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Saints | Jahri Evans negotiating deal to stay
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:14:15 -0800

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
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:08:00 -0800

Florida State QB Jameis Winston is scheduled to meet with the New Orleans Saints during the NFL Scouting Combine.


Saints | Junior Galette assault charges dismissed
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 04:45:42 -0800

New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette had assault charges dismissed. It is not clear whether he faces discipline yet from the team for the off-field incident.


Saints | Sean Payton wants Mark Ingram back
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:00:50 -0800

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?
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:56:24 -0800

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
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:01:03 -0800

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
Sat, 14 Feb 2015 23:36:15 -0800

New Orleans Saints LB Parys Haralson will make the 2015 minimum salary for his service time, which is $870,000, as part of his one-year contract.


Saints | Shayne Graham financials
Sat, 14 Feb 2015 23:33:07 -0800

New Orleans Saints PK Shayne Graham will make the veterans minimum of $970,000 for his service time.


Saints | Brodrick Bunkley could be cut
Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:55:37 -0800

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
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:20:52 -0800

New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks said he plans to work out with QB Drew Brees this offseason.


Saints | Shayne Graham agrees to deal
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:40:34 -0800

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
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:34:13 -0800

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
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 23:26:57 -0800

Senior defensive assistant Dennis Allen and wide receivers coach John Morton were among new coaches announced by the New Orleans Saints this week.


Saints | Marques Colston may need to restructure
Tue, 10 Feb 2015 06:48:49 -0800

New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston will probably return at a reduced rate from his $7 million salary in 2015, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Mike Triplett.


Saints | Senio Kelemete re-signs with Saints
Mon, 09 Feb 2015 08:30:31 -0800

New Orleans Saints OT Senio Kelemete was re-signed to a one-year deal Monday, Feb. 9.


Saints | Joel Thomas hired
Sat, 07 Feb 2015 23:59:49 -0800

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
Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:38:27 -0800

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
Fri, 06 Feb 2015 00:11:46 -0800

New Orleans Saints assistant wide receivers coach Carter Sheridan has left the team to become the receivers coach at Tulane.


Saints | Luke McCown contract details
Thu, 05 Feb 2015 10:30:10 -0800

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
Thu, 05 Feb 2015 08:42:57 -0800

New Orleans Saints QB Luke McCown re-signed with the team Thursday, Feb. 5. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Saints | Cheta Ozougwu released
Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:40:48 -0800

The New Orleans Saints released LB Cheta Ozougwu (undisclosed) with a failed physical designation Tuesday, Feb. 3.


Saints | Jahri Evans has surgery
Tue, 03 Feb 2015 04:25:24 -0800

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
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:36:59 -0800

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
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:32:52 -0800

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
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:53:58 -0800

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?
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:18:15 -0800

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
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:39:32 -0800

Free-agent CB Delvin Breaux (CFL) has reached an agreement with the New Orleans Saints Saturday, Jan. 24. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.


Saints | Jimmy Graham might avoid surgery
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:25:51 -0800

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
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:39:53 -0800

Free-agent CB Delvin Breaux (CFL) will work out for the New Orleans Saints on Friday, Jan. 23. CFL players are not eligible to sign NFL deals until Feb. 10.


Saints | Mark Ingram wants to return to Saints
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:37:31 -0800

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
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:37:56 -0800

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
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:12:30 -0800

Former Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland was hired by the New Orleans Saints as a collegiate scout Tuesday, Jan. 20.


Saints | Dennis Allen hired
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 06:52:20 -0800

Former Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen was hired by the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, Jan. 20, as a special defensive assistant to defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.


Saints | Marques Colston may be asked for pay cut
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:22:07 -0800

New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston may be asked to take a pay cut this offseason, because he is scheduled to make $7 million in 2015 and count $9.7 million against the salary cap.


Saints | Khiry Robinson missed opportunity
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:17:32 -0800

New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson was slated to have his role increased before he suffered a fractured forearm midseason.


Saints | Drew Brees going to Pro Bowl
Fri, 09 Jan 2015 14:45:03 -0800

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees will play in the 2015 Pro Bowl in place of Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (neck).


Saints | Rob Ryan returning
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 06:01:56 -0800

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will return in 2015, according to a source.


Saints | Junior Galette reportedly did not assault woman
Tue, 06 Jan 2015 14:29:39 -0800

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
Tue, 06 Jan 2015 08:39:44 -0800

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
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 16:08:37 -0800

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
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 12:30:35 -0800

New Orleans Saints player personnel director Ryan Pace has declined to interview for the New York Jets general manager position.


Saints | Junior Galette arrested
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 10:09:08 -0800

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
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 08:43:39 -0800

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
Sun, 04 Jan 2015 13:13:43 -0800

The New Orleans Saints signed free-agent RB Tim Hightower (Redskins) to a futures contract Sunday, Jan. 4, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Saints | Wesley McGriff to stay on Saints' staff
Fri, 02 Jan 2015 18:36:45 -0800

New Orleans Saints defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff will remain with the team, according to a report from CoachingSearch.com.


New Orleans Saints

Allen Dennis TO
Alston Shawne RB
Armstead Terron OT
Baker Edwin RB
Ball Marcus SS
Becton Nick OT
Beyah Malcolm WR
Breaux Delvin DB
Brees Drew QB
Brewster Mike C
Bunkley Brodrick DL
Bush Rafael SS
Butler Ezra LB
Byrd Jairus FS
Carmichael Pete OC
Charles Orson TE
Coleman Brandon WR
Colston Marques WR
Cooks Brandin WR
Dixon Brian CB
Drescher Justin OL
Edebali Kasim DE
Evans Jahri OG
Fokou Moise LB
Foster Glenn DL
Franklin Jerry LB
Frederick Terrence CB
Galette Junior LB
Graham Jimmy TE
Graham Shayne PK
Griffin Ryan W. QB
Grubbs Ben OG
Grumbs Jose FS
Haralson Parys LB
Harris Bryce OT
Hawthorne David LB
Hayes Tom AC
Hicks Akiem DL
Hightower Tim RB
Hill Josh TE
Hobby Marion AC
Hopkins Dustin PK
Ingalls Bret AC
Ireland Jeff TO
Jean-Baptiste Stanley CB
Jenkins John DL
Johnson Austin RB
Johnson Bill AC
Jones Seantavius WR
Jordan Cameron DE
Kelemete Senio OT
Ketchum Mike AC
Knox Kyle LB
Kwan Stan AC
Lacy Ryan CB
Lelito Tim OG
Leonard Brent WR
Lewis Keenan CB
Lofton Curtis LB
Loomis Mickey GM
Lorig Erik FB
McCown Luke QB
McGriff Wesley AC
McMahon Greg AC
Miller Andrew OG
Morstead Thomas P
Morton John AC
Neu Mike AC
Opurum Toben FB
Orgeron Ed AC
Payton Sean HC
Pease John AC
Phillips Kenny SS
Powell Ronald DL
Pyne Jim AC
Robinson Khiry RB
Robinson William OT
Romeus Greg DL
Roushar Dan AC
Ryan Rob DC
Sanford Jamarca SS
Saunders Jalen WR
Shanle Scott LB
Snead Willie WR
Stills Kenny WR
Strief Zach OT
Sunseri Vinnie S
Tanner Andy WR
Thomas Joel AC
Thomas Pierre RB
Toon Nick WR
Tupou Fenuki OT
Vaccaro Kenny FS
Virgil Lawrence DL
Vitt Joe AC
Walker Devon S
Walker Tyrunn DL
Warren Pierre FS
Watson Benjamin TE
White Corey CB
Zimmerman Ty S