Saints WR Tommylee Lewis, forever linked to 'the play' vs. Rams, signs with Detroit Lions

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

Tommylee Lewis, the Saints' receiver involved in the controversial play in the NFC championship game, has signed with the Detroit Lions.

The Lions announced the signing Tuesday.

Lewis spent three seasons with the Saints, playing both receiver and on special teams.

He caught 20 passes for 252 yards and a pair of touchdowns in New Orleans. He also averaged 9.3 yards on punt returns and 22 yards on kickoff returns.

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New Orleans Saints reportedly in mix for Robert Quinn, whom Dolphins might trade

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By Staff Report | The Advocate

The New Orleans Saints are reportedly in the mix to land pass-rusher Robert Quinn, who is a member of the Dolphins but could be traded out of Miami.

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Quinn is being hosted by the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday.

Quinn played eight seasons with the St. Louis and then Los Angeles Rams, making two Pro Bowls in 2013 and 2014, before one season with the Dolphins.

In 2018, he finished with 6.5 sacks.

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Ex-Saints LB Jonathan Vilma Says Drew Brees Has 'About Another 2-3 Years Left'

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By Rob Goldberg | Bleacher Report

Although Drew Brees is 40 years old, one of his former teammates believes he still isn't close to calling it quits.

"I think that Drew has, in my objective opinion, about another two-three years left," former New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma told TMZ Sports.

"But if you ask Drew," he added, "he's got like another 10 or 15 years left."

Brees is still effective on the field, finishing last season with 3,992 passing yards and 32 touchdowns to only five interceptions. He led the NFL with a 115.7 passer rating and broke his own NFL record with a 74.4 completion percentage.

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New NFL rules likely coming, but not replay for penalties

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DENVER (AP) — In no sport but the NFL do players, fans, coaches and general managers annually debate the rules of the game, advocating ways to make pro football better, safer, fairer.

Officiating is especially a hot topic around the league after a blown call late in the NFC championship game pretty much cost the New Orleans Saints a trip to the Super Bowl.

That capped a season which began with the long-awaited clarification of what constitutes a catch and then was marred by widespread confusion over what exactly is a legal takedown of the quarterback. While defenders learned new ways to tackle to avoid flags for even glancing blows to the helmet, they complained about O-linemen illegally blocking too far downfield in the run-pass option craze that has successfully seeped in from the college game.

Giants owner John Mara hears the cries to change the NFL’s replay review system after officials failed to flag the blatant pass interference penalty and a helmet-first hit by the Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman deep in Los Angeles territory in the NFC championship match. The non-calls helped Los Angeles force overtime and eventually win the game to reach the Super Bowl, leading to widespread displeasure with the current system regarding coaches’ challenges.

Mara said last month at the NFL combine that the...

After Further Review: Five takes from Saints first week of free agency

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By Sean Fazende | WVUE

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -The dust has now settled on the first week of NFL free agency. For the Saints, some old friends said goodbye, while some new faces jumped aboard. Here are my five takes from the eventful week that was.

Take One: Price point policy

Tyrann Mathieu got $14million. Adam Humphries got $9million. Congrats to both of those guys for getting paid. Both were at top of my free agent wish list for the Saints, just not at those prices.

The Saints showed restraint early on as astronomical contracts were dished out to players left and right. Instead, they stayed true to their price points and spent the first few days taking care of their own with Craig Robertson and Wil Lutz. They eventually landed Latavius Murray (more on him later), Malcolm Brown, Nick Easton and Mario Edwards to reasonable deals.

History has shown, at least in the Saints case, these are the types of deals that they have the most success with. Signing other teams’ free agents to record-breaking contracts rarely works in the NFL and it certainly has bitten the Saints before (see Byrd, Jairus).

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1 Offseason Move Every NFL Team Could Regret

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By Justis Mosqueda | Bleacher Report

On Saturday, we broke down one move each NFL team made that gives room for optimism. Today, the other shoe drops.

We will go team-by-team, taking you through some of most questionable moves franchises have made this offseason. In two or three years, we may be able to pinpoint a drop-off in record or a coach's tenure based on these risky decisions.

Some players got overpaid this offseason. Others should still be in their old uniforms. Some teams clearly "lost" a trade. Others did not prioritize a championship window.

Every franchise started the offseason in a different place, but contextualizing where teams stood before the new league year and where they are now allows us to second-guess some of their decisions.

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Re-signing Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t mean the Saints should not draft a quarterback

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By Steve Rivera | Clutch Points

You have to admire New Orleans Saints backup quarterback and million dollar clip board holder Teddy Bridgewater. The one-time starter for the Minnesota Vikings decided to remain as the understudy to Drew Brees for at least one more season in the Big Easy. He also passed on what looked to be an absolute lock as the quarterback of the Miami Dolphins.

Go figure.

Bridgewater signed a one year, $7.25 million dollar contract to stay in New Orleans. It also has some performance incentives that could make it a $12.5 deal when all...

Saints' Max Unger on retirement: 'Didn't think I could make it through another season'

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

Simply put, Max Unger's soon-to-be 33-year old body couldn't go any longer.

After 10 seasons in the NFL, including four with the New Orleans Saints, the Pro Bowl center had to call it quits.

Unger spoke to the media Monday, two days after the surprising announcement that he was retiring from the game that has been such an important part of his life since his freshman year of high school.

"At the end of the day, I guess I'm retiring because I didn't think I could make it through another season," said Unger, who turns 33 in April. "I've had health issues. At the end of the day, you kind of evaluate how you're playing and where you see life after football going."

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Drew Brees’ latest play: selling burgers from a shipping container

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By Todd A. Price, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has put more money in the restaurant business with an investment in Smalls Sliders, a new fast-food burger joint.

Smalls, according to a press release, will be "focusing exclusively on craveable, premium slider burgers as the main dish." All meals will be cooked to order in an open kitchen.

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