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Mike Detillier: Linebacker is a need for the Saints

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

As we get closer to the NFL free agency period, one position the New Orleans Saints will have to take a long look at and also via the NFL draft is at linebacker.

Another top wide receiver, a replacement for offensive guard Andrus Peat (if he leaves in the free agency period) and depth at cornerback is needed, but so is talent and depth at linebacker.

DeMario Davis is an All-Pro caliber player and the best defensive free-agent pickup in the Sean Payton era in New Orleans, but everything after that is in question for 2020 for the Saints.

Strongside linebacker A.J. Klein is an unrestricted free agent for 2020. Middle linebacker Kiko Alonso underwent another knee surgery following the season and Alex Anzalone only played in two games in 2019 before he also underwent surgery. He has been plagued with shoulder problems throughout his college and pro career.

Craig Robertson is a solid back-up player and a very good special teams performer.

Stephone Anthony and Manti Te’o are veteran journeymen players in the league.

2019 7th round pick Kaden Elliss was impressive in training camp and in the preseason, but he is still a work in progress.

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2020 NFL Free Agency: Amari Cooper headlines Dallas Cowboys options

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By Kade Kistner | Saints Wire

The Dallas Cowboys are our free agency focus today as we take a deep dive into which available players could be potential fits for the New Orleans Saints in 2020. The Cowboys have as many as 30 free agent players that could hit the open market, and there are a few that could pique the interest of the Saints. Here are the 30 free agent players for Dallas heading into 2020:
  • DE Michael Bennett
  • DE Robert Quinn
  • WR Amari Cooper
  • WR Randall Cobb
  • TE Jason Witten
  • OLB Sean Lee
  • DT Christian Covington
  • CB Byron Jones
  • SS Jeff Heath
  • ILB Joe Thomas
  • WR Tavon Austin
  • LS L.P. Ladouceur
  • DE Kerry Hyder
  • K Kai Forbath
  • OLB Malcolm Smith
  • DT Maliek Collins
  • G Xavier Su’a-Filo
  • ILB Ray-Ray Armstrong
  • FS Darian Thomas
  • OLB Justin March
  • QB Dak Prescott
  • CB C.J. Goodwin
  • CB Anthony Brown
  • S Kavon Frazier
  • DT Daniel Ross (RFA)
  • TE Blake Jarwin (RFA)
  • QB Cooper Rush (RFA)
  • C Adam Redmond (RFA)
  • DT Antwuan Woods (ERFA)
  • T Cameron Fleming (Club Option)
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3 Wide Receivers the Saints Should Target in the NFL Draft

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By Max Staley | The Duel

With Michael Thomas on the team, it feels weird to consider wide receiver a position of need for the New Orleans Saints. But the fact is, other than Thomas, no Saints' wideout had more than 450 receiving yards in 2019, with Ted Ginn Jr. being the second-leading WR at 421 yards.

Adding a legitimate threat opposite of Thomas could help push this Saints' offense to the next level, but with the sixth-least amount of projected cap space available, New Orleans will likely need to address the position in the NFL Draft. With that in mind, here are three wideouts the Saints should target in the draft.

1. Henry Ruggs III, Alabama Crimson Tide

Henry Ruggs III is a bonafide speed demon, and he'd be an excellent fit alongside Thomas. While Thomas specializes on intermediate routes, Ruggs could be a fantastic deep threat in New Orleans, as he averaged 18.6 yards per reception this season (T-No. 25 in the NCAA). That ability to stretch the field could open up a lot of options for the Saints, making the offense more dynamic than it already is.

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I’m coming home

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By Nick Underhill | New Orleans Football

The feeling was always there.

It grew more powerful, more encompassing. Everything inside of me was telling me to stay. I think I knew where I was supposed to be, how lucky I was to be supported by a city in the way New Orleans supported me. The bond we had was special. I spoke about it often.

And then the call came, and I broke it, because, well, that’s what you’re supposed to do when opportunities like the one presented to me arrives.

This was a chance to get on the path. Do well in a smaller market at a midsized publication and then move on to a more prominent company in a bigger market. Do well there, and you’re national. Those are all the things you’re supposed to want. Everyone knows the equation. More success and more money mean more happiness.

Unless it doesn’t. The opportunity with The Athletic was incredible. The people are incredible. I just wasn’t up to the task.

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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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Saints 2019 Season in Review: Craig Robertson

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The Saints signed Craig Robertson to a 3 year $5 million contract in 2016. He received a 2 year extension in 2019. This freed up some cap space and makes him expendable in 2020. If cut he would only carry $650,000 in dead cap and free up $1,750,000.

Robertson was a valuable signing in 2016, proving his worth in it as well as the 2017 season. 2018 saw a sharp reduction in production. In 2016 he played in 15 games all as the starter, one missed due to injury and...
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5 points of focus as the Saints shape their 2020 roster, depending on 1 big question

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Every single area of the New Orleans Saints' roster will be under scrutiny heading into the 2020 season, but since we are not paid as much as the front office folks, let's just narrow it down to the top five.

So, let’s dive right in with the one question that is likely to shape the entire Saints’ off-season.

Is it going to be Drew Brees? Teddy Bridgewater? Taysom Hill?

Someone else?

The thing about it is the Saints truly do not know the answer to this question...
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Saints 2019 Year in Review: Erik McCoy

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Erik McCoy was the player the New Orleans Saints didn't know they needed until they suddenly needed him. On March 16, 2019 the Saints surprisingly lost their Pro Bowl center, Max Unger to retirement. This announcement placed center as an immediate position of need going into the 2019 season. The Saints immediately signed free agent center/guard Nick Easton from Minnesota the very next day, for four years/$24 million. The Saints wisely didn't look at that signing as...
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Could any Saints free agents be franchise tagged?

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If you were paying attention, February 25th represents the first day NFL teams could franchise tag their pending free agents.

What is a franchise tag? It’s a one-year contract that a team can use on a pending free agent, with the amount set by the collective bargaining agreement, or an amount equal to 110% of the previous year’s salary for the player, whichever is greater. OvertheCap has estimated the franchise tag amounts for the NFL in 2020 by position:

Part of...
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Why the Saints should sign TE Hunter Henry

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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There was a period last year when Jared Cook was out due to injury, that the New Orleans Saints backup quarterback Taysom Hill was the second tight end behind Josh Hill on the roster, with no other tight end available.

The aforementioned Cook is only under contract turning 33 years old later this season, and he’s only under contract for one more year in New Orleans. It’s time the Saints address the position with something that provides a bit more long-term...
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Fleur-de-Links: February 14: Free agents that New Orleans should sign, and speculation on Saints quarterbacks

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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The Bengals offer many free agents that could be an upgrade for the Saints, including wide receiver A.J. Green and tight end Tyler Eifert.

Analysis on if Taysom Hill can be the Saints’ new franchise quarterback.

NFL Spin Zone recommends that the Saints avoid wide receiver Amari Cooper, tight end Greg Olsen, and linebacker Shaquil Barrett.

Saints Wire provides a list of 31 free agents that the Saints could pursue in the offseason. Highlights include tight end...
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Hearing regarding emails between Saints, Archdiocese will be open to media

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Saints joined the Archdiocese of New Orleans in asking Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Ellen Hazeur to bar the media from a hearing next week regarding whether emails between the team and the Archdiocese about sexual abuse committed by clergy should remain under seal, but their bid was unsuccessful.

Ramon Antonio Vargas of reports that Judge Hazeur ruled on Thursday that the hearing, which is scheduled for Feburary 20, will be open to media...
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Hearing on Saints' emails with church to be open

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News outlets and the public will be able to attend a hearing next week on the confidentiality of emails between Roman Catholic officials and the NFL's New Orleans Saints concerning clergy sex-abuse scandals.

A state judge in New Orleans ruled Thursday that the Feb. 20 hearing will be open, although she cautioned attorneys that they must not disclose the contents of the emails at that hearing.

As The Associated Press reported last month, victims' lawyers allege that...
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Saints mock offseason: Conservative edition

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Forget “mock drafts.” How about a full-on mock offseason? Roster releases, free agent acquisitions, trades, and the NFL draft - the whole nine yards. This will be the first of multiple mock offseasons, and since it’s the first, let’s keep this one simple...

The New Orleans Saints are set to begin the 2020 offseason with only $9 million in cap space.

The Saints first re-sign Drew Brees to a two-year deal that is essentially a one-year deal with a void year in 2021...
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Hearing over Saints emails involving Archdiocese to be open to media, judge rules

  • News source: BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS | Staff writer
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A judge on Thursday granted a request from New Orleans media organizations to be allowed in the courtroom next week for a hearing about the Saints involvement with the Archdiocese of New Orleans during the church's sexual abuse crisis.

The Feb. 20 hearing is about whether emails between the archdiocese and executives of the NFL team should remain under seal. The communications turned up in a lawsuit about clergy abuse.

Judge Ellen Hazeur granted the media's request...
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Saints opt for defense in SB Nation’s mock draft

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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We’re still rocking and rolling with mock draft season. This time around, it’s SB Nation, where their first round mock is the first to include a trade for the New Orleans Saints. “A trade up?” you ask. Nope. Mickey Loomis and the Saints break tradition and trade down in the 2020 NFL draft:

It’s really an interesting mock draft, and one that helps net the Saints an additional pick in 2020 to only move down two spaces. However, the Saints have a notorious history for...
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Fleur-de-Links, February 13: More speculation on Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater, Michael Thomas shows off custom cleats

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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Once Drew Brees announces his definitive plans, all other pieces will fall into place.

Praises Teddy Bridgewater for his recent viral social media post and other community work that he has done.

After his 2019 performance, 2020 may be the year that Michael Thomas wins an MVP award.

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell thinks that Drew Brees will sign another contract for one year with two voidable years.

Michael Thomas shows off special Saints/Thomas-themed cleats in celebration...
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Saints, Archdiocese opposing motion for media to attend hearing on emails status

  • News source: Curtis Crabtree
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The New Orleans Saints and the Archdiocese of New Orleans are opposing a court motion that would allow several local media outlets to attend a hearing next week set to resolve the status of public access to communications between the team and church surrounding a clergy sexual abuse case.

According to Ramon Antonio Vargas of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the two entities are trying to keep the newspaper and three local television stations from attending the...
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Michael Thomas receives custom Saints-themed Jordan cleats that celebrate receptions record

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas' special new cleats that he posted to his Instagram story on Wednesday aren't just any shoe.

The Jordan Brand athlete's white, black and gold Air Jordan 1 cleats are customized for the record-setting receiver in celebration of his single-season receptions mark and have several details reflecting that.

It appears there are two different shoes in the photos, one with gold-cleated bottoms, and the other a casual...
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