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Sean Payton talks Brees and PI calls on Rich Eisen Show

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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was on The Rich Eisen Show today, Jul 23, talking Drew Brees retirement, pass interference calls and opening a can of worms.

By Roy Anderson | WhoDatDish

Sean Payton has obviously enjoyed his offseason heading into his, Payton had to catch himself here too. On The Rich Eisen Show today, Jul 23, Payton was giving a phone interview with the host when he was asked how many NFL training camps this would be for him. A quick hesitation, then 22 is the answer. It should be 23 but he had to sit out a year.

The 2012 Season is the one which Payton had to sit out because of an NFL suspension due to Bountygate. So, 22. Good, we’re with you Coach. Moving on. The year 1997 was when Sean Payton first broke into the NFL as a coach although only a quarterbacks coach..

The former Eastern Illinois quarterback who had become the former scab quarterback for the 1987 Chicago Bears and never held a head coaching job, was getting his shot in the NFL. Just three years later, Bill Parcells had him in New Jersey as offensive coordinator for the Giants, then from 2003-2005 as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for the Cowboys and...

Saints punter investing in nutrition

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By Karen Loftus | WGNO

Metairie, La. --
Nutrition has always been important to Saints punter Thomas Morstead, but even more so as he's progressed in his career.

"As you get older as a pro athlete," Morstead said, "you start focusing more on rest and recovery and being able to bounce back from the strain that you put on your body. Really the only ways to do that is with what you're ingesting and the rest that you're getting."

At 33 years old, Morstead is one of only 4 players on the Saints roster with more than 10 years of experience in the league. This off-season, ahead of his 11th training camp, the 2012 Pro Bowl selection decided to team-up with Main Squeeze-- a New Orleans-based juice and smoothie company-- as a minority owner.

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Report: Saints working out free agent DeShawn Shead

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints are hosting free agent cornerback DeShawn Shead on a tryout basis, as first reported by Adam Schefter of EPSN. Shead made his name with the Seattle Seahawks, often starting opposite Richard Sherman from 2015 to 2017. He spent the 2018 season with the Detroit Lions and started a dozen games before going down with a knee injury down the stretch. His 2016 season also ended with a torn ACL.

With their main corps of cornerbacks locked in (Marshon Lattimore and Eli Apple figure to start, with Patrick Robinson and P.J. Robinson competing for time in the nickel package), there doesn’t appear to be much room for Shead on the roster — at first glance. But outside of Ken Crawley and still-inexperienced Justin Hardee, the Saints don’t have any real veterans with experience playing on the outside in the NFL. Shead’s addition would add a valuable voice to the defensive backs room through training camp and maybe beyond.

Additionally, the Saints have a roster spot open after designating rookie pass rusher Carl Granderson to the Did Not Report list a week ago. Granderson is serving a six-month jail sentence in Wyoming. So the Saints are clearly looking to get their roster at full capacity going into training camp. ...

8 Saints free agents still unsigned before training camp

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Not all of the New Orleans Saints free agents were snapped up in the frenzy of signings back in March. Some players are still waiting on their next opportunity despite putting up quality film in the last year or two — names like linebacker Manti Te’o or left tackle Jermon Bushrod. In other cases, it’s players hoping to bounce back from injuries; such as Dez Bryant, who had a memorable Dallas Cowboys career, and a very brief stop with the Saints.

Here’s our breakdown of eight former Saints players still on the free agent market:

Jay Bromley, defensive tackle

2018 snaps played: 27 defense, 18 special teams

Bromley, a 6-foot-3, 314-pound run stuffer, appeared in a handful of snaps during early-season games against the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens. Once it was apparent that rookie Taylor Stallworth had some ability and began dominating time in the nose tackle rotation, Bromley ended up on the outside looking in. A torn biceps in Week 7 landed him on injured reserve, ending his season.

Dez Bryant, wide receiver ...

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Sheldon Rankins put on Saints' on PUP list; here's what that means

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Photo by Michael DeMocker, | The Times-Picayune

By Herbie Teope | The Advocate / Picayune

Sheldon Rankins will begin training camp as a spectator, as expected.

The Saints officially placed Rankins, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon on Jan. 13, on the physically unable to perform list, according to Tuesday’s NFL Transactions report.

Rankins suffered the injury during the NFC Divisional Round matchup against the Eagles, and is now a little more than six months into his recovery. The good news is he was out of the walking boot in April, and a source then said Rankins was “doing well.”

The Saints also felt good enough about Rankins’ status to exercise a fifth-year option on April 24. ...

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NFLPA: Saints have more than $11.7M in salary cap space

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

It’s training camp season in the NFL, with all 32 teams steadily seeing rookies and veterans begin to report for work after a long summer break. It’s also an opportunity for teams to finalize contract extensions and bring in free agents on last-minute signings.

Per the latest public salary cap report from the NFL Players Association, the New Orleans Saints have over $11.7 million to work with. Specifically, the Saints are listed with $11,734,543, but also with 91 spots filled on a 90-man roster. That discrepancy is probably due to a delay in minor contracts with rookie free agents being processed, which is common this time of the year. Once any remaining moves are approved, the Saints’ number should see a slight bump of no more than $500,000.

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Who makes the cut? Predicting the Saints’ 53-man roster for the 2019 opener

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By Brian Allee Walsh - Special to the Sun Herald

Though the first bead of sweat has yet to drop for the New Orleans Saints, it’s never too early to predict the 53-man roster leaving training camp in late August.

Talk about a crapshoot. But, what better way to kick off the start of camp Friday than to stargaze and decide who stays and who goes after more than two dozen practices (two against the Los Angeles Chargers) and four preseason games.

One important disclaimer. The 53-man roster that Saints officials will release by 3 p.m. on Aug. 31 likely will not be the same 53 leading up to their season opener against Houston the night of Sept. 9 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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New Orleans Saints look like a team capable of big things

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

Possibly, the New Orleans Saints will enter the 2019 season with the most formidable team assembled during the Sean Payton era. And with good reason, they are among the favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, and to win it.

Show me the lie.

The reason that the Saints, who tied a franchise record with 13 regular-season victories last season and reeled off a 10-game winning streak, wear the bull's-eye isn’t that New Orleans has won the last two NFC South Division titles.

It’s not because they brim with incentive, given that last two seasons have concluded in two of the most bizarre endings in NFL playoff history. The loss to the Vikings happened on the final play of regulation in their NFC Divisional Playoff game following the 2017 season, and, well, everyone knows how the overtime defeat to the Rams in the NFC Championship Game came about. No need to rehash the details.

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Eighth Annual Saints “Kickoff Run 5K” presented by Chevron Open for Registration

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The New Orleans Saints and Easy Day Sports announced today that online registration for the 2019 SAINTS KICKOFF RUN 5K presented by Chevron is now open at The eighth annual 5K (3.1 miles) race will take place on Saturday, September 7, two days before the Saints open the regular season on Monday night, hosting the Houston Texans. The SAINTS KICKOFF RUN 5K is an extremely popular event, with over 5,000 people participating annually. The beneficiaries of the Saints Kickoff Run 5K presented by Chevron will be the New Orleans Mission (NOM) and Young Leadership Council (YLC). New Orleans Mission is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Christian Humanitarian organization dedicated to relieving human suffering. NOM combats poverty, hunger, homelessness, exploitation, and oppression with the provision of food, clothing, shelter, medical care and other basic necessities of life. Young Leadership Council (YLC) is a 501(c)(3) New Orleans-based nonprofit organization that, through volunteer-led community projects, develops young professionals into leaders and positively impacts the quality of life in the region.

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Report: Gap narrowing in Saints, Michael Thomas contract talks

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Back in June, it was reported that the New Orleans Saints hoped to iron out a contract extension with wide receiver Michael Thomas before the team gathered for its July 25 training camp start date. So it’s reasonable to expect gears to start moving and negotiations to pick up once the calendar lurches towards that self-imposed deadline.

Per a report from Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports, that’s exactly what’s happening. Robinson reported that the Saints offered Thomas a deal worth $18-$19 million per year, a slight bump up from their proposal back in June at just $18 million per year. Robinson also reports that while Thomas has backed down from his initial request of $22 million per year, he still wants to be the first NFL receiver to earn $20 million per season.

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Emmanuel Butler re-joins Saints after passing physical

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By James Parks | 247 Sports

One wide receiver’s time away from the team didn’t last very long.

New Orleans Saints undrafted rookie Emmanuel Butler passed his physical examination after initially being put on the non football injury list and has re-joined the team, the NFL’s transaction wire report revealed.

Butler was originally placed on the NFI list in a pair of transactions that also saw the team put rookie defensive end Carl Granderson on the did not report list after he was sentenced to six months in jail in a Wyoming court recently.

Butler played in 45 games during his five-year career at Northern Arizona, finishing with 187 receptions for 3,217 yards (17.2 avg.) and 33 touchdowns.

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Saints won't win the NFC South or return to NFC title game, USA Today columnist predicts

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By Staff | The Advocate / Picayune

The New Orleans Saints aren't returning to the NFC Championship game in 2019. And they're just barely going to sneak into the playoffs. That, according to USA Today's annual NFL predictions from columnist Nate Davis.

The publication pegs New Orleans with a 10-6 record, finishing second in the division to the 11-5 Atlanta Falcons and just ahead of the 8-8 Carolina Panthers.

"Can veteran group overcome consecutive playoff heartbreaks to take the Super Bowl step now," Davis asks in his evaluation of the Saints.

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