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Cameron Jordan extension a win-win for Saints; Michael Thomas next?

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By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

METAIRIE, La. -- Sean Payton must have had contract extensions on the brain Tuesday after he finished talking about defensive end Cameron Jordan’s new three-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

Because when Payton was asked a question about receiver Michael Thomas’ growth, the coach said, “He’ll be the next one, I’m sure. [General manager Mickey Loomis] will be working, and I know that they’ve probably already begun discussions.”

Thomas, who is scheduled to become a free agent next year, should command a new deal in the neighborhood of $20 million per year at some point this year or next.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the Saints, who also have guys such as Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater and Andrus Peat scheduled to be free agents in 2020. Alvin Kamara...

Saints add free agent WR Chad Hansen among three transactions

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints submitted a flurry of moves to the NFL’s transaction wire. They added free agent wide receiver Chad Hansen and, in a corresponding move, waived rookie cornerback David Simmons. They also placed rookie linebacker Chase Hansen on the reserve/non-injury list, which would make room on the 90-man roster for recently-signed cornerback Kayvon Webster.

Hansen (the receiver, not the linebacker) was drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft and has already spent time with four different NFL teams (not including the Saints) after playing for the California Golden Bears in college. The New York Jets first picked Hansen but waived him during roster cuts last year. Hansen then spent time on the practice squads of the New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, and Denver Broncos before signing with New Orleans.

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Saints to stay and practice in Seattle during West Coast layover

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints settled their early-season travel plans, per a report from Jeff Duncan of the Times-Picayune. With road trips scheduled against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2 and the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3, the Saints opted to stay on the West Coast rather than pack in so many cross-country flights to such a small window.

Duncan reports that the Saints will fly up to Seattle following their game against the Rams, and plan to practice at the University of Washington’s facilities in the days leading up to their kickoff against the Seahawks. The Washington Huskies football team is scheduled to travel to BYU that week, so that should help with the logistics of two big programs sharing space.

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New Orleans Saints make big moves on defense

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The New Orleans Saints invested in the defense this week, re-signing All-Pro DE Cameron Jordan and signing veteran CB Kayvon Webster. These moves demonstrate the Saints commitment to having another strong defensive showing in 2019.

By Zachary Knerr | Pro Football Network

Teams are well into the offseason at this point of the year. The spectacle of the draft has worn off, the big splashes in free agency have been made, OTAs and mini-camp are wrapping up for many teams, including the New Orleans Saints.

When it gets to this point of the season, the news can often slow down as well. However, the Saints made strides to create some continuity and improvement for the defense this past week.

Cameron Jordan signs with the New Orleans Saints through 2023

Back in the summer of 2015, Cameron Jordan signed a five-year/$55 million contract with the Saints as the All-Pro defensive end was locked up. Well on Tuesday, June 11th, the two sides made it clear they want to keep this going with a new three-year/$52.5 million deal. Contractually this will tie the two sides together until after the 2023 season.

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Saints minicamp recap, Day 1, June 11: attendance, transactions, stand outs, more

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

The Saints held their first day of minicamp on Tuesday in Metairie.

Here are a few observations from minicamp, which continues on Wednesday and conludes on Thursday.

Attendance

Drew Brees was the most notable absent player from practice.

Brees, who also missed the final day of OTAs last week, is in San Diego attending to a legal matter pertaining to a lawsuit filed against a jeweler.

Teddy Bridgewater worked with the first-team offense.

Bridgewater completed 5 of 10 for 67 yards in a 2-minute drill against the first team defense.

Other players who didn't participate in practice were: Keith Kirkwood, Chris Banjo, Larry Warford, Cameron Meredith, and Sheldon Rankins.

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Fleur-de-Links, January 27: Drew Brees reacts to Kobe Bryant’s passing, and Garrett Hartley’s new team revealed

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Drew Brees says that he is going to “give it a month or so,” before he announces if he will return.

Drew Brees speaks on the passing of Kobe Bryant, saying, “he was somebody who transcended the game and inspired so many people.”

Russell Wilson, the original starting QB for the NFC in the Pro Bowl, gave Drew Brees the starting spot.

Garrett Harley has been signed by the Seattle Dragons.

ESPN analyst Mel Kiper predicts that the Saints will draft Utah State...
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NFL Pro Bowl 2020: Several Saints stand out in 38-33 AFC win over NFC

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A somber 2020 Pro Bowl is now in the books. In a game that was ultimately overshadowed by the tragic passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, the AFC defeated the NFC 38-33 in a close game. Several Saints put up serious numbers, including Drew Brees, Michael Thomas and Jared Cook.

Brees started at quarterback at the behest of Russell Wilson, who gave Brees props for possibly opening doors for him to start in the NFL. Brees capitalized on the opportunity, throwing for 95...
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'It could happen to any one of us:' Saints QB Drew Brees reflects on life, legacy of Kobe Bryant

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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ORLANDO, Fla. — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees spoke for five minutes at his locker after Sunday's Pro Bowl.

And for the first time since his team lost to the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC wild-card game, Brees wasn't asked about his future. Instead, every question pertained to the tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, and the news broke moments before the Pro Bowl was set to begin.

Brees said he had met...
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'We all work together so well:' Saints cite chemistry setting franchise-record with 10 Pro Bowlers

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Details reminiscent of the New Orleans Saints franchise were everywhere during week of the Pro Bowl.

The end zones at Camping World Stadium were black and gold. The NFC's uniforms were gold, while the AFC's were black.

And then, there were a franchise-record 10 Saints in uniform on Sunday — with an 11th who elected to stay home due to injury. It wasn't the highest total for any team, as the Baltimore Ravens had a league-high 11 players on the AFC...
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Walker: Thanks for the memories, Kobe

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Alvin Gentry may as well have been speaking for all of us.

"I have no words, really," Gentry said as he began his pregame news conference. "I don’t know where you can even start."

None of us had the words to quite make sense of the shocking news that rocked the NBA on Sunday.

When you think of Kobe Bryant, you think of numbers like 24 and 8 (the two jersey numbers he wore) or 81 (the number of points he once scored in a game against the Toronto Raptors).

The...
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'A terrible day for the world:' Saints at Pro Bowl heartbroken by Kobe Bryant's death

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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ORLANDO, Fla. — A party raged under the bleachers inside Camping World Stadium just 15 minutes before kickoff at the Pro Bowl.

Inside the NFC's locker room, speakers blared Meek Mill as night club-esque lights shone brightly. The NFC's all-stars were ready.

Then, they checked their phones, and disbelief washed over them.

NBA great and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter accident in California. In that moment, football no longer mattered...
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After Kobe Bryant's death, Drew Brees calls him 'one of the great competitors of any generation'

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ORLANDO, Fla. — News of Kobe Bryant's death broke just before the starting lineups at the Pro Bowl were announced.

And by the end of the first quarter, most everyone on the sidelines was aware of the tragedy, including New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Brees, in an in-game interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters, said he'd met Bryant once in the past, and wished he could have interacted with him more.

"He was a guy who I always hoped I would have the chance...
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Russell Wilson asks Drew Brees to start in his place in the Pro Bowl

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Russell Wilson was chosen as the NFC’s Pro Bowl starting quarterback, but he’s stepping aside today.

Wilson has asked Drew Brees to start in his place in today’s Pro Bowl.

It was a classy move from the 31-year-old Wilson toward the 41-year-old Brees. Perhaps Wilson has some inside information about Brees’s retirement plans, but more likely Wilson just wanted to make a gesture for a player he’s long admired.

“Drew means the world to me,” Wilson said on the ESPN...
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Drew Brees to start at QB in 2020 Pro Bowl

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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According to this Tweet from Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, starting quarterback for the NFC’s Pro Bowl team, Russell Wilson has given his starting spot in today’s game to our very own Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints:

This is a kind gesture from one veteran peer to another. While speculation may lean toward the thought that Wilson is giving this spot to Brees as a “retirement gift” as Brees could be playing in his last Pro Bowl, that is merely speculation...
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2020 NFL Pro Bowl: open thread

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The Pro Bowl is the closest thing we’ll get to actual NFL football this Sunday, so let’s follow the event here. The New Orleans Saints are sending eleven representatives to today’s Pro Bowl. Here are this year’s Saints Pro Bowlers to watch today:

QB - Drew Brees

RB - Alvin Kamara

WR - Michael Thomas

TE - Jared Cook

OT - Terron Armstead

OG - Larry Warford

DE - Cameron Jordan

CB - Marshon Lattimore

K - Wil Lutz

KR - Deonte Harris

and uh...

OG - Andrus Peat...
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Pro Bowl 2020: Game Time, TV, Online, and Mobile Streaming

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The Pro Bowl returns to Orlando for a fourth consecutive year, rather than a trip to beautiful Hawaii or the Super Bowl host city of Miami. It may not be scenic Honolulu or South Beach, but the NFL Pro Bowlers do get to spend some time at Disney World this year. Although the Pro Bowl had become a mess from 2014-2016, the game has rebounded a bit since 2017. It has gone from unwatchable to mildly entertaining.

The New Orleans Saints have sent eleven representatives...
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Drew Brees will “give it a month or so” before making his decision

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For Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the decision is simple: Play for the Saints in 2020, or retire.

On Saturday, the timetable for making the decision became a bit more clear.

“I’m really waiting until football is totally done,” Brees said Saturday from the Pro Bowl, via Amie Just of NOLA.com. “Obviously being here, I’m just very much focused on my family and this opportunity to be around the guys, playing the game.

“Then, I’ll kind of lay low for a little bit, get...
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Super Bowl LIV picks and analysis from 18 Pro Bowlers

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The NFL's best gather in Orlando, Florida, this week to play in Sunday's Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium (ABC/ESPN, 3 p.m. ET). How do they see Super Bowl LIV playing out between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers?

We asked 18 Pro Bowlers and a Legends captain to weigh in on who's going to win the big game. Not everyone went on record and chose a winner, but everyone offered a take. Here's what they said:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker

"The Niners...
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Saints Podcast Round-Up, January 25, 2020

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Looking for Saints podcasts? We got you set with all the local podcasts such as Canal St. Chronicles, Locked On Saints, Saints Happy Hour, Who Dat Confessional, Bayou Blitz and more!

Canal St. Chronicles

Locked On Saints

Saints Happy Hour

Who Dat Confessional

Bayou Blitz
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