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Ranking the most-important New Orleans Saints free agents in 2020

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints aren’t worrying about the offseason just yet, but their list of 2020 free agents is going to be tough to tackle. And it’s not a problem that will be going away any time soon.

Sure, they did a lot to get in front of this problem by re-signing cornerstone players like wide receiver Michael Thomas, defensive end Cameron Jordan, and kicker Wil Lutz this past summer. Those ahead-of-schedule moves helped give Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and his team an edge on the upcoming negotiations, which they’ll have to hammer out with multiple starters in each phase of the game — offense, defense, and special teams.

Besides the players whose contracts are up after the 2019 season, other big names will become eligible for new deals. Don’t be shocked if mainstays such as running back Alvin Kamara, safety Marcus Williams, linebacker Demario Davis, or right guard Larry Warford ink new deals despite the extra time left on their current contracts. The more problems Loomis and company can solve sooner, the better.

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Saints make four roster moves, send Rankins and Davenport to I.R.

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Injuries forced the New Orleans Saints to make four roster moves on Wednesday, with defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (ankle) and defensive end Marcus Davenport (foot) both landing on injured reserve. In their place, the Saints signed veteran free agents Noah Spence, a pass rusher, and T.Y. McGill, an interior lineman.

Spence’s addition isn’t very surprising given the interest the Saints have maintained in him, going back to the months before the 2016 NFL Draft. He met with the team several times and was put through a private workout, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sniped the Saints by picking Spence before they had the chance. A history of shoulder injuries and inconsistent play — plus coaching staff turnover — resulted in Spence getting released by Tampa Bay earlier this year.

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Saints reunite DL coach Ryan Nielsen with one of his N.C. State proteges

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

A huge part of the New Orleans Saints’ recent success was the wave of changes to the coaching staff back in February 2017, when Saints coach Sean Payton made the tough but necessary decision to part ways with longtime assistants like linebackers coach Joe Vitt and defensive line coach Bill Johnson. Other developments followed as Payton scoured his staff looking for areas that needed improvement, even though many of the coaches he had to fire had been with him since he first came to New Orleans.

In their place, he went looking for teachers. And he found a great one in defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen, who had held that post with the North Carolina State Wolfpack since 2014. He was twice nominated for the Broyles Award, which recognizes the nation’s top assistant coach; former Saints coach Joe Brady won it this year for his impact on the LSU Tigers offense.

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NFL to Make Pass Interference Replay Review 'Point of Discussion' in Offseason

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By Paul Kasabian | Bleacher Report

NFL officiating and review processes have come under intense scrutiny during the 2019 season, with the newly instituted replay and challenge system for pass interference chief among the issues.

The question now is whether that system will carry into the 2020 season. On that note, Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, who is also the chairman of the NFL competition committee, told reporters (h/t Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic) at the league owners meeting in Irving, Texas that "it will be a point of discussion."

The NFL instituted reviews for pass interference following a game-changing missed call in the 2018 NFC Championship Game.

The New Orleans Saints faced a third down deep in Los Angeles Rams territory in the closing minutes of the game with the score tied at 20.

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Colts QB Jacoby Brissett says Drew Brees ‘sets a great example’

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By Evan Massey | Clutch Points

The Indianapolis Colts and Jacoby Brissett are set to take on Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football this week. While the Colts are almost surely going to miss the playoffs after a heartbreaking loss in Week 14 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brissett still has a lot to prove for his future as the starting quarterback for the Colts.

In a quote ahead of his matchup against Brees, Brissett opened up about the example that Brees has set for NFL quarterbacks.

"He just sets a great example for us. A guy, obviously that I grew up watching and then being in the league now and being able to see him on a more personal level,” Brissett said. “It’s awesome to see him play. What he does for the league, what he does for the position is unmatched. Just hopefully not this week.”
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NFL announces nominees for Walter Payton Man of the Year Award

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The NFL has announced this year’s nominees for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award given each year to a player based on their philanthropic and community work.

There’s one nominee per team, each of whom will receive a donation of up to $50,000 to a charity of their choice. The winner of the award, which will be revealed the night before Super Bowl LIV, will receive a $250,000 donation to their chosen charity.

All of the nominees will wear a helmet decal for the...
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New Orleans vs. Indianapolis Matchups: Saints offense vs. Colts defense

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The New Orleans Saints host the Indianapolis Colts in a primetime Monday night affair that will wrap up Week 15. The Saints lost at home last Sunday to the San Francisco 49ers 48-46, despite an explosive offensive performance where they had season-highs in points and first downs (28) while rolling up 465 yards in total offense. New Orleans may need to duplicate that offensive production to make up for a defense that has multiple impactful injuries. The Saints come...
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Saints send autographed Drew Brees jersey to mother who lost memento of dead son at Superdome

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Jennifer Harper said that tears filled her eyes when a package arrived from the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday.

Inside was a jersey signed by star quarterback Drew Brees, meant as a substitute for a similar jersey that went missing after last Sunday’s game against the 49ers in the Superdome.

The missing jersey belonged to Harper's son Bobby Harper Jr. who died in an automobile accident roughly a year ago at age 30. Bobby Harper was a devoted Saints fan and his...
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Biggest Week 15 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams: Latest on Conner, JuJu, Parker and more

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The Pittsburgh Steelers might be getting two playmakers back this weekend, while New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones' chances of a return seem a little less certain.

Get caught up on all of the key injury questions for every NFL team heading into Week 15 here, including insights from inside all 32 locker rooms from our NFL Nation reporters.

Jump to: ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR | CHI | CIN CLE | DAL | DEN | DET | GB | HOU | IND JAX | KC | LAC | LAR | MIA...
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Former Saints offensive lineman Willie Roaf named finalist for NFL All-Time Team

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Willie Roaf is already in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and one of just six people in the New Orleans Saints Ring of Honor.

Roaf now could add another honor to his already impressive resume.

He is one of the offensive tackle finalist for the NFL All-Time Team, chosen to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the league.

The next episode of The NFL 100 All-Time Team series will air on Friday on the NFL Network at 7 p.m.

This week's episode will reveal the five...
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Johnson: Now is the time for the Saints offense to play hero ball

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Unfortunate circumstances can sometimes lead to discovery, and if anybody is aware of that, it should be the New Orleans Saints.

The outlook could not have been more grim for these Saints early this season, when Drew Brees could not so much as grip a football after injuring his right thumb in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Rams. It was Week 2, and a team with Super Bowl designs was stuck with the knowledge it would be without its most important player for...
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Saints place Marcus Davenport, Sheldon Rankins on injured reserve

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The New Orleans Saints have placed both defensive end Marcus Davenport and defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins on injured reserve, according to Wednesday's transactions report.

Both Davenport and Rankins went down with injuries on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Davenport had an apparent foot injury in the fourth quarter, while Rankins had an ankle injury in the first quarter. Rankins' injury is not related to the Achilles tendon injury he sustained last...
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Rich McKay acknowledges “angst” with pass interference rule

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Expanded replay for pass interference was supposed to fix a problem. But while trying to right the wrong from the NFC Championship Game last January, the NFL arguably made things worse not better.

Sunday offered another week, another controversy. Or two. Or three.

Al Riveron, the NFL’s officiating supervisor, dropped a flag against the Dolphins after an automatic booth review late in the fourth quarter that allowed the Jets to kick the game-winning field goal...
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Sheldon Rankins out for year, Noah Spence in for depth

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With news already breaking that Marcus Davenport would likely miss the remainder of the 2019 season and postseason due to a foot injury insured last week against the San Francisco 49ers, it appears the hits keep on coming.

Former fellow first round pick Sheldon Rankins - he of the only one first round pick used to acquire him - is now set to miss the remainder of the year as well due to an injured ankle.

The Saints acted quickly yesterday, likely anticipating these...
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Reports: Saints lose Sheldon Rankins to ankle injury, add Noah Spence to depleted defensive line

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The losses keep coming for the Saints defensive after the heart-breaking defeat in a shootout against the 49ers.

News broke Tuesday that starting defensive end Marcus Davenport had been lost for the year due to a Lisfranc fracture. A day later, it appears defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins may have a season-ending ankle injury.

Both defensive linemen were injured in Sunday’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

To help replace the depth, New Orleans had reportedly...
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Saints sign veteran defensive end Noah Spence: report

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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After seeing multiple players along the defensive line sustain serious injuries last week, the New Orleans Saints addressed the position by signing one of the top available players, Noah Spence, according to an NFL Network report.

The signing figures to bolster the Saints at defensive end in particular, after second-year player Marcus Davenport was lost for the season with a foot injury.

Spence most recently played in a reserve role for the Washington Redskins...
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Source: Saints D takes a hit with Davenport loss

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METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints' last-second loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday proved even costlier than it seemed.

Defensive end Marcus Davenport will have season-ending foot surgery after being injured in the second half, and starting defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins also suffered an ankle injury in the 48-46 defeat, a source confirmed Wednesday.

The Saints will sign veteran defensive end Noah Spence as a replacement for Davenport, a source...
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