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Four 2021 Saints free agents who need contract extensions this offseason

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

NFL free agency is just weeks away, and it’s time for the New Orleans Saints to get to work negotiating new deals with pending free agents. But their discussions aren’t limited to just the players whose contracts expire in March; they must also begin to look ahead to the 2021 offseason, getting ahead of the curve on growing markets while restructuring contracts to create more salary cap space. And some players, such as Marshon Lattimore and Ryan Ramczyk, have team options that must be triggered this summer (and they should be, without question).

Here are four 2021 Saints free agents who the Saints should consider signing to contract extensions sooner rather than later.

RB Alvin Kamara

The asking price for top-shelf running backs will only increase as new deals for Christian McCaffrey and Derrick Henry are handed out. Kamara will likely never be more affordable than he is right now, and the Saints can avoid a potential training camp holdout by signing him to an extension. Even when injured last year, he had the sixth-best yards per carry (4.7) among running backs who logged equal or greater total carries (171).

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Playing General Manager for the Saints

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By John Hendrix | SI

The New Orleans Saints are going to have their hands full with many player decisions soon, as the start of the new league year is just a few weeks away. On Wednesday, March 18, free agency starts, which coincides with the beginning of the new league year. Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis face their most important offseason yet, as this is likely the final season with Drew Brees and their stellar 2017 draft class. If one were to play general manager for the Saints, which is absolutely not an easy thing to do, then here are a few thoughts and priorities on how to execute over the next month.

Tender Taysom Hill high

This seems to be a top priority for the team, as Hill is headed to the market as a restricted free agent. That means that Saints do have the final say on any potential suitors that would like to pry him away from New Orleans. If you recall, the Saints used this to their advantage a couple of years ago on Cameron Meredith. Meredith was given just an original round low-tender by the Bears, and the Saints swooped in by offering him a 2-year, $9.6 million deal with $5.4 million in guarantees. Chicago had the option to match the deal, but did not and received no compensation as a result. Naturally, the move didn't work out for the Saints, but it's a good example of how restricted free agency can be a real gamble.

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The Perfect Prospect at the Scouting Combine for Every NFL Team

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By Gary Davenport | Bleacher Report

It's time for the Underwear Olympics.

This week in Indianapolis, well over 300 of college football's best and brightest will gather for the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. Players will be measured, interviewed, tested and put through the paces by coaches and scouts from around the league.

It's the NFL's biggest annual job interview, and it's massively important for the futures of the young players involved.

Most scouts would no doubt tell you that they enter the combine with an open mind—that they're there to see what each and every player can do. But that's not entirely true.

Every team has players of interest they will be looking at more closely. Maybe it's the player that just about everyone in the draft community thinks will be the No. 1 overall pick. Or a mid-first-rounder who would fill an area of need. Or a Day 2 selection with a chance to shoot up draft boards.

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NFL Free Agency 2020: Best Potential Bargain at Every Position

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By Kristopher Knox | Bleacher Report

The 2020 edition of NFL free agency is slated to kick off March 18. The ability of teams to contact and negotiate with players before the official start of free agency means there will be a flurry of signings the moment the market opens.

It also means the first wave of signed players will be heavily compensated.

The biggest deals usually come in the first few days of free agency. However, the biggest deals aren't always the best. Sometimes unheralded signings prove to be the most impactful because they combine value with production.

For example, cornerback Bashaud Breeland signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason. He then started 18 games, including the postseason, and help the Chiefs win Super Bowl LIV.

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NFL Combine: Which Saints players performed the best in past events?

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By Kade Kistner | Saints Wire

Athletic testing at the NFL Scouting Combine will kick off tonight, so we took a deep dive into the current New Orleans Saints roster to find how they performed in years past. For this exercise, we will only use data from combine history but will give a few honorable mentions to those players who only participated in pro day workouts.

We collected all of our data from Pro Football Reference and The events we’re focusing on include the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, and the three-cone drill.

Here’s a quick refresher; thankfully, the 40-yard dash is self-explanatory. For bench pressing, each athlete must see how many times they can lift 225 pounds. The vertical jump tests their highest leap, while the broad jump measures how far they can leap horizontally, both from a standing position. Finally, the three-cone drill test agility and quickness in a short area.

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2020 NFL Free Agency: Could Saints poach Vikings fullback C.J. Ham?

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints are going to be on the hunt for upgrades when NFL free agency begins in just a few weeks, searching all throughout the league for players who can help them remain in Super Bowl contention. That means evaluating every possible addition — including players from the conference-rival Minnesota Vikings, who have dealt the Saints painful playoffs exits in two of the last three years. Here’s who may be available:
  • CB Trae Waynes
  • CB Mackensie Alexander
  • CB Marcus Sherels
  • DE Everson Griffen
  • DE Stephen Weatherly
  • FB C.J. Ham (RFA)
  • K Dan Bailey
  • LB Kentrell Brothers
  • LB Eric Wilson (RFA)
  • OC Brett Jones
  • OG Rashod Hill
  • OT Dakota Dozier
  • P Britton Colquitt
  • QB Sean Mannion
  • RB Ameer Abdullah
  • SS Jayron Kearse
  • SS Anthony Harris
  • SS Andrew Sendejo
  • WR Laquon Treadwell
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How does the uncertainty surrounding a new CBA affect the Saints?

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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

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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

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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
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New Orleans Saints Offseason Preview: Linebacker

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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

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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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“Buyer Beware” of Darius Slay

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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

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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

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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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Cowboys' Mike McCarthy says Mike Nolan is 'perfect fit' for Dallas

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INDIANAPOLIS — The New Orleans Saints had just one coaching change this offseason when linebackers coach Mike Nolan departed the Crescent City for Dallas to work as Mike McCarthy's defensive coordinator.

And McCarthy is ready for the road ahead with Nolan leading the Cowboys' defense.

"I think Mike's a fantastic football coach," McCarthy told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate on Wednesday. "He's someone on a personal level that I hold in high regard. He's...
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How LSU's Justin Jefferson transformed himself from an afterthought into a top prospect

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INDIANAPOLIS — Justin Jefferson has been working toward this moment at the NFL Scouting Combine longer than you might think.

This has been a years-long process, not just a few months of pre-draft training at a fancy facility. Diligently, quietly, Jefferson has been plugging away at this since he first arrived at LSU as a scrawny walk-on in an ungainly number. He was in the shadows then. No longer.

Now, Jefferson is one of the top receivers in a draft class that is...
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NFLPA reps approve proposed CBA; Now full union's turn to vote

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INDIANAPOLIS — After nearly four hours of deliberating, the NFL's player representatives voted in favor of sending the proposed collective bargaining agreement to the players as a whole on Wednesday.

The NFLPA announced the the news at nearly 1 a.m. CT.

Seventeen player reps voted for the CBA, while 14 voted against and one abstained, as reported by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and ESPN's Dan Graziano. Because it did not pass by a two-thirds majority, the proposal...
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Predicting the NFC South quarterbacks for 2020

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We’ve mock drafted the 2020 NFL Draft until it can’t be mocked any more. We’ve mocked the entire offseason. We’ve predicted the 2020 Saints quarterbacks. But now, let’s predict now just the starting quarterback for New Orleans, but all four teams in the NFC South.

This one is now confirmed. Drew Brees is returning. Who plays behind him (or splits time with him at quarterback) is to be determined, but Drew will be the starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints...
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As he returns, Drew Brees needs to improve playoffs performances

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There will be a familiar “Number 9” jersey taking snaps under center for the New Orleans Saints in the 2020-2021 NFL season. Drew Brees is coming back to the Saints for one more season, and that deep exhale you’ve just heard came from the great city of New Orleans. Think about it, there are some 12-year old Saints fans who know nothing but the Saints as a winning franchise with Drew Brees as their quarterback. I know, crazy right?

Yet, in the midst of all the...
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NFLPA to send new Collective Bargaining Agreement to players for vote

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Some early morning breaking news. The NFLPA voted overnight to send the new CBA to the players for a vote.

As previously reported this would mean 7 playoff teams, one bye team per conference, and a 17-game regular season with one less preseason game. Of note, the 17 game season would not take affect until 2021.

Of importance to the players is the increased revenue sharing - they would now receive 48%, possibly up to 48.5%, (or over 5 billion added dollars) of the...
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