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Benson Capital Partners closes first fund with outside investors; $50+ million raised

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In 2019, Gayle Benson launched Benson Capital Partners, LLC, her personally owned, for-profit entity to facilitate and jump-start new business formation, workforce expansion, and wealth creation in New Orleans and across the Gulf South.

Today, Benson Capital Partners announces the initial closing of Benson Capital Fund I, LP with more than $50 million raised, representing the largest venture capital fund ever created in this region. Joining Gayle Benson in Fund I are other successful entrepreneurs and executives with strong ties to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast as well as corporate leaders that include Entergy Corporation, Raising Cane's, and others. Jones Walker, LLP served as fund formation counsel to Fund I.

"My late husband Tom was an entrepreneur. He built his business and his legacy from the ground floor, and, with a focused vision, believed strongly in stimulating our local economy, creating new businesses, and rehabilitating old ones back into commerce," said Benson. "While there remains limited investment capital in the Gulf South, we felt it was important that we try to fill that troublesome gap and support the next generation of great entrepreneurs. It is important that we continue to be a catalyst promoting economic development for our region. This is just the first step." ...

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BREAKING: New Orleans Chosen as the Host City for Super Bowl LIX

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In an NFL announcement on Wednesday, the league is awarding Super Bowl LIX (59) to the city of New Orleans. Originally, New Orleans had been the site for Super Bowl LVIII on February 4, 2024, but the league elected to move it in order to not compete with Mardi Gras celebrations in the city. No announcement has yet been made to which city will now host Super Bowl LVIII.

Owners unanimously approved New Orleans as the host city for Super Bowl LIX, which is to be played on Sunday, February 9, 2025. New Orleans has hosted the Super Bowl 11 times, tied with Miami for the most in the NFL, including 7 in the Superdome. ...

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Saints 2020 Year in Review: Carl Granderson

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The New Orleans Saints defensive line was arguably one of their best units in 2020, due in no small part to up-and-comers like Trey Hendrickson and Carl Granderson instead of the typical anchors to the line like Cam Jordan and Sheldon Rankins.

Granderson, who joined the Saints in 2019 after pleading no contest to a sexual battery charge from 2018, has played well with limited opportunities. He has a long way to go, both on and off the field, before he could be trusted as a play-maker, but he’s making all of the right strides.

Granderson is entering his age 25 season, so there’s reason to...
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Saints 2020 Year In Review: Keith Washington

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New Orleans Saints cornerback Keith Washington was signed as an undrafted rookie ahead of the 2020 season. During his time at West Virginia, he totaled six interceptions and 17 pass breakups while adding on 63 total tackles and one and a half sacks.

At 6’1” and 180 pounds, the 24-year-old from Prattville, Alabama has good size and great speed. He was impressive in camp, showing up when it really counted for his future.

There always comes a point in training camp where teams will rotate the roster and bring in more talent. Right around that time, Washington walked into practice and made...
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A look back at Saints “can’t miss” preseason award predictions

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For the fourth year in a row, I made “can’t miss” predictions leading into the 2020 regular season, including breakout rookie, most improved player, and team MVP. Let’s take a look at how I did:

My prediction? Alvin Kamara:

Verdict? Great call.

Do-over? Still Kamara.

My prediction? Andrus Peat. Oof.

Verdict? A Marcus Williams-level missed tackle.

Do over? Trey Hendrickson.

My prediction? Cam Jordan:

Verdict? Another whiff because of the outstanding play of one of Cam’s teammates.

Do over? Trey Hendrickson.

My pick? Ryan Ramczyk:

Verdict? I should have gone with my gut.

Do over...
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LSU draft prospects and their fit with the New Orleans Saints

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The narrative of LSU players going to the Saints every year will never die, despite how rare it is for the New Orleans Saints to actually draft the Baton Rouge prospects. I can’t blame anyone, it’s always a fun conversation to have. I’m an LSU student so I’m never innocent of it either. Let’s take a look at all of the LSU players heading into the draft and how they would fit in black and gold next season.

It won’t be able to happen, as it looks like Chase could possibly be a top 5 draft pick. It’s fun to think about though. LSU fans could still have something to look forward to as he...
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Fleur-de-Links, January 26: Saints lose quarterback coach to Los Angeles

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An in-depth look at Saints Round 3 and Round 4 draft picks in mock NFL Draft.

Bill Barnwell of ESPN predicts that the Saints will not make the playoffs in 2021 specifically because he expects Drew Brees to not be with the team.

New Atlanta Falcons GM Terry Fontenot looked to bring Khai Harley with him from the Saints when he joined the Falcons, but the Saints are attempting to keep him in New Orleans.

A case for Matthew Stafford being the next quarterback for the New Orleans Saints.

Los Angeles Chargers officially hire Saints quarterback coach Joe Lombardi amid rumors that Lombardi was...
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Chargers tab Saints QBs coach Joe Lombardi as offensive coordinator

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Perhaps the biggest voice in Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert’s ear moving forward has been decided.

Joe Lombardi, who’s spent the past five seasons coaching quarterbacks for the Saints, has agreed to terms with the Chargers to be their offensive coordinator, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

Lombardi’s hiring was made official by the team on Monday afternoon.

The 49-year old who spent two stints with the Saints (2007-13 and 2016-2020) was previously the offensive coordinator for the Lions in 2014 and 2015.

Lombardi is the grandson of NFL coaching legend Vince Lombardi.
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Chargers announce hirings of Joe Lombardi, Renaldo Hill, and Derius Swinton

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The Chargers made it official with their three coordinators on Monday, announcing the hirings of Joe Lombardi, Renaldo Hill, and Derius Swinton.

Lombardi will serve as the Chargers’ offensive coordinator after spending the last five years in his second stint as the Saints’ quarterbacks coach. He held the same role from 2009-2013 before spending two seasons as Detroit’s offensive coordinator.

“I’m just so excited about Joe coming here,” Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said in a statement. “The wealth of knowledge and experience he possesses, having operated within one of the premier...
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Saints QB coach Joe Lombardi to take Chargers offensive coordinator job: report

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The New Orleans Saints are losing another member of their coaching staff, as former quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi is set to become the Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator, according to an NFL Network report.

The Saints will now have three vacancies on their coaching staff, with Lombardi joining former tight ends coach Dan Campbell (Detroit Lions head coach) and secondary coach Aaron Glenn (Lions defensive coordinator) on the way out of New Orleans.

Lombardi has spent 12 of the last 14 seasons as an assistant on the Saints coaching staff. He broke that time up between two...
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2021 New Orleans Saints Mock Draft 1.0: Rest of the Draft

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There are a lot of storylines to look at in this upcoming offseason for the New Orleans Saints. But what my eyes go to first, is the NFL draft. Is there a potential replacement quarterback available? Do they need to replace Marcus Williams? What offensive lineman will the Saints draft first? There are so many scenarios I have already played out in my head. So here is my first mock draft of this off-season here on Canal St. Chronicles:

For the rest of the draft, the Saints officially only have three picks right now, but have at least two compensatory picks waiting in the third round. In...
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Senior Bowl prospects to watch for the New Orleans Saints

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In the Sean Payton era the New Orleans Saints have drafted a Senior Bowl player, in all but two seasons (2007 and 2012.) Saints fans should pay attention this week, as at least one of the players suiting up will probably be in a Saints uniform next year. These are a couple players I wanted to highlight, as I’m very excited for them.

The other Melifonwu is also a big, crazy athletic defensive back. The Syracuse product has tremendous upside. He is the type of player that will excel this week. He will be bigger than most of the people he lines up against, and ball skills have been improving...
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The New Orleans Saints should explore a trade for QB Matt Stafford

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Even though New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees hasn’t officially retired, it feel enough like a forgone conclusion that inspecting potential options for the future makes sense. With the future of the position uncertain, another veteran quarterback could help the Saints maintain their competitive streak if acquired.

Assuming that both Brees and Ben Roethlisberger retire this offseason, Stafford would then be fourth in career passing yardage amongst active passers next season. Fifth, obviously, if Big Ben does play another year for Pittsburgh.

Going from the guy that’s currently...
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5 pressing questions for the Saints this offseason

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The 2020 season is over, but the questions are just getting started. If anything, there are more questions now that the season is over than there were when the season was still going.

So what are the biggest questions now that the season is officially over and the offseason is here? I’m not sure what your biggest questions are, but here are mine.

What are your pressing questions this offseason? Let us know in the comments. Make sure you follow Canal Street Chronicles on Twitter at @SaintsCSC, on Instagram @SaintsCSC, “Like” us on Facebook at Canal Street Chronicles, and make sure you’re...
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The nine best trade fits for Matthew Stafford: NFL execs weigh in

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What's clear after Saturday night's news, after asking around NFL front offices: Matthew Stafford wants to be a winner. He doesn't care about the stats. He wants a chance to contend.

That's the crux of his trade request, which the Detroit Lions will honor by exploring options for the quarterback on the market. He gave it 12 years in Detroit. It didn't work. That's OK for both parties to admit. And never was there a cleaner time to do this, for three reasons.

Age: Stafford turns 33 next month (OK, so maybe 40 in Lions years) and should have a few more prime seasons left.

Contract: His...
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Fleur-de-Links, January 25: Saints lose their secondary coach in offseason

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A look at how successful the Saints were at balancing their passing game and rushing game during the 2020 season.

Emmanuel Sanders speaks on Tom Brady’s success with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Michael Thomas Tweeted out multiple times during the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFC championship game, seemingly calling out his quarterback.

Fan confidence in the Saints hits the lowest it has been since the beginning of the 2020 season following the Saints elimination from the playoffs.

Both the Los Angeles Chargers and Seattle Seahawks are interested in interviewing Saints...
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