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Falcons take the baton from the Bucs for the NFC South's worst uniforms

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

There must be some sort of agreement between the teams in the NFC South that one team must wear a terrible numbers font on their jerseys at all times. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ushered in the Tom Brady era with a flourish by ditching their maligned, digital alarm clock-styled uniforms, opting instead for the most generic red-on-white jerseys you could imagine.

Not to be outdone, the Atlanta Falcons introduced their own new uniforms: and boy, are they ugly. Featuring an ill-advised color gradient from red to black — looking more like an old Texas Tech alternate than an NFL kit — the jerseys are offset by a two-tone font for the numbers that tries to create a three-dimensional illusion. Instead, it looks like nothing so much as a child’s unfinished coloring book.

Funnily enough, the Falcons’ new black-on-black look is a near-match for the uniform worn by Adam Sandler in his 2005 film “The Longest Yard,” which the Carolina Panthers official Twitter account was helpful enough to highlight:

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Details on Saints-Emmanuel Sanders contract, salary cap space update

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The contract between the New Orleans Saints and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was processed earlier this week, with details on the agreement coming to light on Wednesday. Those included reports for what Sanders will count against the Saints salary cap not just in 2020, but in the following year — and the year after that.

Per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Sanders received a fully-guaranteed $8 million for 2020, while he is due a non-guaranteed $8 million in 2021. An automatically-voided year for 2022 is also on the books, which is simply for salary cap accounting purposes. Sanders also agreed to $1.5 million incentives for receptions totals in 2020 and 2021.

Naturally, it’s a little more complicated than that. Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reported that Sanders received a $6 million signing bonus (prorated across the next three years) as well as a guaranteed $2 million base salary in 2020. That means his first-year salary cap hit is just $4 million.

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Saints show an interest in Notre Dame draft prospect Alohi Gilman

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By John Sigler | Saintswire


The New Orleans Saints showed an early interest in one of the busiest prospects in this year’s NFL draft class, scheduling a private visit with Notre Dame safety Alohi Gilman before travel restrictions related to the novel coronavirus prohibited those sort of face-to-face meetings.

Justin Melo over at Draft Wire reported that the Saints were one of five different teams to pencil Gilman in for a private visit; of that group, only the Saints have yet to circle back and speak with Gilman over a video chat service like FaceTime or Zoom. In total, he’s virtually met with seven different teams. There are still two weeks left before the 2020 draft kicks off, so the Saints (and other teams around the league) have plenty of time to reach out to Gilman’s camp for an interview, if they choose. ...

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Emmanuel Sanders excited to land with 'pass-happy' Saints in 2020 NFL free agency: 'It means everything'

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By Patrick Walker | CBS Sports

Emmanuel Sanders had options when deciding where he'd play football in 2020. The veteran wide receiver was only one quarter away from landing his second Super Bowl ring when Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs mounted a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, but Sanders is now in position to potentially get another shot a second Lombardi hoist. He signed a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints in this year's NFL free agency spree -- a deal that could pay him upwards of $19 million and unites him with future first ballot Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees and offensive guru Sean Payton.

Sanders' decision to take his talents to The Boot might've been additionally influenced by his grandmother's wishes, seeing as he also had the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys on the line, but Brees announcing his return for 2020 absolutely played a part in his travel plans. ...

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New Orleans Saints re-sign G/C Cameron Tom

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By Neworleanssaints.com

The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have re-signed guard/center Cameron Tom. The announcement was made by Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Originally signed by New Orleans as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Mississippi in 2017, Tom started the season on the practice squad and then was on the 53-man roster for the last ten regular season games and both postseason contests. The Baton Rouge native appeared in 11 regular season games and both postseason contests with one start in 2018. Tom played at left guard in a come-from-behind victory at Baltimore on October 21, stepped in at center in a winning effort on December 17 at Carolina and opened the regular season finale at right guard. Tom spent the 2019 season on Injured Reserve. ...

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Taysom Hill and wife Emily have some news: Their first baby is on the way

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If you're looking some for good news these days, you've come to the right place...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill and his wife, Emily, announced Wednesday night that the couple is expecting its first child.

"We are beyond thrilled for our new addition to our family, coming August 2020!! 💙💙," Hill wrote on Instagram.

Hill and his wife have been married since 2014.

Hill has become a fan favorite the past few years in New Orleans, captivating fans with...
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Saints offseason overview: Defensive line

  • News source: Les East
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METAIRIE – The defensive line was one of the deepest positions on the New Orleans Saints last season.

That depth came in handy as two of the team’s top linemen – tackle Sheldon Rankins and end Marcus Davenport – suffered season-ending injuries.

Five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Jordan also was injured for the last five games, but kept playing on his way to finishing the season with a career-high 15.5 sacks. Jordan revealed after the season that he was...
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Drew Brees: Stay at home, out of harm’s way

  • News source: Charean Williams
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While some NFL players are flaunting their workouts on social media in violation of stay-at-home orders, Drew Brees is encouraging everyone to stay home.

The Saints quarterback went on The Ellen Show with the message that the more everyone follows the rules, the quicker sports can return and life can resume at something akin to normal.

“We’re gonna get through this, but we need to get through it together,” Brees told DeGeneres from his home in California, via Amie...
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What Cameron Tom brings in his return to New Orleans

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One of the items on Sean Payton’s offseason checklist last week when he spoke to New Orleans media was interior offensive line. This even after re-signing Andrus Peat. Now, the Saints return another familiar face to the team in versatile interior offensive lineman Cameron Tom.

The Southern Miss grad never made it to the field in 2019, starting the season on IR. However, his development has been encouraging for the Saints staff who had him deep in last year’s...
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Saints re-sign Baton Rouge native C Cameron Tom

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints have re-signed Baton Rouge-native Cameron Tom, according to Wednesday's transaction report.

Tom has been with the Saints since 2017 and has played in 11 games for New Orleans — all of which came in 2018.

In 2017, Tom was on the team's practice squad until Oct. 25. He was a healthy inactive in Week 8 through the rest of the season.

Tom missed the entire 2019 season due to being placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury during...
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Saints re-sign Cameron Tom

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Saints have brought one of their reserve offensive linemen back to the roster.

According to multiple reports, the Saints have re-signed Cameron Tom. They opted not to tender Tom as a restricted free agent last month.

Tom signed with the team after going undrafted in 2017 and spent his rookie year on the practice squad. He appeared in 11 regular season games for the Saints during the 2018 season. He made one start at right guard in the season finale as the...
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Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders will make $2M in base salary next season; breaking down new contract

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders contract details have been finalized, and the team's new No. 2 wide receiver will make $10 million guaranteed.

Here's how the deal breaks down, according to Spotrac.

Additionally, Sanders' deal carries $1.5 million in reception incentives for both the 2020 and 2021 season. There is also a 2022 season on Sanders' contract, but it voids on the last day of the 2021 league year.

Sanders addition to the Saints' offense...
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More than 70K New Orleans homes tuned in to Saints 'Domecoming' re-run, ratings show

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Just over 70,000 screaming fans crammed into what was then the Louisiana Superdome on Sept. 25, 2006 as the Saints marched in for their "Domecoming" after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

On April 6, 2020 and nearly 14 years later, more than 70,000 New Orleans homes united again for that game -- from a distance -- across a city shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to local ratings data provided by WWL-TV, the re-airing of that Week 3 Monday Night...
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Cam Jordan not intimidated by Tom Brady

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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After getting named to the NFL’s All-Decade team, and after being a consensus “this is the Saints player I’d most want to be quarantined with” pick, New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan is hitting the interview trail.

Jordan appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt to discuss Malcolm Jenkins re-joining the Saints, the NFL’s All-Decade team, Sean Payton, Covid-19, and playing for one of the all-time GOATs, Drew Brees.

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Drew Brees, wife Brittany, spread message of hope on 'The Ellen Show'

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has never played in front of a small home crowd.

He went from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, to Purdue in the Big Ten and ended up in New Orleans where every game inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is packed with fans.

So when the NBA mulled the idea of playing without fans due to the coronavirus pandemic, it forced Brees to think about that possibility.

"That was the first time I ever thought about playing a...
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Brees: 'American people need sports right now'

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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Drew Brees said Wednesday on The Ellen Show that he thinks "the American people need sports right now." The New Orleans Saints quarterback is also eager to return to the field this fall so he can compete against new NFC South rival Tom Brady.

"Yeah, well the division just got a little bit better, didn't it?" Brees said with a laugh when asked about Brady signing with the rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "And in addition to that, Teddy Bridgewater -- who played so well...
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First round NFL Draft trade down projections for the Saints

  • News source: Ross.Jackson
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Now that we have discussed possible trade up scenarios, how about we explore what it might look like if the Saints were to buck the trend and trade down. Again, the Saints are at the bottom of the NFL draft with only five selections. If the Saints decided they wanted to pick up some additional draft capital this season, trading down might be their best option to accomplish just that, especially with the potential spoils they could walk away with.

In that earlier...
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New Orleans Saints Coaching History—Tom Fears (1967-70)

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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The New Orleans Saints were born in 1967.

The expansion franchise brought new life to the city, the region, even the state.

Those were exciting times.

Winning would not be important for the first several years.

Having an NFL team was the blessing, a wonderful development.

I remember vividly how the media and marketing of the Saints would involve promoting the star players coming to town from opposing teams to play the Saints. To impose such a strategy today...
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From Rice to Payton to McNair: Small-school studs for all 32 NFL teams

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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You don't have to play at a traditional college football power to achieve NFL stardom. Former Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton showed us that. San Francisco 49ers receiver Jerry Rice showed us, too. So did the other 30 names on our small-school studs list picked by NFL Nation reporters. In fact, you don't even have to be drafted (see Larry Little, Malcom Butler, Jim Hart and Dave Krieg).

With the 2020 NFL draft coming up on April 23-25 (ABC, ESPN, ESPN app...
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