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New Orleans Saints: Marcus Davenport dubbed most improved Saint in 2019

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The New Orleans Saints have always been a team focused on developed, and they certainly have been showing that with defensive end Marcus Davenport.

By Nathan Beighle | Who Dat Dish

Trading up in the 2018 NFL Draft to make sure they got their need, the New Orleans Saints gave up a haul to get Marcus Davenport. An absolute beast at Texas-San Antonio, Davenport was a top EDGE prospect coming into the draft.

However, the Saints really made him a priority, trading multiple picks to slide up in the draft to bring him to the Big Easy. Well, it didn’t seem to pay off immediately as Davenport’s first season in the league was underwhelming, to say the least. But, he made up for it in round 2.

In his second season in the league, the 6-foot-6 Davenport played and started in 13 games. Sadly, he missed the last three and their postseason matchup with Minnesota due to a season-ending foot injury.

That said, Davenport’s second season was good enough to have him nominated as New Orleans’ most improved player by Pro Football Focus. Here’s an excerpt of what PFF’s Ben Linsey said on Davenport.

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Sean Payton believes Taysom Hill's contract negotiation will 'take a little more work' than that of Drew Brees

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The Saints have some decisions to make at quarterback

By Tyler Sullivan | CBS Sports

The New Orleans Saints found out this week that quarterback Drew Brees will return for the 2020 season after mulling retirement following the 2019 campaign. Now that the team knows he's all in for next year, they'll have to lock up Brees, who is technically set to be an unrestricted free agent later this offseason, to a new contract.

Of course, there's nothing to really worry about in that respect for the Saints as Brees has illustrated that it's New Orleans-or-bust when it comes to his desire to continue his NFL career. This isn't uncharted territory for the two sides either, as they've grown somewhat accustomed to the year-by-year status for No. 9.

"Every time that subject has come up -- and it's come up a number of times ... where they're working on a a contract and they always seem to get it done in an efficient manner," Saints head coach Sean Payton told WWL Radio on Wednesday regarding the pending negations between the club and Brees, via...

2020 NFL Free Agency: Colts' Eric Ebron could bring huge boost to Saints

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By Kade Kistner | Saints Wire

The Indianapolis Colts are up next on our league-wide deep dive into possible free agents the New Orleans Saints could pursue during the 2020 offseason. With only 20 free agents available for the Colts, there are only a few plausible fits for the Saints. Here are Indianapolis’ free agents:
  • LT Anthony Castonzo
  • WR Devin Funchess
  • DE Jabaal Sheard
  • TE Eric Ebron
  • K Adam Vinatieri
  • WR Chester Rogers
  • FS Clayton Geathers
  • WR Dontrelle Inman
  • RT Le’Raven Clark
  • FS Isaiah Johnson
  • S Briean Boddy-Calhoun
  • G Josh Andrews
  • RB Jonathan Williams
  • G Joe Haeg
  • DT Trevon Coley (RFA)
  • WR Marcus Johnson (ERFA)
  • S Kai Nacua (ERFA)
  • S Rolan Milligan (ERFA)
  • WR Daurice Fountain (ERFA)
  • K Chase McLaughlin (ERFA)
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Sean Payton talks Drew Brees return, how Saints may handle Taysom Hill

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By John Hendrix | SI

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton appeared on WWL Radio SportsTalk on Wednesday night with Kristian Garic and Bobby Hebert, discussing the Mardi Gras season, Drew Brees, Taysom Hill, and state of the team. He offered up some really good nuggets in regards to a future deal with his quarterback, and how the team would handle Hill as a restricted free agent. Quickly into the interview, Payton was asked about if there was any doubt of a Brees return for 2020.

"Honestly, there was some," Payton said. "We spoke a few times right after the season, prior to the Pro Bowl, and then after the Pro Bowl. I think it's a big decision, and I say that not speaking for Drew, but a lot goes into it. There's a lot of stress, stress on the family, a lot of sacrifices are made to gear up for what is almost half a year season."

Payton said that knowing Brees, he weighed the pros and cons of his decision. He'd periodically send him a text seeing how he's doing.

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Projecting 5 possible Saints offseason scenarios

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints are sprinting into the 2020 offseason plenty of hurdles ahead of them. Some of those are easier to leap than others; the club has an established template for how to handle their next contract extension with Drew Brees, while there are in-house promotions available should free agents like David Onyemata or Vonn Bell get snapped up on the open market. If Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t return to back up Brees, some free agent quarterbacks could draw attention, while Taysom Hill’s status as a restricted free agent could help the Saints recoup draft assets should he leave for a new team. The Saints can also make some spending room by releasing players whose salary cap hits don’t match their performance.

But what moves do the Saints need to make? They should consider adding a starting-quality left...

How the NFL's 30 percent rule for 2020 could impact the Saints

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints are used to getting creative in their efforts to work around the NFL salary cap, often backloading contracts and relying on crafty salary cap structure to max out their resources every year. However, there’s a chance that one of their favorite tricks won’t be available in the 2020 offseason, unless the league and the NFL Players Association are able to settle on a new collective bargaining agreement.

As recently pointed out by ESPN’s Dan Graziano, “Article 13, Section 7 of the CBA mandates that ‘no player contract extending into a season beyond the Final League Year may provide for an annual increase in salary … of more than 30 percent of the salary provided for in the Final League Year, per year, either in the season after the Final League Year or in any subsequent season covered by the Player Contract.’”

In translation: teams are not allowed to sign players to contracts with a raise of more than 30% in 2020 during subsequent years, though this doesn’t include prorated signing bonuses. According to Over the Cap’s Jason Fitzgerald, this is designed to stop teams from taking an unfair advantage of a potentially uncapped season...

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Answering the top offseason fantasy questions for all 32 NFL teams

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It's never too early to start plotting your next fantasy football championship. NFL Nation answers the biggest fantasy questions -- provided by ESPN fantasy football analyst Mike Clay -- across the league.

Scan through all 32 teams by division, or click here to jump ahead to your team:

Jump to: ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR | CHI | CIN CLE | DAL | DEN | DET | GB | HOU | IND JAX | KC | LAC | LAR | LV | MIA | MIN NE | NO | NYG | NYJ | PHI | PIT | SF SEA | TB | TEN |...
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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

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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

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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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NFL owners approve new CBA; now NFLPA's turn to vote

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The NFL's proposed collective bargaining agreement is one step closer to becoming reality, as the owners voted on Thursday to accept the negotiated terms.

Owners were not unanimous in voting to approve the proposed CBA, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. It is not known how New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson voted.

According to reporters on the scene, the meeting with all 32 clubs lasted roughly two hours and owners declined to comment as they left the venue in New...
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The idea of Taysom Hill as Saints QB is good but the unknowns are plentiful

  • News source: Ed Daniels
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It makes a lot of sense for Sean Payton to be intrigued about the possibilities of Taysom Hill as his starting quarterback.

The Saints may soon tender Hill with a first rounder, meaning any team that signs him to a contract as a restricted free agent will have to forfeit a first round pick if New Orleans does not match the offer.

It is understandable why the Saints value Hill, a versatile athlete who has made plays everywhere – on special teams, as a wide receiver...
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Records Drew Brees could break in upcoming 2020 season

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Drew Brees is returning for the 2020 season, and unlike past seasons, there isn’t exactly a slew of passing records he could break heading into next year. It calls to mind a famous (mis)quote about Alexander The Great from Plutarch, that states: “...he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.”

Brees, of course, doesn’t feel that way heading into this year. The ultimate goal is, as always, a Super Bowl. The Saints have been knocked out of the playoffs in...
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Walker: NFL schedule isn't broken, so need for league to try to fix it

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Remember when the NFL regular season ended in January and everyone was complaining because they wanted to see the season go for one more week?

And remember when the postseason started and everyone was outraged because they thought the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers needed to be in the playoffs?

Oh, so you don't remember that?

Nope, me either.

But here we are less than a month removed from the Super Bowl and the NFL is trying to fix something that...
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Exploring the factors in Alvin Kamara’s “down” receiving year

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Because Alvin Kamara had a phenomenal start to his career, his 2019 production raised some questions. While he was on par with his per carry numbers (4.7 in 2019, 4.6 in 2018), his year was widely referred to as “underwhelming.” Some hypothesized that his lack of numbers, particularly in regards to scoring touchdowns, had to do with any litany of causes including injury, heartache after the departure of Mark Ingram, and some even challenging whether or not he still...
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Attorneys argue for, against releasing Saints-archdiocese emails; ruling deferred

  • News source: BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS and AMIE JUST | Staff
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A former Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge on Thursday heard arguments for and against publicly releasing a trove of emails between New Orleans Saints executives and the Archdiocese of New Orleans as the local Catholic Church sought to manage fallout from its ongoing clergy sex abuse scandal.

Carolyn Gill-Jefferson said she would not immediately rule on whether to remove a court seal keeping the emails confidential. Instead, she said she would issue a...
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What Drew Brees’s return means for Taysom Hill

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After a brief period of uncertainty regarding Drew Brees’ future with the New Orleans Saints, The 41-year-old quarterback confirmed on Instagram he’d be returning in 2020 for another shot at a Lombardi Trophy.

This is good news for Saints fans, as Brees presents the best option at the quarterback position for the 2020 season.

It raises the question, however: what does this mean for the rest of the Saints quarterback room?

Teddy is likely gone, as his only...
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2020 NFL Draft Combine: When, where, and how to watch

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With the NFL Draft quickly approaching, and more and more questions and disagreements forming between members of the NFL Draft community—it’s time for some answers.

That’s what we’ll be hoping for when media members, fans, executives, and everything in between collide as the players take the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Indiana for the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine.

With much anticipation, the nation’s top young football stars from the college football...
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Who changed, who stayed put: Coordinators for all 32 NFL teams

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While NFL teams prepare for the offseason churn of players between free agency and the 2020 NFL draft, changes have been made to 17 of the league's coaching staffs.

In an effort to take stock of all the coaching movement, particularly the changes in primary coordinators, NFL Nation reporters have focused in on the new faces and what they bring to each team.

In the event no changes were made among each team's four primary coaches -- and there are 15 such teams -- we...
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