
Saints | Getting closer to deal with Jimmy Graham
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:12:44 -0700
The New Orleans Saints are close to a long-term deal with franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham that would make Graham the highest-paid tight end in NFL history. The team is optimistic that a deal will get done by the July 15 deadline.
Saints | Jimmy Graham appeals grievance ruling
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:43:31 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham has decided to appeal the ruling of his grievance in regards to whether he should be franchised as a tight end or wide receiver, according to a source. The arbitrator ruled that Graham should receive the tight end franchise tag.
Saints | Jimmy Graham deadline looming
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:38:20 -0700
Updating an ongoing story, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham has a deadline of Tuesday, July 15, at 4 p.m. EDT, to sign a long-term contract with the organization.
Saints | Kenny Stills excelled in yards per catch
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:23:27 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills' 20.0 yards-per-catch average led all NFL players that recorded at least 30 receptions last season.
Saints | Cameron Jordan has high expectations for 2014
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:36:16 -0700
New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan recently said he wants to average one sack per game this season. Jordan also said he wants a Super Bowl win heading into the fourth season of his career.
Saints | Drew Brees hopes for quick resolution to Jimmy Graham's situation
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:18:44 -0700
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he wants the team to have a quick resolution to TE Jimmy Graham's contract situation so that the two have valuable time together on the field before the season starts. "Jimmy's my guy," Brees said in a sit-down interview late last month. "I want what's best for him. I want what's best for the team. Certainly there's a way that everybody can be happy coming out of this deal. But it is part of the process, and I went through something similar to this two years ago, so I get it." The Saints have eight days to work out a long-term deal with Graham, and sources expect negotiations to extend up until the deadline on July 15.
Saints | Have not reduced offer to Jimmy Graham
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:13:00 -0700
The New Orleans Saints have not reduced their offer to TE Jimmy Graham after an arbitrator ruled he is a tight end. The team will not use that ruling to change the offer to make Graham the highest paid tight end in the NFL.
Saints | Marques Colston says foot feeling better
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:17:57 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (foot) said he is feeling healthy this season. "I feel really good," Colston said. "The foot I know was addressed earlier in the offseason. It's really not an issue. I've been able to get out here with really no restrictions and just run around and feel good."
Saints | Jimmy Graham negotiations to start from scratch
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 07:14:01 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham's contract discussions with the team will start at "ground zero." Both sides were waiting for the arbitrator's ruling on his franchise tag. There's a possibility that Graham will not sign his tender if there is no contract agreement by the deadline.
Saints | Optimistic about deal with Jimmy Graham
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:35:31 -0700
The New Orleans Saints have been prepared for the ruling that was handed down in franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham's grievance case and are optimistic they will be able to get a deal done before the July 15th deadline.
Saints | Will start negotiations with Jimmy Graham
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:31:57 -0700
The New Orleans Saints will now begin contract negotiations with the agent franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham, because the two sides were waiting on the ruling on Graham's grievance before starting contract talks. There appears to be a chance that Graham will not be interested in his franchise tender if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement before the July 15 deadline and could hold out during training camp and possibly the regular season.
Saints | Coach says Jimmy Graham covered like TE
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:52:33 -0700
New Orleans head coach Saints Sean Payton said during TE Jimmy Graham's grievance hearing that Graham is covered like a tight end no matter what he lines up on offense. Payton indicated that linebackers cover Graham at times and that linebackers do not cover wide receivers.
Saints | Jimmy Graham ruled a TE
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:09:47 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham's grievance hearing has been decided, and he has been officially ruled a tight end.
Saints | Ruling on Jimmy Graham's grievance expected Thursday
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:14:23 -0700
Arbitrator Stephen Burbank said he expects to inform the New Orleans Saints and franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham of his ruling on Graham's grievance on Thursday, July 3.
Saints | Drew Brees knows what Jimmy Graham ruling will be
Sat, 28 Jun 2014 07:50:04 -0700
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he knows whether TE Jimmy Graham will be ruled as a tight end or a wide receiver. Brees said he spoke with arbitrator Stephen Burbank, who clued him in on how he will rule. "He kind of let me know what his ruling is going to be," Brees said. "But he swore me to secrecy, so I can't really say at this point."
Saints | Ruling on Jimmy Graham's grievance expected soon
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:13:18 -0700
New Orleans Saints franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham's grievance against the Saints over what position he should be considered is expected to be ruled on next week, according to a source. The loser of the ruling has the option to appeal the ruling.
Saints | Jimmy Graham dispute still unsettled
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:49:02 -0700
Updating an ongoing story, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham's grievance case over being franchise tagged as a tight end instead of a wide receiver is yet to be resolved. The arbitrator, Stephen Burbank, concluded two separate rulings this year in less than a week each. NFLPA communications director Carl Francis said a decision shouldn't take much longer. The deadline for a ruling is July 15.
Saints | Investing heavily in offense
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:12:00 -0700
The New Orleans Saints have committed an estimated $70.557 million in 2014 salary cap space to the offensive side of the ball, with just $42.324 million being spent on defense. The Saints are approximately $1.37 million under the cap.
Saints | Khiry Robinson putting in the time
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:42:25 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson has doubled his offseason workouts to add additional strength and stamina. He has also studied the playbook extensively, which head coach Sean Payton has noticed, "You see him, just from an assignment standpoint, understanding the protections much quicker." Robinson will compete for touches with RBs Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet.
Saints | Add Todd Davis, waive A.J. Davis
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:19:31 -0700
The New Orleans Saints signed undrafted free-agent LB Todd Davis (Sacramento State) and waived/injured CB A.J. Davis (undisclosed) Monday, June 23. Per NFL policy, all undrafted free-agents are signed to three-year contracts. Financial terms were undisclosed.
Saints | Brandin Cooks' versatility excites Drew Brees
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:12:35 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks could be in line to replace RB Darren Sproles' production in his rookie season, according to QB Drew Brees. Brees noted that the team was creative with Sproles, using him out of the backfield, splitting him wide and using him on screen passes. Cooks was versatile and extremely productive in 2013 in college, and he's incredibly fast, has good hands and is strong after the catch. "Oh man, I've seen all the highlights, and that gets you excited," Brees said. "I think he can do a lot of things. I think he can play outside receiver. I think I he can play inside in the slot. You can hand him reverses. You can throw him screens. He can return punts."
Saints | Jimmy Graham's hearing to continue Wednesday
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:48:42 -0700
Updating an ongoing story, the franchise-tag grievance hearing for New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham will resume Wednesday, June 18. A verdict is expected within five to seven days.
Saints | More on Jimmy Graham
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:41:50 -0700
Updating a previous report, the NFL will argue that New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham should be franchise tagged as a tight end because he meets in the tight end room, regularly lines up where tight ends line up on the field, and even lists himself as a tight end on his twitter account.
Saints | Jimmy Graham's hearings begin
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:04:49 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham's franchise-tag grievance begins Tuesday, June 17. Arbitrator Stephen Burbank will hear arguments from the NFL Players Association and the NFL Management Council to determine if Graham should be labeled as a tight end or wide receiver for franchise-tag purposes. It's unknown how long the hearings will take, but they could last up to a week.
Saints | Kenny Stills, Akiem Hicks looking good
Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:20:34 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills and DT Akiem Hicks look like breakout candidates for the team this year. Both have been carrying themselves with plenty of swagger in offseason workouts. Stills has been playing all three receiver positions and running all of the routes. Hicks has shown himself to be one of the strongest players on the roster, and he's been nearly unblockable.
Saints | Tim Lelito in line to start at center
Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:15:21 -0700
New Orleans Saints OG Tim Lelito is expected to be the starting center. It's his job to lose, as he's worked exclusively with the first-team offense in offseason workouts. C Jonathan Goodwin appears to be an insurance policy.
Saints | Brandon Coleman, Charles Hawkins impressing
Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:01:11 -0700
New Orleans Saints WRs Brandon Coleman and Charles Hawkins continue to impress the team, and both are seeing time with the top units during nickel and two-minute offenses.