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The NFL-AAF relationship is working. But the ideal scenario for both sides still a ways off

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Jason Munz | Memphis Commercial Appeal

Bill Polian’s vision for the Alliance of American Football, from the very beginning, has been crystal clear.

The upstart league, which is halfway through its 10-game regular season that began the week after the Super Bowl, wants nothing to do with competing against the mighty NFL. Rather, the AAF’s goal is to act in concert with professional football’s big league in hopes of becoming a proving ground for those in search of another shot (think Trent Richardson, Rashad Ross and Zach Mettenberger) and a training ground for the not-quite-ready-for-primetime fringe players (recent examples being Danny Etling, J.T. Barrett and Bo Scarbrough).

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Former Vikings guard Nick Easton visits Saints

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By Curtis Crabtree | PFT

Former Minnesota Vikings guard Nick Easton visited the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, per Field Yates of ESPN.com.

Easton missed all of last season for the Vikings after injuring his neck in the preseason. Easton required surgery and landed on injured reserve.

He started 12 of 16 games for the Vikings in 2017 before a fractured ankle injured his season in December.
The Vikings placed a second-round restricted free agent tender on Easton to keep him with the team last season only to lose him for the year before the regular season began.

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Teddy Bridgewater wisely bets on Saints as best chance for future success

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By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Teddy Bridgewater had the chance to go home and join the Miami Dolphins. He might have been the starting quarterback in 2019, a role he has aspired to regain since he suffered a gruesome knee injury with the Minnesota Vikings before the 2016 season.

Instead, Bridgewater is betting on himself and the possibility of a long-term future with the New Orleans Saints as he decided Thursday (March 14) to re-sign with the team that traded for him last year.

Meanwhile, the deal is a coup for the Saints. Suddenly, it’s easier for the Saints to cope with giving up their 2019 third-round pick for the 26-year-old Bridgewater last year, but more than that, this sends a message to every player in the NFL that New Orleans is a desirable place to play — if that wasn’t clear enough already from the locker room dance videos and the recent success. Bridgewater’s return also ensures that Taysom Hill will remain the third-string quarterback, which means Sean Payton can spend the offseason scheming ways to use the versatile weapon.

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In New Orleans, Teddy Bridgewater found the ‘right situation to succeed’

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By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

There was a part of Teddy Bridgewater that considered his roots when he decided where to continue his career, but a stronger part of him looked at the best way to set himself up for his future.

Appearing on WWL radio with hosts Zach Strief and Bobby Hebert, Bridgewater explained why he chose to sign a one-year deal to remain with the New Orleans Saints in lieu of signing a deal with his home town Miami Dolphins. When he visited Miami Wednesday (March 13) night, the Saints were in the back of his mind. He wanted to put himself in the best place to succeed “as a football player and as a man,” and he determined New Orleans was that place.

“Everything I experienced last year really came into play,” Bridgewater said. “The atmosphere, the coaching staff, the players in that locker room, the fans and the city, how they welcomed me. It just came into play and made the process a little easier.”

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Alvin Kamara’s heartfelt message to Mark Ingram: ‘I’m forever grateful’

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By Christopher Dabe - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara shared a heartfelt message via Instagram to departing teammate Mark Ingram, calling him “my brother for life.”

Ingram, whose eight-year stint with the Saints ended when he became a free agent Wednesday, will join the Baltimore Ravens on a three-year, $15 million deal.

“I hope y’all don’t think gon stop!! My brother for life," Kamara wrote in the social media post. "I’m not een talkin bout football. Dude kicked game to me bout how to stand tall through the bull and how to stay grounded when you on top of the world. Never once complained. Poured everything he had into me and for that I’m forever grateful. Probably the smoothest first 2 years an NFL player has ever had and I owe a lot of it to you brother. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

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Time will tell what Teddy Bridgewater becomes, but he's best insurance policy in NFL for now

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

The Saints signed Drew Brees on March 14 after he met with the Miami Dolphins.

Thirteen years later on the same day, the Saints have signed Teddy Bridgewater after he met with the Dolphins.

It’s too soon to know if this move will make Bridgewater the eventual successor to Brees. For now, he’ll work as the backup quarterback, just as he did last season after New Orleans acquired him in exchange for a third-round pick.

But the positive thing to take from this is that the possibility exists that Bridgewater will one day take over and lead this organization to prosperity, much the way Brees did when coming here all those years ago.

“(Thirteen) years later, I’m trying to see if history will repeat itself in my favor at some point,” Bridgewater wrote on Twitter.

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'Sky is the limit': Latavius Murray has high expectations for Saints' backfield with Alvin Kamara

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

Latavius Murray knows how much the city of New Orleans loved Mark Ingram.

He knows what Ingram did both on and off the field during his eight seasons here.

So Murray, who signed with the Saints on Thursday, reached out to the guy he'll be replacing in the backfield.

He congratulated Ingram, who signed with the Baltimore Ravens, on his deal and let Ingram know that he'll be asking him for some pointers about New Orleans.

Ingram congratulated him back and offered to give any assistance he needed.

"He reiterated how much he loved this locker room and (said) I'm very lucky to be around a great group of guys," Murray said.

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Source: Chiefs agree to deal with DE Okafor

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The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a three-year contract with defensive end Alex Okafor, a source told ESPN

According to NFL Network, which first reported the news, the deal is worth up to $24 million.

Okafor will help the Chiefs' pass rush after the team released linebacker Justin Houston and traded linebacker Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers.

The Chiefs needed defensive ends for their new 4-3 base defensive system and will plug Okafor into one of those spots. He will most likely join Breeland Speaks, the Chiefs' second-round pick last year, as a starter.

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David Onyemata leads Saints with $212K pay bump in performance incentives; see full list

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

David Onyemata earned a nice bonus for his play.

The Saints defensive tackle earned a $212,464 bonus from the main performance-based pay pool, as well as another $74,657 from the veteran pool.

To determine how much each player earns, a "player index" is calculated by taking a player's total playing time (offense, defense, special teams) and dividing it against his adjusted salary (total salary, prorated bonuses and earned incentives).

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