Saints released CB Keenan Lewis.
Lewis opened training camp on active/PUP, and had been sidelined for the last week with a hip issue. His latest injury wasn't season ending, but his release suggests the Saints had concerns he would not regain his form. It's still a surprise considering the move saves just $850K in cap space. With Lewis gone, P.J. Williams projects to start opposite Delvin Breaux.
NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports the Saints are expected to sign free agent CB Cortland Finnegan following a workout on Friday.
Finnegan finished out last season playing slot corner for the Super Bowl runner-up Panthers. He would compete for slot corner snaps in New Orleans. Keenan Lewis suffered another injury setback, creating a need for depth.
Saints released WR Hakeem Nicks.
Nicks lasted less than two weeks on the roster. Once one of the most promising receivers in the game, the 2009 first-rounder just does not have it anymore. Nicks is only 28, but his NFL career is likely over.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints "have pursued" Cowboys OG Ronald Leary "to no avail" over the past few months.
New Orleans has a gaping hole at left guard where Tim Lelito and Senio Kelemete are currently competing for the starting job. Leary publicly requested a trade out of Dallas in the offseason, but the Cowboys weren't satisfied with any offers. Leary has made 35 starts the past three seasons but was demoted to backup duties after the arrival of LG La'El Collins last year. Leary has one year on his contract, but should be starting somewhere. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 2 run-blocking guard out of 78 qualifiers in 2014. Dallas needs pass-rush help.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune disputes an NFL Network report that the Saints are pushing to sign free agent Anquan Boldin.
Some national reporters seem to get used by agents more than most. The Times-Picayune's Kat Terrell confirms the Saints "did look into" signing Boldin "earlier in the summer," but didn't so much as make Boldin a contract offer. A Boldin signing would have put a major dent into rookie Michael Thomas' sleeper appeal. As is, Thomas remains penciled in as Marques Colston's slot replacement.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints are making the "strongest push" for free agent Anquan Boldin.
Boldin has been loosely connected to the Bengals and Lions, but this is the first time it sounds like the pot might actually boil. Boldin would be reuniting with WRs coach John Morton in New Orleans, whom he played for as a 49er from 2013-14. Boldin's addition would take some of the wind out of the sails of rookie Michael Thomas' fantasy appeal.
Coach Sean Payton said the Saints are not interested in free agent RB Reggie Bush.
Payton said the two sides talked about a reunion last offseason, but the Saints decided to go with C.J. Spiller instead. Bush ended up signing with the 49ers, but he managed just five games while dealing with various injuries including a season-ending meniscus tear. Payton is "sure" Bush will play this year, but he might have to wait until injuries strike to find a new home.
Free agent S Kenny Phillips admits his playing career is over.
"It wasn’t tough to come to grips with it because physically I can’t," Phillips said. "It wasn’t like, ‘OK you’re not good enough.’ Physically it hurts to do this and it hurts to do that. It was a like a no-brainer." Phillips was a 2008 first-rounder of the Giants and spent five seasons with them, winning a Super Bowl. He also signed contracts with the Eagles and Saints, but was never the same due to numerous severe knee injuries. Phillips has returned to college at Miami.
Robert Meachem attended Saints minicamp on Tuesday.
He's there on a tryout basis. Meachem also worked out for the Saints in April. The 31 year old was out of the league last season and hasn't caught a touchdown since 2013. He's merely a camp body.
FOXSports' Alex Marvez expects the Saints to "take a look" at free agent SS Roman Harper.
Harper spent the first eight years of his career in New Orleans. He was a 32-game starter for the Panthers the last two seasons. The Saints don't have a huge need for Harper after trading up for Vonn Bell in the second round, but could want some veteran insurance behind Kenny Vaccaro and always-injured Jairus Byrd.
Saints worked out free agent WRs Denarius Moore, Vincent Brown, and Nathan Palmer on Wednesday.
This trio is in addition to Hakeem Nicks, who also tried out. With no receiver older than 23 on the roster, it would make sense for the Saints to add a veteran before offseason workouts begin in earnest. Brandin Cooks (22), Willie Snead (23), and rookie Michael Thomas (21) are currently the projected starters.
Free agent Hakeem Nicks is working out for the Saints on Wednesday.
It's Nicks' second known workout of the offseason after getting one with the Bengals last month. The Saints poked around Nicks last season before he signed with the Giants. Still only 28, Nicks doesn't have much left to give. New Orleans also took a look at Denarius Moore, Nathan Palmer, and Vincent Brown.
Saints released K Josh Scobee.
Scobee had been set to compete with Kai Forbath. Forbath was far from effective last season, and should still face legitimate competition in training camp.
UDFA Iowa RB Jordan Canzeri will attend the Browns' rookie minicamp on Friday.
Cleveland is at least the third team who has brought Canzeri in for a post-Draft look-see, following the Chiefs and Saints. Canzeri (5’7, 190) offers more strength on (broke a surprising number of tackles for a runner his size) and off the field (20 bench reps at Iowa's Pro Day) than you'd expect and runs a forty in the 4.4s. He also has the hands, brains and special teams acumen to fight for a final roster spot if given the opportunity, but size and durability may deprive him of one.
Free agent DE Matt Shaughnessy is working out for the Saints.
The ex-Cardinal and Raider missed all of 2015 with an undisclosed injury. Shaughnessy also missed eight games with a knee issue in 2014. Going on 30, Shaughnessy would be a long shot for the 53-man roster if he lands a contract.
Saints waived RB Vick Ballard and OLB Phillip Hunt.
Ballard spent 2015 on the street before signing a reserve/future deal with New Orleans in February. Seventh-rounder Daniel Lasco made him expendable.
Appearing on SportsCenter, ESPN's Adam Schefter and Todd McShay agreed that UCLA LB Myles Jack's draft sweet spot is from the Saints at No. 12 overall to the Falcons at No. 17.
However, ESPN's Bob Holtzman -- who is reporting live from 49ers headquarters -- believes Jack is also a "strong possibility" to land in San Francisco. The Niners draft seventh overall, perhaps enlarging Jack's sweet spot. While there no longer seems to be a realistic chance Jack goes in the top-five picks, it does now seem likely that his wait won't last until the draft's second day.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints discussed trading for the No. 1 pick to land a quarterback.
This report is a masterful bit of pre-draft maneuvering by the Saints. Leaking they are interested in a quarterback not only puts pressure on Drew Brees to agree to an extension and the cap relief which comes with it, it also lets other teams know New Orleans could be in the market for Memphis' Paxton Lynch, who Rapoport mentions by name. Bravo. In reality, the Saints have to address their pass rush or secondary in the first round.
Saints waived S Vinnie Sunseri.
Sunseri offered promise as an intriguing fifth-round sleeper in the 2014 draft, but he ended his first NFL season on I.R. and spent all of 2015 on injured reserve as well. We suspect he'll get some interest on the waiver wire.
Saints waived DL Tavaris Barnes.
Barnes played 130 snaps last season as an undrafted rookie for the Saints. A 'tweener end-tackle at 6-foot-4, 282, Barnes was also a backup at Clemson.