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2020 NFL Free Agency: Colts' Eric Ebron could bring huge boost to Saints

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By Kade Kistner | Saints Wire

The Indianapolis Colts are up next on our league-wide deep dive into possible free agents the New Orleans Saints could pursue during the 2020 offseason. With only 20 free agents available for the Colts, there are only a few plausible fits for the Saints. Here are Indianapolis’ free agents:
  • LT Anthony Castonzo
  • WR Devin Funchess
  • DE Jabaal Sheard
  • TE Eric Ebron
  • K Adam Vinatieri
  • WR Chester Rogers
  • FS Clayton Geathers
  • WR Dontrelle Inman
  • RT Le’Raven Clark
  • FS Isaiah Johnson
  • S Briean Boddy-Calhoun
  • G Josh Andrews
  • RB Jonathan Williams
  • G Joe Haeg
  • DT Trevon Coley (RFA)
  • WR Marcus Johnson (ERFA)
  • S Kai Nacua (ERFA)
  • S Rolan Milligan (ERFA)
  • WR Daurice Fountain (ERFA)
  • K Chase McLaughlin (ERFA)
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Sean Payton talks Drew Brees return, how Saints may handle Taysom Hill

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By John Hendrix | SI

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton appeared on WWL Radio SportsTalk on Wednesday night with Kristian Garic and Bobby Hebert, discussing the Mardi Gras season, Drew Brees, Taysom Hill, and state of the team. He offered up some really good nuggets in regards to a future deal with his quarterback, and how the team would handle Hill as a restricted free agent. Quickly into the interview, Payton was asked about if there was any doubt of a Brees return for 2020.

"Honestly, there was some," Payton said. "We spoke a few times right after the season, prior to the Pro Bowl, and then after the Pro Bowl. I think it's a big decision, and I say that not speaking for Drew, but a lot goes into it. There's a lot of stress, stress on the family, a lot of sacrifices are made to gear up for what is almost half a year season."

Payton said that knowing Brees, he weighed the pros and cons of his decision. He'd periodically send him a text seeing how he's doing.

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Projecting 5 possible Saints offseason scenarios

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints are sprinting into the 2020 offseason plenty of hurdles ahead of them. Some of those are easier to leap than others; the club has an established template for how to handle their next contract extension with Drew Brees, while there are in-house promotions available should free agents like David Onyemata or Vonn Bell get snapped up on the open market. If Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t return to back up Brees, some free agent quarterbacks could draw attention, while Taysom Hill’s status as a restricted free agent could help the Saints recoup draft assets should he leave for a new team. The Saints can also make some spending room by releasing players whose salary cap hits don’t match their performance.

But what moves do the Saints need to make? They should consider adding a starting-quality left...

How the NFL's 30 percent rule for 2020 could impact the Saints

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints are used to getting creative in their efforts to work around the NFL salary cap, often backloading contracts and relying on crafty salary cap structure to max out their resources every year. However, there’s a chance that one of their favorite tricks won’t be available in the 2020 offseason, unless the league and the NFL Players Association are able to settle on a new collective bargaining agreement.

As recently pointed out by ESPN’s Dan Graziano, “Article 13, Section 7 of the CBA mandates that ‘no player contract extending into a season beyond the Final League Year may provide for an annual increase in salary … of more than 30 percent of the salary provided for in the Final League Year, per year, either in the season after the Final League Year or in any subsequent season covered by the Player Contract.’”

In translation: teams are not allowed to sign players to contracts with a raise of more than 30% in 2020 during subsequent years, though this doesn’t include prorated signing bonuses. According to Over the Cap’s Jason Fitzgerald, this is designed to stop teams from taking an unfair advantage of a potentially uncapped season...

A Few Great Drafts Make it Easier for the Saints to Afford Drew Brees

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The Saints' star quarterback is returning for his 20th season, and the team can afford him because they've had so many hits in the draft in recent years. Plus, mailbag questions on teams that could trade back, where Chase Young might land and a few prospects Albert Breer can't take his eyes off.


By Albert Breer | Sports Illustrated

A lot to get to in this week’s mailbag—on the cap situations of a number of teams, who goes where at the top of the draft and, of course, the fate of Tom Brady—but we have to start with Tuesday’s news that Drew Brees is coming back for a 20th NFL season, and why the Saints have to be breathing a pretty healthy sigh of relief. And that’s even though they may have seen this one coming from a mile away.

This’ll sound strange, but you can boil it all down to Vonn Bell and David Onyemata.

You’ll have to follow me here. Over the last four years, the Saints have caught fire in the draft. They’ve hit on first-rounders (Sheldon Rankins, Marshon Lattimore, Ryan Ramczyk, Marcus Davenport), they’ve found studs later in the draft (Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, Marcus Williams, Erik McCoy), and found plenty of valuable role players too (Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Tre’Quan Smith, Trey...

Saints Offseason Preview: Linebackers

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By Bob Rose | SI

The linebackers of the New Orleans Saints were a prohibitive weakness during the team’s defensive struggles from 2014 to 16. Too often, we were witness to them surrendering a big play in a crucial moment by being caught out of position or not being able to keep up with an opposing running back or tight end. Over the past few seasons, the Saints have rebuilt the unit through smart free agent signings and a key draft pick along with superior coaching from Mike Nolan. Nolan departed at the conclusion of the year for a defensive coordinator position with the Dallas Cowboys. While filling Nolan’s spot is key to continued success, the Saints are also faced with some important personnel decisions at the position.

LINEBACKERS

Free Agents:
Stephone Anthony, A.J. Klein, Josh Martin, Manti Te’o

Under Contract: Kiko Alonso, Alex Anzalone, Demario Davis, Kaden Elliss, Chase Hansen, Craig Robertson

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Latest Saints News

No ruling on Saints-church emails after hearing

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NEW ORLEANS -- No decision was made immediately Thursday after a civil court hearing to determine whether emails between officials from the New Orleans Saints and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans will be made public.

Attorneys for the Saints, the archdiocese, The Associated Press and plaintiffs suing the church over sexual abuse allegations made arguments before retired Judge Carolyn Gill-Jefferson, who was appointed as a "special master" in the case...
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NFL owners approve new CBA; now NFLPA's turn to vote

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The NFL's proposed collective bargaining agreement is one step closer to becoming reality, as the owners voted on Thursday to accept the negotiated terms.

Owners were not unanimous in voting to approve the proposed CBA, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. It is not known how New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson voted.

According to reporters on the scene, the meeting with all 32 clubs lasted roughly two hours and owners declined to comment as they left the venue in New...
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The idea of Taysom Hill as Saints QB is good but the unknowns are plentiful

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It makes a lot of sense for Sean Payton to be intrigued about the possibilities of Taysom Hill as his starting quarterback.

The Saints may soon tender Hill with a first rounder, meaning any team that signs him to a contract as a restricted free agent will have to forfeit a first round pick if New Orleans does not match the offer.

It is understandable why the Saints value Hill, a versatile athlete who has made plays everywhere – on special teams, as a wide receiver...
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Records Drew Brees could break in upcoming 2020 season

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Drew Brees is returning for the 2020 season, and unlike past seasons, there isn’t exactly a slew of passing records he could break heading into next year. It calls to mind a famous (mis)quote about Alexander The Great from Plutarch, that states: “...he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.”

Brees, of course, doesn’t feel that way heading into this year. The ultimate goal is, as always, a Super Bowl. The Saints have been knocked out of the playoffs in...
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Walker: NFL schedule isn't broken, so need for league to try to fix it

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Remember when the NFL regular season ended in January and everyone was complaining because they wanted to see the season go for one more week?

And remember when the postseason started and everyone was outraged because they thought the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers needed to be in the playoffs?

Oh, so you don't remember that?

Nope, me either.

But here we are less than a month removed from the Super Bowl and the NFL is trying to fix something that...
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Exploring the factors in Alvin Kamara’s “down” receiving year

  • News source: Ross.Jackson
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Because Alvin Kamara had a phenomenal start to his career, his 2019 production raised some questions. While he was on par with his per carry numbers (4.7 in 2019, 4.6 in 2018), his year was widely referred to as “underwhelming.” Some hypothesized that his lack of numbers, particularly in regards to scoring touchdowns, had to do with any litany of causes including injury, heartache after the departure of Mark Ingram, and some even challenging whether or not he still...
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Attorneys argue for, against releasing Saints-archdiocese emails; ruling deferred

  • News source: BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS and AMIE JUST | Staff
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A former Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge on Thursday heard arguments for and against publicly releasing a trove of emails between New Orleans Saints executives and the Archdiocese of New Orleans as the local Catholic Church sought to manage fallout from its ongoing clergy sex abuse scandal.

Carolyn Gill-Jefferson said she would not immediately rule on whether to remove a court seal keeping the emails confidential. Instead, she said she would issue a...
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What Drew Brees’s return means for Taysom Hill

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After a brief period of uncertainty regarding Drew Brees’ future with the New Orleans Saints, The 41-year-old quarterback confirmed on Instagram he’d be returning in 2020 for another shot at a Lombardi Trophy.

This is good news for Saints fans, as Brees presents the best option at the quarterback position for the 2020 season.

It raises the question, however: what does this mean for the rest of the Saints quarterback room?

Teddy is likely gone, as his only...
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2020 NFL Draft Combine: When, where, and how to watch

  • News source: Nate Williamson
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With the NFL Draft quickly approaching, and more and more questions and disagreements forming between members of the NFL Draft community—it’s time for some answers.

That’s what we’ll be hoping for when media members, fans, executives, and everything in between collide as the players take the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Indiana for the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine.

With much anticipation, the nation’s top young football stars from the college football...
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Who changed, who stayed put: Coordinators for all 32 NFL teams

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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While NFL teams prepare for the offseason churn of players between free agency and the 2020 NFL draft, changes have been made to 17 of the league's coaching staffs.

In an effort to take stock of all the coaching movement, particularly the changes in primary coordinators, NFL Nation reporters have focused in on the new faces and what they bring to each team.

In the event no changes were made among each team's four primary coaches -- and there are 15 such teams -- we...
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Sean Payton: Taysom Hill contract more work than Drew Brees deal

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Drew Brees announced he plans to play in 2020 and he plans to play for the Saints, which leaves the matter of putting a deal together that makes that happen.

It’s not a situation causing much stress for head coach Sean Payton. Payton appeared on WWL Radio on Wednesday that the two sides have always wrapped up contract negotiations “in an efficient manner” over the course of Brees’ time in New Orleans.

“I think that won’t be any different this time around,” Payton...
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Fleur-de-Links, February 20: Marcus Davenport named most improved player, Sean Payton talks contracts, and big changes in 2020 NFL season on the way

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Sean Payton speaks on contract situations for Drew Brees and Taysom Hill, but does not expect any major complications in re-signing them.

Just before Drew Brees’ big announcement, Taysom Hill said that he hoped Drew Brees re-signed.

Pro Football Focus named defensive end Marcus Davenport the Saints’ most improved player in 2019.

A look at the current linebackers that are under contract with the New Orleans Saints and the ones that are entering free agnecy.

The...
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1 of 5 salary cap questions facing the Saints during the offseason: How much for Brees?

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Every year, the New Orleans Saints seem to be right up against the salary cap, and every year general manager Mickey Loomis massages the numbers to put his organization in position to pursue and retain excellent players.

Those skills are going to be put to use these next few months. The Saints have a franchise quarterback in need of a new contract and some young stars who are going to be paid accordingly soon. With that in mind, the Times-Picayune | New Orleans...
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Saints' Sean Payton talks contracts of both Drew Brees, Taysom Hill

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees took longer this time around to make a decision regarding his football future, but coach Sean Payton doesn't foresee much changing in how his new contract gets done, he said on WWL Radio on Wednesday.

"Every time that subject has come up — and it's come up a number of times — ... where they're working on a a contract and they always seem to get it done in an efficient manner," Payton said of Brees' past one-year deals. "I...
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