Team Notebook: New Orleans Saints

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Saints | John Kuhn impressed Sean Payton
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:04:00 -0800

New Orleans Saints FB John Kuhn impressed head coach Sean Payton with his toughness, leadership and ability to pass protect.


Saints | New Orleans wants a pass-rusher
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:56:59 -0800

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said adding a pass-rusher is a "must" this offseason, either in free agency or via the 2017 NFL Draft.


Saints | Darryl Tapp wants to play a few more years
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:44:42 -0800

New Orleans Saints impending free-agent DE Darryl Tapp said he hopes to play for two more seasons. He said he is open to re-signing with the Saints but wants to play for a Super Bowl contender.


Saints | Kenny Vaccaro may get extension soon
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:53:37 -0800

New Orleans Saints FS Kenny Vaccaro could receive a contract extension in the near future since he will be entering the final year of his current contract.


Saints | Nick Fairley to test free agency
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:12:17 -0800

New Orleans Saints DT Nick Fairley will test the open market before considering a new deal with the club once free agency begins next month.


Saints | New Orleans optimistic about Coby Fleener
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:42:46 -0800

The New Orleans Saints believe TE Coby Fleener will be a bigger part of the offense in 2017 because he will be more comfortable with the offensive scheme and will continue to build a chemistry with QB Drew Brees.


Saints | Michael Thomas had memorable rookie year
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:20:17 -0800

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas posted the second-most receptions of any rookie receiver in NFL history this past season. He logged 92 catches, finishing only behind Detroit Lions WR Anquan Boldin, who recorded 101 receptions in his debut year back in 2003 with the Arizona Cardinals.


Saints | Clarity on Curtis Johnson's role
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:58:28 -0800

The New Orleans Saints hired assistant coach Curtis Johnson to serve as a senior offensive assistant and wide receivers coach.


Saints | Brandin Cooks' option should be exercised
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:02:16 -0800

New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks is expected to have his fifth-year option picked up this offseason. He would receive $8 million in 2018 if the optioned is exercised.


Saints | Ryan Nielsen hired by Saints
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:10:08 -0800

Stanford defensive line coach/run game coordinator Ryan Nielsen was hired by the New Orleans Saints as defensive line coach Tuesday, Feb. 7.


Saints | Jairus Byrd may require pay cut
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 08:25:30 -0800

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd will likely have to take a pay cut to remain with the Saints in 2017, in the opinion of beat writer Mike Triplett. He has a $7.8 million salary with an $11.2 million salary cap hit.


Saints | John Kuhn agrees to one-year deal
Sat, 04 Feb 2017 06:16:57 -0800

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints FB John Kuhn has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with an $80,000 signing bonus, according to a source familiar with the terms of the situation.


Saints | Sean Payton really likes DeShaun Watson
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:10:14 -0800

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said that Clemson QB Deshaun Watson "appears to have all those things that we're looking for" and believes there's "something special about him." According to Payton, the Saints haven't seen "any signs" of a potential decline for current starting QB Drew Brees, but acknowledged a transition will eventually have to come, and that "the transaction may take place, not in the same year (Brees) is being replaced."


Saints | John Kuhn staying in New Orleans
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:07:47 -0800

Impending free-agent FB John Kuhn will remain with the New Orleans Saints, according to a league source.


Saints | Drew Brees has a few seasons left
Thu, 02 Feb 2017 07:43:10 -0800

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said Thursday, Feb. 2, that he has a few seasons left in him.


Saints | Bradford Banta hired by Saints
Tue, 31 Jan 2017 08:27:10 -0800

Former Washington Redskins assistant coach Bradford Banta was hired by the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, Jan. 31, as special teams coach.


Saints | Curtis Johnson hired by Saints
Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:36:43 -0800

Former Chicago Bears wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson was hired by the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, Jan. 31, to serve in the same role.


Saints | Mike Nolan hired by Saints
Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:45:00 -0800

Former Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan was hired by the New Orleans Saints as linebackers coach Monday, Jan. 30.


Saints | Tim Hightower set to be FA
Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:52:51 -0800

New Orleans Saints RB Tim Hightower will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST.


Saints | Drew Brees had problems vs. TB
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:05:15 -0800

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees went 48-for-75 for 556 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season.


Saints | NO not ready to give up on Stephone Anthony
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 09:18:40 -0800

New Orleans Saints LB Stephone Anthony lost his job to James Laurinaitis in training camp and barely played in 2016 even after Laurinaitis was released midseason, playing only 133 snaps for the season before landing on the Reserve/Injured list. However, assistant general manager Jeff Ireland isn't ready to throw in the towel on him yet. "We still believe in Stephone, and I think he (will) have a great year next year. It's a shame that he got injured at the end of the year because I thought he was (going to) really come on. That one game he (started, in Week 14), I thought he played outstanding. So his best football's ahead of him," Ireland said.


Saints | Bradford Banta talks with Saints
Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:59:43 -0800

Washington Redskins assistant coach Bradford Banta recently interviewed with the New Orleans Saints for an open special teams coach position, according to a source.


Saints | Mark Ingram productive at home, on road
Wed, 25 Jan 2017 16:49:12 -0800

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram rushed for 514 yards and three touchdowns at home this season and rushed for 529 yards and three touchdowns on the road.


Saints | Drew Brees contract not an issue
Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:50:06 -0800

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees' contract is not an issue, according to Saints general manager Mickey Loomis. Brees is entering the final year of his contract after signing a one-year extension leading up to the 2016 NFL season. Loomis praised Brees' high level of play and said he hasn't yet thought about why approaching Brees' contract this year will be different than last year.


Saints | Mike Nolan interviewing with Saints
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:49:42 -0800

Former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan will interview with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, Jan. 25, for a position on the team's defensive coaching staff.


Saints | Two candidates on defense for Saints
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:41:57 -0800

Former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder recently interviewed with the New Orleans Saints for a defensive staff position, according to a source. Former Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan will also interview for a position on the defensive staff Wednesday, Jan. 25.


Saints | Bo Davis has talked to Saints
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:28:06 -0800

Former Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis recently interviewed with the New Orleans Saints for the same position.


Saints | Jason Tarver met with Saints
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:43:14 -0800

San Francisco 49ers linebackers coach Jason Tarver recently interviewed with the New Orleans Saints for their vacant linebackers coach job, according to a source.


Saints | Jim Tomsula to be interviewed this week
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:37:26 -0800

Former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula will be interviewed by the New Orleans Saints for their defensive line coaching vacancy at the Senior Bowl this week, according to a source.


Saints | New Orleans talks with Jim Tomsula
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:59:11 -0800

Former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula interviewed for the New Orleans Saints defensive line coaching position earlier this week, according to sources.


Saints | New Orleans signs Rashad Lawrence
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:34:21 -0800

New Orleans Saints WR Rashad Lawrence was signed to a Reserve/Future deal Tuesday, Jan. 17.


Saints | Hau'oli Kikaha may be ready for workouts
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:45:54 -0800

New Orleans Saints LB Hau'oli Kikaha (knee) may be ready for the start of offseason workouts.


Saints | Nick Fairley would like to return
Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:31:47 -0800

New Orleans Saints impending free-agent DT Nick Fairley said he would like to re-sign with the Saints this offseason.


Saints | Anthony Gaitor signed
Sat, 07 Jan 2017 08:12:33 -0800

Canadian Football League CB Anthony Gaitor signed a Reserve/Future contract with the New Orleans Saints Friday, Jan. 6. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Saints | Michael Hoomanawanui on the mend
Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:00:22 -0800

New Orleans Saints TE Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle) said his recovery is going well, and he hopes to be ready for the start of offseason activities.


Saints | Josh Hill still on crutches
Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:54:11 -0800

New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill (fibula) is still walking with crutches, but he said he expects to be ready for offseason activities.


Saints | New Orleans signs two CFL players
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 21:04:12 -0800

The New Orleans Saints signed free-agent LB Adam Bighill and CB Forrest Hightower to Reserve/Future deals Thursday, Jan. 5.


Saints | New Orleans fires assistant coaches
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:08:52 -0800

New Orleans assistant coaches Joe Vitt, Bill Johnson, Greg McMahon, Stan Kwan and James Willis were let go Thursday, Jan. 5, according to a source.


Saints | Royce LaFrance signs with Saints
Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:35:25 -0800

New Orleans Saints DE Royce LaFrance signed a Reserve/Futures contract Tuesday, Jan. 3.


Saints | Saints ink seven to futures contracts
Mon, 02 Jan 2017 19:26:25 -0800

The New Orleans Saints signed QB Garrett Grayson, TEs Jake Stoneburner, Garrett Griffin, DT Ashaad Mabry DT Justin Zimmer, WR Jordan Williams and OG John Fullington to Reserve/Futures contracts Monday, Jan. 2.


Saints | Sean Payton plans on staying put
Mon, 02 Jan 2017 19:05:03 -0800

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said he "definitely" plans on being back with the team next season. He has four years left on his contract and intends to "plan on honoring that."


Saints | Brandin Cooks leaves game
Sun, 01 Jan 2017 22:33:19 -0800

New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (head) left the Week 17 game against the Atlanta Falcons after hitting his head on the turf. He walked to the locker room under his own power, but was unable to return.


Saints | Mark Ingram posts first 1,000-yard season
Sun, 01 Jan 2017 22:32:46 -0800

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram rushed 20 times for 103 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the Atlanta Falcons. He went over 1,000 yards for the first time in his NFL career.


Saints | Michael Thomas posts 156 yards, TD
Sun, 01 Jan 2017 22:31:42 -0800

New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas finished with 10 receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets in the Week 17 game against the Atlanta Falcons.


Saints | Willie Snead checks out early
Sun, 01 Jan 2017 22:30:03 -0800

New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead (concussion) left the Week 17 game against the Atlanta Falcons due to a concussion.


New Orleans Saints

Allen Dennis DC
Allen Jack C
Anthony Stephone LB
Armstead Terron OT
Banjo Chris FS
Banta Bradford AC
Barrington Sam LB
Bell Vonn SS
Bighill Adam LB
Breaux Delvin CB
Brees Drew QB
Byrd Charles AC
Byrd Jairus FS
Cadet Travaris RB
Calhoun Taveze CB
Campbell Dan AC
Carmichael Pete OC
Coleman Brandon WR
Cooks Brandin WR
Crawley Ken CB
Curry Ronald AC
Dalrymple Dan AC
Davison Tyeler DT
Drescher Justin OL
Edebali Kasim DE
Ellerbe Dannell LB
Evans Jahri OG
Fairley Nick DL
Feeney Travis LB
Fleener Coby TE
Fuller Corey WR
Fullington John OT
Gaitor Anthony CB
Giunta Peter AC
Glenn Aaron AC
Grayson Garrett QB
Griffin Garrett TE
Gwacham Obum DE
Harper Roman SS
Harris De'Vante CB
Harris Erik S
Hightower Forrest CB
Hightower Tim RB
Hill Josh TE
Hills Tony OT
Hoomanawanui Michael TE
Ingram Mark RB
Ireland Jeff TO
Johnson Curtis AC
Jordan Cameron DL
Kelemete Senio OT
Keo Shiloh SS
Kikaha Hau'oli LB
Kruger Paul LB
Kuhn John FB
LaFrance Royce DL
Lampman Jake WR
Lasco Daniel RB
Lelito Tim OG
Lewis Tommylee WR
Loewen Mitchell DL
Lombardi Joe AC
Loomis Mickey GM
Lutz Will PK
Mabry Ashaad DL
Mauti Michael LB
McCown Luke QB
Moore Sterling CB
Morstead Thomas P
Murphy Marcus RB
Nielsen Ryan AC
Nolan Mike AC
Onyemata David DT
Payton Sean HC
Peat Andrus OT
Pettway D.J. DL
Phillips John TE
Rankins Sheldon DL
Robertson Craig LB
Roushar Dan AC
Sanford Jamarca SS
Snead Willie WR
Stoneburner Jake TE
Strief Zach OT
Stupar Nathan LB
Swann Damian CB
Tapp Darryl LB
Therezie Robenson S
Thomas Joel AC
Thomas Michael WR
Trusnik Jason LB
Turner Landon OG
Unger Max C
Vaccaro Kenny FS
Webb B.W. CB
Williams Jordan WR
Williams P.J. CB
Wilson Kyle CB
Young Avery OT
Zimmer Justin DL