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Saints-Anthony Chickillo contract is the latest to skirt the salary cap

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Anthony Chickillo

By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints are known for using every salary cap loophole they can get their hands on, and their latest moves are no different. Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo signed a free agent contract with the team that maintains the Saints’ salary cap flexibility.

As first reported by Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football, Chickillo’s one-year deal with the Saints qualifies for the veteran salary benefit. It means that he’ll count just $887,500 against this year’s salary cap, even if the Saints agreed to pay him a $910,000 base salary with a $137,500 signing bonus — for a total of $1,047,500.

This provision in the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement is designed to help teams sign veteran players to near-minimum salaries without sacrificing extra salary cap space. For cap-savvy teams like the Saints, it’s a way to load up their roster with good players without breaking the bank.

The Saints have now signed seven players to their 90-man offseason roster who qualify for this benefit, including Chickillo. And the players they’re signing aren’t just fodder for training camp: ...

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Versatile OL James Hurst hopes to contribute to Saints offense “however he can”

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By WGNO Web Desk

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The New Orleans Saints have signed former Baltimore Raven Offensive Lineman, James Hurst, on a one-year deal, waiving WR Tim White.

Over the last 6 seasons in Baltimore, Hurst started 44 games, lining up at multiple positions. He appeared in all 16 regular-season games in 2019, on a Ravens offense that broke the NFL record for most rushing yards in a season.

Hurst says he hopes to contribute to the Saints however he can, as a part of an offense he has great respect for.

James Hurst said, “So much creativity has come out of (Sean Payton’s) system. Just seeing what they’ve been able to do and seeing how I could fit in, that is exciting.” ...

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Are the New Orleans interested in Jadeveon Clowney, DE?

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By B.T. Boylan - Sports Illustrated

Jadeveon Clowney is the best EDGE RUSHER still available in the free-agent market. Reports have linked the New Orleans Saints as potential suitors for the defensive end. Last week Clowney turned down a large contract from the Browns, could Clowney go “ring chasing” with the Saints in 2020?


The former South Carolina Gamecocks standout, DE, made one thing clear during his free agency...he wants to play for a winner. Clowney received lucrative contract offers from the Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns since the start of free agency in March. However, he has refused both offers from those teams.

Several rumors have the New Orleans Saints linked to Clowney. A one-year contract would bode well for both sides in 2020. For Clowney, it serves as an opportunity to increase his free-agent value and chase a Super Bowl ring. For New Orleans, this will create a dynamic duo on the edge positions. The pairing of Clowney with Cameron Jordan would give the Saints another star player in their “Super Bowl or Bust” season. ...

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Saints make James Hurst signing official, report corresponding roster move

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints formally reported the signing of offensive lineman James Hurst on the NFL’s transaction wire, with the release of wide receiver Tim White as a corresponding move on the 90-man offseason roster.

Hurst, a veteran backup and occasional starter for the Baltimore Ravens at both left tackle and left guard, agreed to terms with the Saints on a one-year contract earlier this week. He has a good shot at making the team, and could be the backup for left tackle Terron Armstead the Saints have lacked. If nothing else, he has greater NFL experience than his competition.

As for White: he first joined the Saints practice squad last December following a high-profile workout including Antonio Brown, the embattled ex-All-Pro still trying to find his way back into the NFL. White was re-signed on a reserve/future contract after the 2019 season, but undrafted rookie additions pushed him off the roster. The Saints still have a dozen receivers under contract, so his chances of making the squad were slim. ...

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Details on ex-Saints CB Eli Apple's contract with the Panthers

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

It took a while, but former New Orleans Saints cornerback Eli Apple cashed in on a one-year contract worth $3 million, as first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Rapoport adds that this agreement includes a $750,000 signing bonus. Remember, the NFL’s cutoff date for 2021 compensatory pick qualifiers has passed, so the Saints will not recoup assets now that Apple has joined another team.

Apple initially agreed to terms on a $6 million deal with the Las Vegas Raiders early in free agency, but those contract talks fell apart before pens could be put to paper.

Acquired by the Saints in a 2018 trade with the New York Giants, Apple experienced an up-and-down 27 games with the Saints, including the postseason. He intercepted just two passes in black and gold while logging more than 1,500 defensive snaps, drawing 21 penalties (five of them offsetting or declined) along the way. ...

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New Orleans native Wendell Pierce takes issue with Drew Brees

  • News source: Curtis Crabtree
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Wendell Piece, a New Orleans native and accomplished actor both on screen and on stage, joined the cacophony of voices pushing back hard against Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Wednesday night.

Following Brees’ comments asserting he will never agree with anybody “disrespecting the flag” due to his grandfathers’ military service, Pierce directed a message to Brees via his Twitter account to relay his father’s differing experience of serving and returning home.

“To Drew Brees, my 95yr old father fought in WWII at Saipan risking his life for the United States of...
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Ed Reed has strong words for Drew Brees

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Add Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed to the list of people who object to the sentiments of Saints quarterback Drew Brees regarding anthem protests.

“I see Drew Brees trying to do his part in keeping black folk down,” Reed said in a video posted on social media. “You’re a straight sucker for that sh-t, Drew Brees. We all got kids so I’m gonna try to mind what I say right now.

“Drew Brees, you’re a straight sucker, man. You’re a sucker for that, bro. Why you think all these young people are out here protesting? Why you think they’re out here protesting? The looting, I...
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Anti-Drew Brees chant breaks out briefly among group of New Orleans protesters

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Twenty-four hours ago, the last person anyone in New Orleans ever would have had an issue with is future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees. What a difference a single day can make.

After Brees reiterated his stance on protests during the national anthem, explaining that he “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees has suffered a backlash from within his own team, from others in the NFL, and from NBA great LeBron James. On the streets of New Orleans, during a Wednesday night protest sparked by the...
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Joe Horn: People like LeBron James criticizing Drew Brees don’t know him

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As Saints quarterback Drew Brees takes criticism for conflating kneeling during the national anthem with disrespecting the flag and the country, one former teammate is standing up for him.

Former Saints receiver Joe Horn told Jeff Duncan of TheAthletic.com that people like LeBron James, who bashed Brees’ comments, should get to know Brees first.

“People should not be throwing Drew Brees under the bus, and they definitely need to pump the brakes on labeling him a racist,” Horn said. “I know Drew Brees. Drew has done a lot to help black families and the black...
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Marques Colston to Drew Brees: 'Your comments today cut deep'

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The last few weeks have been trying, former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston said Wednesday.

He's been processing, soul searching, trying to be a part of the solution.

"I've been trying to educate my kids on the 'why' behind the killings of George Floyd, (Breonna) Taylor, and countless others," Colston wrote in a tweet. "It's tough to tell them the truth and still try to preserve as much of their innocence as I can."

And then came Wednesday's comments made by his former quarterback Drew Brees.

In an interview with Yahoo Finance, Brees — when...
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Walker: Drew Brees, known for his accuracy, misses the mark again with anthem comments

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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When I first saw the Drew Brees interview floating around Wednesday on the internet, I assumed it was old.

I figured someone was probably just rehashing a story from a few years ago, when Brees expressed his views on football players kneeling and protesting during the national anthem.

Surely he didn't say this today, I thought to myself. Surely he gets it after watching that video of George Floyd's death.

Unfortunately, I was wrong.

The interview was indeed from Wednesday morning, right as national protests continue in cities all across the United States...
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Emotional Malcolm Jenkins 'hurt' after Drew Brees makes 'self-centered' protest comments

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins couldn't let his quarterback's comments from earlier Wednesday slide, so he started filming.

Jenkins posted two different videos to Instagram, deleting the first, aimed at Brees and what the quarterback said about how he'll "never agree with anybody" who protests during the national anthem, citing how his grandfathers served in the military.

Jenkins' voice broke multiple times while delivering his messages directed at Drew Brees, and at points, he held back tears — calling Brees' words "self-centered."

"Drew Brees, if...
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Brees' comments 'hurt' Saints teammate Jenkins

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees attracted backlash Wednesday across the sports world, including an outspoken teammate, when he reiterated his stance on how he will "never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America" during an interview with Yahoo Finance.

An emotional Malcolm Jenkins, in a video that has since been deleted from social media, said he was "hurt" by Brees' comments and that they were "extremely self-centered." The Yahoo interview featured Brees' first comments in the wake of George Floyd's killing last week...
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Marcus Davenport defends Drew Brees

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Wednesday’s comments from Saints quarterback Drew Brees did not go over well with many figures in the sports world, including teammate Malcolm Jenkins.

Another teammate, defensive end Marcus Davenport, has taken to Twitter to defend Brees.

“Drew wasn’t talking about the current protest, the riots or really anything besides HIS feelings on kneeling during the National Anthem,” Davenport said. “He even explained what they were, the basis and that he actually stands with us. Do we have to entirely agree with him, no.”

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Johnson: You spoke, Drew Brees. Now it's time to listen.

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Drew Brees, you spoke. Now I need you to listen.

In an interview Wednesday with Yahoo Finance, you were asked about the potential of kneeling protests making a return on NFL sidelines this fall, and you said you “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States or our country.”

You said so much more, but it’s imperative we isolate this idea right here.

We need to have a conversation about your use of the word "never" — a word that implies you are unwilling to consider these protests were never about disrespecting a flag, anthem or...
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Malcolm Jenkins issues strong rebuke of teammate Drew Brees

  • News source: Mike Florio
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In the aftermath of Saints quarterback Drew Brees reiterating his position that he “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins, who re-signed with the team earlier this year after spending six seasons with the Eagles, posted a pair of videos responding to Brees on social media.

The first (more on that below) was deleted. The text of second video, which Jenkins recorded before speaking directly to Brees, appears below.

“The onslaught of sh-t that we have to deal with is f–king...
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Drew Brees 'beyond lost': See harsh reaction to protest comments from teammates, many others

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Drew Brees' words were relayed from an unlikely source, but the reaction came from basically everywhere else after the Saints quarterback took a hardline stance on NFL protests during the national anthem.

In an interview with YahooFinance, the NFL veteran was asked what he felt about players kneeling during the national anthem as a way to protest police brutality against black communities.

"I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country," Brees said, going on to explain his connection with the military...
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LeBron James takes issue with Drew Brees

  • News source: Mike Florio
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The toothpaste isn’t going back in the tube.

LeBron James, one of the best and most prominent basketball players in NBA history, has taken to Twitter to respond to Drew Brees‘ reiteration of his position from 2016 that he “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.”

“WOW MAN!!” James tweeted, with a facepalm emoji. “Is it still surprising at this point. Sure isn’t! You literally still don’t understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee?? Has absolute nothing to do with the disrespect of [the flag] and our...
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LeBron James reacts to Drew Brees' anthem comments: 'You literally still don't understand'

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees received plenty of backlash after he said in an interview that he held firm to his position that kneeling during the national anthem constitutes disrespect to both the American flag and the United States.

The latest person to chime in? LeBron James.

"WOW MAN!!" James wrote, adding a facepalm emoji. "Is it still surprising at this point. Sure isn't! You literally don't understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee?? Has absolute nothing to do with the disrespect of our (flag) and our soldiers (men and women) who keep our...
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