Sean Payton talks Drew Brees return, how Saints may handle Taysom Hill

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By John Hendrix | SI

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton appeared on WWL Radio SportsTalk on Wednesday night with Kristian Garic and Bobby Hebert, discussing the Mardi Gras season, Drew Brees, Taysom Hill, and state of the team. He offered up some really good nuggets in regards to a future deal with his quarterback, and how the team would handle Hill as a restricted free agent. Quickly into the interview, Payton was asked about if there was any doubt of a Brees return for 2020.

"Honestly, there was some," Payton said. "We spoke a few times right after the season, prior to the Pro Bowl, and then after the Pro Bowl. I think it's a big decision, and I say that not speaking for Drew, but a lot goes into it. There's a lot of stress, stress on the family, a lot of sacrifices are made to gear up for what is almost half a year season."

Payton said that knowing Brees, he weighed the pros and cons of his decision. He'd periodically send him a text seeing how he's doing.

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Davis: Brees "Arguably The Best QB To Ever Play The Game"

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Sound crazy? Well, it shouldn't – and here's why

By Amy Lawrence | CBS Radio

It remains to be seen whether Drew Brees will play for the Saints in 2020, but his decision will have an enormous impact for not only New Orleans, but also the entire NFL.

“You’re talking about one of – if not arguably – the best quarterback to ever play the game,” Saints All-Pro linebacker Demario Davis said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “He has literally every passing record that you can own – career, season – from a numbers standpoint, but also from an efficiency standpoint. So when you think about that, it just tells you the level of accomplishment that he’s achieved for himself inside this game. It’s a level of mastery that isn’t easily accomplished. If it was, a lot more people would have done in the game what he’s done.”

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A Decade of Saints Success also includes Missed Opportunities

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How much longer will the Saints championship window remain open?

By Bob Rose | Sports Illustrated

The New Orleans Saints won their first Super Bowl ten years ago next month in the site of this year’s game, Miami, Florida, and Super Bowl LIV. The Saints, like 29 other National Football League teams, will watch this year’s game from the stands or their televisions. Many favored New Orleans to be the NFC representative in this year’s big game. Despite a 13-3 regular-season record though, their season came crumbling to an end with a 26-20 overtime home loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the postseason.

Dec 29, 2019; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes the ball during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports.

Only punter Thomas Morstead and quarterback Drew Brees, the game’s M.V.P., remain from that Super Bowl XLIV championship team that defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 on February 7, 2010. In the decade since New Orleans has won four division titles and made the playoffs six times. Despite that success and a 100-54 regular-season record, we will remember the decade more for the Saints postseason shortcomings.

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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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Saints Injured Key Players will impact Offseason Decisions

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By Bob Rose | SI

The New Orleans Saints entered the 2019 season with a roster considered among the deepest in the National Football League. That depth was tested with a series of injuries during the year, especially on the defensive side. The Saints persevered most of the season, as evidenced by their 13-3 record and status among the league’s Super Bowl favorites entering the playoffs. Those expectations ended with a 26-20 home playoff upset to the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings exploited the weaknesses on the Saints roster in that game, leading to several questions heading into the offseason.

New Orleans enters the 2020 off-season not only attempting to shore up their shortcomings but also maintain the strength of a roster that is still considered a title contender. The Saints will add talent through both the draft and free agency while also addressing several of their own free agents. They will also get a few players back into the fold that weren’t a factor during this past season because of injuries. Here is some of the returning talent that will affect the Saints' decisions this offseason.

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Brees "extremely proud" of how Saints are playing

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By Zach Streif | WWL Radio

The New Orleans Saints are now 3-0 with quarterback Drew Brees sidelined with an injury. In an interview with Zach Strief, Voice of the Saints, Brees lauded the team's performance without him.

"I'm extremely proud," Brees said. "I've had a chance to sit back [and watch] from a different perspective than I've ever been in and really watch the team grow and be strengthened from within."

Against Seattle and Dallas, New Orleans largely leaned on the defense and special teams to get wins. Against Tampa Bay, the defense had another dominant showing; but Teddy Bridgewater exploded, throwing for 314 yards and 4 touchdowns while completing 76.5% of his passes.

"He did a great job all day of making great reads, getting the ball out on time, Brees said. "You're just seeing the product of what we get to see every week with Teddy." ...

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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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Records Drew Brees could break in upcoming 2020 season

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Drew Brees is returning for the 2020 season, and unlike past seasons, there isn’t exactly a slew of passing records he could break heading into next year. It calls to mind a famous (mis)quote about Alexander The Great from Plutarch, that states: “...he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.”

Brees, of course, doesn’t feel that way heading into this year. The ultimate goal is, as always, a Super Bowl. The Saints have been knocked out of the playoffs in...
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Walker: NFL schedule isn't broken, so need for league to try to fix it

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Remember when the NFL regular season ended in January and everyone was complaining because they wanted to see the season go for one more week?

And remember when the postseason started and everyone was outraged because they thought the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers needed to be in the playoffs?

Oh, so you don't remember that?

Nope, me either.

But here we are less than a month removed from the Super Bowl and the NFL is trying to fix something that...
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