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Saints report $4.1 million in unspent salary cap space for 2021 rollover

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

It’s not much, but it’s something. The New Orleans Saints have initially reported just over $4.1 million in unused salary cap space to roll over into the 2021 fiscal year, per ESPN’s Field Yates. That number will be vetted by the NFL and adjusted for a variety of minor transactions and cap credits before being factored into each team’s final tally, as is the case every year.

And the Saints will need every penny. Depending on which estimate you’re using, they’re well over the projected salary cap by as much as $100 million. The NFL and NFL Players Association negotiated an agreement that will keep the cap from dropping beneath $175 million in 2021 ...

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Grant Haley, Lil'Jordan Humphrey among 14 reserve/future signings for Saints

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

A flood of roster moves were processed for the New Orleans Saints this week, following the end of their 2020 season. Most of them were reserve/future contracts — deals inked with players now available to sign with anyone after their practice squad agreements expired. Others were simply free agents who had not played at all, like former CFL linebacker Wynton McManis.

These low-cost pickups are vital for building the offseason roster, especially for a team riding close to the salary cap like the Saints. Here’s who is back for 2021:

QB #15 Trevor Siemian

Tennessee Titans quarterback Trevor Siemian (4) hands the ball off during a training camp practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Nas Titans Camp 0820 011 ...

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Brittany Brees says Drew played with torn rotator cuff, torn fascia in foot, and the broken ribs + collapsed lung in 2020

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Tough as nails. But also further confirmation that Brees' body is hanging by a thread and that he needs to retire.

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Report: Eagles to interview Saints DC Dennis Allen for head-coaching job

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By Cameron DaSilva | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints had one of the best defenses in the NFL this season, ranking fifth in points and yards allowed. Unfortunately, they could be in danger of the guy who led that side of the ball this past season.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Eagles will interview Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen for their head-coaching vacancy on Wednesday as Philadelphia searches for its replacement for Doug Pederson.

Allen has been the Saints’ defensive coordinator since 2015 ...

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Drew Brees’ wife says he played the entire year with shoulder, foot injuries

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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Drew Brees‘ wife says he was playing hurt all season, with multiple injuries.

Brittany Brees posted a social media message that said Drew Brees had serious foot and shoulder injuries, and not just the cracked ribs and punctured lung that caused him to miss four games during the season.

“The fact that you played this entire year with a torn rotator cuff, torn fascia in your foot,” she wrote, via

The torn rotator cuff was never reported during the season, although Brees did appear on the Saints’ official injury report with a right shoulder injury in Weeks 8-10. Brees appeared to...
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These 19 Saints are entering free agency this offseason -- including 3 members of 2017 draft class

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The offseason for the New Orleans Saints has officially begun.

Locker room clean-out was Monday. Several practice squad players signed their reserve/future deals. And for now, all eyes are fixed on March 17 — the tentative day one of the 2021 NFL calendar. (The date is subject to change because of the coronavirus pandemic.)

On that date, free agency officially begins.

Nineteen Saints players are entering free agency, including three members of their top-notch 2017 draft class.

Here's a look at the Saints who are looking for new contracts:

The Saints have 18 players who will be...
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Saints sign 14 players to reserve/future deals

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints have signed 14 players to reserve/future contracts over the past several days, according to the NFL's transactions logs.

Thirteen of the players the Saints signed to reserve/future deals were with the team at the end of the season, while one of the players had previously been with the Saints before, but wasn't on their practice squad during the 2020 campaign.

The 14 players the Saints signed to reserve/future contracts were:

McManis was the one who wasn't on the Saints' practice squad at all this season, but the team was familiar with him after he was briefly with...
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Drew Brees’ wife says he played through torn rotator cuff and fascia during season

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Drew Brees had to deal with a punctured lung and 11 rib fractures during the 2020 season and missed four games. Now, his wife has posted that he had even further injury issues plaguing him.

Brittany Brees said on Instagram that her husband played through a torn rotator cuff and torn fascia throughout the entire campaign as well.

The Saints did not list either ailment mentioned on any injury report this past season, and Brittany Brees did not specify when the newly-revealed injuries occurred. The 42-year old’s decline in arm strength was readily apparent.

Many have assumed Brees will...
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Drew Brees played with serious foot, shoulder injuries for Saints in 2020, Brittany Brees says

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Drew Brees missed four games in the Saints' 2020 season due to 11 cracked ribs and a cracked, but those were just the injuries that were made public.

According to a post from Brees' wife, Brittany, he was also fighting through major foot and shoulder injuries throughout the year.

"The fact that you played this entire year with a torn rotator cuff, torn fascia in your foot, ... then later 11 broken ribs and a collapsed lung," Brittany Brees posted Wednesday morning, "makes me think I should not have taken the epidural while giving birth to our kids."

Drew Brees did not make reference to...
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Drew Brees battled through torn rotator cuff and more undisclosed injuries

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees fought through 11 rib fractures and a collapsed lung following the Week 10 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. He would go on to miss the next four games, but made a remarkably quick return in order to help lead his team to the playoffs and a hopeful Super Bowl run.

However, even before that game Brees looked uncomfortable going through warmups constantly shaking his shoulder out. Brees is well known for being a compulsive creature of habit. His preparation going into each game is the same, his warmup is the same, his mindset is the same...
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CSC Staff Picks: Neither conference championship predicted unanimously

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The postseason continues on despite the fact that the New Orleans Saints are no longer in it.

This week, the conference championship games are set to kickoff, with the Buffalo Bills traveling to the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC and Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers set to host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC.

While the majority of the CSC staff thinks Rodgers and Company will emerge out of the NFC, the AFC game offers a bit more intrigue, with the staff divided on who will come out victorious between Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes...
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Get to know the enemy, new Falcons head coach Arthur Smith

  • News source: Dylan Sanders
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The 38 year old from Memphis has not held a ton of football jobs. From 2006-2010 he held three assistant jobs at UNC, Washington (Football Team,) and the University of Mississippi. He joined the Titans in 2011 and was just an assistant until 2019, when he became offensive coordinator. Unfortunately for the Saints, I actually love this hire for Atlanta.

It would be easy to look at the Titans offense the past two seasons and give all of the credit to Derrick Henry, and while he is a freak, Arthur Smith has played a key role in that.

His offense has helped turn Ryan Tannehill into one of...
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Greatness is hard to define, but legacy of Drew Brees transcends the game of football

  • News source: Madeleine Hudak
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With one final look back at the Superdome, Drew Brees descended into the tunnel after what may have been his final game for the New Orleans Saints.

While Brees soaked in the potential end of his storied career, the scoreboard in the background told a different story. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30, New Orleans Saints 20. An ugly and heartbreaking playoff exit for the fourth consecutive season. One of the worst games of Brees’ career.

Should this be Brees’ final game, it incurred a detrimental spotlight. Ultimately, it’s not what Brees will be remembered for. There is a duality to Drew Brees...
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Lions have agreed to six-year deal with Dan Campbell

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Lions reportedly settled on Dan Campbell as their new head coach late last week and things are moving closer to becoming official in Detroit.

According to multiple reports, Campbell has agreed to terms with the Lions. He is set to sign a six-year deal with the organization.

Campbell spent the last five seasons as the assistant head coach and tight ends coach for the Saints. He has head coaching experience in the NFL after serving as the interim head coach for the Dolphins after they fired Joe Philbin during the 2015 season. The Dolphins went 5-7 with Campbell at the helm.

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What could the Saints offer for Deshaun Watson?

  • News source: Matthew Terry
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Get ready to hear this question a trillion times this offseason. From journalists, to idiots with a keyboard (like me!), to random twitter users named “Firstname Bunchofnumbers”, near every person that follows the NFL will be asking the same thing:

What will it take for us to get Deshaun Watson?

With Houston Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson reportedly on the trade market this spring, there are about 30 NFL teams that will be ringing Houston’s line, seeing what it will take to get the former Clemson man under center for them in 2021 (I’m giving KC the benefit of the doubt in saying...
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2021 Saints Mock Draft 1.0: Rounds 1-2

  • News source: Dylan Sanders
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There are a lot of storylines to look at in this upcoming offseason for the New Orleans Saints. But what my eyes go to first, is the NFL draft. Is there a potential replacement quarterback available? Do they need to replace Marcus Williams? What offensive lineman will the Saints draft first? There are so many scenarios I have already played out in my head. So here is my first mock draft of this off-season here on Canal St. Chronicles:

I would be remiss if I didn’t start out the 2021 off-season with the player I have been begging for the Saints for two years now. Anyone that talks draft...
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Aaron Rodgers: Packers’ Week Six loss to Buccaneers doesn’t matter now

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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The Packers suffered their worst loss of the season in Week Six, when they went to Tampa Bay and lost 38-10 to the Buccaneers. As they prepare for a rematch in the NFC Championship Game, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t too worried about that.

Rodgers told Pat McAfee that what happened in the regular season doesn’t matter now, noting that the Buccaneers suffered a blowout loss of their own to the Saints in the regular season, only to beat the Saints in the playoffs.

“I think the Week Six game matters as much as when the Saints went to their place and beat them 38-3,” Rodgers said...
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Saints' daunting to-do list: Replace Drew Brees, save nearly $100 million in cap costs

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METAIRIE, La. -- Quarterback Drew Brees' likely retirement is the tip of the iceberg for a New Orleans Saints team that will face its most challenging offseason since Brees arrived back in 2006.

Not only will they have to identify their next quarterback, but they are also projected to be nearly $100 million over the salary cap because the league-wide cap is expected to drop dramatically after lost revenues from COVID-19 in 2020.

Sure, we know the Saints can move cap charges around with the best of them. (I counted up to $140 million in possible cap savings through restructures...
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