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The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports the Bills had interest in trading for Saints RG Jahri Evans.

Buffalo is looking for a bookend to Richie Incognito after Chris Williams was a 2014 free-agent flop. Williams is a questionable fit in OC Greg Roman's power scheme and would save the Bills $2.5 million as a post-June cut. The Saints were shopping both Evans and LG Ben Grubbs before dealing Grubbs to the Chiefs.
Mar 27 - 11:51 AM

Coach Sean Payton said the Saints knew second-year CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste was "going to be a developmental player" when they drafted him.

Payton confirmed the Saints still "like" last year's No. 58 overall pick. Jean-Baptiste started just 19 games at Nebraska and played just eight snaps as a deep-reserve rookie. He will compete with Delvin Breaux and Brian Dixon for the No. 3 corner job behind starters Keenan Lewis and Brandon Browner.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 27 - 8:38 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton emphasized his "love" for third-year TE Josh Hill on Wednesday.

"This Josh Hill is another player that I love. I love," Payton said. "When you look at his runs, jumps, height, weight, speed, you look at his measurables — and he didn’t go to the Combine, thank God." Payton went on to say he believed Hill would be perceived much differently around the league had he not been an undrafted free agent. Hill is the kind of player whose fantasy hype train could spiral out of control, but he's definitely a candidate for a major step forward in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 26 - 1:22 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said at the NFL owners' meetings that C.J. Spiller and his agent prioritized fit first and foremost when pursuing a landing spot for Spiller.

Spiller was dreadfully mis-utilized by the post-Chan Gailey Bills. As opposed to prioritizing cash flow, Spiller went to the team he viewed could best put his talents to use. "To his agent’s credit, they looked at it from a ‘how he was going to be used’ standpoint, the system, the offense and wanting to be a part of it," Payton explained. "And we feel the same way." Payton called Spiller's highlight reel "unbelievable" on screens and sweeps. "When you watch his film you think of a lot of things he can do." Spiller should set a career high in catches with the Saints.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 25 - 8:19 PM

The Saints plan to move WLB David Hawthorne to middle linebacker.

Hawthorne took a pay cut to remain in New Orleans and now could see his IDP value increase big time with former MLB Curtis Lofton gone to Oakland. Hawthorne was a tackle machine on the weak side and should rack up more statistics in the middle. Dannell Ellerbe will play weak-side linebacker in New Orleans, with Parys Haralson penciled in as the starter on the strong side.
Mar 25 - 11:41 AM

The Saints and LE Cameron Jordan have discussed a long-term contract.

After a dominant 2013 season that saw Jordan grade out as a top-four 3-4 end at Pro Football Focus, Jordan had a down year with the rest of the 2014 Saints. His sacks fell from 12.5 to 7.5, though Jordan remained a strong run defender. Jordan hasn't missed a game in his four NFL seasons and is entering the final year of his rookie deal. He's in the tier below J.J. Watt.
Mar 25 - 11:22 AM

Coach Sean Payton said third-year TE Josh Hill is a player "we value a lot."

Speaking Wednesday, Payton talked up both Hill and veteran TE Ben Watson as players whose roles are going to expand with Jimmy Graham out of the picture. Hill's ADP is skyrocketing by the day, as he's proven to be a touchdown-scorer in very limited opportunities during his first two seasons. He has TE1 upside, but is also a candidate to be overdrafted by the end of summer.
Mar 25 - 11:09 AM

Coach Sean Payton said the Saints are trying to "reduce the amount of points you may need to score to win a game."

The Saints are trying to shift their identity from a fastbreak, pass-happy, offensive juggernaut to more of a ball-control team. It's a massive schematic shift, but one that was probably necessary with Drew Brees showing signs of decline at age 36 and zero trips to the NFC title game since winning the Super Bowl in 2009. Expect the 2015 version of the Saints to lean heavily on power back Mark Ingram while placing an emphasis on major defensive improvement. Brees, who has lost Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills this offseason, can't be counted on for the 650 attempts we're accustomed to.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 24 - 8:38 AM

Saints GM Mickey Loomis insists Drew Brees isn't on the trade block.

There had been loose chatter that Brees could perhaps become the next Saint to go, but it's predictably not happening. "Anybody who thinks we're trading Drew Brees, that's just not true," Loomis said. Now 36, Brees has two seasons remaining on the five-year, $100 million deal he signed in July 2012.
Source: USA Today
Mar 23 - 1:13 PM

Khiry Robinson is expected to only get "occasional touches" as a "change-of-pace" back.

About a month ago, Robinson was penciled in atop the Saints depth chart at running back. Then Mark Ingram was re-signed to a $16M contract and C.J. Spiller was brought in on an $18M deal. The Saints have used committee approaches at the position before, but Robinson will be firmly behind Ingram as a big-back handcuff only. Last year, Sean Payton saddled up Ingram for 17.3 carries per game.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 23 - 7:59 AM

Brandin Cooks was on pace for 85 catches, 997 yards from scrimmage, and over six touchdowns before succumbing to a year-ending thumb injury as a rookie.

Cooks was a hit-and-miss fantasy asset before going down, but these are pretty nice numbers for a rookie wideout who didn't turn 21 until his first NFL season was three weeks old. Cooks' fantasy outlook got a bump this offseason when the Saints traded away Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills. See where Cooks lands in Evan Silva's Pre-Draft Top 150 Rankings, accessible at the link below.
Mar 22 - 10:54 PM

Saints re-signed OT Bryce Harris to a one-year contract.

26-year-old Harris has made four starts across three seasons, but is a liability when asked to handle significant snaps. The Saints originally declined to tender him as a restricted free agent. He'll battle for a roster spot.
Mar 20 - 1:42 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora mentions Drew Brees could be entering his final season with the Saints.

La Canfora has the Saints as one of five teams that could trade up for Marcus Mariota. Brees has two years left on his five-year, $100 million deal, and shedding his contract next spring to clear $20 million would be a way for GM Mickey Loomis to pull the Saints out of salary-cap hell. Brees began to show signs of decline last season. He turned 36 in January.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 20 - 11:25 AM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects the team to use a committee approach to replace Jimmy Graham at tight end.

Josh Hill sits atop the depth chart as a young riser at the position, but steady veteran Ben Watson will also be a big part of the offense. Former Bengals third-rounder Orson Charles was also signed after the season. The Saints remain a prime candidate to select a tight end in next month's draft and could be a landing spot for Maxx Williams with the No. 31 overall pick they acquired from Seattle.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 20 - 8:56 AM

Saints LCB Keenan Lewis apologized to team brass for publicly demanding that the final three years of his contract be guaranteed.

Lewis says he felt insecure about his place in New Orleans amidst the team's wild flurry of moves. "That probably wasn’t the best way to handle business," Lewis said. "Like I told 'em, my goal was never to complain about more money." Lewis' ploy actually worked, as $10.4 million of his $13.05 million salary over the next three years is now guaranteed.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 19 - 6:34 PM


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