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    Saints Pro Bowl center Max Unger retires: report

    (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune In a surprising move, New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl center Max Unger has decided to retire, according to an ESPN report. The 32-year-old Unger spent the last four seasons with New Orleans...
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    Saints re-sign offensive lineman Michael Ola to a 1-year deal

    NOLA.com By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The New Orleans Saints are bringing back veteran offensive lineman Michael Ola on a one-year deal. Ola appeared in seven games over two separate stints with the Saints in 2018 before he suffered a high ankle sprain against the Tampa Bay...
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    Will Mark Ingram return to reprise his role in the Boom and Zoom show?

    (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Boom and Zoom show? Year 2 of the dynamic pairing of New Orleans Saints running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara was another success, with the duo combining for 2,407 scrimmage yards...
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    Saints tender exclusive rights free agents Hardee, Tom, Biegel and Wood

    (David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The New Orleans Saints tendered several of their exclusive rights free agents Monday (Feb. 11), bringing back defensive back Justin Hardee, offensive lineman Cameron Tom, linebacker Vincent Biegel...
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    Saints could bolster tight end corps after unproductive 2018

    (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A quick account of the New Orleans Saints' 2018 tight ends includes one recent retiree, two players who got their first extensive NFL playing time this season and one more whose playing...
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    Saints' Davenport shares a photo of himself in a hospital bed, vows to ‘come back better’

    (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune If New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport did not look like the same player after returning from an injury midway through his rookie season, he gave a reason why on his social...
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    Drew Brees vents his frustration with no-call on Today, Dan Patrick shows

    (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Drew Brees said he would have rather not been appearing on national broadcasts to answer the same questions over and over again, but he was doing so out of his responsibility as the New...
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    Sean Payton and Roger Goodell broke their silence, Netflix was the only one that felt better

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Here we were, 10 days removed from the no-call that upended a city, with two of the central characters in this drama speaking publicly for the first time. Yesterday, Sean Payton, the New Orleans Saints coach, dressed to just barely conceal what...
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    Sean Payton ‘puts his heart and soul’ into Saints, Mickey Loomis says

    (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A 13-3 regular season that clinched home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs, a team that was one missed penalty call away from almost certainly playing for the second Super Bowl title in...
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    Saints evaluating all prospects ahead of 2019 draft, even with lack of early picks

    (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune MOBILE, Alabama — General manager Mickey Loomis and the rest of the New Orleans Saints college scouting department were in Alabama to take in Senior Bowl practices Wednesday (Jan. 23)...
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    Saints' Teddy Bridgewater not sure how impending free agency will play out

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Teddy Bridgewater did the same thing as the rest of his New Orleans Saints teammates the day after the season ended. He attended a team meeting then went to clean out his locker, exchanging hugs and phone numbers with those around him. It may or...
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    Intuitive, confident head coaches power Saints, Rams offenses

    (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The down and distance, the spot on the field, the defense they’re anticipating — everything has been talked through, dissected, drilled and factored into the game plan. All that remains is...
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    In an emotional game, Saints’ Ryan Ramczyk is a constant

    (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Terron Armstead’s favorite NFL player is his mirror image on the New Orleans Saints’ offensive line. There is something about the consistency in demeanor and technique, the way the work is...
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    Saints TE Josh Hill hopes to finish career in New Orleans after signing extension

    (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Two of Josh Hill’s three children were born in New Orleans, and his oldest was not even a year old when the Hill family moved here. That is part of why it meant so much to Hill when the...
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    Next challenge for Saints' run defense: The Rams emergent 2-headed RB attack

    (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Defending the Los Angeles Rams rushing attack was already tough enough when it centered heavily on the stupendous abilities of Todd Gurley. Now, Gurley has a running mate, and that...
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    Saints WR Keith Kirkwood, TE Ben Watson miss second straight practice

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The New Orleans Saints injury report contained some good news and some bad news Thursday (Jan. 17). Receiver Keith Kirkwood (calf) and tight end Ben Watson (illness) both missed practice for the second consecutive day, but offensive linemen...
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    Saints rookie Taylor Stallworth embracing next man up role after Sheldon Rankins injury

    (michael_democker@nola.com) By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Taylor Stallworth is not going so far as to say his role has changed after the New Orleans Saints lost defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins for the season to a torn Achilles. It is more like his role is picking up. “Man...
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    Saints' Ben Watson hopeful for 2-week extension on NFL career

    (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune When Ben Watson took the field in Sunday’s divisional playoff game against the Eagles, he did so with a heightened sense of things. All the emotions he typically feels on game day were...
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    Saints survive rough start to beat Eagles 20-14, advance to the NFC Championship Game

    Jordan bats a pass Saints DE Cam Jordan bats a pass on third down, forcing the Eagles to punt late in the half. (NOLA.com Photo) By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The Philadelphia Eagles seized control with a haymaker at the opening bell. The New Orleans Saints wrenched it back...
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    Saints offense, Eagles defense among the NFL’s best in clutch situations

    (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The winner of the Sunday’s NFC divisional round matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints might depend on the situation. Situational football, that is. And few, if...

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