Player News - Saints

Date: Team: Pos:

Free agent TE Ben Watson has been in talks with the Saints.

"I had a good conversation with Sean (Payton) and Mickey (Loomis)," Watson said. "I’d love to be playing there. If not there, we’ll see where else. I think I’ll know more in about a month." Coming off a career year, Watson expects to return for at least one more season. 35-year-old Watson could be willing to settle for a one-year deal.
Feb 5 - 7:48 PM

Saints CB Brandon Browner strongly hinted on Twitter that he's being released by New Orleans.

"I truly did love the city, really wanted to do well," Browner wrote. "Some of the best people, best hospitality, and food. And a city that will show you a good time. How could you beat that?" Browner was a colossal bust for the Saints after signing a three-year, $15 million contract last offseason. He was easily the worst corner in the league in 2015 and committed a league-high 23 penalties. The Saints will save just $950,000 against the cap by releasing him.
Feb 5 - 9:44 AM

In an interview with ESPN, Drew Brees said he has yet to have discussions with the Saints about a contract extension.

"If conversations are to be had," Brees said, "they haven’t happened yet." Set to count $30 million against the cap in the final year of his deal, it is widely expected Brees will get a contract extension this offseason. Saints GM Mickey Loomis has hinted the team could leave Brees' contract as it is, but that seems unlikely. The two sides should work something out before free agency opens.
Feb 4 - 1:09 PM

Restricted free agent Khiry Robinson (leg) has been cleared for light jogging.

It’s the first update on Robinson since he went on I.R. with a broken right tibia in early November. There haven’t been any setbacks in his recovery. As a restricted free agent, Robinson should be tendered at the second-round level.
Feb 3 - 6:04 PM

Saints signed RB Vick Ballard to a reserve/future contract.

Ballard has been out of football since getting released with an injury settlement by the Colts in September. It's a low-cost flier for the Saints. Ballard hasn't appeared in a game since 2013 and will need to prove he's healthy to make it to training camp.
Feb 3 - 5:46 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett believes signing LT Terron Armstead to an extension will be a "top priority" for New Orleans this year.

Armstead is entering the final year of his rookie deal and coming off a breakout season. The former third-round pick out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff started 13-of-16 games and graded out as PFF's No. 3 left tackle. The highly-athletic Armstead received high marks for both his pass protection and run blocking. He's only 24 and could command a Tyron Smith-type contract.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 9:59 AM

Saints retained Dennis Allen as defensive coordinator.

This was a formality after Allen somewhat stabilized the Saints' nightmarishly bad defense down the stretch. He took over for Rob Ryan in mid-November. Allen has long been regarded as a bright football mind, but bombed out with the Raiders and will be dealing with major talent deficiencies in New Orleans.
Feb 2 - 7:09 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett believes New Orleans could "downsize at running back."

Mark Ingram is firmly planted at the top of the depth chart, but the futures of C.J. Spiller, restricted free agent Khiry Robinson and unrestricted free agent Tim Hightower are in question. Spiller is the most expensive option of the three, and the cap-strapped Saints could save $3.25 million against the cap by designating him a post-June 1 cut. The move is a no-brainer after Spiller woefully underperformed in his first season with New Orleans.
Source: ESPN
Feb 1 - 10:44 AM

Free agent TE Ben Watson would like to re-sign with the Saints.

"I still enjoy playing football," Watson said. "I will take the opportunities as they come. I'm kind of in a different place than I was the last couple times I was in free agency, whereas now I'm a little more relaxed about it. I'm waiting to see what doors open and what doors close." Watson had previously been noncommittal on his 2016 status, but he'll continue playing if it's with the Saints. It's possible Watson will hang it up if New Orleans isn't interested in a new deal.
Jan 25 - 2:41 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects Drew Brees to sign a contract extension this offseason.

With Brees set to count $30 million against the cap in the final year of his deal, an extension would help the Saints manage their cap situation and give Brees some long-term security. It would be shocking if he is playing on the same deal next season. Brees threw for 4,870 yards and 32 touchdowns in just 15 games last season.
Source: ESPN
Jan 23 - 10:20 AM

Saints GM Mickey Loomis is noncommittal on C.J. Spiller's future with the team.

Asked if he still expected Spiller to pan out, Loomis deferred, saying "I can't really answer that today." Spiller was a massive disappointment his first year in New Orleans, touching the ball just 70 times as he battled a chronic knee issue. The cap-strapped Saints can create $3.25 million in space by designating Spiller as a post-June 1 cut. It's a no-brainer move that will likely be made.
Jan 14 - 9:24 PM

Saints GM Mickey Loomis confirmed Drew Brees will remain the team's quarterback for 2016.

Brees is coming off another elite season, but is set to count $30 million against the salary cap in the final year of his contract. Loomis isn't worried. "We'll figure out how we're going to handle the contract, whether it stays the same and just remains right in place, or whether we do something different," Loomis said. "That's all part of what we've got to figure out in the coming weeks." Extending Brees and lowering his cap number will be a priority for the Saints.
Jan 14 - 4:13 PM

Saints hired Joe Lombardi as QB coach.

Lombardi will reunite with Sean Payton after failing as an offensive coordinator. The Lions offense improved significantly after firing him, but it's a solid position-coach hire. Lombardi's return doesn't have much of an impact for Drew Brees.
Jan 13 - 7:59 PM

Saints hired Dan Campbell as assistant head coach/tight ends.

Campbell was in the mix for San Diego's offensive-coordinator job before Ken Whisenhunt was hired. He'll return to the position-coach ranks after his interim status with Miami. The Saints also brought back ex-Lions OC Joe Lombardi as quarterbacks coach.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 13 - 5:48 PM

The National Football Post reports the Vikings, Cowboys and Chargers have expressed interest in ex-Dolphins coach Dan Campbell.

The Dolphins' tight ends coach from 2011 to early 2015, Campbell went 5-7 as interim head man after replacing Joe Philbin. The Chargers need an offensive coordinator, a role that could suit Campbell especially if coach Mike McCoy takes over play-calling duties, as has been speculated. In Minnesota or Dallas he'd likely be a TEs coach/assistant head coach.
Jan 12 - 2:36 PM


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