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Underhill: Not acquiring another pressure player might have been as risky for Saints as trading up to draft one

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By Nick Underhill

The Saints took a risk in trading up to draft Marcus Davenport.

This fact is already known. There is no need to rehash the stakes. And even though snap judgments already exist about the deal, and it will be prematurely graded again after the season, it is probably going to take a few years before accurate evaluations exist.

That doesn’t mean we’re done discussing it. Not even close. One of the more interesting aspects of the trade came to light when ESPN's Mike Triplett pointed out that a deal like this has never happened before. It was the third time in the past 15 years that a team packaged two first-round picks to select a non-quarterback (the other two were receivers), and the first time a team dealt two first rounders to acquire a pick outside of the top 12 (the Saints moved up from 27 to 14 in exchange for next year's first-round pick and a fifth-rounder).

That doesn’t mean any deal for a non-quarterback who isn't Julio Jones is misguided. The Saints would have been better off making the same deal to move up from 27 to 14 in 2007 to get cornerback Darrelle Revis, which would have cost them Robert Meachem and whomever they would have picked in 2008 instead of trading up for Sedrick Ellis (assuming they still got guard Carl Nicks in the fifth). And no one would be questioning a team for making a similar trade to select J.J. Watt in 2011.

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Saints reportedly expected to release veteran safety Marcus Maye

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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INDIANAPOLIS — After two injury-riddled years in New Orleans, the New Orleans Saints are expected to release safety Marcus Maye, according to a Bleacher Report report.
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Saints to release safety Marcus Maye, per report

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According to Jordan Schultz, Bleacher Report’s NFL insider, the New Orleans Saints are set to release veteran safety Marcus Maye at the start of the league year. He has been with the team since signing with them in the 2022 offseason.

If Maye is released right now, it will save around $1.19 million in cap space. A post-June 1 designation would save the Saints more cap space - $7.2 million the general expectation is for that to happen, but no confirmed reports have been made as of yet.

In his two seasons with New Orleans, Maye would only play 17 games. This would be due to a variety of...
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New Orleans Saints to release starting safety Marcus Maye

  • News source: John Sigler
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The New Orleans Saints plan to release starting safety Marcus Maye when the new league year kicks off on March 13, per Bleacher Report’s Jordan Schultz. Maye had missed as many games (17) as he played for New Orleans (17) due to several injuries and a suspension over his two years with the team.

So it’s not too surprising that he’s being let go. Maye was due to count $9.6 million against the salary cap in 2024, the last year of his contract, and the Saints decided it’s worth more to replace him than keep it going. What’s curious is how they’re doing it.

If the Saints are simply cutting...
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Report: Saints set to release safety Marcus Maye

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NC State's Payton Wilson could be a great Demario Davis understudy

  • News source: John Sigler
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How important is it for the New Orleans Saints to spend a high draft pick on a linebacker this year? With Demario Davis being the oldest linebacker in the NFL and Pete Werner’s development stalling out — while Zack Baun has a good chance at leaving for a better scheme fit in free agency — you could rank it pretty high among the team’s needs. Davis is entering a contract year, too.

Enter Payton Wilson: arguably the most experienced linebacker in the draft, who is confident he’s this year’s best athlete, too. He’ll have an opportunity to prove it when the linebackers go through speed and...
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WATCH Saints Insider, Feb. 29: Ranking the best Saints offseasons in the past 25 years

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One offseason can turn around the fortunes of a franchise in a hurry, as evidenced by last year's Houston Texans. The New Orleans Saints need one now, and they have four good ones in their own recent history. Our Saints…
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Saints Reacts Results: What should the Saints do in the 1st round of this year’s draft?

  • News source: Tina Howell
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Earlier this week, we asked our readers what they would like to see the New Orleans Saints do in the 1st round of this year’s NFL Draft. The Saints currently have the 14th pick overall and with just 5 picks total, they should look at all their options. While it may not be clear yet what the Saints plan on doing in the 1st round, voters have definitely made their thoughts clear. With 46% of the vote, fans said they would like to see the Saints pick at 14.

30% of voters said they would like to see the Saints trade down. This would mostly likely be their best way to stack up some additional...
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Dennis Allen shares Marshon Lattimore update amid trade speculation

  • News source: John Sigler
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Will Marshon Lattimore be playing for the New Orleans Saints in 2024? The Saints reworked their contract with the cornerback so that they could trade him, if they choose, back in the final weeks of the 2023 season.

Don’t get it twisted: trading Lattimore would still be expensive. Prohibitively so before June 1 (costing an extra $16 million against the salary cap). If Lattimore is going to be dealt it will be after the 2024 draft, and after June 1. The deadline: one week before the first game of the 2024 season in September.

Saints head coach Dennis Allen was asked about Lattimore’s...
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Saints meet with Texas TE Ja'Tavion Sanders at NFL combine

  • News source: Dylan Sanders
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The NFL Scouting Combine is underway for the 2024 draft cycle and the New Orleans Saints have started their formal meetings with prospects. Recently, the Saints met with Texas tight end product Ja’Tavion Sanders per The Draft Network’s Ryan Fowler.

Sanders is one of the more exciting pass catchers in this tight end class, if not the most capable player in that role. He had just under 1,300 career receiving yards in two years as part of the Longhorns offense, with seven touchdown grabs to add to that production. He was a part of the All-Big 12 first team each of the last two years. The big...
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Saints met with Washington DE Bralen Trice at NFL combine

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The NFL Scouting Combine is underway for the 2024 draft cycle and the New Orleans Saints have started their formal meetings with prospects in Indinapolis. Recently, the Saints met with Washington defensive end Bralen Trice per The Philly Inquirer’s Devin Jackson.

He could be a good fit for the Saints. The pass rusher is coming off of back-to-back impressive seasons at Washington, finishing his career with 18 sacks and 28.5 total tackles for a loss. He’s known for his strength at the line of scrimmage and reliability in defending the run as well as getting after the quarterback.

But Trice...
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Saints tackle Trevor Penning is entering an important offseason with 'a clean slate'

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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INDIANAPOLIS — The 2024 NFL draft class is loaded with highly regarded offensive tackles, and that could be good news for the New Orleans Saints, who own the No. 14 pick.
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NFL Combine Prospect Preview: Alabama Crimson Tide

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In 2023/2024, Alabama football had a bounce-back year, evident by the talent on their roster. The Crimson Tide were successful because of their stifling defense and dynamic offense, filled with top prospects at all positions.

Alabama had ten players invited to the NFL Combine, and many of them could be targeted by the New Orleans Saints in this year’s draft.

Dallas Turner is an unbelievably talented defensive player and was one of the pillars on the 2023/2024 Alabama football roster. Turner is slated to participate in all parts of the NFL Combine and can improve his draft stock even...
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CSC Poll Results: Who are you looking forward to seeing at the NFL Combine?

  • News source: Hayden Reel
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In this week’s CSC poll question, we asked our readers which potential draft pick of the New Orleans Saints are you most looking forward to seeing at the NFL Scouting Combine?

After 226 votes, University of Georgia tight end Brock Bowers won with 39.8% of the vote. It may be a stretch that a player like Bowers is available at 14th overall, but it is not impossible. The Saints may even look to trade up during the draft if they are impressed with Bowers and he falls out of the top 8. Bowers was the best tight end in college football the last few years and would be an immediate producer in...
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Jameis Winston, Michael Thomas land on NFL.com's top 101 free agents list

  • News source: Darrion Gray
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Jameis Winston and Michael Thomas both landed on NFL.com’s top 101 free agents list, despite still being under contract with the New Orleans Saints in 2024. They rank 95th and 101st, respectively. Their appearance is warranted because their contracts essentially makes it a foregone conclusion both Thomas and Winston will be on the market. Both players are expected to be released, barring a surprise extension at the last minute.

Winston should be a sought-after as a backup or potentially a bridge quarterback. He’s already vocalized his desire to be a starter in the league again. Here’s...
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