Player News - Saints

Date: Team: Pos:

Saints TE Josh Hill (leg) is expected to resume running soon.

Per Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate, Hill is "progressing well" in his recovery from a broken fibula. Hill probably won't be ready for OTAs but should be fine by training camp. Coby Fleener remains the lead tight end in New Orleans, though Hill was starting to cut into his workload before he got hurt last year.
Mar 24 - 1:38 PM

Saints re-signed DE Darryl Tapp.

A longtime reserve, Tapp was a body upfront for the Saints last season. He played 291 solid snaps, primarily against the run. Tapp turns 33 in September.
Mar 23 - 4:43 PM

Saints restructured LT Terron Armstead's contract.

Armstead's $5 million roster bonus was converted into a signing bonus, giving the Saints $4 million in cap relief, relief they could use to sign Malcolm Butler to an offer sheet. Armstead is one of the best left tackles in the league when he is on the field, but he was limited to seven games last year and has not played more than 14 in a season to this point in his career.
Mar 23 - 8:43 AM

Saints re-signed CB Sterling Moore to a one-year contract.

Pulled off the scrap heap before Week 1, Moore was forced into heavy 2016 snaps. He provided steady, if far from spectacular, play. Ideally, the 27-year-old would be the Saints' No. 4 cornerback in 2017.
Mar 21 - 4:00 PM

Saints signed LB Manti Te'o, formerly of the Chargers, to a two-year contract.

The deal is worth "up to" $7 million, but it only contains $600,000 in guaranteed money. Te'o is the Saints' second addition at linebacker after they signed A.J. Klein early in free agency. A replacement-level player even before he tore his Achilles' last September, Te'o will not be guaranteed a starting job. He should be ready for training camp.
Source: ESPN
Mar 21 - 11:09 AM

ESPN's Dan Graziano reports free agent ILB Manti Te'o is "close" to a deal with the Saints.

Te'o has drawn zero interest in free agency, with New Orleans his only reported visit. Recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon, Te'o won't be gifted a starting job if he lands with the Saints. He'll have to earn it.
Mar 20 - 1:08 PM

Saints re-signed RB Travaris Cadet to a one-year, $855,000 contract.

The deal includes an $80,000 signing bonus. Cadet had interest from Buffalo and the Jets, but will stay in New Orleans after setting a career high in catches last season. His return is bad news for Tim Hightower's chances of re-signing. Cadet should open 2017 as the Saints' primary pass down back.
Mar 15 - 4:25 PM

The Houston Chronicle reports free agent RB Travaris Cadet is "weighing offers" from the Saints, Bills and Jets.

Throwing out a lost 2015, Cadet has 78 combined receptions over his past two seasons. He's also a solid special teamer. He's long been a favorite of coach Sean Payton, and could stick in New Orleans.
Mar 14 - 6:16 PM

Ted Ginn said he signed with New Orleans "because Drew Brees is the type of guy that can extend your career."

Ginn added he does not need to be the "superstar," but he is hoping to be a "factor" for the most prolific passing game in the league. With Brandin Cooks gone to New England, Ginn will get his chance to contribute as the deep-threat complement to Michael Thomas and Willie Snead. Ginn should retain boom-or-bust WR4 value in New Orleans.
Source: ESPN
Mar 14 - 11:01 AM

Saints signed OLB/DE Alex Okafor, formerly of the Cardinals.

A fourth-round pick of the Cardinals in 2013, Okafor recorded eight sacks as a sophomore. His sack production has decreased the last two seasons, but he remained a disruptive rusher. Okafor is a solid depth signing with some upside.
Mar 14 - 10:52 AM

Free agent OLB Alex Okafor is visiting the Saints Monday.

A fourth-round pick in 2013, Okafor has just 5.5 sacks combined the last two seasons, but he took down the quarterback eight times in 13 games in 2014. He would be a low-cost, upside signing for a defense which needs pass rushers.
Mar 13 - 8:38 AM

Free agent Travaris Cadet is visiting with the Jets.

It's Cadet's first known interest. Cadet had 40 receptions with the Saints despite playing behind Mark Ingram and Tim Hightower last year. He can return kicks and would give the Jets a solid pass game specialist.
Mar 11 - 4:25 PM

New Saints RG Larry Warford's four-year deal is worth $34 million, and includes $17 million guaranteed.

Interior linemen are getting paid this year, and Warford was one of the five best on the open market. A starter since arriving as a third-round pick in 2013, Warford has stabilized after some inconsistency, and had a strong 2016. He's a sensible addition for the Saints' latest "get tough" effort. The Saints are putting together a top-five NFL offensive line.
Mar 10 - 1:05 PM

Saints re-signed DT Nick Fairley to a four-year, $28 million contract, including an $8 million signing bonus.

It's worth "almost" $30 million. Going all in on fixing their defense, the Saints were determined to retain Fairley's interior heat. The injury-prone 2011 first-rounder is coming off the first 16-game campaign of his career, which included a personal-best 6.5 sacks. Fairley contributed 723 snaps. Fairley will never be an every-down player, but was worth keeping for the Saints.
Mar 9 - 5:02 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports free agent ILB Manti Te'o will visit the Saints on Thursday.

The Chargers seem to have little interest in a reunion. Te'o, who's been a replacement-level player at best, will have to prove he's over his Achilles' injury before landing a contract.
Mar 9 - 4:57 PM


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