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Saints brass talk depth of WR class, possibility of trading down

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

What are the New Orleans Saints going to do in the 2020 NFL Draft? While it’s too early to say which positions (much less specific prospects) they’ll be targeting, Saints coach Sean Payton offered his take on the areas he’s been most impressed with so far during an interview with NewOrleansSaints.com’s John DeShazier.

“After doing the front-board meeting, certainly it’s a deep draft at receiver,” Payton said, referring to a conference with college scouting director Jeff Ireland and his staff. “We think [it’s also deep] at defensive back as well, and defensive line. Anytime I say that, there’s certainly a lot of talent at the other positions. But if you said what stood out in our meetings in the last month, it would have been those positions.”

While receiver is easily New Orleans’ biggest roster need — Michael Thomas, the reigning Offensive Player of the Year, was targeted 129 more times than the next-best wideout — Saints general manager Mickey Loomis was quick to emphasize that the team isn’t zeroing in on the options at the top of the draft. ...

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Standout combine performance should put Justin Jefferson in Saints' crosshairs

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints badly need to add talent at wide receiver, and LSU Tigers prospect Justin Jefferson might be the best possible fit for them in the 2020 NFL Draft class. Jefferson showed everything you’d hope to see in his final year with the Tigers, helping lead them to an undefeated record capped by a National Championship Game victory, but he sealed the deal with an impressive outing at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Jefferson nailed the 40-yard dash, finishing with a laser-timed official mark of 4.43 seconds (consistently running in the 4.4’s with hand-timed measurements). That proves that the breakaway speed Jefferson flashes in game tape isn’t a byproduct of scheme or system; he’s a naturally gifted athlete who the Saints badly need to help take some pressure off of Michael Thomas. Even if Thomas handled 185 targets with relative ease, the Saints offense has always been at its best with multiple viable threats through the air. ...

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2020 NFL Free Agency: Saints wish list must start with Patriots' Joe Thuney

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

There could be a mass exodus out of the New England Patriots this offseason, with franchise quarterback Tom Brady among a crowd of pending free agents who might play elsewhere in 2020. That creates several interesting opportunities for the New Orleans Saints to improve. Here’s who might become available in March:

DE Keionta Davis (RFA)
DT Danny Shelton
DT Adam Butler (RFA)
FS Devin McCourty
FS Nate Ebner
K Nick Folk
LB Jamie Collins
LB Shilique Calhoun
LB Elandon Roberts
LB Kyle Van Noy
OC James Ferentz
OC Ted Karras
OG Joe Thuney
OG Jermaine Eluemunor (RFA)
OT Marshall Newhouse
QB Tom Brady
TE Benjamin Watson
WR Matthew Slater
WR Phillip Dorsett

Naturally, the wish list of Saints targets on this list starts with Joe Thuney. He’s one of the NFL’s elite guards, an ironman at the position who rarely leaves the field, and figures to get paid like it. The Saints have shown a willingness to invest tons of salary cap resources to guards in the past (which is vital with a smaller-statured pocket passer in Drew Brees), so they can’t be ruled out in the Thuney sweepstakes. It would be great to pair him up in practice with nose tackle Malcom Brown again, as two upper-tier trench players with real playoffs experience. ...

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What might a contract for Saints quarterback Drew Brees look like?

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By Kristian Garic | WWL

Drew Brees says he’s coming back, so what would a contract for the future Hall of Fame quarterback look like?

The Who Dat Nation exhaled after QB Drew Brees announced on social media that he will return for another run at it this NFL season. Now that his intention has been made, Brees and the Saints have to negotiate a contract to make it truly official. What might that contract look like?

In all likelihood, the deal is going to be a 1 or 2 year deal that averages 25 million per year. That is well below market value for an elite franchise quarterback regardless of age. Coach Sean Payton is leaving the negotiations up to Drew and General Manager Mickey Loomis. “I would say this to both Drew and Mickey, here we are…however many years. And every time that subject comes up…they always seem to get it done in an efficient matter. I don’t think that will be any different this time around,” explained the Saints head coach. ...

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Saints Looking to Sign Drew Brees Before Start of Free Agency

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By Brian Jones | Pop Culture

The New Orleans Saints are looking to get Drew Brees signed before the start of the 2020 league year. Team Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis spoke to reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday, who said he hopes to get a deal done before free agency begins on March 18. Brees' contract expires on that day and both sides have expressed mutual interest.

"We certainly want to have that done before the league year begins," Executive Vice Mickey Loomis said via the team's official website. "Whether that's first or not (in terms of signing free agents), I don't think that matters. But we definitely have a goal of having that done before the league year begins."

Earlier this month, Brees went to Instagram to announce he was returning in 2020 after rumors emerged about him possibly retiring....

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New Orleans Saints see strong NFL Draft beyond standout receiver class

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

Indianapolis – It goes beyond the group of receivers, several of whom have been vocal in the belief that they eventually will comprise one of the NFL's great classes at their position.

The New Orleans Saints see and acknowledge the depth of that group at the NFL Combine. But the Saints also see more, and given the team's recent successes in the NFL Draft, New Orleans fully trusts its vision.

"After doing the front-board meeting, certainly it's a deep draft at receiver," Saints Coach Sean Payton said Thursday. "We think at defensive back as well, and defensive line. Any time I say that, there's certainly a lot of talent at the other positions. But if you said what stood out in our meetings in the last month, it would have been those positions." ...

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Saints won't rule out possibility of trading back, though history suggests otherwise

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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INDIANAPOLIS — As things currently stand, the New Orleans Saints possess five selections in the 2020 NFL draft, starting with the No. 24 overall pick.

Will it stay that way, though? Judging by the organization’s history, it likely won’t. The real interesting question is whether this is a year New Orleans bucks its own tradition.

The Saints have been active and aggressive when it comes to trading picks during general manager Mickey Loomis’ tenure, and that has...
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NFL Combine position of need watchlist: Interior Offensive Line

  • News source: Ross.Jackson
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I took to Twitter this week to ask Saints fans what the biggest three needs are for the Saints this season. You came through and to no surprise the four most popular answers were Wide Receiver, Interior Offensive Line (preferably with some versatility), Linebacker, and Cornerback. With that, I thought it would be fun to put together a series of some players to watch at each of those position, plus the addition of an author’s choice: Interior Defensive Line.

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Saints mock offseason: Bonkers edition

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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We’ve already done two different mock offseasons so far, and you should go back and read them. If you haven’t - you’re missing out. In fact, why are you still here? You’re being really weird...

In any event, let’s do another, and let’s get even crazier this time. Are you ready? Here we go.

Let’s have the Saints make all of the same releases as in the most recent mock offseason, releasing Patrick Robinson, Nick Easton, and Craig Robertson, and...
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Mickey Loomis: We have a vision for Taysom Hill

  • News source: Josh Alper
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There’s been plenty of discussion about the quarterback position in New Orleans over the last few weeks and it remained a main topic of conversation for General Manager Mickey Loomis in Indianapolis this week.

Loomis said that the team is waiting for clarity on the Collective Bargaining Agreement before delving into serious talks with Drew Brees about his new contract and they’re also still plotting their course when it comes to Taysom Hill. The team has made it...
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Fleur-de-Links, February 28: Saints GM speaks on Drew Brees and Taysom Hill’s futures and a look at potential wide receivers from the NFL Combine

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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A look at the New Orleans Saints linebackers heading into the 2020 offseason.

Saints GM Mickey Loomis says that Taysom Hill has “a bright future,” and they want to keep him.

NFL Network analyst James Jones says that New Orleans Saints are the best fit for Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs.

While Drew Brees said that he wants to return in 2020, he has yet to begin contract talks with the New Orleans Saints.

Mickey Loomis says of the uncertainly regarding a new...
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Saints will let Teddy Bridgewater leave, but where will he land?

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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By this time next month, New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will almost certainly have a new home.

As much as the Saints like him, they don’t think it’s realistic to pay Drew Brees, Bridgewater and restricted free agent QB Taysom Hill.

Where he will end up is hard to peg after talking with multiple sources and team reporters and hearing various coaches and general managers speak at this week’s NFL scouting combine.

With less than three weeks...
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How does the uncertainty surrounding a new CBA affect the Saints?

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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INDIANAPOLIS — The NFL could have a new collective bargaining agreement in place before the start of the new league year on March 18.

Or it could not.

A week ago, the NFL owners approved their version of the proposed CBA, which the NFL Players Association Executive Board voted against shortly thereafter. After a lengthy meeting at the NFL scouting combine Tuesday, the 32 NFLPA player representatives voted in favor of sending the proposed CBA to the union as a whole...
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Saints hopeful to reach agreement with Drew Brees before start of the new league year

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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INDIANAPOLIS — The New Orleans Saints have not yet had substantive talks with quarterback Drew Brees and his representation about a new contract, but they do have a timeline in place.

Earlier this month, Brees announced his intent to return to New Orleans for his 20th NFL season in 2020, but he is not currently under contract. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said Thursday the team is hopeful to have a new deal in place with Brees before the start of the new...
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Saints have not started contract talks with Drew Brees’ camp yet

  • News source: Charean Williams
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Drew Brees already announced he is returning for a 20th season, his 15th with the Saints.

He will not test free agency whether he has a contract completed with the Saints by March 18 or not.

Teams are waiting for clarity on the Collective Bargaining Agreement before getting down to serious business in contract talks with potential free agents.

So for those reasons, it comes as no surprise that General Manager Mickey Loomis told Katherine Terrell of TheAthletic.com...
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New Orleans Saints Offseason Preview: Linebacker

  • News source: KSkiver35
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Much like the other units on the New Orleans’ Saints defense, linebacker has been a surprising strength for the Saints — Although it’s possible the surprise diminishes once you stop and consider the departure of Joe Vitt and the entrance of Mike Nolan as linebacker coach in 2017. With Nolan departing to become defensive coordinator for the Cowboys this offseason, the Saints will turn to Michael Hodges to coach up their linebacking corps.

To start to understand the...
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NFL Combine position of need watchlist: Wide Receivers

  • News source: Ross.Jackson
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I took to Twitter this week to ask Saints fans what the biggest three needs are for the Saints this season. You came through and to no surprise the four most popular answers were Wide Receiver, Interior Offensive Line (preferably with some versatility), Linebacker, and Cornerback. With that, I thought it would be fun to put together a series of some players to watch at each of those position, plus the addition of an author’s choice: Interior Defensive Line.

In this...
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“Buyer Beware” of Darius Slay

  • News source: Andrew_Bell
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feMuch has been made about the availability of Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay in the past couple of weeks, after Adam Schefter’s report that Detroit has been in contact with teams exploring a trade for the seven-year veteran.

Fans and reporters for many teams have partaken in the eye emoji-posting speculation of whether or not their respective front offices would consider trading for Slay, and Saints fans are no exception.

On the surface, trading for a player...
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Daring moves for all 32 NFL teams this offseason

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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Each NFL team's offseason is filled with small moves and personnel decisions. Sometimes, that series of moves will build a winner. But a big, bold move always helps, by dramatically improving talent at an important position or changing the overall direction of the franchise. Football Outsiders is suggesting a bold move for each team. Some of these are more realistic than others, but each would provide a significant change and improve a team's chances of winning...
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Fleur-de-Links, February 27: More college players are being linked to New Orleans, a history of Sean Payton’s free agents, and further analysis of Dre

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s press conference at the NFL combine.

NFL analyst Brady Quinn posits a situation where Drew Brees rejects a salary amount from the New Orleans Saints and suggests that Tom Brady would be a good fit for them.

The article draws attention to specific wide receivers, cornerbacks, linebackers, offensive guards, and quarterbacks that the Saints might want to try and sign.

A look at the New Orleans Saints tight ends heading into...
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