Free agent K Garrett Hartley worked out for the Saints on Wednesday.
Shayne Graham missed his second field goal of the season, a 42-yard kick in the Superdome, in last week's blowout loss to the Panthers. Heads have begun to roll in New Orleans. Graham could be the next one out the door.
Saints waived WR Joe Morgan.
The Saints promised changes following their humiliating Week 14 home blowout at the hands of the Panthers, and they've started by waiving a role player. A situational deep threat, Morgan drew the ire of both Drew Brees and coach Sean Payton on Sunday, and was suspended earlier this season for unknown reasons. Morgan had caught four passes for 92 yards after missing all of 2013 with a knee injury, adding a 67-yard rush. Although he's already 26 and has a history of knee issues — Morgan also missed all of 2011 — he should draw interest on the open market, though it may not come until the offseason. Morgan's release is a sign Robert Meachem (ankle) is ready to go.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports four teams, including the Colts and Saints, have "looked into signing" free agent Ray Rice.
The other two teams weren't identified. The Colts have been mentioned as a possibility since Rice won his appeal Friday. However, the Saints are a new team, though we don't really see a fit. Running back is one of the deepest positions on New Orleans' squad, and Rice isn't worth the trouble. We'd guess Rice's odds of suiting up this season are far less than 50:50. He looked done in 2013.
Saints waived G/C Eric Olsen.
It's a sign C Jonathan Goodwin (MCL) is likely returning for Week 11.
Free agent RBs Mikel Leshoure, Andre Brown, Tim Hightower and Brian Leonard worked out for the Saints on Tuesday.
It's a strong indication at least one of Pierre Thomas (shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (arm) won't be ready for Week 11, if not both.
Free agent TE Kellen Davis worked out for the Saints on Tuesday.
The Saints are likely just covering their bases in case Jimmy Graham (shoulder) isn't ready for Week 7. Graham is expected to return following the Saints' Week 6 bye, however.
Saints waived LB Khairi Fortt.
The fourth-round pick out of Cal was placed on I.R.-designated to return after the preseason. He would have been eligible to resume playing in Week 9. The move to waive Fortt suggests either the Saints lost hope of him returning, or something happened behind the scenes that caused them to cut ties.
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.