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Saints coach Sean Payton expects FS Jairus Byrd (back surgery) to be cleared "sooner (rather) than later."

Payton said Byrd's recovery has gone "much like we expected." Byrd went under the knife in late May, and was given a shot at being ready for camp. He should be considered week to week, and likely to see time in the preseason.
Jul 24 - 7:22 PM

Saints WR Joe Morgan (ACL) is "a go" for training camp.

The word comes straight from coach Sean Payton. Morgan went down last August. He'll compete for a role as a situational deep threat in the Saints' crowded receiver corps.
Jul 24 - 6:30 PM

Saints UDFA TE Je'Ron Hamm reportedly "stood out" at pre-training camp practices for his "athleticism and pass-catching skills."

Hamm, who just turned 22, goes 6'3/236 with 4.65 speed and a 37-inch vertical. He played college ball at Louisiana-Monroe, catching 62 passes for 915 yards (14.8 YPR) and six TDs as a 20-year-old junior before an injury-plagued senior season. Hamm could be a practice squad candidate in New Orleans.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 22 - 11:33 PM

Saints placed NT John Jenkins (pectoral) on the active/PUP list.

Jenkins underwent surgery on his pectorals over the offseason and missed all of spring. We'll consider him day-to-day for the time being. Jenkins is going to push Brodrick Bunkley for nose tackle spot in DC Rob Ryan's defense.
Jul 21 - 6:17 PM

Jairus Byrd's recovery from back surgery has reportedly gone as expected.

Byrd underwent a minor procedure in late May to correct a disc issue. He might be limited when camp opens later this week, but no one around the Saints is concerned with his Week 1 status. Byrd, who landed a $54 million contract in free agency, will pair with Kenny Vaccaro to form arguably the game's premier safety duo.
Jul 21 - 11:11 AM

Numerous teammates noted first-round pick Brandin Cooks playing at a "different speed" than the rest of the Saints' offense during spring workouts.

Saints CB Keenan Lewis nicknamed Cooks "lightning." Added TE Ben Watson, "everybody looked at each other like, 'Wow, this kid is definitely at a different speed.'" "I haven't seen that kind of speed in a while," chimed in OLB Junior Galette. "He can get into that last gear quick. His speed is obviously top tier in the league." Reporter Mike Triplett considers Cooks a prime OROY candidate, floating 70 receptions for 800 yards as a realistic expectation.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 4:18 PM

Jimmy Graham's $8 million 2015 salary becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2015 waiver period.

Graham's new four-year, $40 million contract included $21 million in guarantees. That comes in the form of a $12 million signing bonus, $1 million 2014 base salary and $8 million 2015 base. So he's a lock to get all that money, and is an excellent bet to get all $40 million as long as he sustains health. If Graham does play out the full four years at his current dominant level, he'll break the bank when he hits the open market at age-31. His camp had no leverage in this deal because they were handcuffed by the franchise tag.
Jul 16 - 10:29 AM

Saints signed TE Jimmy Graham to a four-year, $40 million contract that contains $21 million guaranteed.

Deadlines spur action. The two sides agreed to the deal hours before the 4 PM ET deadline on Tuesday afternoon. Graham is now the league's highest-paid tight end at $10 million per year, besting Rob Gronkowski's $9 million annual rate. His $21 million guaranteed is $5 million more than Jared Cook and Dennis Pitta recently received from the Rams and Ravens, respectively. Graham is now locked up through his age-31 season and remains fantasy's top tight end.
Jul 15 - 9:05 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Saints and franchise player Jimmy Graham are "closing in" on a deal that would make Graham the highest-paid tight end in league history.

Reports of a long-term deal have been seconded by FOX Sports and Profootballtalk. The sides have until Tuesday to finalize a long-term agreement. If talks fall apart, Graham would be forced to play out 2014 under the tight-end franchise tag (though he's appealed his tag as a tight end). Graham will blow by the $16 million guaranteed — the most for any current tight end — Dennis Pitta and Jared Cook received in their recent deals.
Jul 14 - 5:16 PM

Jimmy Graham has appealed independent arbitrator Stephen Burbank's decision that he should be franchise tagged as a tight end.

There had been speculation that Graham wouldn't appeal. The lack of an appeal would have been an indication that the sides were ready to strike an agreement before Tuesday's deadline to sign franchise players to long-term contracts. Now, it's uncertain if the sides will come to an accord.
Jul 14 - 4:43 PM

The deadline for Jimmy Graham to appeal independent arbitrator Stephen Burbank's franchise tag decision is believed to be Monday, July 14.

It's surprising the NFLPA has taken this long to formally file the appeal. Meanwhile, the deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term extensions is Tuesday, July 15. PFT's Mike Florio, an attorney, expects either a long-term deal between the Saints and Graham before July 14 at 4PM, or the appeal to be filed by the NFLPA. Both sides would likely prefer a long-term pact.
Jul 11 - 2:39 PM

A source with knowledge of the situation tells Profootballtalk.com the Saints were not thrilled with the way arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled in their favor during the Jimmy Graham franchise tag case.

The Saints "disagree" a tight end's position is determined by whether he lines up within four yards of an offensive tackle. They believe three factors distinguish tight ends: 1) Their size 2) The position group with which they meet 3) How they are defended. PFT's Mike Florio, who is an attorney, suggests the Graham case could be "a little more vulnerable to reversal" on appeal. We're still not worried about Graham losing tight end eligibility in fantasy football leagues.
Jul 6 - 8:58 PM

Marques Colston reiterated that he has "no restrictions" from his past chronic foot woes.

"I feel really good," insisted Colston. "The foot I know was addressed earlier in the offseason. It's really not an issue. I've been able to get out here with really no restrictions and just run around and feel good." Still only 31 -- certainly not a past-prime age for wide receivers, Colston is commonly available in the seventh and eighth rounds of pre-training camp fantasy drafts.
Jul 4 - 1:24 PM

Profootballtalk reports the Saints have offered franchise player Jimmy Graham a multi-year contract worth $9.5 million annually.

PFT's Mike Florio hints the offer has been on the table for some time now, and the Saints have no plans to withdraw it, even after winning the arbitration case against Graham on Wednesday. At $9.5 million per year, Graham would be the league's highest-paid tight end. The offer also reportedly contains a "considerable chunk of fully guaranteed money up front." Florio expects the two sides to hammer out a deal at some point before the July 15 deadline.
Jul 4 - 10:47 AM

According to agent Jimmy Sexton, contract negotiations between Jimmy Graham and the Saints will start at "ground zero."

The two sides will have a lot of ground to cover before the July 15 deadline to complete a long-term deal, especially if Graham appeals Wednesday's ruling that deemed him a tight end for franchise tag purposes. Still, it's extremely difficult to see Graham playing on a one-year tender for a meager $7.035 million and it's even more difficult to see the Saints risking a holdout. Expect a deal that pays Graham as an elite receiver to get done just before the clock strikes zero.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 3 - 8:19 AM


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