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Vonn Bell lays out his plans, hopes for first run at free agency

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Many key members of the New Orleans Saints starting lineup are readying to test the market in free agency this offseason, including all three quarterbacks (Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater will be unrestricted free agents, while Taysom Hill’s situation gives the Saints more control) and two-time Pro Bowl left guard Andrus Peat. But the defense figures to take the heaviest hits, with starters such as defensive tackle David Onyemata, linebacker A.J. Klein, cornerbacks Eli Apple and P.J. Williams, and safety Vonn Bell each headed for free agency.

Bell appeared on the RapSheet + Friends podcast with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport to discuss his plans for his first contract extension. The starting strong safety missed three games with injury late in December but still finished the year having played the fifth-most defensive snaps (871), just trailing defensive end Cameron Jordan (876). He otherwise didn’t miss a snap all season except for a handful of plays back in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys, remaining on the field for 98.3% of plays.

When asked what his hopes for as he prepares to test the market, Bell answered that he’d love nothing more than to return to the Saints. ...

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Saints mailbag: Should Lamar Jackson have been drafted instead of Marcus Davenport?

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1581467692629.png By John Hendrix | SI

We're just over a week removed from the end of the NFL season, and we keep wondering what the New Orleans Saints will do first ahead of the new league year. Free agency starts on March 18, and the Saints have an estimated $12.3 million in cap space currently. Of course, things can and will wildly change soon, as we await the final number for the league's salary cap and restricted free agent tender costs. To help pass the time, I tackled some of your Saints questions. Thanks for all the submissions.

Since he's 'obviously' on on his way out, would Drew Brees be willing to surrender the No. 9 jersey when they draft Joe Burrow?

No player will ever wear No. 9 again for the Saints once Drew Brees hangs it up. I get the intrigue, but I can't realistically see them trying to trade up for Burrow when they have a legitimate shot at a Super Bowl run with who they have right now. ...

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Who will play QB for Saints in 2020? Ranking the 7 scenarios for Drew Brees, Taysom Hill and Teddy Bridgewater

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By Vinny Iyer | Sporting News

The 2020 NFL offseason is mostly about quarterbacks and free agency, and no NFL team is dealing with a wider range of outcomes on that front than the Saints are as they enter the spring.

New Orleans has had a Big Easy solution at the game's most important position for 14 years with Drew Brees. But now, for the first time in the Sean Payton era that began with the offensive-minded coach attaching himself to Brees in 2006, the Saints have to consider big changes.

Brees is a pending unrestricted free agent. So is top backup QB Teddy Bridgewater. Taysom Hill, quadruple threat extraordinaire, is set to become a restricted free agent.

Any one of those QBs can start for the Saints next season. Here's breaking down all of New Orleans' scenarios, from the most likely (and simplest) to the least likely (and most complicated).

1. Brees doesn't retire; Hill stays; Bridgewater leaves

Brees is taking his time to decide on his future. The longer he takes, the more the Saints should accept that he might be hanging it up at age 41 instead of grinding through another year with hopes of leading them to a second Super Bowl.

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Teddy Bridgewater’s Powerful Message To Young Kids Is Going Viral

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By Chris Rosvoglou | The Spun

Teddy Bridgewater has battled through adversity over the course of his career, including an injury that nearly resulted in him losing his leg. On Tuesday afternoon, he shared an inspirational message for anyone going through a rough time.

We’re only a month away from Bridgewater hitting the open market. After going 5-0 as a starter for the New Orleans Saints, the former first-round pick should have a few solid offers on the table once free agency begins.

Life wasn’t easy for Bridgewater growing up in Miami, but that never stopped him from living out his dream. Now, he wants other young children to follow through and see their dreams turn into a reality. ...

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A Look Around the NFC South on SB Nation

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A weekly look at the top stories being discussed on the other three NFC South blogs on SB Nation.
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New Orleans Saints offseason preview: Interior offensive line

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Shortly into the 2019 offseason, New Orleans Saints center Max Unger announced his retirement. The franchise moved decisively to replace him, inking both a free agent lineman then trading up in the draft to grab a top-flight center. Both moves paid off, as the Saints continued to have one of the league's best offensive lines in both talent and depth. The Minnesota Vikings battered the inside of the New Orleans line during a first round playoff loss though, raising...
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Sean Payton explans why Mardi Gras is so unique -- and he couldn't be more right

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Sean Payton has lived in New Orleans going on 15 years now. That doesn't make him a native, but he sure does have a good understanding of what makes the city unlike others.

In a recent WWL Radio appearance, former Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert asked Payton to describe the Mardi Gras (or Carnival) season in his own words.

And Payton nailed it.

"I think that (Mardi Gras) is the one thing in this city that unites this town more than anything else," he said. "And it...
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Sorry, NFL, Drew Brees is officially off the market

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Drew Brees is returning for the New Orleans Saints 2020 season. Prior to this announcement, Drew was set to hit the market as a free agent with a bunch of other high-profile quarterbacks:

When NFL fans (not just Saints fans) were polled via SB Nation’s FanPulse on which quarterback they would want on their team next year, Drew Brees had the highest vote of any other potential option - including five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.

Of note, after Brees and a...
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Saints mock offseason: A bit crazier

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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We’ve already done one where I tried to stay fairly reasonable, but let’s do another full mock offseason, and this time, let’s shake things up a bit...

We’ll start with a consistent piece in any mock offseason for the Saints first: releasing CB Patrick Robinson to free up $3.6 million. The Saints also restructure Drew’s deal, tacking on two void years to 2020, freeing up $5 million in cap space in 2020. Similar to the conservative mock, the Saints also release but...
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Touchdown Club of New Orleans to honor Steve Gleason, John Robinson, Dale Weiner, Jennifer Hale at annual banquet

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NEW ORLEANS – Steve Gleason, former New Orleans Saint and Congressional Gold Medal recipient, along with former USC Head Coach John Robinson, former Prep Coach Dale Weiner and Jennifer Hale, Fox Sports Reporter, will be honored for their contributions to football by The Touchdown Club of New Orleans.

This year the club will also recognize the late Pro Football Hall of Famer, Jim Taylor, a player on the first New Orleans Saints team.

The banquet will be held on...
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Saints QB Drew Brees, possible contract options and cap implications

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So Saints own Drew Brees has decided to make at least one more run. Let’s take a look at the implications for the organization.

First, Drew is technically a free agent. One who still carries $15,900,000 against the 2020 cap. But there is more. Drew also carries an additional $5,400,000 in restructure money for 2021. That means the total cap hit for 2020 would be $21,300,000, ie dead cap, if the team doesn’t sign him to a new contract. There is a little incentive for...
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Answering the top offseason fantasy questions for all 32 NFL teams

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It's never too early to start plotting your next fantasy football championship. NFL Nation answers the biggest fantasy questions -- provided by ESPN fantasy football analyst Mike Clay -- across the league.

Scan through all 32 teams by division, or click here to jump ahead to your team:

Jump to: ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR | CHI | CIN CLE | DAL | DEN | DET | GB | HOU | IND JAX | KC | LAC | LAR | LV | MIA | MIN NE | NO | NYG | NYJ | PHI | PIT | SF SEA | TB | TEN |...
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Fleur-de-Links, February 21: Sean Payton speaks on 17-game season, Alvin Kamara’s 2019 season, and Teddy Bridgewater’s potential homes

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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A look at Alvin Kamara’s 2019 season.

Various NFL reporters speak on how Teddy Bridgewater could work for the Indianapolis Colts.

Sean Payton speaks on the proposed 17-game season.

An update on the ongoing scandal involving the Catholic Church.

A new policy currently being addressed by the NFLPA would have a major impact on marijuana tests on players, including eliminating suspensions for positive tests.

Defensive tackle Damon Harrison has been released by the...
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28th Annual Saints Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic set for May 18 at Bayou Oaks

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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The 28th Annual Saints Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic is set for Monday, May 18 at 9 a.m. at the Bayou Oaks course at City Park.

Coach Sean Payton, Executive Vice President and General Manager Mickey Loomis, many current New Orleans Saints players and a host of prominent former New Orleans Saints players will participate.

The event is a taste of New Orleans, with 22 restaurants and caterers providing an outstanding variety of food with a...
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Key salary cap questions for the Saints this offseason: Who's in line for a pay day?

  • 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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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

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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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