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Weather, location helped drive WR Emmanuel Sanders to pick Saints over Packers

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By Zach Kruse | Packerswire

The weather and location of Green Bay were at least contributing factors to why veteran receiver Emmanuel Sanders picked the New Orleans Saints over the Packers in free agency.

Sanders, who agreed to sign a two-year deal with the Saints, told Rich Eisen of “The Rich Eisen Show” that playing indoors in the south appealed more to him than playing in the cold up in Green Bay.

“It’s just Green Bay, that cold weather, Rich, I wasn’t trying to do it, man” Sanders said. “To be in a dome 12 games out of the year in a pass-heavy offense or go to Green Bay? I can’t do it. I’d rather go to New Orleans. I’m from the south. My grandma is six hours away, can come to all the games. I can have my family drive up. It’s just a perfect opportunity for me.” ...

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Mickey Loomis as surprised as anyone that the Saints re-signed so many free agents

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis spoke with John DeShazier of on Friday, reviewing the opening weeks of free agency and surveying the status of the team while discussing the roster moves they have made already.

While the Saints have added a few notable veterans from other teams (including wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, safety Malcolm Jenkins, and fullback Michael Burton), they devoted most of their resources to keeping their own players after the open market wasn’t as welcoming as expected. That was an opportunity Loomis admitted he didn’t see coming.

“I would say going into this, I don’t know that I expected to be able to get David and Andrus re-signed. So I’m really happy that that happened,” Loomis said, referring to defensive tackle David Onyemata and two-time Pro Bowl left guard...

What the Saints can learn from the Eagles salary cap mismanagement

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

On paper, Malcolm Jenkins looked like the sort of player the Philadelphia Eagles should have moved mountains to keep around. He hasn’t missed a snap in the last two years and has suited up for every game the Eagles have played since signing with them six years ago. However, the Eagles backed themselves into a corner and weren’t able to retain their defensive captain. The New Orleans Saints stand to benefit from it.

As Eagles general manager Howie Roseman explained to Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Inquirer, “We’re in a position now with our team where we’re going to have to lose some guys.” The Eagles are expected to be in the red next season, with more than $25 million in liabilities above the projected salary cap. Much of that is due to a $34 million cap hit for 27-year-old quarterback Carson Wentz, who has been limited to 13- and 11-game seasons with injuries in his first four years. The $128 million contract extension they signed Wentz to last summer, when he was very much an unproven passer, has forced them into a tough spot moving forwards.

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Vonn Bell Posts Heartfelt Message For The Saints

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By Chris Rosvoglou | The Spun

On Wednesday afternoon, Vonn Bell signed a three-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals. It put an end to his successful stint with the New Orleans Saints.

Last season, Bell had 89 tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception. He also had a knack for being around the football, recovering five fumbles in 2019.

Bell has to be excited about playing football in Ohio again, but that doesn’t mean he won’t miss his time spent in New Orleans. The former second-round pick shared a heartfelt message for his Saints teammates.

“To my teammates, it’s been a pleasure and a blessing to go to battle with you guys week in and week out. The culture we built and standard we set these last four years, my hope is that it only gets better,” Bell said. “The memories we created never be forgotten! A brotherhood that will last FOREVER.”

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Tom Dempsey has recovered after testing positive for COVID-19

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Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey has recovered after testing positive for COVID-19, WDSU-6 reports.

Dempsey, 73, has battled Alzheimer’s disease and dementia since 2013. He was one of several residents of a senior living facility in New Orleans to contract COVID-19.

Dempsey, who was born without toes on his right foot and fingers on his right hand, signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 1969. He is best remembered for his record-setting 63-yard field...
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Saints WR Deonte Harris donates more than 10,000 meals to food banks amid coronavirus

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With cases of coronavirus on the rise, New Orleans Saints All-Pro return specialist Deonte Harris wanted to give back to the cities he calls home, but he wasn't sure exactly how to go about it.

After discussing potential options with his family and marketing team, Harris decided on donating the equivalent of 10,740 meals to two food banks, with 6,240 going to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Louisiana and 4,500 meals donated to the Maryland Food Bank.

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Report: Sheldon Rankins should return in time for training camp

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Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins ruptured his Achilles in the team’s first playoff game in the 2018 season. He returned to action in Week Four of 2019.

He made seven tackles and two sacks in 10 appearances before his other leg flared up.

Rankins required surgery that “essentially preempted what could have led to an Achilles rupture,” Nick Underhill of New Orleans Football reports.

Rankins is working his way back from that, training in Indianapolis, and...
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Emmanuel Sanders hits the interview tour from home to discuss joining the Saints

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Emmanuel Sanders speaks to SportsCenter about getting a welcoming text from Drew Brees and Sean Payton’s recruitment tactics.

Emmanuel Sanders joing Colin Cowherd to talk about his excitement to join New Orleans and Jimmy Garpollo’s overthrow in the Super Bowl.

The First Take guys, Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman grill Emmanuel Sanders about the quality of the quarterbacks he’s played with over his career.
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NFL owners vote to expand playoffs for 2020 season

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The NFL owners formally voted to officially expand the playoffs to 14 teams for this upcoming season, the league announced Tuesday afternoon.

Seven teams per conference will make the playoffs, rather than the previous six. Only the No. 1 seed will receive the bye, meaning the No. 2 seed will host the No. 7 seed during wild-card weekend.

If this rule were to have been instituted for the 2019 season, the No. 2 Green Bay Packers would have played the No. 7 Los...
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Sean Payton talks Drew Brees in 2020, says Saints QB returning 'for his final season'

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This may be the last season for New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, coach Sean Payton said on Tuesday morning while appearing on ESPN's Get Up.

Despite agreeing to a 2-year, $50 million deal earlier in March, Payton called the Saints' quarterback situation unique because "with our quarterback Drew Brees, he's announced he's coming back for his final season."

The 2020 season will be Brees' 20th season in the NFL and his 15th in New Orleans.

This is the first...
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NFL approves expansion of playoffs to 14 teams

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NFL clubs voted today to expand the postseason by two teams beginning with the 2020 season.

Expanding the NFL postseason was addressed in the new NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Players and clubs both recognized that nothing energizes fans like the chance to see their team...
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Payton: Brees is entering his final season

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Saints head coach Sean Payton said Wednesday in an ESPN interview that quarterback Drew Brees is entering his final NFL season.

On ESPN’s morning program ‘Get Up’ during an interview with Mike Greenberg, Payton referred to the combination of quarterbacks Brees and multi-diminesional Taysom Hill as “a unique situation with our team and our quarterback Drew Brees is (thaT) he’s announced he’s coming back for his final season.”

Brees has not previously clarified...
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Michael Thomas bobblehead commemorates 2019 Offensive Player of the Year Award

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FOCO, a leading manufacturer of sports and entertainment merchandise, created a commemorative bobblehead to celebrate New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas and his record-breaking 2019 season.

In a world of doom and gloom, maybe seeing a bright spot like this nifty little piece could help shine a bit of light into your day.

The bobble head can be purchased here, and a copy of the relevant portions of FOCO’s press release is below:
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Sean Payton hints that 2020 is Drew Brees’s final season

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In a discussion with ESPN’s Mike Greenberg on “Get Up” about Taysom Hill’s role in the offense in 2020, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton indicated that 2020 could be the “final season” for Drew Brees.

The full quote from Payton was, “Drew Brees has announced he’s coming back for his final season.”

While the semantics of this statement can be argued to an extent, with Brees’s contract situation and age, he definitely is in a position in his career where...
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Assessing the quarterback landscape across the NFL

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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There are a lot of interesting veteran quarterback names on the free agent market right now. Former Super Bowl champion Joe Flacco. Former number one overall pick and MVP Cam Newton. Fellow former number one overall pick Jameis Winston. Plus a plethora of viable backup options like Mike Glennon, Matt Moore, and Geno Smith.

In the 2020 NFL Draft, there are plenty of options at quarterback as well. It’s presumed the Cincinnati Bengals will select LSU QB Joe Burrow...
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Saints By Position: Top 5 defensive tackles in franchise history

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It is a thankless position.

Defensive tackles are asked to hold the point of attack, to occupy blockers and to occasionally make tackles.

Most of the time, they are doing the dirty work to allow linebackers and safeties, even defensive backs to clean up and get the glory of tackles.

Sometimes, a defensive tackle can serve as an outstanding pass rusher as well and gain glory through sacks.

Regardless of the role, defensive tackle is an important position on any...
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Sean Payton: Taysom Hill sees himself as a starting QB, and we do too

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Sean Payton does not believe in the old adage that if you have two quarterbacks you have none.

The Saints re-signed Drew Brees and placed a first-round tender on Taysom Hill, and Payton said on ESPN that the reason the Saints put a first-round tender on Hill is that they think he’s a starting quarterback — just not actually the starter until Brees retires.

“First and foremost, we still view him as a quarterback. We spent a lot of time this offseason discussing our...
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CSC Post-Free Agency 2020 Mock Draft

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With free agency on the verge now of being completed, it only makes sense to look forward to the NFL Draft which, despite all of Mother Nature’s attempts to ruin it, is still on course to begin as expected on Thursday, April 23rd.

Teams will look to rebuild, or in the case of the New Orleans Saints, reload, as they head into the new-look NFL in the upcoming year. With the Saints possessing a pick in every round except for the second and seventh rounds, they’ve got...
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