Player News - Saints

Date: Team: Pos:

Saints signed QB Chase Daniel, formerly of the Eagles, to a one-year contract.

Daniel goes back to where it all began. Entering his ninth season, Daniel spent the first four years of his career in New Orleans as Drew Brees' backup after making the team as an UDFA. He had a three-year stay in Kansas City before a one-year detour sent him to Philadelphia in 2016. The Eagles cut him earlier this month. Daniel, 30, had hoped to land a chance to start somewhere, but it's never happened for him. He could make Luke McCown expendable.
Mar 29 - 3:50 PM

Saints re-signed TE John Phillips to a one-year contract.

Phillips is purely a blocking tight end for New Orleans.
Mar 29 - 2:33 PM

Saints TE Josh Hill (leg) is expected to resume running soon.

Per Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate, Hill is "progressing well" in his recovery from a broken fibula. Hill probably won't be ready for OTAs but should be fine by training camp. Coby Fleener remains the lead tight end in New Orleans, though Hill was starting to cut into his workload before he got hurt last year.
Mar 24 - 1:38 PM

Saints re-signed DE Darryl Tapp.

A longtime reserve, Tapp was a body upfront for the Saints last season. He played 291 solid snaps, primarily against the run. Tapp turns 33 in September.
Mar 23 - 4:43 PM

Saints restructured LT Terron Armstead's contract.

Armstead's $5 million roster bonus was converted into a signing bonus, giving the Saints $4 million in cap relief, relief they could use to sign Malcolm Butler to an offer sheet. Armstead is one of the best left tackles in the league when he is on the field, but he was limited to seven games last year and has not played more than 14 in a season to this point in his career.
Mar 23 - 8:43 AM

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.

The deal is worth "up to" $7 million, but it only contains $600,000 in guaranteed money. 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

Free agent QB Chase Daniel is visiting the Jets on Monday.

Daniel visited the Saints on Sunday, but the Jets would figure to offer him a chance to compete for the starting job this year. That likely appeals to Daniel. The Jets don't seem to have much of a plan at quarterback. They've been connected to Jay Cutler, Josh McCown, and now Daniel the past two weeks.
Mar 20 - 9:25 AM

The Saints are hosting free agent QB Chase Daniel on Sunday.

Current Drew Brees backup Luke McCown is getting over the hill, and former third-rounder Garrett Grayson hasn't amounted to much. Daniel spent the first four years of his career with the Saints. 30-year-old Daniel is essentially a homeless man's Brees as a short quarterback whose theoretical strength is accuracy.
Mar 19 - 4:45 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

Eagles released QB Chase Daniel.

Given $12 million guaranteed last offseason, Daniel requested his release Monday after the Eagles agreed to terms with Nick Foles. This situation was headed toward divorce even before the Foles' signing, however, with the Eagles shopping Daniel before free agency to no avail. The move saves Philly $1 million against the cap, although offset language in Daniel's contract could increase those savings. Now a free agent, Daniel is likely to draw interest from the Jets, who are linked with every quarterback who becomes available.
Mar 13 - 6:36 PM


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