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2013 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (15)  Kenny Vaccaro S
3 (75)  Terron Armstead T
3 (82)  John Jenkins DT
5 (144)  Kenny Stills WR
6 (183)  Rufus Johnson DE
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New Orleans Saints fans vote Odell Beckham Jr. as LSU Tiger they want the Saints to draft Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-14-2014 11:58 AM


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LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr. was voted as the LSU player that New Orleans Saints fans would want the team to draft the most in a poll on NewOrleansSaints.com last week.

Beckham Jr. earned 58 percent of the 2,719 votes. Along with Beckham Jr., WR Jarvis Landry (18%) and RB Jeremy Hill (8%) rounded out the top three.

Beckham Jr. claimed the 2013 Hornung Award as college football’s most versatile player. He earned first-team All-America honors as a junior in 2013 as both a kick returner (Football Writers Association of America) and return specialist (CBSSports.com).

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49ers' Aldon Smith busted at LA airport after making bomb threat, police say Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-14-2014 11:54 AM


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LOS ANGELES -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities said he became belligerent during a security screening and threatened that he had a bomb.

The 24-year-old player was randomly selected for a secondary screening at Terminal 1 and became uncooperative with the process, airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said. She said he told a TSA agent that he had a bomb before walking to the gate. When airport police officers caught up with him, Ortiz said Smith became uncooperative and was taken into custody.

A witness video posted on TMZ.com shows Smith exchanging words with an officer as he was being handcuffed and escorted out of the gate area.

By Associated Press / Times-Picayune

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USC's Marcus Martin meets with Panthers, Saints, Eagles Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-14-2014 11:49 AM


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USC center Marcus Martin, considered one of the top two players at his position in the draft, has met with Carolina, New Orleans and Philadelphia.

The National Football Post reported on Martin's visits. He and Colorado State's Weston Richburg are vying to be the first center selected.

Neither is seen as a first-rounder, though there always is a possibility that one could sneak into the first round.

There have been just nine centers drafted in the first round this century. Wisconsin's Travis Frederick was a surprise first-rounder last season, by Dallas, and played well as a rookie.

By Mike Huguenin / NFL.Com

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CBA change may stagnate extensions Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-14-2014 11:34 AM


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Q: At what point do the New Orleans Saints draft a highly ranked QB as a future starter? Drew Brees is on the downside of his career, and didn't the Colts teach everyone the dangers of not having a capable, future starting QB if your Hall of Fame QB suddenly goes down or retires?

Is this the year for the Saints to draft a future starter such as Jimmy Garoppolo, Aaron Murray or AJ McCarron in the second to fourth rounds?

Rusty in Mandeville, La.

By John Clayton / ESPN

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Loomis: Saints' offseason going as planned Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-14-2014 11:30 AM


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From the outside looking in, the New Orleans Saints’ offseason has probably seemed a bit hectic.

The Saints have been full of surprises, from the big-name acquisitions of Jairus Byrd and Champ Bailey to the big-name departures of Darren Sproles and others.

And based on reactions from fans and national analysts alike, the biggest head-scratcher of all has been the fact that the Saints keep adding ammo to the roster despite a tight squeeze against the salary cap.

But none of these moves have been made on the fly.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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What Happens in Round One for the Saints - Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 04-13-2014 04:26 AM


What Happens in Round One for the Saints


By Mike Detillier

It is less than a month before the NFL draft and for at least one team what they do in the three-day event in May will lead them to a Super Bowl title.

For the 2014 New Orleans Saints the reach is close. The Saints, along with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts, are the clear-cut top teams in the league today and the right choices in May could well be the catalyst to put them in the Big Show.

The Saints have addressed some obvious needs in free agency in acquiring one of the elite free safeties in the game in Jairus Byrd, one of the all-time great cornerbacks in Champ Bailey-who at 36 years old will most likely be the #3 or nickel cornerback for the squad and a heavy duty lead blocker/H-back in Eric Lorig.

The holes on this football team are depth at the center spot with second-year center/guard Tim Lelito the likely starter, a “stretch the field” wide receiver, another cover cornerback or two and another starter type at linebacker, if he were available,

In Round One most would love to see LSU’s Odell Beckham, USC’s Marqise Lee or Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks on the board for the Saints, but it is highly unlikely any of the three will be there.

There is no center in this draft class that will be picked in Round One.

So that could well mean that the Saints go the route of a linebacker or cornerback in the opening round, if they stay pat at #27 spot.

With five receivers likely off the board in Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Beckham, Cooks and Lee and tight end Eric Ebron that means a defensive player will be pushed to late first round pick status.

On the opening night of the draft watch what happens to one of the three players in Ohio State outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley and Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller.

Cornerback is still a high need area for the Saints, but on paper you might not put linebacker high on the list, but with contracts due for outside linebackers Victor Butler and Junior Galette and inside linebacker David Hawthorne with a rich financial deal, linebacker is indeed a...
Saints rank as both most, least aggressive Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-11-2014 02:58 PM


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With the first month of free agency now in the books, ESPN Stats & Information put together some league-wide numbers. And it was interesting to note that the New Orleans Saints were among the most and least aggressive teams at the same time.

The Saints only added three players from other NFL teams in free agency (Jairus Byrd, Champ Bailey and Erik Lorig). That tied for the lowest number in the league, along with the Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams.

However, the New Orleans Saints were the biggest spenders on any one player. They gave Byrd more guaranteed money than any other free agent in the NFL this offseason.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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New Orleans Saints restructure defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley's contract Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-11-2014 02:55 PM


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The New Orleans Saints restructured the contract of defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley to create $2.85 million in cap space, according to reports.

Bunkley cut his 2014 salary from $4.5 million to $1.65 million. His base salary in 2014 is now $1.3 million and he will receive a $300,000 roster bonus on April 10.

His base salary in 2015 and 2016 will remain at $4.4 million.

The Saints are now $4,839,141 under the salary cap according to the NFLPA, without taking into account the signing of cornerback Champ Bailey, whose deal was made official on Wednesday.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints target Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy at No. 27 | Larry Holder's NFL mock draft 4.0 Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-08-2014 08:38 AM


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Free agency has begun to shake out, leaving the New Orleans Saints in a prime spot to continue their philosophy of selecting the best player available, regardless of position, on their draft board. It's especially paramount for the Saints to hold true to that strategy this time around as they pick No. 27 overall in May's draft.

I'll post my mock draft every Monday leading up to the NFL draft, which will take place May 8-10 in New York, and my draft projections will fluctuate (or not) depending on free-agent movement and other factors.

Here's my fourth mock draft with some changes from last week, but I'm sticking with a pass rusher at No. 27 for the Saints:

By Larry Holder/ Times-Picayune

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Safety Rafael Bush will remain with New Orleans Saints as team matches offer sheet from Atlanta Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-08-2014 08:35 AM


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The New Orleans Saints didn't let safety Rafael Bush walk away to the Atlanta Falcons as the team matched the Falcons' restricted free agent offer sheet Monday, Bush confirmed via Twitter. Bush's agent Brian Anderson also confirmed the Saints matched Atlanta's offer.

Bush originally received a one-year, $1.4 million tender from the Saints on a no-compensation tender. Bush then signed an offer sheet with Atlanta last week on a two-year deal worth up to $4.5 million.

The Saints had until Tuesday to match the offer, and the team did so Monday.

By Larry Holder/ Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints free agent center Brian de la Puente agrees to terms with Bears Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-07-2014 11:13 AM


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As of now, the starting center job for the New Orleans Saints belongs to second-year offensive lineman Tim Lelito. That's because three-year starter Brian de la Puente agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Bears announced the move.

De la Puente, who was an unrestricted free agent, will reportedly back up Bears starting center Roberto Garza. It's a bit of a surprise landing spot for de la Puente considering pundits tabbed him as one of the better centers on the free-agent market.
De la Puente will be re-united with former Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, who's now the Bears' offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, and left tackle Jermon Bushrod, who left the Saints for Chicago last offseason.

By Larry Holder/ Times-Picayune

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Champ Bailey agrees to two-year deal with Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-05-2014 10:06 AM


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NEW ORLEANS — Champ Bailey will get to chase a Pro Bowl record and another Super Bowl appearance with the New Orleans Saints.

The veteran cornerback agreed to a two-year contract with the Saints on Friday, with a maximum value that approaches $7 million, including guaranteed money and a signing bonus in the first year.

The 35-year-old Bailey played the last 10 seasons with Denver after spending his first five in the NFL with Washington. A shutdown cornerback for much of his career, Bailey has made three All-Pro teams and been selected to 12 Pro Bowls. He trails only Hall of Fame end Reggie White (13) among defensive players in NFL history in Pro Bowls.

By Associated Press / Sporting News

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Question marks remain for New Orleans Saints despite dizzying month of moves | Analysis Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-04-2014 11:09 AM


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Remember a month ago when the juicy New Orleans Saints news involved the team placing the franchise tag on tight end Jimmy Graham? It seems like a decade ago as it's been a dizzying time for the Saints to say the least.

Let's go over what's happened with the Saints since the tagging of Graham:

March 6: Issued restricted free-agent tender to safety Rafael Bush

March 7: Released wide receiver Lance Moore

March 11: Safety Malcolm Jenkins agreed to terms with Philadelphia

By Larry Holder/ Times-Picayune

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Marcus Ball says the New Orleans Saints showed him a lot of love and respect Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-04-2014 11:05 AM


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Your thoughts on joining the New Orleans Saints?


“Excited. It’s a great opportunity. I’m very very blessed and thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Who Dat Nation. Very much looking forward to it.”

What was it about the Saints that made you want to sign with them?

“Just the Who Dat Nation to be honest with you. To be a part of such a great franchise and Coach Ryan and Coach Payton and the guys have really showed me a lot of love and respect. They supported me and we kind of connected on a couple of ideas and it was pretty much a perfect fit.”

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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Parys Haralson says "It's easy to go back to a place that you enjoy" Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-03-2014 12:19 PM


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What did you like about the Black and Gold that you signed again?

“I think you could see the improvement that we were able to make on the defensive side of the ball. Playing in New Orleans is a great experience for me. I enjoyed it a lot. It’s easy to go back to a place that you enjoy and that the people want you back and really get back to playing football.”

What was your personal growth in that system last season?

“I think being there and being able to learn the defense from coaches like Coach (Rob) Ryan and the coaches with the Saints. It automatically helps you step your game up a little bit. It helps you and the growth of your football knowledge and your football IQ. I look forward to going back and learning from the coaching staff and being able to get better.”

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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New Orleans Saints agree to terms with S Marcus Ball on three-year contract Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-03-2014 12:16 PM


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The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have agreed to terms with safety Marcus Ball on a three-year contract. The announcement was made by Saints’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Ball, 6-1, 209, played two seasons with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League after finishing his college career at the University of Memphis. In two seasons with Toronto, he recorded 142 tackles, seven sacks, four interceptions, two returned for touchdowns and three fumble recoveries. In 2013, Ball posted 69 stops, four sacks and three interceptions for the Argonauts.

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What Happens in Round One for the Saints - Mike Detillier
Posted On 04-13-2014


What Happens in Round One for the Saints


By Mike Detillier

It is less than a month before the NFL draft and for at least one team what they do in the three-day event in May will lead them to a Super Bowl title.

For the 2014 New Orleans Saints the reach is close. The Saints, along with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts, are the clear-cut top teams in the league today and the right choices in May could well be the catalyst to put them in the Big Show.

The Saints have addressed some obvious needs in free agency in acquiring one of the elite free safeties in the game in Jairus Byrd, one of the all-time great cornerbacks in Champ Bailey-who at 36 years old will most likely be the #3 or nickel cornerback for the squad and a heavy duty lead blocker/H-back in Eric Lorig.

The holes on this football team are depth at the center spot with second-year center/guard Tim Lelito the likely starter, a “stretch the field” wide receiver, another cover cornerback or two and another starter type at linebacker, if he were available,

In Round One most would love to see LSU’s Odell Beckham, USC’s Marqise Lee or Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks on the board for the Saints, but it is highly unlikely any of the three will be there.

There is no center in this draft class that will be picked in Round One.

So that could well mean that the Saints go the route of a linebacker or cornerback in the opening round, if they stay pat at #27 spot.

With five receivers likely off the board in Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Beckham, Cooks and Lee and tight end Eric Ebron that means a defensive player will be pushed to late first round pick status.

On the opening night of the draft watch what happens to one of the three players in Ohio State outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley and Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller.

Cornerback is still a high need area for the Saints, but on paper you might not put linebacker high on the list, but with contracts due for outside linebackers Victor Butler and Junior Galette and inside linebacker David Hawthorne with a rich financial deal, linebacker is indeed a...
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Football Chess and the Movable Pieces - Mike Detillier
Posted On 03-30-2014


Football Chess and the Movable Pieces

By Mike Detillier


We are still over a month away from the May 8th , 9th and 10th NFL draft days, but in deepest draft class I have ever scouted in 27 years there is still no consensus at the moment on how the top picks will fall in May.

In a thick draft class just about every team would like to fall back and acquire extra picks, but that usually does not work that way. There will always be draft day deals, but if most teams are looking for extra picks fewer teams are willing to deal unless the price is right.

The deal off of first round picks may occur more in the later part of Round One than in the early part when teams target certain players they think will not fall to them in Round Two.

It is clear cut on my board that the top two players are South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack.

Clowney is the highest rated defensive end prospect I have graded since Bruce Smith came out of Virginia Tech back in 1985 and Mack is the highest graded outside linebacker I have graded since Derrick Thomas came out of Alabama back in 1989.

In other draft classes they would be the top two players selected and they may well be the first two in 2014, but this is also a league ruled by quarterbacks and Central Florida’s Blake Bortles and Texas A&M gunslinger Johnny Manziel are going to have some say on who gets drafted in the top five.

Right now on just pure ratings, Clowney, Mack, former Thibodaux High School and Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews and UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr have higher draft grades than either Bortles or Manziel, but the need for a quarterback will have both of them in the mix for very early first round picks, and to be honest Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans and Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan are just a smidge away from either one of my top two rated signal-callers and slightly ahead of my third rated quarterback in Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater.

There is a lot of football chess to be played before May 8th . I have a strong feeling that the Atlanta Falcons who are in desperate need of a playmaking defensive player like Clowney or Mack will...
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