Ex-Saints CB Jabari Greer has announced his retirement.
A former undrafted free agent, Greer is hanging up his cleats after 10 years in the league. He made 86 career starts, including 10 for the Saints last season. His year ended with a torn ACL in November, however. Now 32, the injury was too much for Greer to come back from.
Saints waived QB Ryan Griffin.
Griffin was beaten out by Luke McCown to back up Drew Brees. His late release is a bit of dirty pool from the Saints, as it lessens Griffin's chances of latching on elsewhere. The Saints almost certainly waited to make the move to increase their odds of sneaking Griffin through to the practice squad. Griffin had a solid preseason, completing 48-of-77 passes for 530 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. A second-year undrafted free agent, Griffin is 25.
Saints released/waived K Shayne Graham and K Derek Dimke.
The moves leave the Saints without a kicker on the roster. They will look to the waiver wire for a veteran option. Graham went 6-for-8 for the Saints last season after replacing the struggling Garrett Hartley.
Saints waived/released WR Robert Meachem, OLB Keyunta Dawson, FB Greg Jones, OT Thomas Welch, C Matt Armstrong, WR Brandon Coleman, ILB Todd Davis, WR Charles Hawkins, TE Nic Jacobs, OG Marcel Jones, WR Seantavius Jones, OT Tavon Rooks, RB Derrick Strozier, NT Lawrence Virgil, S Pierre Warren and G/T Jason Weaver.
Meachem was hoping to hang on as a situational deep threat. One month shy of his 30th birthday, he should latch on elsewhere after reviving his career in New Orleans last season. Going on 29, Dawon appeared in eight games between the Saints and Titans in 2013.
Saints released CB Champ Bailey.
The Saints are going with undrafted rookie Brian Dixon instead. Bailey was signed to compete for the No. 2 cornerback job, but now 36, couldn't crack the Saints' loaded defense. The Saints must eat Bailey's $500,000 signing bonus. Bailey was limited to five games by a foot injury for the Broncos last season, and struggled when in the lineup. His résumé will get him another look, but he's near the end.
Saints released CB Trevin Wade and CB Terrence Frederick.
Wade appeared in two games with the Saints last season, and Frederick spent the majority of 2013 on the Browns' practice squad. Both were always a long shot in New Orleans' revamped secondary.
Saints waived or released LB Kevin Reddick, CB Rod Sweeting, QB Logan Kilgore, OG Manese Foketi, DE George Uko, and DL Rufus Johnson.
Reddick made the team as an UDFA out of UNC last season and was a special teams stalwart. He didn't progress this summer and was burned on defense. Reddick should get another look. Johnson was a sixth-round pick last year.
Saints released OLB Victor Butler.
Butler was an under-the-radar signing by the Saints prior to last season, but ended up tearing his ACL in last year's minicamp and missed the entire 2013 campaign. The 27-year-old didn't play a single snap this preseason and may not be healthy. The Saints reportedly had "high hopes" for Butler during the spring. Before the injury, he was a pass rusher on the rise. Butler had 11 career sacks across 803 defensive snaps for the Cowboys from 2009-2012.
Saints released TE Travis Beckum.
Beckum lasted just 12 days on the roster. The former No. 100 overall pick of the Giants has become an end-of-the-roster journeyman at this stage of his career.
Saints waived RB Tim Flanders, WR Tobais Palmer, TE Je'Ron Hamm and LB Chidera Uzo-Diribe.
Flanders and Hamm were both well-regarded undrafted rookies, but didn't shine once the pads came on. Palmer appeared in one game for the Jaguars in 2013. He could have trouble finding work as a camp body at this stage of the game.
Former NFL WR Donte' Stallworth is serving as a coaching intern at Ravens training camp.
This appears to be it for Stallworth, who failed to make the Redskins last fall and is now 33 years old. Infamously dubbed "The Human Hamstring Pull" for his litany of hammy injuries, Stallworth finished his ten-year career with a 15.1 YPR average on 321 receptions and 35 touchdowns. His best season (70/945/7) came in 2005 with Jim Haslett's Saints, when Stallworth finished as the No. 21 fantasy wideout. Sean Payton traded him away the following offseason.
The Saints worked out free agent DT Brandon Deaderick.
Deaderick, 27 in August, made nine tackles across 13 appearances for the Jags as a reserve last season. He spent the previous three seasons with the Pats, registering 45 tackles and five sacks in 34 games. Deaderick is a run-stuffer.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints are expected to sign free agent C Jonathan Goodwin.
Per RapSheet, the Goodwin deal "should happen this week." Goodwin is familiar with Sean Payton's offense after spending the 2006-2010 seasons in New Orleans. He will be expected to compete with Tim Lelito for the starting job.
Saints waived WR Chris Givens.
The NFL's second best Chris Givens, Givens spent 2013 on injured reserve, and has never appeared in a regular-season game. Now 25, the odds are growing slimmer he ever will.
ESPN Saints reporter believes there's a "good chance" the team signs free agent C Jonathan Goodwin.
Goodwin visited the Saints last month. They're the only team to show any known interest in the 35-year-old. Tim Lelito is penciled in as the starter for now. The Saints will give him every opportunity to earn the job, but Goodwin, a former Saint, would be a good sounding board and provide competition.
Free agent FB Jacob Hester participated in Saints rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, but wasn't offered a contract.
Hester was out of the league last season after being part of the Broncos' final cuts. He just turned 29, can carry the rock in a pinch, and cover kicks.
Free agent DE Jamaal Anderson is participating in Saints rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.
As is free agent WR/KR Armanti Edwards. Anderson, the eighth overall pick in 2007, was out of the league last season after lasting just 24 days on the Bears' summer roster. The 28-year-old has 7.5 career sacks in 77 games.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune believes it would be a "no-brainer" for the Saints to select USC C Marcus Martin at No. 58 overall, if he's available.
After losing Brian de la Puente to the Bears in free agency, the Saints have a gaping hole in the middle of their line that currently has Tim Lelito penciled in at center. Martin is viewed as the top center in the draft and can also play guard. Our own Evan Silva has Martin going to the Saints in his day two mock draft.
Patriots signed DE Will Smith, formerly of the Saints.
Smith, going on age 33, missed all of 2013 with an ACL tear. He posted six sacks in 2012 as a defensive lineman, and will play with his hand in the dirt in Foxboro, perhaps filling the old Andre Carter role. Smith won't be in the mix to start for the Pats, and it's even possible he won't make the final roster.
ESPN's Mike Triplett believes the Saints are still considering bring back free agent C Jonathan Goodwin.
While Goodwin is not a long-term answer at center, he did play for the Saints from 2006-2010 and would provide veteran competition for C Tim Lelito. New Orleans should look to solidify the interior of its line in next week's draft.