Player News - Saints

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NFL suspended Saints WR Josh Huff two games for violating the NFL's substance abuse and personal conduct policies.

Huff was arrested for DUI, speeding, and marijuana possession in November of 2016, although the charges were dropped this past July. Huff will be in a roster crunch in New Orleans, and not being available for Weeks 1-2 won't help.
Mar 19 - 2:30 PM

Saints signed P Thomas Morstead to a five-year contract extension.

Morstead has consistently been among the league's top punters and ranked in the top eight in both average distance (47.0) and net average (42.2) last season. The 32-year-old has been with New Orleans since arriving as a fifth-round draft pick in 2009.
Mar 16 - 1:32 PM

Saints re-signed DE Alex Okafor to a two-year contract.

Okafor visited the Bucs this week but is coming back to New Orleans on a deal worth "up to" $10 million. The 27-year-old tore his Achilles' in November and is likely to miss much of the offseason before returning sometime during training camp. Okafor was one of Pro Football Focus' top-graded 4-3 ends in the league before going down in Week 11. He recorded 4.5 sacks on 486 snaps.
Mar 16 - 12:04 PM

Saints owner Tom Benson has passed away at the age of 90.

Also the owner of the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans, Benson had been in the hospital with the flu since Feb. 16. The Saints' owner since 1985, Benson oversaw a perennial loser his first two decades on the job. He threatened to move the team to San Antonio following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Drew Brees and Sean Payton arrived in 2006, however, forever changing the franchise and Benson's reputation in New Orleans. Benson had been embroiled in a legal battle with his family over the succession of the team's ownership but it was settled in Feb. 2017. Benson's wife, Gayle, now owns both the Saints and Pelicans.
Mar 15 - 5:16 PM

Saints signed OG Jermon Bushrod, formerly of the Dolphins, to a one-year contract.

This is a homecoming for Bushrod, who began his career as a fourth-round pick by the Saints in 2007. The one-time tackle struggled at guard during his two years in Miami, but he could prove to be valuable as a swing lineman in New Orleans.
Mar 15 - 11:07 AM

Free agent DE Alex Okafor will visit the Buccaneers on Thursday.

Bucs GM Jason Licht was involved in drafting Okafor when he was in the Cardinals' organization. Okafor also has ties to DL coach Brentson Buckner, who coached him in Arizona for four years. Coming off a torn Achilles, the 26-year-old's market has been somewhat slow to develop. So far the Bucs and Saints have shown the most interest.
Mar 14 - 9:50 PM

Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the Saints are interested in re-signing DE Alex Okafor.

Teope said Okafor is drawing interest "around the league" but wouldn't say which teams are interested. The 26-year-old was on his way to a career year before a torn Achilles landed him on I.R. last season. GM Mickey Loomis made clear that New Orleans will address its pass-rushing need either in the draft or free agency.
Mar 14 - 7:07 PM

Saints signed QB Tom Savage, formerly of the Texans, to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

Savage began last year as the Texans' starter but was quickly benched in favor of stud rookie Deshaun Watson. He got his job back when Watson went down with a torn ACL, but would later join Watson on IR after suffering a brutal concussion in Week 14. Arguably the league's slowest quarterback, it's a wonder that a team ever considered Savage a viable starter. All things considered, New Orleans isn't a bad landing spot for the 27-year-old, who now gets a cushy gig as the clipboard holder for future Hall of Famer Drew Brees.
Mar 14 - 5:54 PM

Saints signed ILB Demario Davis, formerly of the Jets, to a three-year, $24 million contract.

Davis cashes in after a monster year in New York when he led the league in solo tackles and paced the Jets with a team-high five sacks. Look for Davis to replace either Manti Te'o at the MIKE spot or free-agent bust A.J. Klein on the strong side. Either way, Davis is going to be a three-down linebacker. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 5 inside linebacker, excelling versus the run.
Mar 14 - 3:24 PM

Saints signed CB Patrick Robinson, formerly of the Eagles, to a four-year, $20 million contract.

The deal comes with $10 million guaranteed including a $5 million signing bonus. Saints fans don't have fond memories of Robinson, their first-round pick in the 2010 draft who struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness before falling into journeyman status with the Colts, Chargers, and eventually Eagles. Robinson broke out at slot corner for the Super Bowl champs last year, however, becoming one of the stingiest inside cover men in the game. He'll fit nicely between Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley in New Orleans' talented secondary.
Mar 14 - 2:29 PM

According to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal, the Patriots have interest in free agent CB Patrick Robinson.

Robinson broke out for four interceptions last year—five if you include the playoffs—while earning PFF's No. 4 grade out of 120 qualifiers at cornerback. The Patriots need a cornerback after losing Malcolm Butler in free agency and Robinson may very well be the best one still available. The 30-year-old mostly covered the slot in Philadelphia.
Mar 14 - 2:01 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett reports "at least one other team" was willing to give Drew Brees $60 million guaranteed over two years in free agency.

Brees re-upped with the Saints for two years, $50 million, "just" $27 million of which is guaranteed. Brees took a discount to remain with the franchise he's been with since 2006. Money aside, even if the $60 million team was the loaded Vikings, Brees probably made the right decision remaining in the setup that's made him a future Hall-of-Famer.
Mar 13 - 1:38 PM

Saints placed an original-round tender on restricted free agent WR Willie Snead.

The tender is worth $1.907 million. Because Snead entered the league as an undrafted free agent, the Saints will not get any compensation if they decline to match an offer sheet, and Snead should draw some interest from receiver-needy teams. Considering how little Snead was involved after returning from suspension last season, New Orleans might not be sad to see him go.
Mar 13 - 11:58 AM

Saints re-signed Drew Brees to a two-year, $50 million contract.

There was some hand-wringing, but the expected deal finally got done. NFL Network's Jane Slater reports the deal includes $27 million guaranteed. Most of that money is likely to come in the first year, but that should not be a concern after Brees played as well as ever last season. That said, he turned 39 in January, and the Saints have no long-term answers on the roster. They could look to change that in the draft.
Mar 13 - 9:45 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints and Drew Brees are expected to agree on a two-year contract on Tuesday.

The fact the deal was not done before the legal tampering window opened was mildly concerning, but Brees was never expected to leave New Orleans. The two sides reportedly made "significant progress" on Monday, and it would be a shock if the deal was not finalized before the new league year begins on Wednesday.
Mar 13 - 8:18 AM

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