Player News - Saints

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Saints signed first-round OT Ryan Ramczyk to a four-year, $8.891 million contract.

The deal includes $7.432 million with a $4.606 million signing bonus. The No. 32 overall pick of the draft was expected to compete with Zach Strief on the right side, but will instead have to man the blindside while Terron Armstead takes 4-6 months to recover from shoulder surgery. Standing in at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds, Ramczyk is a mauling run blocker, and has plus movement for his size. He could be the left tackle of the future in New Orleans. Ramczyk is in the final stages of his recovery from hip surgery.
Jun 22 - 4:02 PM

Saints signed C Chris Watt, formerly of the Chargers.

The 89th overall pick in the 2014 draft, Watt made eight starts his first two seasons before succumbing to injury problems. For a team dealing with injury concerns to C Max Unger, Watt is a worthy flier to bring to camp.
Jun 19 - 5:37 PM

Saints LT Terron Armstead will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum on Monday.

Lions LT Taylor Decker suffered a similar injury last week. Both are expected to miss 4-6 months. Injuries have dogged Armstead throughout his career including last season when knee and hip ailments limited him to seven games. It's a big loss for Drew Brees and the entire Saints offense. First-round rookie Ryan Ramczyk is the leading in-house candidate to replace Armstead on the blind side.
Jun 16 - 1:17 PM

Saints signed DT Tony McDaniel.

A quality rotational player for the Seahawks last season, McDaniel is a good get this late in the offseason. He should fill a similar role with the Saints, who need depth with Nick Fairley's future up in the air.
Jun 15 - 1:21 PM

Saints LG Andrus Peat is expecting "a breakout year."

After moving all around the formation in his first two years, Peat has settled in at left guard. He thinks the certainty will help him be more comfortable moving forward. If Max Unger (foot) is able to make it back for Week 1 and Terron Armstead stays healthy, the Saints should have a dominant line this season.
Jun 15 - 12:37 PM

Willie Snead reiterated his hope of signing a long-term deal with the Saints before the regular season.

"I think the guys upstairs are working on it," he said. "I'm hopeful, and I just have to keep worrying about myself and staying healthy and doing all the right things." Snead is owed just $615,000 on his exclusive rights free agent tender. Without a long-term deal, he'd be a restricted free agent in 2018.
Jun 14 - 9:41 PM

Saints C Max Unger (Lisfranc) said he's aiming for a Week 1 return.

Unger required foot surgery in May and was initially billed questionable for the start of the season. That talk has quieted down considerably, with coach Sean Payton saying last month that he expects Unger to be back late in the preseason. Unger doesn't require preseason work as a ninth-year veteran, but it would be nice. Either way, it sounds like he'll be ready for real games.
Jun 14 - 3:09 PM

Free agent DT Tony McDaniel is participating in Saints minicamp on a tryout basis.

McDnaiel, 32, played 501 snaps for the Seahawks last season and received really strong marks from Pro Football Focus for his run defense. Despite that, McDaniel has drawn zero interest as a free agent until now.
Jun 14 - 1:02 PM

Adrian Peterson thinks playing with Drew Brees will give him a chance to showcase his skills in the passing game.

"A lot of people say, 'Well, he can't catch the ball,'" Peterson said. "I've been playing since I was 7 years old. I can catch a football. It's all about having a guy that's going to get the ball to you, and without a doubt I know Brees is going to. We'll be doing that." This backfield is hard to predict, but Peterson has drawn a ton of hype and expects to be used as a receiver more than he ever was in Minnesota, outside of two seasons with Brett Favre. After Favre left, Peterson averaged 2.0 catches per game across 61 healthy contests. He averaged 2.55 with Favre. Brees has always been a fan of throwing to his backs. The question is if the Saints will put Peterson in position to catch many balls by using him in pass situations. If so, Peterson's ceiling can be high-end RB2.
Jun 13 - 8:45 PM

Saints agreed to terms with QB Ryan Nassib.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport claims the Saints have "always been high" on the ex-Giants backup. Nassib had only made one visit since the G-Men let his contract expire. Preposterously buzzed about as a potential first-rounder in 2013, Nassib ended up falling to Round 4. He will be a camp arm behind Drew Brees, Chase Daniel and Garrett Grayson in New Orleans.
Jun 12 - 2:56 PM

Mark Ingram said he is "not afraid of competition."

That is a good thing considering the Saints added future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson. "It doesn't matter who's in the backfield with me, who I'm competing with, I'm always going to give my 100 percent all," Ingram said. "He's still a great player, he's overcome a lot of adversity. But at the end of the day, I'm going to compete, no matter who it is." Better in the passing game and a better bet to stay on the field, Ingram is the preferred fantasy option, but both should struggle for consistent work in a crowded backfield.
Source: ESPN
Jun 12 - 10:29 AM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports the Saints are exploring trade options for RB Travaris Cadet.

The Saints re-signed Cadet to a one-year contract this March. Since then, the Saints signed Adrian Peterson and drafted Cadet's replacement in Alvin Kamara. Cadet set a career high in receptions (40) last season. He was reportedly "weighing offers" from the Bills and Jets during his free agency tour.
Jun 10 - 11:42 AM

Saints DT Tyeler Davison (shoulder, foot) expects to be full-go for training camp.

Davison is recovering from January surgery. He hasn't done much in OTAs and should be limited in minicamp. With Nick Fairley's future in question, the Saints need a third-year leap from Davison.
Jun 9 - 8:09 PM

Saints DT Nick Fairley is waiting for a "third opinion" on his heart condition.

Coach Sean Payton said the first doctor's opinion was for Fairley to retire. The second was less conclusive. The decision is ultimately up to Fairley, but it sounds like there's a real chance he doesn't play football again. Fairley was originally flagged for the condition during the 2011 pre-draft process.
Jun 8 - 1:27 PM

Free agent QB Ryan Nassib is working out for the Cowboys on Thursday.

It is the first we have heard from Nassib since he was placed on injured reserve with an elbow injury which required surgery by the Giants in December. Now apparently healthy, Nassib can begin his search for a backup job. Dallas is also working out S Jeron Johnson, WR Lance Lenior, and S Duke Williams.
Source: ESPN
Jun 8 - 9:56 AM


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