Player News - Saints

Date: Team: Pos:

Ravens signed restricted free agent WR Willie Snead to a two-year, $10.4 million offer sheet.

The Saints will now have five days to match the offer or risk losing him. Snead already reported to the Saints' offseason program but the team is unlikely to match Baltimore's offer after they gave him just an original-round tender then signed Cameron Meredith to a two-year, $9.6 million contract. New Orleans also re-signed Brandon Coleman earlier this week. Assuming Snead moves on to the Ravens, they will have overhauled their receiving corps by adding Michael Crabtree, John Brown, and Snead this offseason.
Apr 20 - 10:41 AM

Saints re-signed WR Brandon Coleman.

Coleman played ahead of Willie Snead as the Saints' primary slot receiver last year, but the team did not tender him in restricted free agency, so Coleman is likely returning for near or at the league minimum. Although Coleman stands 6-foot-6, he has shown very little playmaking ability at wideout. He appeared in all 16 games last season and managed a 23/364/15.8/3 receiving line.
Apr 18 - 6:36 PM

Mark Ingram has switched agents.

After being represented for a number of years by Joel Segal of Lagardere Sports and Entertainment, Ingram is now with Paul Bobbitt and David Jones of VIP Sports Management. The 28-year-old broke out for career-highs in both rushing yards (1,124) and touchdowns (12) last season while splitting backfield work with Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara. Ingram's contract expires after 2018.
Apr 17 - 2:27 PM

Saints restricted free agent WR Willie Snead reported for the offseason program.

Ian Rapoport reports Snead has yet to sign his RFA tender, but he will participate in the offseason program. Frozen out after serving a three-game suspension to open the season, Snead was given just an original-round tender by the Saints, who also signed Cameron Meredith to a two-year, $9.6 million contract. Snead visited the Ravens last month, but it does not seem like an offer sheet is forthcoming at this point.
Apr 16 - 9:43 AM

Saints exercised LG Andrus Peat's fifth-year option for 2019.

Peat is three months removed from ankle surgery after going down in the first-round of the playoffs. He's coming off one of his better seasons as a run blocker, leading to Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara Pro Bowl appearances. Peat will make a base salary of $9.63 million next year. He's expected to be ready for training camp.
Apr 13 - 6:42 PM

Saints signed WR Cameron Meredith to a two-year, $9.6 million contract.

The deal contains $5.4 million guaranteed. The Saints inked Meredith to this offer sheet last week, and the Bears had five days to match with Meredith being a restricted free agent. Chicago passed, reportedly for "medical reasons" with Meredith coming off a 2017 torn ACL and MCL. It's ironic because the Bears signed Allen Robinson to a rich deal in March with him also coming off a torn ACL that happened later than Meredith's. Meredith will join Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn in New Orleans, and it's fair to wonder if the Saints will rescind their qualifying offer to Willie Snead, a fellow restricted free agent. Meredith is the clear favorite over Snead in three-wide sets. On Chicago's side, the Bears are now in the market for an early-round receiver in this month's draft.
Apr 11 - 3:08 PM

Saints signed restricted free agent WR Cameron Meredith to a two-year, $9.6 million offer sheet.

The deal includes $5.4 million in guaranteed money. The Bears will now have five days to match the offer or risk losing him. Meredith enjoyed a breakout year with a team-high 888 yards in 2016 before losing all of last season to a torn ACL. The 25-year-old has a connection to Saints WRs coach Curtis Johnson, who previously coached Meredith in Chicago. Meredith would have mouthwatering fantasy appeal with future Hall of Famer Drew Brees throwing to him in New Orleans, though the Bears have plenty of cap room and should be interested in keeping him around as a complement to Allen Robinson.
Apr 6 - 2:39 PM

Saints re-signed LB Michael Mauti to a one-year contract.

Mauti made 11 appearances in 2017, playing 63 snaps on defense. He will try to maintain his 53-man roster spot with reserve and special teams duties.
Apr 5 - 4:31 PM

Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson spent the 2013-2015 seasons in New Orleans, posting a career-best 74-825-6 line in 2015 before signing with the Ravens and then tearing his Achilles' and missing 2016. He went 61-522-4 last year and still has juice at 37 years old. Expect the Saints to release Coby Fleener at some point, leaving Josh Hill and Watson atop the depth chart with Michael Hoomanawanui as a blocker.
Mar 28 - 12:22 PM

Free agent TE Ben Watson visited the Saints.

Speaking Tuesday, Saints coach Sean Payton called adding both a receiver and tight end a "must." Reuniting with Watson would make a ton of sense, though the 37-year-old is coming off a season where he averaged an anemic 8.6 yards per catch. He's a sure pair of hands at this point in his career but not much else.
Mar 27 - 4:27 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Saints coach Sean Payton said the team "must" add a receiver and tight end.

At this point, Payton is probably looking forward to the draft, but the Saints did host restricted free agent Cameron Meredith for a visit over the weekend. Beyond Meredith, the receiver market is completely picked over, with only Jordan Matthews and Kendall Wright offering any sort of intrigue. At tight end, perhaps the Saints could eye a low-dollar reunion with Ben Watson.
Mar 27 - 10:55 AM

The Chicago Tribune reports restricted free agent WR Cameron Meredith visited the Saints over the weekend.

Meredith has now visited the Colts, Ravens and Saints over the past week. Whether or not an offer sheet follows will depend on how far along Meredith is in his recovery from a torn ACL.
Mar 26 - 4:31 PM

Restricted free agent Cameron Meredith will visit the Ravens on Thursday.

They're also hosting RFA Willie Snead. Meredith's had a hotter than expected market after missing all of 2017 to ACL surgery. He would join a three-wide set of Michael Crabtree and John Brown in Baltimore.
Mar 21 - 4:34 PM

Restricted free agent Willie Snead is visiting the Ravens on Wednesday.

The Saints placed the original-pick tender on former UDFA Snead, so they only get the right to match whatever offer Snead gets but wouldn't receive any compensation if Snead leaves. Baltimore is doing its best to overhaul its receiving corps, having already signed Michael Crabtree and John Brown.
Mar 21 - 10:00 AM

According to ESPN's Field Yates, restricted free agent Cameron Meredith visited the Colts.

The plot thickens. Meredith is a restricted free agent, meaning the Bears can match any offer he receives on the open market. While it's unclear if the Colts made a formal offer to Meredith, the fact that he's exploring other options has to have the Bears at least a little concerned. Meredith sat out all of last season with a torn ACL but led the team with 888 receiving yards during a breakout 2016 campaign. Ultimately, we'd be surprised if the Bears let him walk.
Mar 20 - 5:35 PM


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