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Keeping the Saints in New Orleans: See inside Louisiana's multi-million-dollar maneuvering

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By Mark Ballard | Capital Bureau Editor

With the topple of the first domino later this week in Baton Rouge, the Saints football team could either be in New Orleans for the next 30 years or headed out of town sooner than you think.

A simple yes by the State Bond Commission would start other pieces in a complex financial arrangement to fall – allowing contracts to be signed, renovations to continue, and eventually the Saints staying in New Orleans until 2055.

The Edwards’ administration is pressing hard for a favorable vote by November from the panel that oversees the state’s borrowing. The first step begins Thursday when the Bond Commission starts discussing the particulars.

“We’ve kind of reached a point now where we have to fish or cut bait,” said Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne. “And the way we make a commitment to this project is to have the Bond Commission vote for what’s called a ‘debt commute’.” ...

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Saints open as road favorites for Week 7 at Seahawks

  • News source: John Sigler
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The New Orleans Saints are trending in a very different direction from this week’s opponent, and that’s reflected in the opening line from Tipico Sportsbook. New Orleans is visiting the Seattle Seahawks for a Monday night game on Oct. 25 which the Saints are favored to win by 5.5 points — taken with the initial over/under of 44.5, that projects a final tally close to New Orleans 26, Seattle 20.

That would be the fourth-lowest scoring game of Week 7, behind only Broncos-Browns, Jets-Patriots, and Panthers-Giants. It would also be the lowest scoring output by the Saints in a victory this...
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5 Takeaways From Saints' First 5 Games

  • News source: Kyle T. Mosley
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Five important takeaways from the New Orleans Saints team performance in the first five games of 2021.

The notion that Jameis Winston is the primary problem for the "yo-yo" like performances from the New Orleans offense is not accurate.

Sean Payton's genius is game planning and positioning the players to succeed in-game. Although, he confirmed the offense's erratic pace was on him as the coach. Remember he's getting comfortable with a new starting quarterback and understanding what makes him tick are being worked out.

Here are the questions after the bye week:

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Life of a Saint: Chris Reis

  • News source: Saintjohnbutler
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“Early life was me, my mom and my older brother. My older brother was my best friend. He was 2 years older than me. As a matter of fact, we are 2 years and 1 day apart. We always had our birthdays together. We were really close knit. It was the three of us and we kind of just survived”, Chris Reis shared. At just two years old, Reis’ parents split, and his father stayed in Ohio while the rest of the family moved to Georgia.

Reis credits his mother for his work ethic and his brother for his competitive nature, stating, “I was always competing with my older brother who would just crush me...
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Jeff Duncan: LSU was the best job Ryan Nielsen didn't take thanks to Sean Payton

  • News source: BY JEFF DUNCAN | SPORTS COLUMNIST
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When LSU tried to hire Ryan Nielsen to be its defensive coordinator in January, the Saints defensive line coach was ready to take the job.

Nielsen, like most young coaches, was ambitious. He wanted what all career-oriented people want out of life: more responsibility; more money; more long-term security for himself and his family.

Nielsen played for Ed Orgeron at Southern California and was eager to join forces with his old coach and move up the ladder to become a first-time coordinator at the Power 5 level.

At the time, it seemed like a no-brainer move. LSU’s defense was brimming with...
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Saints Linebacker Demario Davis continues to leave his mark in New Orleans on and off the field

  • News source: Tina Howell
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New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis continues to leave his mark in New Orleans on and off the field. Since Week 1, Davis hasn’t missed a single defensive snap. He has become a well-respected leader and as well as mentor for this Saints team, including leading the pre-game chants that were previously done by Drew Brees but his efforts don’t stop there. In addition to other donations that Davis has made to the community including the Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund, it was announced this week that Davis’ Devoted Dreamers Foundation will hold their 1st annual “Dining for...
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4 of the most interesting pieces of Saints memorabilia on Saints Twitter

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Christmas is around the corner, and while it’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts for the New Orleans Saints fan in your life, we can also take a second to admire the Saints memorabilia owned by Saints fans already - some you could buy, and some that are one of a kind.

Let’s get started with this awesome set of custom New Orleans Saints shoes by KnuckleHead Kustomz. These shoes fit both categories, as they’re one-of-a-kind, but also available for sale for only $130.00 (on sale from an original price of $220). You can be the first to buy this unique piece of Saints memorabilia -...
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NFL Top 5 Power Rankings For Week 6

  • News source: Carla Antoine
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The Saints welcomed the bye week to rest and get ready for the remaining games of the regular season.

The Cardinals are still holding the top spot on the Top 5 and are the only undefeated team in the NFL. With all of their success, the 49ers cooled down the Cardinals’ offense last week. Will COVID-19 be the catalyst to take Arizona to their first loss of the season? The team manages three positive COVID cases, one player and two staff members, according to multiple reports.

According to NFL reports, the Cardinals is one of a few NFL teams that are 100% vaccinated. The offense has been...
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Saints All-Time Record After a Bye Week

  • News source: Bob Rose
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Fans of the New Orleans Saints may have enjoyed a relaxing Sunday of football without their team on the field this weekend. The Saints are one of four teams on a bye, the first on the NFL schedule this season.

New Orleans returns to action on Monday, Oct. 25, when they visit the Seattle Seahawks. The Saints will enter that game with a 3-2 record, and expect to get up to 10 starters or major contributors that have missed most or all of the season over the next few weeks.

Bye weeks have been a part of the NFL schedule since the 1990 season. The Saints have a 17-14 all-time record in games...
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Surveying the Saints schedule coming out of their bye week

  • News source: John Sigler
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The Week 6 bye felt early for the New Orleans Saints when it was first announced, but the break may have come at just the right time. Eight different starters are working to return from injuries or suspensions over the next few weeks, which will bring enough salary cap relief for the Saints to be active buyers at the NFL trade deadline if they so choose.

And the schedule sets up well for the Saints moving forwards. Just half of their 12 remaining games are against teams with a winning record right now, including a pair of divisional matchups with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They’ve only...
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Seahawks send Russell Wilson, top RB Chris Carson to injured reserve

  • News source: John Sigler
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The Seattle Seahawks lost two of their best players to injured reserve this week, with Russell Wilson recovering from finger surgery and Chris Carson managing a neck injury. That puts them up against the New Orleans Saints next week without some critical playmakers.

New Orleans will fly out the Pacific Northwest for a Monday night game on Oct. 25, coming out of their bye week refreshed and well-rested. They’re expecting to get a number of their own injured players back from various reserve lists, including as many as four starters on offense (wide receivers Michael Thomas and Tre’Quan...
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Babies are being named after Taysom Hill. Mythbusting the origin story of the Saints QB's unique name

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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If seven is a lucky number, Jacobi Martin hit the jackpot.

On Sept. 28, her newborn son entered the world at 7:03 p.m. and tipped the scales at 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

Seven is also the number of her favorite New Orleans Saints player: quarterback Taysom Hill, who also just happens to be the namesake of her baby boy.

“It was meant to be,” Martin said.

Martin, of Choctaw, Mississippi, claims to be the biggest Saints fan she knows. The moment she discovered she was pregnant she knew she wanted to name her first child after a Saints player, no matter the sex — ultimately choosing Taysom...
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How are 11 recent Saints departures playing with their new teams?

  • News source: John Sigler
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The New Orleans Saints lost familiar names this offseason like Emmanuel Sanders, Jackrabbit Jenkins, and Trey Hendrickson to an unprecedented salary cap crunch, and many of their departures have already hit the ground running with other teams.

So how are they doing? Here’s a quick survey of 11 former Saints through the first five weeks of 2021:
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Saints Bye Report: Special Teams

  • News source: Bob Rose
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The New Orleans Saints are among four teams who have the first bye on the 2021 NFL schedule this weekend. New Orleans has a 3-2 record going into the off week.

They've done it in spite of playing four of five games on the road and having team operations displaced to Texas because of Hurricane Ida. The Saints have also dealt with a lengthy list of players unavailable because of injury.

New Orleans has played better offensively in the last two weeks after a rocky start. They've also had some ups and downs defensively, but have generally played well enough to support the team.

One of the...
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Fantasy Football: 3 Options for Saints' Alvin Kamara in Week 6

  • News source: Brendan Boylan
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Saints Fantasy Football: Start 'em or Sit' em returns for the 2021 Season as Saints News Network's Fantasy Football analyst Brendan Boylan provides you with weekly advice regarding members of the Black and Gold.

With the Saints on their bye week, this week here is a look at three players who could start in place of Alvin Kamara in Week 6.

Follow along throughout the year to dominate your fantasy leagues and earn bragging rights at home, in the office, or amongst your friends!

New York Giants RB Devontae Booker (55th in Fantasy Points among RBs)

With an injury to Saquon Barkley that is...
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DraftKings DFS Plays for Week 6

  • News source: Gregory Layfield
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Last week’s recommendations and their DraftKings points:

Well, at least last week’s lineup did not curse any player to the injury reserve list. Pollard, Chase, and Arizona returned great value on their cost for the week. Unfortunately, Jones Jr. and Ertz let teams down. Jones Jr confusingly took a backseat to Tavon Austin, Jamal Agnew, and Dan Arnold for the Jaguars on the week. Meanwhile, Ertz was disappointing given the opportunities. Ertz had the second highest targets of any Eagles pass-catcher in week 5, but only turned six targets into one catch for seven yards. The volume was there...
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How are 15 notable Saints free agent pickups faring after first 5 games?

  • News source: John Sigler
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It’s no secret that the New Orleans Saints were not big spenders in free agency. They had to race to reach salary cap compliance from a $100 million deficit, leaving them with little resources to commit to improving their squad. Of the players they did sign only a select few joined the black and gold for more than a minimum salary.

Still, the Saints were able to add a number of new faces despite those financial limitations. Some of them (Tanoh Kpassagnon and Bradley Roby) made a greater impression than others (Austin Reiter and Prince Amukamara), who were only around long enough to get a...
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