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Report: Former Saints TE Ben Watson considering return to NFL

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Former New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson exited the 2018 season with intentions to retire from the NFL, but he may feel like he has some gas left in the tank. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Watson is weighing his options and might consider one more year after his wife delivers their twins next week. If the right opportunity should open up, Watson may put his pads on one last time.

It’s easy to think that Watson isn’t satisfied with how things ended. He was held out of the 2018 NFC championship game after a scare with appendicitis; Watson stood on the sidelines, helpless, as the Saints were forced to go to untested youngsters Dan Arnold and Garrett Griffin in big moments. If he got another shot at winning a Super Bowl title, it would be more shocking if Watson wasn’t up for the chance.

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Saints draft preview: Defensive line proves to be biggest need heading into drafft

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

The Saints enter the NFL draft with six picks. Barring a trade, the Saints will have a pick in the second round (No. 62 overall), one in the fifth round (168), two in the sixth round (177 and 202) and two in the seventh round (231 and 244).

How will the Saints use those picks when the draft rolls around on April 25-27th?

Leading up to the draft, we take a look each day for the Saints.

Today, in our final segment, we look at the defensive line.

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New Orleans Saints Should Bolster Secondary Late in 2019 NFL Draft

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By Ian Riise | LWOS

The New Orleans Saints 2019 draft class could turn out to be the most underwhelming in recent memory. As of this writing, the Saints won’t be on the clock until late in the second round, then over 100 players will be drafted before New Orleans makes its second selection in the fifth round. They should be able to find decent value in the second round, but the majority of their other picks are likely to be backups early in their respective careers if they can even crack a strong Saints roster.

Nonetheless, New Orleans can still get better in this draft. With five picks in the final three rounds, the Saints have a good opportunity to add depth to a roster where most of the starters are already locked in. While New Orleans could use additional depth on their offensive and defensive line among other spots, they shouldn’t forget about their defensive backfield, where they’ve consistently been impacted by injuries in recent years.

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2019 NFL Free Agents: Which Available Players Can Still Be Key Contributors?

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By Brent Sobleski | Bleacher Report

Free agency is a fleeting whirlwind of landscape-changing roster movement. The top talents are typically off the board within the first few days of the offseason as teams look to secure coveted targets.

Not all of them, though.

A handful of quality performers, capable of starting, remain available. Granted, it's a small group with questions marks, but wise teams that decided to wait out the market will be able to revisit free agency and address problem areas that persist after the draft.

Recently, an influx of talent from the now-defunct Alliance of American Football spurred free-agent interest as organizations added depth to their rosters.

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Saints should find someone they ‘really like’ at No. 62: draft analyst

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By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Unless they make a trade to move up in the selection process, the New Orleans Saints will have to sit and wait until late in the second round before they make their first pick in the 2019 NFL draft.

However, the long wait might not be too detrimental, according to NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

“I think there’s about 15 to 16 players that everybody in the league kind of agrees are the top guys, and then after that, once you get to 17, 18, all the way to 50 or 60, they’re in all different order there,” Jeremiah said on a teleconference Thursday.

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Saints draft preview: Do Saints need to add another weapon at WR for Drew Brees?

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

The Saints enter the NFL draft with six picks. Barring a trade, the Saints will have a pick in the second round (No. 62 overall), one in the fifth round (168), two in the sixth round (177 and 202) and two in the seventh round (231 and 244).

How will the Saints use those picks when the draft rolls around on April 25-27th?

Leading up to the draft, we take a look each day for the Saints.

Today, we look at receivers/tight ends.

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Ravens owner called retired Saints TE Ben Watson to pledge $100K for burned Louisiana churches

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By Staff | The Advocate

In retired Saints tight end's push to help rebuild three historically black Louisiana churches recently burned to the ground by an arsonist, a big name from Baltimore has joined the cause.

Watson, a well-documented activist and philanthropist, shared the news earlier this week that Steve Bisciotti -- the billionaire owner of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens -- had pledged a $100,000 for the churches.

Watson has been one of the leaders of the charge that has already helped raise more than $2 million in a groundswell of support.

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Thomas Morstead’s foundation hosts Prom of Hope

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By Michael DeMocker , NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead and wife Lauren held their What You Give Will Grow foundation’s annual “Prom of Hope” on Friday night (April 19) at Club XLIV/Encore in Champions Square.

The event gives 200 teenagers from Louisiana battling cancer and blood disorders an evening of prom-themed fun and excitement.

Local sponsors include BLEU, a Blowdry Bar, Chatta Box Boutique, Aylce Paris, John’s Tuxedo and Limousine Livery.

Crystal Clear Creative’s Kellie Mathas designed and executed the event, which featured a Circus Carnival theme, “The Greatest Prom on Earth.”

The event began with a red carpet and concluded with a fireworks display.

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Jonathan Vilma reflects on his 2004 pro day, pre-draft process

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s football experience was one for the ages. It began with the Miami Hurricanes in the height of their mid-2000’s dominance, saw him drafted by the New York Jets, and later traded to New Orleans, where he helped win Super Bowl XLIV. Then came the Bountygate scandal and Vilma’s eventual retirement as a three-time Pro Bowler. He now works for ESPN as a college football analyst and sits on the Orange Bowl Committee.

Vilma and a host of other Hurricanes alums reflected on their experience in the months leading up to the 2004 NFL Draft with Tim Rohan of Sports Illustrated. Vilma was one of six Hurricanes prospects who would go on to be selected in the first round of that year’s draft, a feat unmatched before or since.

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