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The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Larry Holder "wouldn't be stunned" if a Saints veteran like RE Junior Galette is moved in a draft-day trade.

Coach Sean Payton reportedly wanted to cut Galette after he was accused of domestic violence, but the charges were dropped in February. After restructuring his contract in March, it would cost New Orleans $10.75 million against the 2015 salary cap to trade Galette. That is simply not possible under the Saints' current cap constraints. They also need to be stockpiling pass rushers, not parting with them. Galette is coming off a ten-sack year.
Apr 25 - 1:46 PM

Drew Brees talked up second-year WR Brandin Cooks on Wednesday and revealed he's spent time this offseason training with Cooks in San Diego.

Quietly, Cooks was leading all rookie wide receivers in receptions (53) when he suffered a year-ending thumb injury last Week 10. "Man, I love everything about him," Brees said of Cooks. "His makeup, and then just his physical ability. I mean he's got all kinds of talent." With Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills out of the picture, 21-year-old Cooks is a prime sophomore breakout candidate.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 22 - 11:00 PM

Contract-year DE Cameron Jordan is expected to participate in the Saints' offseason program.

It's a show of good faith from Jordan after he notched 7.5 sacks last season. The sides have mutual interest in a new deal. Jordan turns 26 in July.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 20 - 2:00 PM

The Saints plan to open the season with Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston at the top of their depth chart.

New Orleans traded Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, leaving Cooks and Colston as the favorites for targets. Cooks was limited to the slot in 10 games as a rookie, but projects to move outside in base sets. The Saints are likely to add competition for Colston, with Louisville’s DeVante Parker and Miami’s Phillip Dorsett among their pre-draft visits. Nick Toon, Joe Morgan, and Brandon Coleman are also competing for snaps.
Apr 18 - 2:58 PM

Saints signed C Mike Golic.

The son of the former Eagles DL and current ESPN personality Mike Golic, the younger Golic went undrafted out of Notre Dame in 2013. He can play either guard or center but has yet to appear in an NFL game.
Apr 15 - 11:01 AM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett projects 240 touches for Mark Ingram, 150 for C.J. Spiller and 90 for Khiry Robinson this season.

The Saints have a long history of using their backs situationally. The difference this year should be an increased focus on the run game and defense as they try to reduce the amount of points needed to win. So there's plenty of room for Ingram to exceed this 15.0 per game touch projection, especially considering he got 19.6 per game last year. Triplett confirms that Robinson will be a strict backup.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 14 - 10:35 AM

Saints signed DE Anthony Spencer to a one-year contract.

31-year-old Spencer adds depth to New Orleans' outside-rusher corps, which previously had very little of it. Tight with DC Rob Ryan from their time together in Dallas, Spencer hasn't been the same since undergoing 2013 microfracture surgery. He has 0.5 sacks over his last 14 appearances.
Apr 10 - 1:19 PM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune considers Kyle Wilson the frontrunner for the Saints' nickel back job.

Wilson struggled on limited snaps last year, but should provide a veteran presence in the slot. The Saints are going with low-cost options to fill their No. 3 corner spot. Delvin Breaux, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, and Terrence Frederick are also competing for sub-package roles.
Apr 4 - 7:28 PM

The Saints saved $4 million in salary-cap space by extending RG Jahri Evans.

Evans will make $18 million over the next three seasons, including $9.5 million guaranteed. He's now under contract through 2017, his age-34 season. Recovering from offseason wrist surgery, Evans is expected to be ready for OTAs.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 3 - 8:30 PM

Saints re-signed WR Joe Morgan.

This one is a bit surprising. Morgan spent the entirety of 2014 in coach Sean Payton's doghouse, first drawing a team-imposed suspension and then getting cut after a bad Week 14 performance. The Saints are low on lid lifters after dealing Kenny Stills, however, and Morgan is a true deep threat. That's if he stays healthy, of course. It's been a challenge for him thus far in his four-year career.
Apr 2 - 10:44 PM

Saints signed RG Jahri Evans to a one-year contract extension through 2017.

Evans was set to count $9.6 million against the cap this season, so this was likely only done to relieve some pressure there. He's now under contract through his age-34 season. The Saints were shopping both Evans and LG Ben Grubbs earlier this offseason before sending Grubbs to Kansas City. Evans is one of the league's top guards when healthy. He's recovering from offseason wrist surgery.
Apr 1 - 11:55 AM

Saints signed CB Kyle Wilson, formerly of the Jets, to a one-year contract.

Wilson was the 29th overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Jets. He was an unmitigated disaster in New York and saw his snaps cut back last season even with the Jets desperate for capable corners. Wilson is a slot corner-only at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds. He'll compete for a roster spot in New Orleans.
Apr 1 - 11:26 AM

Saints CB Brian Dixon is accusing police officers of racial bias following his Sunday arrest.

Dixon was booked in Miami Beach for resisting arrest without violence. Police say he was pulled over while riding a scooter for splitting lanes, swerving and traveling down the center of the roadway. Per the police report, Dixon said, "You’re seriously going to give me a ticket for that? I’m making a U-turn." The officer said that due to Dixon’s "imposing size, stature, and weight, as well as the defendant’s agitated state," Dixon was ordered to sit on the curb. When the officer approached, Dixon said, "Let me go. You’re just doing this because I’m a black man with dreads and I look like a criminal. I’m not a criminal."
Mar 30 - 9:43 AM

SI's Peter King suggests Saints DE Cameron Jordan and/or G Jahri Evans could be traded on draft day.

The Saints are trying to rebuild their identity on the fly, and the draft is an obvious spot to get active. Coming off a down year and entering the final year of his rookie deal, Jordan may be asking for more than GM Mickey Loomis is willing to give in an extension. Evans, previously mentioned as a candidate for release, could likely be had for a late-round pick. The Saints currently have an NFL-high five picks in the first three rounds.
Source: SI.com
Mar 30 - 8:10 AM

Saints CB Brian Dixon was arrested in Miami Beach for resisting arrest without violence.

Dixon played 166 snaps last season as an undrafted rookie out of Northwest Missouri State. Teams have been cracking down on off-field misbehavior in the wake of last season's highly publicized Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson scandals. Fringe players like Dixon can't afford missteps like this. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Saints cut him.
Mar 29 - 11:08 AM


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