Player News - Saints

Date: Team: Pos:

Saints re-signed CB Sterling Moore to a one-year contract.

Pulled off the scrap heap before Week 1, Moore was forced into heavy 2016 snaps. He provided steady, if far from spectacular, play. Ideally, the 27-year-old would be the Saints' No. 4 cornerback in 2017.
Mar 21 - 4:00 PM

Saints signed LB Manti Te'o, formerly of the Chargers, to a two-year contract.

Te'o is the Saints' second addition at linebacker after they signed A.J. Klein early in free agency. A replacement-level player even before he tore his Achilles' last September, Te'o will not be guaranteed a starting job. He should be ready for training camp.
Source: ESPN
Mar 21 - 11:09 AM

ESPN's Dan Graziano reports free agent ILB Manti Te'o is "close" to a deal with the Saints.

Te'o has drawn zero interest in free agency, with New Orleans his only reported visit. Recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon, Te'o won't be gifted a starting job if he lands with the Saints. He'll have to earn it.
Mar 20 - 1:08 PM

Saints re-signed RB Travaris Cadet to a one-year, $855,000 contract.

The deal includes an $80,000 signing bonus. Cadet had interest from Buffalo and the Jets, but will stay in New Orleans after setting a career high in catches last season. His return is bad news for Tim Hightower's chances of re-signing. Cadet should open 2017 as the Saints' primary pass down back.
Mar 15 - 4:25 PM

The Houston Chronicle reports free agent RB Travaris Cadet is "weighing offers" from the Saints, Bills and Jets.

Throwing out a lost 2015, Cadet has 78 combined receptions over his past two seasons. He's also a solid special teamer. He's long been a favorite of coach Sean Payton, and could stick in New Orleans.
Mar 14 - 6:16 PM

Ted Ginn said he signed with New Orleans "because Drew Brees is the type of guy that can extend your career."

Ginn added he does not need to be the "superstar," but he is hoping to be a "factor" for the most prolific passing game in the league. With Brandin Cooks gone to New England, Ginn will get his chance to contribute as the deep-threat complement to Michael Thomas and Willie Snead. Ginn should retain boom-or-bust WR4 value in New Orleans.
Source: ESPN
Mar 14 - 11:01 AM

Saints signed OLB/DE Alex Okafor, formerly of the Cardinals.

A fourth-round pick of the Cardinals in 2013, Okafor recorded eight sacks as a sophomore. His sack production has decreased the last two seasons, but he remained a disruptive rusher. Okafor is a solid depth signing with some upside.
Mar 14 - 10:52 AM

Free agent OLB Alex Okafor is visiting the Saints Monday.

A fourth-round pick in 2013, Okafor has just 5.5 sacks combined the last two seasons, but he took down the quarterback eight times in 13 games in 2014. He would be a low-cost, upside signing for a defense which needs pass rushers.
Mar 13 - 8:38 AM

Free agent Travaris Cadet is visiting with the Jets.

It's Cadet's first known interest. Cadet had 40 receptions with the Saints despite playing behind Mark Ingram and Tim Hightower last year. He can return kicks and would give the Jets a solid pass game specialist.
Mar 11 - 4:25 PM

New Saints RG Larry Warford's four-year deal is worth $34 million, and includes $17 million guaranteed.

Interior linemen are getting paid this year, and Warford was one of the five best on the open market. A starter since arriving as a third-round pick in 2013, Warford has stabilized after some inconsistency, and had a strong 2016. He's a sensible addition for the Saints' latest "get tough" effort. The Saints are putting together a top-five NFL offensive line.
Mar 10 - 1:05 PM

Saints re-signed DT Nick Fairley to a four-year, $28 million contract, including an $8 million signing bonus.

It's worth "almost" $30 million. Going all in on fixing their defense, the Saints were determined to retain Fairley's interior heat. The injury-prone 2011 first-rounder is coming off the first 16-game campaign of his career, which included a personal-best 6.5 sacks. Fairley contributed 723 snaps. Fairley will never be an every-down player, but was worth keeping for the Saints.
Mar 9 - 5:02 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports free agent ILB Manti Te'o will visit the Saints on Thursday.

The Chargers seem to have little interest in a reunion. Te'o, who's been a replacement-level player at best, will have to prove he's over his Achilles' injury before landing a contract.
Mar 9 - 4:57 PM

Saints agreed to terms with RG Larry Warford, formerly of the Lions.

The Saints made it a priority to find a right guard in free agency. They flirted with Kevin Zeitler, but he ultimately picked the Browns, becoming the league's highest-paid guard at $12 million per year. Warford isn't a bad consolation prize. A mauler at 6'3/317, he was Pro Football Focus' No. 19 guard last season out of 77 qualifiers, grading out well both in the run game and pass pro. Warford's addition likely means the end of longtime RG Jahri Evans' career in New Orleans.
Mar 9 - 3:18 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints and free agent DT Nick Fairley are "closing in on a big-money contract."

"Big money" could mean many things, but there was speculation Fairley was looking for $10 million a year coming off yet another quality season. It seems unlikely he hits that mark, but a deal in the $7-8 million range could work for both sides. Fairley has played the last two season on one-year deals.
Mar 9 - 12:54 PM

Saints agreed to terms with WR Ted Ginn, formerly of the Panthers, on a three-year, $11-million contract.

One of the league's most dangerous deep threats, Ginn would be a readymade replacement for Brandin Cooks on streak routes if Cooks is sent packing. Ginn, of course, has a far more limited skill-set than Cooks, but would be a nice replacement as more of a role player. The battle for targets would no longer be so fierce between New Orleans' top three receivers. Ginn is coming off back-to-back 730-yard campaigns in Carolina. He will catch some bombs from Drew Brees.
Mar 9 - 11:50 AM


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