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Saints' Super Bowl XLIV win ranked 17th-best of all time

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints’ title-clinching victory over the Indianapolis Colts 10 years ago was ranked the 17th-best games in Super Bowl history by USA TODAY. It remains the most memorable game in Saints history, thanks to huge plays ranging from Pierre Thomas’s crafty running on a screen pass touchdown, to Thomas Morstead’s “Ambush” onside kick, to Lance Moore’s just-in two-point conversion and Tracy Porter’s famous interception returned for a touchdown. The writeup from USA TODAY’s Nate Davis summed it up well:

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5 Trade Destinations for Cam Newton

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By Dan Mennella |

The Carolina Panthers might be looking for their next Cam Newton, but first, they have to figure out what to do with Newton himself.

After nine seasons led by the tandem of quarterback Newton and head coach Ron Rivera, Carolina has moved on from Rivera and dipped into the college ranks to hire Matt Rhule away from Baylor. Rhule, 44, signed a seven-year contract, suggesting the Panthers want him for the long haul.

Whether the Panthers feel similarly about Newton is less clear. The 30-year-old former MVP was limited to two games in 2019 due to a foot injury that eventually required surgery, marking the first time in his career he’s played fewer than 14 games. Now, Newton is entering the final year of his contract before potentially becoming a free agent, and a December report suggested the Panthers would be seeking a “large trade deal” for him this offseason.

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NFL Draft 2020: 1st-Round Order and Top Prospects Contending for No. 1 Pick

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By Kristopher Knox | Bleacher Report

When a team owns the No. 1 pick in the draft, it possesses the potential to change the course of the franchise. For that change to be positive, though, a team has to make the right choice with that No. 1 pick.

For every Cam Newton, Peyton Manning, Orlando Pace or Bruce Smith taken at No. 1, there has been a JaMarcus Russell, a Courtney Brown or a Ki-Jana Carter. Whiffing on a No. 1 pick can be disastrous. Even when the first pick is a sound one, the long-term results can be discouraging.

In 2017, for example, the Cleveland Browns passed on quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson to take Myles Garrett at No. 1. Garrett is a fine pass-rusher, but Mahomes and Watson took their teams to the playoffs this season.

This is why the Cincinnati Bengals have a tough choice ahead of them—a decision they have yet to finalize.

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Drew Brees Sends Heartwarming Message To QB Lamar Jackson

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 13: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints
looks to throw a pass during the NFC Divisional Playoff at the Mercedes Benz Superdome
on January 13, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

By Chris Rosvoglou | The Spun

The Pro Bowl might not be the most competitive event the NFL has to offer, yet it does provide an opportunity for players to spend quality time with each other. For Drew Brees and his family, it means a chance to meet some of the young stars reshaping the game of football.

With the Pro Bowl set for this weekend in Orlando, the future Hall of Famer is getting his son Baylen prepared to meet Lamar Jackson.

He shared a photo of Baylen holding a Ravens helmet with the following caption:
“Lamar, my son Baylen is looking for you at Pro Bowl this week. You are his guy! He’s pumped to meet you.”
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2020 NFL Free Agency: 12 wide receivers for the Saints to consider

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The number-one priority for the New Orleans Saints in the 2020 offseason has to be finding a wide receiver to run opposite Michael Thomas (after their quarterbacks riddle is answered, of course). Thomas put the team on his back for much of the 2019 season, breaking and resetting the NFL record for receptions in a single season, but he can’t be expected to do that every year.

Ted Ginn Jr. was the next-best wide receiver in catches, and he only had 30. After him, no other wideouts had more than 18. The Saints were able to win a lot of games and get into the playoffs by asking Thomas to make magic despite the extra coverage going his way, but their first-round exit spelled out how serious a problem this could be. Drew Brees needs more weapons at wide receiver, and Sean Payton has to recognize that.

While this is a draft class loaded with talent at that position, we shouldn’t expect the Saints to sit on their hands and wait for a rookie hopeful to drop to them in April. Their strategy for nearly two decades has consisted of filling roster holes through free agency so that they can go into the draft targeting the best players available. To that end, we’ve ranked a dozen possible free agents who fit the Saints’ needs, though maybe not their budget. Each tier is broken down by expected contract values.

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Super Bowl LIV picks and analysis from 18 Pro Bowlers

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The NFL's best gather in Orlando, Florida, this week to play in Sunday's Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium (ABC/ESPN, 3 p.m. ET). How do they see Super Bowl LIV playing out between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers?

We asked 18 Pro Bowlers and a Legends captain to weigh in on who's going to win the big game. Not everyone went on record and chose a winner, but everyone offered a take. Here's what they said:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker

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Saints Podcast Round-Up, January 25, 2020

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Looking for Saints podcasts? We got you set with all the local podcasts such as Canal St. Chronicles, Locked On Saints, Saints Happy Hour, Who Dat Confessional, Bayou Blitz and more!

Canal St. Chronicles

Locked On Saints

Saints Happy Hour

Who Dat Confessional

Bayou Blitz
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Drew Brees' retirement decision to come in a month; Saints QB using Pro Bowl for family time

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — One of Drew Brees' sons, Callen, clung to his father's leg after Saturday's Pro Bowl practice.

Brees, while answering media questions, occasionally patted his son on the head, simultaneously paying attention to both his child and a reporter.

For Brees, that's what Pro Bowl week is all about: spending time with his wife and four children. His decision regarding his future on the football field will come later.

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Saints Love a rookie QB in Mel Kiper’s recent mock

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It’s now time for mock draft season - are you excited?

In Mel Kiper’s recent mock draft for ESPN (Insider required), the New Orleans Saints select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the 24th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft:

Love is one of those quarterbacks that could conceivably go anywhere from the middle of the first round to the beginning of the third round, depending on what teams value in his play. Pro Football Focus recent did a piece on love titled...
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Post season Lagniappe: Senior Bowl Game Thread, Shriner's Bowl, Pro Bowl

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Man it’s the dreaded offseason. Yet there is much football to talk about. Or not. It’s a Lagniappe thread so “most” topics are fair game. Just follow the guidelines and every thing will be kool.

The Shriners Bowl was last Saturday. Think this might be the first time I haven’t either watched it live or at least recorded it to watch. Did anyone watch and maybe see someone of interest for the upcoming draft?

The Reese’s Senior Bowl is today at 1:30 in Mobile, Ala. The...
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What to know about the 2020 Pro Bowl -- date, time, how to watch

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The 2020 Pro Bowl kicks off Sunday from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The game begins at 3 p.m. ET, and you can watch it live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ABC, Disney XD and on the ESPN App.

The Pro Bowl is the NFL's version of an all-star game, with players from both the AFC and the NFC. In total, 88 players are voted in, and each participant gets paid for going. A player on the winning Pro Bowl team gets $74,00; players on the losing team each get $32,000...
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Garrett Hartley signs with XFL after tryout

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The New Orleans Saints have had many legendary kickers including Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Morten Andersen. However, Garrett Hartley made the most important kicks in franchise history to help the Saints win their first Super Bowl.

Now the 33-year old is back in professional football after impressing enough in a tryout to be signed by the fledgling reboot of the XFL. Hartley has been assigned to the Seattle Dragons for the upcoming spring season.

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Saints, archdiocese emails dust-up spotlights close relationship between team, church leaders

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Court filings by the New Orleans Saints aim to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that show team executives helping the Archdiocese of New Orleans shape its messaging on the church’s clerical sex abuse crisis, The Associated Press reported Friday.

Within hours of the article’s publication, the Saints issued a statement defending themselves, saying the still-unreleased emails show club officials advised Archbishop Gregory Aymond — one of Saints owner...
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Saints T Terron Armstead reflects on season, injuries: 'Things are starting to feel better'

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Fitted with gardening gloves, New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead grabbed as many rocks that would fit in his hands.

The stones came from a blue wheelbarrow that teammate Cameron Jordan pushed during Friday's community service event held in conjunction with the Pro Bowl.

But two and a half weeks ago, Armstead couldn't even take the cap off a permanent marker, due to pain in his left wrist — potentially putting his Pro Bowl...
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Lessons taught by Baylor-to-Carolina coach Matt Rhule live on at Senior Bowl with WR Denzel Mims

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MOBILE, Ala. — Former Baylor Bears head coach Matt Rhule conversed with media members, fellow coaches, scouts and onlookers in a new color on Tuesday during Senior Bowl practices: Carolina Panther blue.

Rhule was formally announced as the Panthers' head coach on Jan. 8 after a 3-year stint at Baylor, but his teachings live on in Waco, Texas, and with at least one of his former players at the Senior Bowl: wide receiver Denzel Mims.

Mims, who was a sophomore when...
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CSC Podcast: 3 big ticket free agents the Saints could go after

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New Orleans Saints Analyst for Canal St. Chronicles Brenden Ertle previews three big name free agents the Saints could potentially have interest of signing during free agency. Two Wide receivers, an offensive guard and a surprise pick!
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Saints issue statement on involvement in New Orleans Archdiocese abuse litigation

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The Saints have issued a statement concerning their involvement in litigation related to sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Jim Mustian of the Associated Press reported that attorneys for plaintiffs in the case claim the Saints are trying to shield more than two hundred emails that show they helped the church in its “pattern and practice of concealing its crimes.” Attorneys for the team disputed those claims and the team did the same in a statement...
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Saints say their advice to archdiocese in sex abuse case was to be 'direct' and 'open'

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Responding to a report by the Associated Press, the New Orleans Saints said Friday that team officials advised the Archdiocese of New Orleans on its release last year of a list of clergy credibly accused of abuse, telling the church to "be direct, open and transparent" and to alert law enforcement.

In a prepared statement, the Saints organization also said its decision to fight the release of e-mails between Saints officials and the archdiocese — as part of a...
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Saints seek to prevent public release of emails in Catholic Church court case

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The New Orleans Saints organization has gone to court to keep private hundreds of emails that allegedly show public relations damage control advice for the metro area’s Roman Catholic archdiocese, Associated Press reporter Jim Mustian wrote in an in-depth article on Friday morning.

Two dozen men are suing the church with claims of sexual abuse by clergy. Their attorneys reportedly have 276 documents in which they allege that the Saints aided the Archdiocese of New...
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