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Wait, Alvin Kamara is going to cost how much?

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By Roy Anderson | WhoDatDish

The Internet can be a scary place, especially if you use a market value prediction tool to look up what the next contract could be for a player like Alvin Kamara.

There’s a lot of talk about contracts as we head into the last days of NFL league year 2018. The new year in the NFL starts on March 13. Contracts finalized, free agents available. One of the cool new toys out there is the Market Value calculator at Spotrac.com. If you want to know how much salary your star wideout may want next year, you can check it out there. I made the mistake of seeing if Alvin Kamara’s numbers were out yet.

While we wait to see if the Saints are going to sign Mark Ingram or let him explore free agency, same with Teddy Bridgewater, talk of signing Antonio Brown, the biggest worry for the Saints is the upcoming Michael Thomas contract. This is sort of new territory for Saints fans. ...

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2019 free agency: Patriots who could intrigue Saints

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints will enter the 2019 free agency signing period with few holes on their roster, looking to add upgrades at a couple of critical positions and stabilize others. The New England Patriots, newly-minted Super Bowl LIII champions, have 21 different expiring contracts in unrestricted free agency and present a number of options for the Saints.

We’re exploring the free agency landscape team-by-team, updating daily until the March 13 kickoff for signings. Here’s every previous update: ...

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Report: Sheldon Rankins may start 2019 on PUP list

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Reports are beginning to trickle in from the New Orleans Saints as the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine continues in Indianapolis. One update came to light concerning defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, who was one of the team’s breakout stars in 2018 before going down with an injury in the playoffs. Per Nick Underhill of the Advocate, Rankins could be facing a more protracted recovery than Saints fans have seen before from comparable situations:

While Sheldon Rankins is recovering well from a torn Achilles tendon that ended his season prematurely, he is not expected to return as quickly as Alex Okafor did from a similar injury last season, according to a source. ...

Rankins’ injury is lower in his leg, which means it will take him longer to recover than someone who suffers a higher tear, such as Okafor. The defensive tackle suffered his injury during the playoffs, and it could take him as long as 10 months to recover. ...

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Saints fans in Mardi Gras parade take shot at NFL with 'Robbin' Refs' group and float

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By Andy Nesbitt | For the Win

It’s been about six weeks since the New Orleans Saints had their Super Bowl hopes dashed by one of the worst no-calls in NFL history.

Remember that one? When it looked like the Saints were on their way to beating the Rams in the NFC Championship, only to have those dreams ripped away from them when the refs forgot to throw a flag for pass interference?

Well, Saints fans still definitely remember (and will likely never forget it) that moment and they found a fun way to have it represented in a Mardi Gras parade Sunday in New Orleans. ...

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Ole Miss' D.K. Metcalf dominates at 2019 NFL Scouting Combine

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By Chase Goodbread

INDIANAPOLIS -- If a picture is said to be worth a thousand words, what is a 4.33-second 40-yard dash worth?

D.K. Metcalf will know soon enough.

Buzz about the former Ole Miss wide receiver's performance at the NFL Scouting Combine triggered a few weeks ago when a picture of his physique surfaced on Twitter. In fact, the photo also generated some skepticism from those who suggested he looked too muscular for his position, including from Reese's Senior Bowl executive director and former NFL scout Jim Nagy.

And while Metcalf's upper-body flexibility might still be a scouting concern as he leaves the combine, his athleticism certainly is not.

His 4.33 clocking in the 40 is tied for third-fastest at this year's combine, with two days of workouts remaining. It's a blazing-fast time for anyone, but especially for a prospect of Metcalf's size (6-foot-3, 228 pounds). He also bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times, which tied him with Arizona State's N'Keal Harry for the most among wide receivers. ...

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New Orleans Saints met with Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins at NFL Draft Combine

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By Matthew Schmidt

The New Orleans Saints are not currently in need of a quarterback, but given the fact that Drew Brees is now 40 years old, they may find themselves wanting one soon.

So, it should not come as much of a surprise that the Saints met with Ohio State signal-caller Dwayne Haskins at the Scouting Combine on Friday, according to Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle.

Of course, this does not mean that New Orleans is going to draft a quarterback. It’s not like the Saints will even have a chance at Haskins unless they trade up in the first round, either, so this is likely just due diligence on the part of New Orleans.

But it’s hard not to be enticed by Haskins, who is probably the best quarterback prospect in this year’s draft class. ...

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Now with a new agent, what's next for Saints standout Michael Thomas? Contract discussions

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

Last week New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas hired Andrew Kessler from Athletes First to represent him after he and David Mulugheta, also of Athletes First, parted ways during the season.

Hiring an agent was a necessary part of the process now that Thomas is eligible to begin discussing a contract extension with New Orleans after solidifying himself as one of the NFL’s best wide receivers during his first three seasons. A contract reflective of his talent is coming.

The New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. set the market last year by signing a contract worth $18 million per season. Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown ($17 million), Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans ($16.5 million), Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins ($16.2 million) and the Rams’ Brandin Cooks ($16.2 million) round out the top five. ...

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Anonio Brown to Saints: Could it, would it, should it happen?

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By Roy Anderson | WhoDatDish

Antonio Brown going to the Saints wasn’t much of a thing until a tweet from celebrity journalist Michael Silver, on Friday, Mar. 1, set the Twitterverse on fire.

Let’s get one point out of the way quickly. Michael Silver used to be a respected journalist. Like a lot of you,. I read his articles on Yahoo! for several years until he slid off into some other kind of dot com thing to the point where’s he’s now what I like to call a celebrity journalist. That is a journalist who is a, albeit very minor, celebrity. But one thing guys like Michael Silver has is connections. So when he tweeted on Friday, Mar. 1, that we should all keep a collective eye on the Saints in regard to Antonio Brown, the Twitterverse hit a black hole, imploded, exploded, lost its collective mind and then hit retweet.

An important point here is that Michael Silver is always pushing a brand, usually himself, and following his tweet, the name Michael Silver was kind of all over the place with people trying to figure out which media outlet he’s currently with. After reading his Twitter bio, I’m still not certain. ...

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New Orleans Saints anticipate continued special teams production with new coordinator Darren Rizzi

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

Indianapolis – The New Orleans Saints were going to experience a change within the coaching ranks on special teams, given that savant Mike Westhoff – a 45-year coaching veteran, 32 in the NFL, the last two with the Saints – was retiring after the 2018 season.

Coach Sean Payton made sure it was a positive change.

By adding Darren Rizzi to his staff as special teams coordinator, Payton figures he added a coach who’ll ensure no performance dip from a unit that was among the league’s best in several categories last year.

Punter Thomas Morstead led the league in net punting average (45 yards), and the Saints allowed league lows in punt returns (12) and punt return yards (60). Kicker Wil Lutz made a franchise-record 26 consecutive field goals. Taysom Hill and the punt team successfully executed three fake punts, Hill and defensive end Alex Okafor blocked a punt, and linebacker Craig Robertson made crucial stops on a fake field goal and a fake punt to give the ball back to the offense.

To that, New Orleans will add Rizzi’s weighty resume. ...

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