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The highest paid New Orleans Saints players in the 2019 season

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By James Parks | 247 Sports

The New Orleans Saints have a strong core of contributors on both sides of the football and on special teams on what is among the most talented rosters in their franchise history.

But with all that talent comes some pretty considerable investments.

In recent years, the organization has made some important moves, in particular building up their defensive front seven and their offensive line, both of which among the best in football.

Next offseason, the Saints will look to make some more commitments, especially to wide receiver Michael Thomas, who will use his record-breaking outings with the team to put his name to a long term contract extension that could be worth up to $100 million, judging by the market at the position.

In the future, the team will also be orchestrating new contracts with the likes of running back Alvin Kamara, offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk, and cornerback Marshon Lattimore, among others.

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Former Saints safety Kurt Coleman signs one-year deal with Bills

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By Herbie Teope | The Advocate / Picayune

One former Saints safety replaces another in Buffalo.

Kurt Coleman, who started nine games in New Orleans in 2018, signed a one-year deal with the Bills, the team announced Friday morning.

Coleman’s signing comes on the heels of Rafael Bush electing to retire after nine professional seasons. Bush had two stints with the Saints from 2012-15 and 2017.

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Sideline Steve: 5 Saints to keep an eye on at training camp

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By Steve Geller | WWL 870AM

Horrifying images from the NFC championship were seared into our memory after the Rams got a little help from the refs to beat the Saints to advance to the Super Bowl. But, now is really the time to move on and focus on 2019 since the first practice of training camp is Friday, July 26th.

This year’s Black & Gold squad is expected to be right back where they were a year ago. They finished last season 13-3 and were the #1 seed in the NFC playoffs. A super talented roster remains intact and while everyone wants to talk about Drew Brees being a “40-year-old quarterback”, he has shown no signs of a decline in production and continues to shatter NFL records. You don’t have to worry about #9 heading into camp, but here are 5 guys that do have question marks around them:

Center Erik McCoy

Will the 2nd round draft pick be the Saints starting center week 1? The consistent and reliable Max Unger retired at the end of last season which leaves a massive hole up front. Putting that responsibility on a rookie could be too much to handle, but he’s got a pretty good support system around him with Terron Armstead, Larry Warford, Ryan Ramczyk and Andrus Peat on the o-line. Of course, McCoy won’t just be given the job, he will be competing against Cameron Tom and...

Saints will have to keep 49ers offense at bay in Week 14

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Our friends from Niners Nation preview the 49ers offseason.

By Chris Dunnels | Canal Street Chronicles

We’ll continue a series of opponent preview posts for the New Orleans Saints opponents in 2019. Next, we’ll look at a meeting of two old NFC West rivals, the Week 14 matchup in New Orleans against the San Francisco 49ers. Our friends over at Niners Nation took some time to give us Saints fans the scoop on their up-and-coming western foe.

Week 14: vs the San Francisco 49ers

Notable free agent additions:

Dee Ford(via trade), Kwon Alexander, Jason Verrett, Tevin Coleman

Over/Under:

8 wins -- Over. I’m going with the over for a few reasons. Jimmy Garoppolo has been cleared for all physical activities. This will be the most talented 49ers roster in several years. The talent is there; now...

Why Devine Ozigbo is the perfect replacement for the New Orleans Saints

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By John Douglas Vogel | Full Press Coverage

Devine Ozigbo joins a New Orleans Saints team as an undrafted free agent with a whole lot to prove. He picked a stellar team, in my humble opinion, at the perfect timing. I believe that Ozigbo is going to see a lot of usage in the Saints offense this season, and it’s a crying shame that Ozigbo didn’t get drafted.

The Saints are forced to replace former Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram after he signed with the Baltimore Ravens this past offseason. (Writers note – Man, y’all have no idea how good my fingers feel to type out past offseason.) The Saints took him with their first-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, and he produced well over his eight seasons and 106 games in New Orleans.

The Saints signed two free agents this past spring at the running back position; Former Oakland Raider and Minnesota Vikings back...

Ruling in Saints fan's lawsuit could mean Roger Goodell is deposed over controversial no-call

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BY SARA PAGONES | The Advocate / Picayune

Tony LeMon, a Saints superfan, and attorney who filed one of a number of long-shot lawsuits against the NFL over the controversial no-call during the NFC championship game in January, got a call he was hoping for Thursday.

In a ruling, Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Nicole Sheppard denied a motion that would have dismissed the suit.

She also granted LeMon's motion to compel discovery in the lawsuit, meaning that LeMon could get the chance to question NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell under oath.

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Saints: PFF report bad news for Cam, Matty and Jameis

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The Saints have made minor tweaks here and there for 2019 but they’ll pay big dividends. That’s bad news for the other quarterbacks of the NFC South.

By Roy Anderson | WhoDatDish

Pro Football Focus put out a piece Wednesday (Jul 17) titled “PFF ranks all 32 pass-rush units ahead of the 2019 NFL season” from Mike Renner. The New Orleans Saints come in at a healthy number six. While that sounds good, the Saints were tied for fifth in the league in 2018 with the Arizona Cardinals having 49.0.

The Saints were tied for seventh place in 2017 with the Bears, Patriots and Redskins all having 42.0 sacks. So, we’re actually seeing the Saints as being capped to a degree. There’s a healthy reasoning behind that thought that’s not mentioned in Renner’s piece.

While the Saints should definitely get a big boost from a healthy and full-time Marcus Davenport in 2019, the team will be missing Sheldon Rankins for a minimum of six weeks. He accounted for eight sacks in 2018...

The Saints failed to ‘Prove them right’ in 2018. They should use this motto in ’19.

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By Brian Allee Walsh - Special to the Sun Herald

After the way the past two seasons have ended for the New Orleans Saints, it’s apparent they need to tweak the final act in their Super Bowl play.

It’s one thing to bring the curtain down. It’s quite another to have it come crashing down on them.

A home robbery by officials in broad daylight against the LA Rams for the NFC championship in January and an improbable walk-off loss at Minnesota in the divisional round a year earlier strongly suggest the Saints are on the cusp of greatness.

In both losses, the Saints could have slammed the door shut, survived and advanced. But they left cracks open and eventually suffered the consequences, leaving many wondering if they can win a second league title before future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees retires.

I could make the case that the Black and Gold should be going for a 3-peat but they got in their own way...

Saints looking to improve their pass defense

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By Les East | Crescent City Sports

METAIRIE – There was little that the New Orleans Saints didn’t do well last season.

They went 13-3, won the NFC South and came within a whisker of going to the Super Bowl.

All of that happened because they had a talented and well-rounded team.

But one area that belied the team’s success, at least statistically speaking, was the pass defense.

The Saints ranked 29th in pass defense, allowing an average of 268.9 yards per game. They made 12 interceptions, allowed 30 touchdown passes and the 14 completions of 40-plus yards that they allowed were tied for second-most in the league.

“We talked at the beginning of the offseason program, we’ve got to get better in terms of our pass defense,” defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said.

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Terron Armstead discusses the value in 'OL Masterminds' clinic

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

New Orleans Saints left tackle Terron Armstead and rookie center Erik McCoy were just two players in a crowd of offensive linemen at this year’s “OL Masterminds” conference, organized by Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson. Created in response to the annual “Pass Rush Summit” led by Denver Broncos sack artist Von Miller, Johnson wanted to give the league’s blockers a competitive advantage against their opponents.

Johnson noted that he and other offensive linemen are “protectors of very valuable men,” such as quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Drew Brees. Johnson explained his goal to Jori Epstein of USA Today: “I wanted all the NFL linemen to start communicating and start really talking football, something that’s never really happened.”

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90-man roster: DT Malcom Brown, just stay big

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Snagging Malcom Brown was one of the Saints first moves of free agency 2019. All he has to do is show up and he’s practically guaranteed the starter job.

By Roy Anderson | WhoDatDish

Malcom Brown was the player taken after the Saints selected Stephone Anthony with the 31st overall pick in round one of the 2015 NFL Draft. He was taken with the 32nd overall pick by the New England Patriots. Like clockwork, it’s four years later and the Patriots are ready for something new. A note to four-year players in New England, that door with the sign that says “New Contract Office” actually just opens to the parking lot out back.

We started the profiles of the men making up the Saints 90-man training camp roster with a breakdown of the receivers group, followed by the running backs, tight ends, offensive line and we wrapped the offense with the...

New Orleans Saints rookies report to training camp

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By James Parks | 247 Sports

The 2019 NFL offseason is continuing on its frenetic pace en route to the actual season.

So far, the New Orleans Saints have been among the more proactive teams in the league since the end of the 2018 campaign, saying farewell to some players and adding a few more as free agents.

Now, the Saints are ready to begin their annual training camp, the very first day of which begins on Wednesday, when rookies report to Metairie, ahead of the veterans on July 25.

In attendance for these first workouts will be the Saints’ five draft picks, including center/guard Erik McCoy, defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, safety Saquan Hampton, tight end Alize Mack, and linebacker Kaden Elliss, in addition to the undrafted players they signed, highlighted by former LSU track athlete Cyril Grayson, trying out as a wide receiver.

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