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Report: Tight end Jared Cook hints deal with Saints is coming soon...

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

Jared Cook hasn't signed his name on the dotted line just yet.

But all indications, including the words out of Cooks' mouth, seem to indicate that he'll be wearing a New Orleans Saints uniform in the fall.

At least based on what Cook said Friday while attending an event honoring the NFL's Ed Block Courage Award winners.

According to an ESPN report, Cook was asked by the network's Jamison Hensley if he had agreed to a deal with the Saints.

Cook winked and responded "maybe," according to the report.

Then Cook continued.

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Ireland: Saints limited draft resources won’t affect scouting process

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By Luke Johnson, | The Times-Picayune

The lead up to the 2019 NFL draft has been a bit more challenging than other recent years for Jeff Ireland, the New Orleans Saints’ assistant general manager and college scouting director.

The work hasn’t changed, the pre-draft process still requiring an exhaustive understanding of the hundreds of available prospects in this year’s draft, but the resources on hand are what makes this a little difficult this year.

Through a handful of trades made in the 2018 season, the Saints currently hold only one pick — No. 62 overall — in the first four rounds of the draft.

That makes things tougher. But the work, like traveling to places like LSU Friday (March 22) for Pro Day to watch players perform physical testing and drills, helps him make sure he is prepared to pull the trigger on the right player when his opportunity finally comes.

“We’re going to evaluate every player that we can possibly get our eyes on, we’re going to build the board exactly the same way we always have,” Ireland said.

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The Saints may have found exactly what they were missing on offense

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By Brian Allee Walsh - Special to the Sun Herald

If reports are true, the New Orleans Saints finally stepped out in free agency, signing well-traveled tight end Jared Cook.

Once the leagues signs off on the multi-year deal, the Saints will have addressed a major off-season need. Spotrac estimates Cook’s market value at $7.2 million annually.

The news was first reported by NFL Network.

Nothing against recently retired TE Ben Watson — he was a class act and a solid contributor during two stints with the Black and Gold — but that position has been underwhelming since the blockbuster trade of Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks in 2015.

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Why the Saints should trade all of their late round draft picks

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The NFL Draft is really a four-round process. The odds of players picked in rounds five, six, and seven being big contributors and sticking on a Super Bowl-contending roster are so low that most teams would do better to punt on those picks altogether, trading them for proven NFL veterans. Justis Mosqueda of Optimum Scouting explained this trend, but nothing illustrates it better than the ten picks made by the New Orleans Saints in the last four years:

  • 2018, Round 5: DB Natrell Jamerson, cut
  • 2018, Round 6: DB Kamrin Moore, cut
  • 2018, Round 6: RB Boston Scott, cut
  • 2018, Round 7: OL Will Clapp, still on roster
  • 2017, Round 6: DE Al-Quadin Muhammad, cut
  • 2016, Round 7: RB Daniel Lasco, cut
  • 2015, Round 5: LB Davis Tull, cut
  • 2015, Round 5: DL Tyeler Davison, free agent
  • 2015, Round 5: CB Damian Swann, cut
  • 2015, Round 7: RB Marcus Murphy, cut
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West Virginia QB Will Grier schedules predraft meeting with Saints

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints sent a strong contingent of scouts and front office executives to the West Virginia Mountaineers pro day in Morgantown, and we have a good idea of which prospects drew their attention. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Saints are one of ten teams to schedule a meeting with Mountaineers quarterback Will Grier. New Orleans had nine representatives at the pro day, the most of any single team, per Alex Hickey of the West Virginia MetroNews. The Saints wanted all available eyes to take in Grier’s throwing session and study wide receiver David Sills, who they previously contacted at the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile.

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Report: Veteran TE Jared Cook expected to sign with Saints after career season

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By Kevin Patra -

The New Orleans Saints are poised to add a legit tight end receiving target for Drew Brees.

Jared Cook is expected to sign with the Saints, sources told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

Turning 32 years old next month, Cook is coming off a career-year with the Oakland Raiders. As Derek Carr's top pass-catching target last season, Cook corralled 68 passes for 896 yards and six touchdowns.

The addition is a coup for the Saints who have struggled to find consistent weapons for Brees outside of Michael Thomas the past few seasons. ...

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Saints to sign cornerback, return specialist Marcus Sherels

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(Photo by Michael DeMocker, | The Times-Picayune)

By Luke Johnson, | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints have reached an agreement in principle with former Minnesota Vikings cornerback and return specialist Marcus Sherels, according to a league source.

The 31-year-old Sherels had spent his entire nine-year career with the Vikings up to this point, making his most notable impact as a punt returner. His five career punt return touchdowns rank second among active players behind Darren Sproles. He has also dabbled as a kick returner, with a 25.5-yard career average on 53 kick returns. ...

Last season, Sherels averaged 12 yards on his 23 punt returns with a long of 70 yards. He has averaged better than 11 yards per punt return four times in the last six years. Only twice in the Sean Payton era have the Saints had a player with at least 10 punt returns average better than 11 yards per return, when Reggie Bush averaged 13.5 yards per return in 2008 and Tommylee Lewis averaged 11.4 yards per return in 2016. ...

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NFL close to adopting rule change to expand instant replay

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By James Parks | 247 Sports

There appears to be agreement on a rule change regarding instant replay in the NFL, but not the one that many fans in New Orleans were hoping the league would adopt.

The National Football League’s Competition Committee has built up support for a rule change that would make pass interference penalties and other personal fouls reviewable by replay, but only in those instances in which a penalty flag was already thrown, the Washington Post reports.

Debate is still ongoing among committee members and no definitive rule proposals have been agreed to, and it is not clear if they will even make any proposals at the annual meeting.

But even though the committee has come to some agreement about a change, there is currently no support among members to introduce review in cases where no flags are thrown on the field.

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Saints schedule visits with several Buckeyes draft prospects

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The 2019 NFL Draft is approaching quickly, and the New Orleans Saints are stepping up their efforts to evaluate college prospects and continue to hammer out a draft strategy. Part of the predraft process involves hosting prospects on visits in New Orleans, though teams are allowed just 30 such personal meetings. We’re starting to get an idea of who the Saints may be targeting in this year’s draft after the Ohio State Buckeyes pro day.

Running back Mike Weber has scheduled visits with the Saints, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, and Pittsburgh Steelers, per Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors. Weber was heavily involved in the Buckeyes offense the last three years, running for 2676 yards and scoring 24 touchdowns on the ground with 455 career attempts. He also caught 54 passes for 297 receiving yards. He didn’t complete all drills at the NFL Scouting Combine, but Weber’s 4.47-second time in the 40-yard dash was a good time for a back of his size (5-foot-9 5/8, 211 pounds).

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