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2020 NFL Free Agency: Top Raiders targets for the Saints

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The Raiders will be on the move in 2020, relocating from Oakland to Las Vegas with a tough slate of opponents lined up for their inaugural season — including the New Orleans Saints. Before that, though, both squads must sort through lengthy lists of pending free agents as they seek to cut dead weight and improve their roster. That means some Raiders players could appeal to the Saints once they hit the open market. Here’s the full list:
  • CB Daryl Worley
  • CB Makinton Dorleant (ERFA)
  • CB D.J. Killings (ERFA)
  • DE Benson Mayowa
  • DE Olsen Pierre
  • DE Dion Jordan
  • DE Jeremiah Valoaga (ERFA)
  • DT Josh Mauro
  • FS Curtis Riley
  • K Daniel Carlson (ERFA)
  • LB Will Compton
  • LB Vontaze Burfict
  • LB Kyle WIlber
  • LB Nicholas Morrow (RFA)
  • LB Ukeme Eligwe (RFA)
  • LS Trent Sieg (ERFA)
  • OG Jordan Devey
  • OG Richie Incognito
  • OG Cameron Hunt (ERFA)
  • OT David Sharpe
  • QB Mike Glennon
  • QB Nathan Peterman (RFA)
  • RB Isaiah Crowell
  • RB Rod Smith
  • RB DeAndre Washington
  • SS Karl Joseph
  • SS Dallin Leavitt (ERFA)
  • TE Eric Tomlinson
  • WR Dwayne Harris
  • WR Keelan Doss (ERFA)
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Mike Detillier: A look at the Saints offseason

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

In the NFL, you win Super Bowls on the field in February, but the work to piece those championship teams together happens from late February until the summer months.

That is when teams piece together rosters with 15-20 new faces.

That means teams are changing 1/3 of their rosters every season via free agency, the draft, trades and pickups.

The first piece of the New Orleans Saints 2020 offseason got settled when quarterback Drew Brees announced he was returning for another season a few days back.

We will most likely be watching the final season for Brees, but he will probably sign a multi-year deal to offset money for future years to help the 2020 salary cap situation. The Saints will kick that money down the road and hope the salary cap continues to increase as new television deals and an extension of the season is bargained.​

Having Brees return means two things. First it gives the Saints the best chance to return to Super Bowl Sunday with one of the elite quarterbacks back on their roster. It is rare in this league to see the same head coach and the same starting quarterback together for 15 seasons, but that is what we will be watching in 2020 with Brees and Sean Payton. That combination has brought the team three NFC Championship appearances and a Super Bowl title.

Top Backup Quarterback Options for the Saints in 2020

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By Bob Rose | SI

Quarterback Drew Brees has announced that he will return for the 2020 season. With Brees back in the fold, backup Teddy Bridgewater seems almost certain to leave for a starting job elsewhere. I expect the Saints to re-sign third-string quarterback and utility weapon Taysom Hill, but will probably bring in another veteran to back up Brees.

Jameis Winston, Ryan Tannehill, Tom Brady, and Philip Rivers will all be on the open market but will pull in a hefty salary as starters. Here are a few intriguing options that would give New Orleans some stability behind their Hall of Fame signal caller

Marcus Mariota

The 2nd overall pick in the 2015 draft (behind Jameis Winston), the former Heisman Trophy winner from Oregon has had an up and down career before being benched for Ryan Tannehill last season. Mariota has completed 63% of his passes, throwing for 13,207 yards and 76 touchdowns with 44 interceptions in a five-year career where he has won 29 of 61 starts.

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2020 NFL Free Agency: Best Chiefs options for the Saints

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The Kansas City Chiefs may have won Super Bowl LIV, but they’ll face as tough a road as any other team to return there. They have the same number of pending free agents as the New Orleans Saints (27), and could lose some big-time playmakers to the open market. Here’s each Chiefs player headed for free agency:
  • CB Kendall Fuller
  • CB Morris Claiborne
  • CB Bashaud Breeland
  • CB Keith Reaser
  • DE Emmanuel Ogbah
  • DE Chris Jones
  • DE Mike Pennel
  • DT Xavier Williams
  • FB Anthony Sherman
  • LB Darron Lee
  • LB Terrell Suggs
  • LB Reggie Ragland
  • OC Stefen Wisniewsky
  • QB Chad Henne
  • QB Matt Moore
  • RB LeSean McCoy
  • RB Spencer Ware
  • S Jordan Lucas
  • TE Blake Bell
  • WR Demarcus Robinson
  • LB Damien Wilson (Club Option)
  • OT Cameron Fleming (Club Option)
  • RB Damien Williams (Club Option)
  • OT Andrew Wylie (ERFA)
  • TE Deon Yelder (ERFA)
  • TE David Wells (ERFA)
  • WR Marcus Kemp (ERFA)
Full Story - Saints Wire

Breaking down the NFC South odds for Saints, Bucs, Panthers, Falcons

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DK Sportsbook has released the odds to win each NFL division. So who’s the best bet to win the NFC South in 2020?

By Ameer Tyree | DK Sports

DraftKings Sportsbook has gone ahead and released the odds to win each NFL division in 2020. With free agency and the draft still to come, betting on division winners now gives us some room to potentially find some value. With a combination of looking back at 2019, and projecting for 2020, here’s where the potential value lies in the NFC South for the upcoming season.

New Orleans Saints (-155)

The Saints were favored to win the NFC South in 2019 and entered the season at -167. They won the division and retained all their most important pieces, so it’s easy to see why the they have an advantage. Despite Drew Brees going down with a thumb injury early in the year, New Orleans was able finish the season with a 13-3 record. Teddy Bridgewater proved he can be a starting quarterback while Michael Thomas made NFL history by breaking the NFL’s record for receptions (149) in a single season. The Saints’...

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29 players with Louisiana ties are participating in the NFL combine; see full list

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The college football national title was won by a Louisiana team in Louisiana's borders and a Louisiana prospect will likely be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft, so it feels fitting that the state will be so well-represented at this year's NFL Scouting Combine.

Twenty-nine prospects who either played collegiately in Louisiana or played high school football in the state will participate in the combine this year. LSU is responsible for more than half of...
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1 of 5 salary cap questions facing the Saints during the offseason: Can they afford these homegrown talents?

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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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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New Orleans Saints offseason preview: Offensive Tackle

  • News source: BobRose
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Most NFL teams build their offensive success with an effective offensive line. With so many elite pass rushers in the league, protecting the quarterback can mean the difference between a legitimate Super Bowl contender and a team sitting at home for the playoffs. The Saints have arguably the best offensive line in the NFL, and that dominance starts with an outside duo that establishes a physical tone up front. Today we have a look at that important position, and if...
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A Look Around the NFC South on SB Nation

  • News source: JR Ella
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A weekly look at the top stories being discussed on the other three NFC South blogs on SB Nation.
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New Orleans Saints offseason preview: Interior offensive line

  • News source: BobRose
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Shortly into the 2019 offseason, New Orleans Saints center Max Unger announced his retirement. The franchise moved decisively to replace him, inking both a free agent lineman then trading up in the draft to grab a top-flight center. Both moves paid off, as the Saints continued to have one of the league's best offensive lines in both talent and depth. The Minnesota Vikings battered the inside of the New Orleans line during a first round playoff loss though, raising...
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Sean Payton explans why Mardi Gras is so unique -- and he couldn't be more right

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Sean Payton has lived in New Orleans going on 15 years now. That doesn't make him a native, but he sure does have a good understanding of what makes the city unlike others.

In a recent WWL Radio appearance, former Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert asked Payton to describe the Mardi Gras (or Carnival) season in his own words.

And Payton nailed it.

"I think that (Mardi Gras) is the one thing in this city that unites this town more than anything else," he said. "And it...
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Sorry, NFL, Drew Brees is officially off the market

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Drew Brees is returning for the New Orleans Saints 2020 season. Prior to this announcement, Drew was set to hit the market as a free agent with a bunch of other high-profile quarterbacks:

When NFL fans (not just Saints fans) were polled via SB Nation’s FanPulse on which quarterback they would want on their team next year, Drew Brees had the highest vote of any other potential option - including five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.

Of note, after Brees and a...
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Saints mock offseason: A bit crazier

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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We’ve already done one where I tried to stay fairly reasonable, but let’s do another full mock offseason, and this time, let’s shake things up a bit...

We’ll start with a consistent piece in any mock offseason for the Saints first: releasing CB Patrick Robinson to free up $3.6 million. The Saints also restructure Drew’s deal, tacking on two void years to 2020, freeing up $5 million in cap space in 2020. Similar to the conservative mock, the Saints also release but...
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Touchdown Club of New Orleans to honor Steve Gleason, John Robinson, Dale Weiner, Jennifer Hale at annual banquet

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NEW ORLEANS – Steve Gleason, former New Orleans Saint and Congressional Gold Medal recipient, along with former USC Head Coach John Robinson, former Prep Coach Dale Weiner and Jennifer Hale, Fox Sports Reporter, will be honored for their contributions to football by The Touchdown Club of New Orleans.

This year the club will also recognize the late Pro Football Hall of Famer, Jim Taylor, a player on the first New Orleans Saints team.

The banquet will be held on...
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Saints QB Drew Brees, possible contract options and cap implications

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So Saints own Drew Brees has decided to make at least one more run. Let’s take a look at the implications for the organization.

First, Drew is technically a free agent. One who still carries $15,900,000 against the 2020 cap. But there is more. Drew also carries an additional $5,400,000 in restructure money for 2021. That means the total cap hit for 2020 would be $21,300,000, ie dead cap, if the team doesn’t sign him to a new contract. There is a little incentive for...
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Fleur-de-Links, February 21: Sean Payton speaks on 17-game season, Alvin Kamara’s 2019 season, and Teddy Bridgewater’s potential homes

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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A look at Alvin Kamara’s 2019 season.

Various NFL reporters speak on how Teddy Bridgewater could work for the Indianapolis Colts.

Sean Payton speaks on the proposed 17-game season.

An update on the ongoing scandal involving the Catholic Church.

A new policy currently being addressed by the NFLPA would have a major impact on marijuana tests on players, including eliminating suspensions for positive tests.

Defensive tackle Damon Harrison has been released by the...
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28th Annual Saints Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic set for May 18 at Bayou Oaks

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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The 28th Annual Saints Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic is set for Monday, May 18 at 9 a.m. at the Bayou Oaks course at City Park.

Coach Sean Payton, Executive Vice President and General Manager Mickey Loomis, many current New Orleans Saints players and a host of prominent former New Orleans Saints players will participate.

The event is a taste of New Orleans, with 22 restaurants and caterers providing an outstanding variety of food with a...
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Key salary cap questions for the Saints this offseason: Who's in line for a pay day?

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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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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No ruling on Saints-church emails after hearing

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NEW ORLEANS -- No decision was made immediately Thursday after a civil court hearing to determine whether emails between officials from the New Orleans Saints and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans will be made public.

Attorneys for the Saints, the archdiocese, The Associated Press and plaintiffs suing the church over sexual abuse allegations made arguments before retired Judge Carolyn Gill-Jefferson, who was appointed as a "special master" in the case...
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