Player News - Saints

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Contract-year QB Drew Brees maintains he'll cut off extension negotiations once the season begins.

Brees is entering the final year of his five-year, $100 million contract, which was reached under extremely acrimonious conditions. Things don't seem to be going much better this time around. Brees is the best player in Saints history, and coming off another dominant season, but headed into his age-37 campaign. He's a tough contract case, especially since he doesn't concede dollars like Tom Brady.
Jul 28 - 7:35 PM

Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) is practicing on the first day of camp.

It is the first time he has started training camp healthy since joining the Saints in 2014. The Saints will almost certainly limit his reps throughout camp in an effort to keep him healthy heading into the season. Byrd could cede some snaps to rookie Vonn Bell, but he should start opposite Kenny Vaccaro if healthy.
Source: ESPN
Jul 28 - 10:37 AM

Saints GM Mickey Loomis said there's been "no progress" in contract talks with Drew Brees.

It confirms previous reports. The Saints want to extend Brees, but don't feel the need to lower his $30 million cap hit. The sides will attempt to work something out before Week 1.
Jul 27 - 6:49 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said CB Keenan Lewis (knee) is close to fully healthy.

Lewis started training camp on active/PUP, but is day to day. The Saints are moving him slowly to avoid setbacks. Lewis remains on track for Week 1.
Jul 27 - 6:11 PM

Saints signed WR Hakeem Nicks to a one-year contract.

He's taking Vincent Brown's (calf, I.R.) spot on the 90-man roster. Nicks played in six games with the Giants last year, but was a non-factor. Despite only entering his age-28 season, it's a surprise any team was willing to give him a shot. Nicks will compete for the Saints' No. 5 receiver job.
Jul 27 - 5:30 PM

Saints placed WR Vincent Brown on injured reserve with a calf injury, ending his season.

Brown was placed on the active/PUP list Monday, but the Saints are simply ending this by booting him off the 90-man roster. Brown will likely be released with an injury settlement at some point. He was signed back in May after beating out Hakeem Nicks at a tryout, but was always a roster long shot.
Jul 26 - 8:31 PM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune is "not so sure" C.J. Spiller's roster spot is safe.

The paper reports it is possible the Saints try to trade Spiller during camp or cut him outright. Clearly behind Tim Hightower and with Travaris Cadet angling for work in the passing game, Spiller needs a strong and healthy camp to keep his job. Spiller has 776 total yards in the last two seasons.
Jul 26 - 12:45 PM

Saints placed LT Terron Armstead (soft-tissue injury) on the active/PUP list.

Armstead is dealing with an undisclosed soft-tissue injury. The issue is not believed to be serious, but it is possible he will miss the first couple weeks of camp. One of the best blindside protectors in the league, Armstead was rewarded with a five-year, $64.5-million extension in May.
Source: ESPN
Jul 26 - 10:54 AM

Saints placed CB Keenan Lewis (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Lewis is recovering from a number of issues, including knee surgery, hip surgery, and a sports-hernia operation. The Saints will bring him along slowly, so consider him more day-to-day. Lewis turned 30 earlier this offseason and is coming off a 2015 season where he played just 109 snaps across six games.
Jul 25 - 6:09 PM

Saints placed DE Hau'oli Kikaha (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Kikaha tore his left ACL last month and is expected to miss the entire season. Last year's No. 44 overall pick could open the year on reserve/PUP and spent the whole season there. Kikaha has torn his ACL three times now.
Jul 25 - 6:08 PM

Saints CB Keenan Lewis (knee, hip, sports hernia) expects to practice on the first day of camp.

Lewis cautioned he might not do everything right away, but any practice is a good sign coming off what amounts to a lost season. If -- and it is a big if -- Lewis can get and stay healthy, the Saints have the makings of a solid cornerback duo after Delvin Breaux established himself as a quality No. 1 last season.
Jul 23 - 12:46 PM

Walk-year QB Drew Brees said he and the Saints have not seriously discussed a contract extension since March.

Brees is set to count $30 million against the cap in the final year of his deal. With free agency all but wrapped up, the Saints do not have much incentive to lower his cap charge with an extension, and it does not appear they are terribly concerned about Brees bolting next spring. Brees has said he will not discuss a new deal during the season, giving the two sides around a month and a half to work something out. It would still be surprising if Brees entered the season without a new deal, but it is clearly not out of the question.
Source: ESPN
Jul 23 - 11:33 AM

Per ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett, Brandin Cooks "looks ready to explode" this season.

After a really slow start to last season, Cooks went nuts over the final nine games, catching eight touchdowns and topping 70 yards in six of those contests. Entering his third season, Cooks is still just 22 years old with plenty of room for growth. There's competition for targets in New Orleans, but playing half his games on the Superdome turf, Cooks is a good bet to finish with WR1 stats.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 1:17 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton has called first-year NFL player S Erik Harris a "pleasant surprise."

A 2012 UDFA, Harris spent three years in Canada, where he played alongside Saints CB Delvin Breaux. It was Breaux who brought Harris to the team's attention. "We had success with Breaux, and Delvin felt really strongly about (Harris)," Payton said. "He (runs) well and has good instincts. He’s receiving work at the free, he can play the strong, he’s versatile. That’s been a good add for us." Harris got some first-team reps in the offseason, but isn't in the mix to start with Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd entrenched. In a best-case scenario, Harris will springboard a strong camp into a role on special teams.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 19 - 6:21 PM

The New Orleans Advocate confirms Tim Hightower "seems like the best bet" to open the season as Mark Ingram's primary backup.

Signed off the street just one month before Ingram's year-ending shoulder injury last season, Hightower emerged as the Saints' every-down back and was a hero in the fantasy playoffs. The Advocate's Nick Underhill says C.J. Spiller "needs to prove he can still be productive" after a lost first season in New Orleans. Underhill even suggests Spiller's roster spot may not be assured. Ingram owners searching for a handcuff should look in Hightower's direction.
Jul 17 - 1:11 PM


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