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Saints Gamesmanship created the Taysom Hill Buzz

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By Kyle T. Mosley | SI

The New Orleans Saints are masterful for creating exciting plays and dramatic finishes over the years. Through all of the dramatic flare, the Saints fans are clamoring for another Super Bowl Championship. They want another “Party with the Lombardi.” However, the latest developments with the Saints quarterback situation have the Who Dat Nation very concerned.

Drew Brees is pondering retirement. Teddy Bridgewater is an unrestricted free agent. Now, Taysom Hill (restricted free agent) believes he is worth franchise quarterback consideration. The team has 27 free agents and may battle a holdout from a star player requesting a well-deserved contract extension. There are many personnel moves Mickey Loomis, and the Saints will juggle the next few months. The major goal for New Orleans is to decide on the leadership at quarterback.

The direction of the team is in question. Drew Brees has had 14 seasons as the leader in New Orleans. Aside from his many historical performances as the Saints’ unquestioned leader, the team has captured only one Super Bowl title. Brees is a beloved figure in the Crescent City. The last decade has been a study on lost opportunities for the Saints.

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Burning Saints offseason questions: What moves can be made to create salary cap space?

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By John Hendrix | SI

If you didn't know by now, the New Orleans Saints are some of the NFL's best at maneuvering the salary cap. Mickey Loomis and Khai Harley continue to do great work in the front office, and it allows Sean Payton's team to stay competitive and bring in some good free agents year after year. This offseason proves to be no different for New Orleans, who has several decisions to make to create more salary cap space. There are a few cap-saving angles they could pursue to get there, but let's first review their top hits of 2020.

  1. Drew Brees, QB - $21.3 million ($10.5 million in signing bonus + $5.4 million restructure bonus)
  2. Terron Armstead, OT - $15.9 million ($10.7 million base)
  3. Michael Thomas, WR - $15 million ($11 million base)
  4. Larry Warford, OG - $12.875 million ($7.65 million base)
  5. Janoris Jenkins, CB - $11.25 million ($10.15 million base)
  6. Demario Davis, LB - $9.9 million ($7.35 million base)
  7. Jared Cook, TE - $9 million ($7 million base)
  8. Cameron Jordan, DE - $8.347 million ($1.5 million base)
  9. Sheldon Rankins, DT - $7.69 million (all base)
  10. Kiko Alonso, LB - $6.4 million ($6.375 million base)
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2020 NFL Free Agency: Is Danny Amendola the best the Lions have to offer?

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints are hard at work in drawing up their offseason strategy, and we’re following along with a daily survey of every NFL team’s pending free agents. This series will take us right up to the beginning of unrestricted free agency’s legal tampering period and help give a better idea of which players may be on the market, as well as which teams will be contending for the Saints in checking off their roster needs. Next up is the Detroit Lions. Here’s who may be available in March:
  • WR Danny Amendola
  • DT Mike Daniels
  • SS Tavon Wilson
  • P Sam Martin
  • CB Rashaan Melvin
  • WR Jermaine Kearse
  • DT A’Shawn Robinson
  • T Oday Aboushi
  • LS Don Muhlbach
  • TE Logan Thomas
  • G Graham Glasgow
  • S Miles Killebrew
  • QB Jeff Driskel
  • DT Darius Kilgo
  • DE Jamie Meder
  • CB Michael Ford (ERFA)
  • CB Dee Virgin (ERFA)
  • RB J.D. McKissic (RFA)
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Ideal Target for Every NFL Team in Free Agency

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By Brent Sobleski | B/R

The hope for every NFL team is one key free-agent signing will push it to the next tier of success.

Franchises should never build through free agency, but a well-placed veteran can make a significant impact. For example, Tyrann Mathieu's addition to the Kansas City Chiefs lineup helped create a Super Bowl-caliber defense.

Judicious signings can create an advantage.

Before going any further, one must acknowledge certain big-name targets will never hit the open market. It's hard to envision quarterbacks Dak Prescott, Drew Brees and Tom Brady playing for any other team. Current teams will also desperately try to re-sign some of their best players at other positions before they become available to the rest of the league.

Furthermore, the idea of an "ideal target" in free agency insinuates the inclusion of a player not previously with the team. New additions bring excitement to potentially fill problem areas.

As such, the following are perfect free-agent matches.

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New Orleans Saints 2017 NFL Draft retrospective

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By Nathan Beighle | Fansided

How should New Orleans Saints feel about their 2017 NFL Draft class after three years? We take a deep dive into it.

The 2016 New Orleans Saints season finished with one of their only losing records of the decade. They went 7-9 in that season and finished third in the NFC South and were left out of the 2016-17 NFL playoffs.

Drew Brees ended up being their only Pro-Bowler. Therefore, the New Orleans Saints had a lot of work to do to gear up for the next season. That year, they also ended up losing G Jahri Evans, CB B.W. Webb, and RB Tim Hightower in the offseason.

They started out the rebuilding process by signing G Larry Warford from Detroit, LB...

Tom Brady replacement rumors: Saints’ Taysom Hill the latest QB to be linked to Patriots, even though it’s crazy

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By Nick O'Malley | Mass Live

The 2020 offseason is shaping up to be a weird one. Tom Brady could leave the New England Patriots and high-profile members of the media are talking about Taysom Hill as a potential franchise quarterback.

At least, that’s the case following a column from Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman last week, looking into the situation surrounding Hill, the backup/gadget quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. Freeman, for one, labeled Hill as “an excellent candidate” to become the next stay quarterback in the NFL.

Not just that, he thinks the Patriots could make a run at him as a potential option to replace Brady:

“(Saints coach Sean) Payton told NBC Sports’ Peter King that he believes a team will attempt to sign Hill to a restricted free-agent contract this offseason. If a team does, the Saints can match it," Freeman wrote. "The team to watch is the...

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Fleur-de-Links, February 18: Teddy Bridgewater is being courted by many teams, and Taysom Hill has one particular team after him

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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NFL scouting directors see more of a future in Teddy Bridgewater than many other quarterbacks, like Case Keenum and Jameis Winston.

Arizona Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim admits that he has his eye on Taysom Hill.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler says that Teddy Bridgewater could be a starter in 2020 for a team that isn’t New Orleans.

NFL Media’s Gil Brandt predicts Melvin Gordon will play for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020.

Burrow gives a cagey response when asked if...
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Free agents who may interest the Saints

  • News source: Rene Nadeau
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NFL free agency begins March 18th. Currently, the Saints sit at $9.3 million available but Mickey Loomis is a wizard, very creative when it comes to finding cap space.

The Black and Gold may target a wide receiver to team with Michael Thomas. At cornerback Eli Apple may or may not be afforded a new deal while Janoris Jenkins could be released to free up $11 million and P.J. Williams may also have a new address for ’20.

Andrus Peat, still just 26 years old, played...
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What will Teddy Bridgewater get in free agency?

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Forget TB12, at least for now. There’s another TB who will definitely be a free agent next month, and some are suggesting that Teddy Bridgewater could cash in significantly.

Via multiple accounts on Twitter and elsewhere, Jeremy Fowler said on ESPN Monday that Bridgewater will have a strong market, and that he could make $30 million per year under his next contract.

Needless to say, that would represent a gigantic bump of the one-year, $7.25 million deal...
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Canal Street Chronicles Lagniappe: Share your story

  • News source: cajuncommando58
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We haven’t done this in a while and have quite a few new members. Most of us oldtimers know each other and our background. Maybe some of you would like to share your own story. Many are native Louisianians who have been transplanted elsewhere. I’m one of those. Some came from other areas of the country and world. Share how you got here and/or became a Saints fan.

I’ll start it off. I was born in New Iberia,LA. Spent 15 years working in various jobs in the oilfield...
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CSC Podcast Mailbag: Panthers Free Agents, Extensions, NFL Draft

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New Orleans Saints analyst for Canal St. Chronicles Brenden Ertle takes your weekly mailbag questions, Carolina Panthers free agents, who deserves a contract extension and who should the Saints target in the NFL Draft.
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Why the Saints should sign CB Kendall Fuller

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In the NFL, versatility is key. Every team needs pieces who can fill in multiple spots throughout an injury-ridden NFL season. The Saints have guys like Taysom Hill on offense and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson on defense who fit this billing.

With 17 players from the 2019-2020 Saints roster hitting the market as unrestricted free agents, finding more players with this type of versatility helps tremendously.

This is where a guy like Kendall Fuller could come in handy...
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Saints 2019 year in review: Janoris Jenkins

  • News source: BobRose
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The New Orleans Saints came into the the 2019 season with arguably the deepest and most talented secondary in franchise history. It was a a standard that they lived up through the midway portion of the season. Cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Eli Apple would contain some of the best receivers in the NFL one-on-one, giving their physical defense a big advantage over opponents. Apple began to struggle with penalties and blown coverages down the stretch of the year...
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Fleur-de-Links, February 17: New England named a future home for Taysom Hill, Drew Brees worries fans, and Saints should watch Cardale Jones

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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NFL columnist Mike Freeman believes that the New England Patriots will try to sign Taysom Hill, even if Tom Brady returns.

DC Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones would be a good fit for New Orleans Saints in a post-Drew Brees era.

Drew Brees posted an Instagram picture of himself and his wife with a gorilla in the background, but the picture was from 2019.

Charley Casserly of NFL.com says that Colorado’s Laviska Shenault would be a good compliment to Michael...
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How much will free agency reshape Saints' defense?

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints’ defense doesn’t need an overhaul.

It ranked 11th in the NFL in yards allowed in 2019 -- its best finish in six years. And it had three players named to either the Pro Bowl or first-team All-Pro teams in end Cameron Jordan, linebacker Demario Davis and cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

But depending on how much the Saints choose to pony up in free agency, this unit could look significantly different in 2020.

Five of the nine...
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Saints 2019 Season in Review: Craig Robertson

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The Saints signed Craig Robertson to a 3 year $5 million contract in 2016. He received a 2 year extension in 2019. This freed up some cap space and makes him expendable in 2020. If cut he would only carry $650,000 in dead cap and free up $1,750,000.

Robertson was a valuable signing in 2016, proving his worth in it as well as the 2017 season. 2018 saw a sharp reduction in production. In 2016 he played in 15 games all as the starter, one missed due to injury and...
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5 points of focus as the Saints shape their 2020 roster, depending on 1 big question

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Every single area of the New Orleans Saints' roster will be under scrutiny heading into the 2020 season, but since we are not paid as much as the front office folks, let's just narrow it down to the top five.

So, let’s dive right in with the one question that is likely to shape the entire Saints’ off-season.

Is it going to be Drew Brees? Teddy Bridgewater? Taysom Hill?

Someone else?

The thing about it is the Saints truly do not know the answer to this question...
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Saints 2019 Year in Review: Erik McCoy

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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Erik McCoy was the player the New Orleans Saints didn't know they needed until they suddenly needed him. On March 16, 2019 the Saints surprisingly lost their Pro Bowl center, Max Unger to retirement. This announcement placed center as an immediate position of need going into the 2019 season. The Saints immediately signed free agent center/guard Nick Easton from Minnesota the very next day, for four years/$24 million. The Saints wisely didn't look at that signing as...
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Could any Saints free agents be franchise tagged?

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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If you were paying attention, February 25th represents the first day NFL teams could franchise tag their pending free agents.

What is a franchise tag? It’s a one-year contract that a team can use on a pending free agent, with the amount set by the collective bargaining agreement, or an amount equal to 110% of the previous year’s salary for the player, whichever is greater. OvertheCap has estimated the franchise tag amounts for the NFL in 2020 by position:

Part of...
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Why the Saints should sign TE Hunter Henry

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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There was a period last year when Jared Cook was out due to injury, that the New Orleans Saints backup quarterback Taysom Hill was the second tight end behind Josh Hill on the roster, with no other tight end available.

The aforementioned Cook is only under contract turning 33 years old later this season, and he’s only under contract for one more year in New Orleans. It’s time the Saints address the position with something that provides a bit more long-term...
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