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Saints ILB David Hawthorne is expected to be released.

Hawthorne's $6.01 million cap charge is simply too high for a middle of the road linebacker. Hawthorne could be asked to take a pay cut, but the Saints are likely interested in upgrading at inside linebacker anyway. Hawthorne has started 37 games for New Orleans over the last three seasons.
Feb 28 - 11:05 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports coach Sean Payton has "expressed a desire" to release RE Junior Galette.

The Saints just signed Galette to a four-year, $41.5 million extension in September. He went on to post 10 sacks and three forced fumbles after a 12-sack campaign in 2013. But Galette, 27 next month, got into some hot water with the law after the season, as he was arrested for domestic violence and simple battery before later being accused of sexual assault. Galette is due a fully-guaranteed $12.5 million roster bonus next month that the Saints will have to pay. They'd gain nothing by releasing him. Expect Galette back in NOLA this season.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 25 - 2:52 PM

RG Jahri Evans faces an uncertain future with the Saints.

Evans, the Saints' starting right guard for the last nine seasons and a four-time first-team All-Pro, carries a $9.6M cap number in 2015. The cap-strapped Saints can't afford that number in addition to the $9.6M cap hit of left guard Ben Grubbs. So they are talking to Evans about a restructure as the threat of an outright cut looms.
Feb 23 - 9:38 AM

Coach Sean Payton does not expect a contract extension for Drew Brees in the near future.

Brees has two years left on his current deal with cap hits of $26.4M in 2015 and $27.4M in 2016. It's a lot for the cap-strapped Saints to swallow, so an extension would make some sense. However, Brees is 36 years old now and made a fistful of troubling mistakes last season that contributed to a wildly disappointing 7-9 finish. The Saints will try to get under the cap via massaging roster bonuses into new signing bonuses at other positions.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 20 - 8:33 AM

Domestic-violence charges against Saints RE Junior Galette have been dropped.

"This happened after the four witnesses in the case were interviewed and after further investigation," Galette's attorney said. "The case will not be prosecuted." This would suggest the civil suit against Galette is without merit, but at least for the time being, the accuser still plans to go forward with it. We'd say Galette is now unlikely to face NFL discipline, but it's unclear how the league might proceed in the wake of last year's scandals.
Feb 19 - 6:46 PM

Saints RE Junior Galette and other unnamed teammates have been accused of sexual assault in a civil lawsuit.

The unnamed plaintiff is seeking a jury trial and "unspecified monetary damages." Galette is already facing domestic-violence charges in the same case. His initial court date is February 26. A suspension is looming.
Feb 19 - 2:27 PM

ESPN's Mike Triplett believes free agent Mark Ingram could command a salary of up to $4 million per year.

After the breakout year Ingram had in 2014, that seems like a fair salary. Of course, with Drew Brees anchoring the offense, New Orleans has never placed a premium on running backs. Given the team's unfavorable salary cap situation, Triplett's gut feeling is that Ingram will walk. The Saints have Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson to fall back on if Ingram ends up leaving the nest.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 16 - 2:15 PM

Brandin Cooks plans to work out with Drew Brees this summer.

Cooks has resumed football activities after going down in mid-November. He's three months removed from thumb surgery and expects to be ready for the Saints' offseason. Cooks is a candidate for a step forward in his second year. He should return in a high-volume slot role.
Feb 14 - 4:07 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett suspects the Saints will move on from ILB David Hawthorne if he doesn't accept a pay cut.

Triplett notes the Saints must shed between $20 and $30 million in player salaries to avoid going over the salary cap. Hawthorne is due a $4.5 million cap hit in 2015, a steep price for a good but not great linebacker in his late 20s. Cutting him now would open up $3 million in cap space while designating Hawthorne as a post-June 1 release would save New Orleans $4.5 million. Hawthorne finished second on the team with 83 tackles in 2014.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 13 - 3:26 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects the team to release NT Brodrick Bunkley.

Bunkley has missed 10 games in his three seasons with the Saints, and had his 2014 campaign was cut short in Week 12 with a torn quad. The Saints have the worst cap situation in the league and need to free up money ahead of March 10. Cutting 31-year-old Bunkley would clear $2.9 million off the books.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 13 - 12:04 PM

Saints re-signed K Shayne Graham to a one-year contract.

Graham turned 37 this past December, but connected on 19-of-22 field goal attempts last year and should have job security throughout the offseason.
Feb 12 - 4:50 PM

Saints re-signed OLB Parys Haralson to a one-year contract.

New Orleans' starting strong-side linebacker, 31-year-old Haralson is a strong run defender but never lived up to his perceived pass-rush potential coming out of college in 2006. He can set the edge in a 3-4 defense and play SAM in a 4-3. Haralson will battle to keep his job in 2015 training camp.
Feb 12 - 1:09 PM

In a legal battle over the future of the team, Saints owner Tom Benson has been ordered to undergo three separate medical evaluations.

Benson's mental competency has been challenged after he attempted to change his will to leave the Saints — amongst other assets — to his wife instead of his daughter and grandchildren. A judge apparently believes there's enough merit to Benson's (former?) heirs' claims to at least force an evaluation. Benson has steadfastly insisted he remains capable of overseeing his affairs.
Feb 10 - 2:13 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett's best guess is that the Saints bring back Marques Colston at a "significantly reduced rate."

Colston, who struggled to a 59-902-5 line at age 31 last year, will not be back at his $6.9M base salary and $9.7M cap charge. The Saints likely want to work out a renegotiation though, as he's a core leader and has the size (6'4/225) to be an asset even as his athletic ability continues to decline. Triplett notes that the franchise has worked out late-career pay cuts with leaders such as Deuce McAllister, Jonathan Vilma and Roman Harper, among others.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 10 - 9:28 AM

The Saints will extend the contract of LG Senio Kelemete, giving him a chance to compete for a roster spot in 2015.

The Saints are bringing him back for the minimum $585,000. This move has little bearing on the Saints' offense as Kelemete logged just six snaps last season. The former Washington Husky is no lock to make the roster out of training camp.
Feb 9 - 11:25 AM


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