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A Few Great Drafts Make it Easier for the Saints to Afford Drew Brees

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The Saints' star quarterback is returning for his 20th season, and the team can afford him because they've had so many hits in the draft in recent years. Plus, mailbag questions on teams that could trade back, where Chase Young might land and a few prospects Albert Breer can't take his eyes off.

By Albert Breer | Sports Illustrated

A lot to get to in this week’s mailbag—on the cap situations of a number of teams, who goes where at the top of the draft and, of course, the fate of Tom Brady—but we have to start with Tuesday’s news that Drew Brees is coming back for a 20th NFL season, and why the Saints have to be breathing a pretty healthy sigh of relief. And that’s even though they may have seen this one coming from a mile away.

This’ll sound strange, but you can boil it all down to Vonn Bell and David Onyemata.

You’ll have to follow me here. Over the last four years, the Saints have caught fire in the draft. They’ve hit on first-rounders (Sheldon Rankins, Marshon Lattimore, Ryan Ramczyk, Marcus Davenport), they’ve found studs later in the draft (Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, Marcus Williams, Erik McCoy), and found plenty of valuable role players too (Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Tre’Quan Smith, Trey...

Saints Offseason Preview: Linebackers

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By Bob Rose | SI

The linebackers of the New Orleans Saints were a prohibitive weakness during the team’s defensive struggles from 2014 to 16. Too often, we were witness to them surrendering a big play in a crucial moment by being caught out of position or not being able to keep up with an opposing running back or tight end. Over the past few seasons, the Saints have rebuilt the unit through smart free agent signings and a key draft pick along with superior coaching from Mike Nolan. Nolan departed at the conclusion of the year for a defensive coordinator position with the Dallas Cowboys. While filling Nolan’s spot is key to continued success, the Saints are also faced with some important personnel decisions at the position.


Free Agents:
Stephone Anthony, A.J. Klein, Josh Martin, Manti Te’o

Under Contract: Kiko Alonso, Alex Anzalone, Demario Davis, Kaden Elliss, Chase Hansen, Craig Robertson

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Forecast: Drew Brees’ return is really good news, here’s why

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Drew Brees continuing to play quarterback for the New Orleans Saints means our 2020 fall is more than likely to be very fun and interesting.

By Ralph Malbrough / Contributing Writer | WWL TV

NEW ORLEANS — The most amazing thing about 41-year-old Drew Brees announcing he was going to play a 20th season in the NFL and 14th with the New Orleans Saints was how unremarkable it all felt.

The entire sports world seemed to shrug and say, “Of course Brees was coming back,” and then 10 minutes later moved on to the Houston Astros cheating scandal or back to looking at Tom Brady's Instagram for hidden messages to try and guess where Tom will play in 2020.

Drew Brees is about to become just the sixth player to throw 30 passes in a game at 41 or older. By the way, only Tom Brady has done it more than seven times. Drew Brees has been so extraordinary the last 14 years in New Orleans I wonder if a portion of Saints fans clamoring for Taysom Hill to be the Saints full-time quarterback is a product of watching Brees be so good for so long we've forgotten just how hard great quarterbacking is.

There are Saints fans graduating college whose entire experience of a non-Drew Brees Saints quarterbacking is watching Teddy Bridgewater go 5-0 in 2019.

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Eagles May Consider Signing Saints Gadget-Play Specialist

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By Mike Greger | Heavy

The Eagles built a reputation on trick plays in 2017 and rode gadget concepts to a Super Bowl title. Maybe it’s time they got back to their roots.

Doug Pederson was lauded for his aggressive play-calling, routinely going for it on fourth-and-whatever while dialing up the gutsiest play of all-time in the biggest game of his life. Yet the Eagles have strayed from that kind of mindset in recent years in attempting to turn Carson Wentz into a pocket passer.

They have abandoned a lot of the RPO (run-pass option) schemes and gone more conservative. It could be due to former offensive coordinator Frank Reich’s absence or maybe just a bit of sitting on their own laurels. Whatever the reason, it’s time to bust out the trickeration again.

One sure-fire way to do that would be by making a move for Taysom Hill. The Saints’ gadget-play specialist — and third-string quarterback — is a restricted free agent and probably will receive quite a few looks on the open market.

Saints, Pelicans president leads New Orleans as a Loyola alumnus

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By Gabriella Killett | The Maroon

President of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans Dennis Lauscha, a New Orleans native, took on the role of Saints chief financial officer before becoming the president of the NFL and NBA teams in 2012 upon the purchase of the New Orleans Pelicans.

“It was kinda cool for a kid from Marrero,” he said.

Lauscha, a Jesuit High School graduate and a Loyola University New Orleans graduate school alumnus, left home after high school to attend the University of Alabama for a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management.

Lauscha thought he was going to work in a hospital one day and moved back to New Orleans after his college graduation to look for work in the city’s healthcare industry. Once back home, Lauscha decided to go back to school.

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2020 NFL Free Agency: Best Texans options for the Saints

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints will consider pending free agents from every team around the league, so we’re surveying the potential free agent class in a daily series that will run up to the beginning of the signing period. Today’s entry focuses on the Houston Texans, who offer the Saints some interesting options at a few key positions:
  • CB Bradley Roby
  • CB Johnathan Joseph
  • CB Phillip Gaines
  • CB Vernon Hargreaves
  • DT Brandon Dunn
  • DT D.J. Reader
  • FS Mike Adams
  • ILB Dylan Cole (RFA)
  • K Ka’imi Fairbairn
  • LS Jon Weeks
  • LT Chris Clark
  • OLB Barkevious Mingo
  • OLB Tyrell Adams
  • QB A.J. McCarron
  • QB Joe Webb
  • RB Carlos Hyde
  • RB Lamar Miller
  • RB Taiwan Jones
  • SS Jahleel Addae
  • TE Darren Fells
  • T Roderick Johnson (ERFA)
  • WR Deandre Carter (ERFA)
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1 of 5 salary cap questions facing the Saints during the offseason: How much for Brees?

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Every year, the New Orleans Saints seem to be right up against the salary cap, and every year general manager Mickey Loomis massages the numbers to put his organization in position to pursue and retain excellent players.

Those skills are going to be put to use these next few months. The Saints have a franchise quarterback in need of a new contract and some young stars who are going to be paid accordingly soon. With that in mind, the Times-Picayune | New Orleans...
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Saints' Sean Payton talks contracts of both Drew Brees, Taysom Hill

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees took longer this time around to make a decision regarding his football future, but coach Sean Payton doesn't foresee much changing in how his new contract gets done, he said on WWL Radio on Wednesday.

"Every time that subject has come up — and it's come up a number of times — ... where they're working on a a contract and they always seem to get it done in an efficient manner," Payton said of Brees' past one-year deals. "I...
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NFL playoffs to be restructured for 2020 under proposed CBA: reports

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A new collective bargaining agreement for the NFL has not yet been set in stone, but immediate change is likely afoot for the playoffs, as several media outlets reported Wednesday evening.

As ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday night, the playoff field would be expanded under the new CBA to include 14 teams, rather than 12.

Additionally, instead of having two teams from each conference receive first-round byes, only the top-seeded team would be offered that...
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How the new NFL/NFLPA CBA is reported to be heading: 7 Playoff Teams for 2020? 17 Game Season 2017?

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Adam Schefter is reporting some interesting news concerning the new CBA proposals.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s story can be viewed Here.

The basics are that per a league source reported to ESPN, the new CBA agreement would mean 7 playoff teams in 2020 instead of 6. There would only be one NFC team and one AFC team to earn a bye week. Additionally, the players on those teams would be paid during their bye week.

It appears that the NFL and the and NFLPA both agree with...
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Comprehensive “Crescent City Sport” exhibition doesn’t pull any punches

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NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Saints have been around for more than 50 years.

The Sugar Bowl has been around for nearly 90 years.

Super Bowls, Finals Fours and other championship events have been coming to New Orleans for decades.

But all of that is just a small part of the history of sports in New Orleans, which is the subject of “Crescent City Sport: Stories of Courage and Change,” an exhibit running at the Historic New Orleans Collection on Royal Street through...
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CSC Podcast: Drew Brees announced he will return for the 2020 NFL Season

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New Orleans analyst for Canal St. Chronicles Brenden Ertle breaks down Drew Brees announcement that he will be returning to the Saints in 2020. What that means for the QB market and Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill.
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Predicting possible landing spots for Teddy Bridgewater

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Drew Brees is returning as the starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. With that news comes the logical conclusion that 2019 backup Teddy Bridgewater will be a 2020 starting quarterback for another team. That begs the question then: where will Teddy sign this offseason? The Cincinnati Bengals seem to be a lock to draft LSU QB Joe Burrow and the Tennessee Titans are likely to retain Ryan Tannehill at quarterback, if only on a franchise tag. So let’s look at...
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Saints Twitter reactions to Drew Brees announcing his return for the 2020 season

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It’s a big deal when a future Hall of Famer announces he is returning for another year and forgoing retirement. Such is the case when Drew Brees announced via Instagram his anticipated return for the 2020 season with the New Orleans Saints, and Saints Twitter took notice.
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Fleur-de-Links, February 19: Drew Brees officially returning in 2020, Taysom Hill and Teddy Bridgewater have uncertain futures

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Drew Brees officially announces that he will return in 2020.

Taysom Hill says he does not want to leave New Orleans, but will not rule it out.

With Drew Brees returning in 2020, Teddy Bridgewater is likely to leave New Orleans.

While Sean Payton would like to keep all three quarterbacks, Teddy Bridgewater has a high ceiling and could leave New Orleans in 2020.

Drew Brees’ potential upside far outweighs his potential downside.

Drew Brees’ official 2020 return...
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Where to find Saints players during Mardi Gras: 8 players to ride in Krewe of Tucks

  • News source: BY KATELYN UMHOLTZ | Staff writer
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If you catch the sixth float during Krewe of Tucks on Saturday, you may spot a few Who Dat Nation celebrities handing out throws.

The krewe announced on its Facebook page Tuesday that the animated Dancing Friar float will have eight Saints players on it as it rolls sixth in the procession through Uptown. Those players include Terron Armstead, Cam Jordan, Austin Carr, Kaden Ellis, Tre’Quan Smith, David Onyemata, Nick Easton and Glenn Foster.

So far, it is the only...
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20 numbers that define Drew Brees career as he returns for his 20th season

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As if New Orleans needed another reason to party as Mardi Gras season nears its crescendo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees announced his intention to return for a 20th NFL season Tuesday.

To commemorate that nice, round figure, here are 20 numbers that have defined the excellent first 19 years of Brees’ career.

4: Brees currently holds four career NFL passing records — completions (6,867), yards (77,416), touchdowns (547) and completion percentage (67.6)...
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Taysom Hill is glad to see Drew Brees back — even if that blocks his path to a starting job

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Drew Brees announced Tuesday that he was returning for his 20th NFL season, and though that effectively blocked Taysom Hill’s immediate path to becoming the New Orleans Saints starting quarterback, Hill was happy to hear the news.

Shortly after Brees broke the news, Hill appeared on ESPN reporter Adam Schefter’s podcast and spoke at length about his relationship with Brees and his own impending free agency.

Though Hill did not get into many specifics about the...
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Brees gives Saints good news, but the off-season remains complicated

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Drew Brees is coming back.

The most productive passer in NFL history said on Instagram on Tuesday that he plans to play a 20th NFL season, his 15th with the Saints, in 2020.

That’s good news for New Orleans.

His return to the Saints is not in writing because he is scheduled to become a free agent on March 18 but it seems a foregone conclusion that he and the organization will have little trouble coming to terms.

Brees’ return was the least certain that it has...
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What Drew Brees' return means for Saints, Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill

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METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints just got their first win of 2020.

Drew Brees' decision to return for a 20th NFL season ensures that the Saints will remain among this year's top Super Bowl contenders after three straight years of gut-wrenching playoff exits.

But there are plenty of questions to be answered this offseason for a team that is slammed against the salary cap, starting with how Brees' return affects their other quarterbacks.

In a perfect world...
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