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Free agent DT Tony McDaniel is participating in Saints minicamp on a tryout basis.

McDnaiel, 32, played 501 snaps for the Seahawks last season and received really strong marks from Pro Football Focus for his run defense. Despite that, McDaniel has drawn zero interest as a free agent until now.
Jun 14 - 1:02 PM

The NFL is giving all four NFC South teams an extra practice squad spot in 2017 reserved for an international player.

The catch is the player has been picked for them as part of the NFL’s international player pathway program, with the Falcons landing former English rugby player TE Alex Gray, the Panthers getting DE Efe Obada, the Saints drawing DE Alex Jenkins, and the Bucs landing LB Eric Nzeocha. The players are not allowed to be activated this season, but it is a great opportunity for them to improve while working with an NFL squad.
Source: ESPN
May 25 - 9:53 AM

Free agent C Cody Wallace has interest from the Packers and Saints.

It's his first known interest since the start of free agency. Wallace missed all last season with a knee injury he's still working back from. The Saints could be a solid fit as veteran insurance for Max Unger.
May 19 - 6:16 PM

Saints released S Shiloh Keo.

Keo struggled in his 130 defensive snaps last season, and the Saints didn't deem him valuable for special teams. He'll resume hunting for backup work.
May 15 - 5:28 PM

Free agent TE Clay Harbor attended Saints' rookie minicamp as a tryout player this weekend.

Harbor was one of five veterans in attendance. The others were Khalif Barnes, Bryce Harris, Louis Murphy and Matt Simms. Harbor logged 95 underwhelming snaps for the Lions last year. The 29-year-old has suited up for four teams since arriving as a fourth-round pick in 2010.
May 14 - 10:03 AM

Free agent WR Louis Murphy is trying out for the Saints this weekend.

TE Clay Harbor, QB Matt Simms, and OT Khalif Barnes are some other "big name" veterans trying out at the rookie minicamp. Murphy missed all of last season with a torn ACL and got into hot water in April for inadvertently bringing a gun with him to the airport. Charges from that incident have been dropped, however, and he is apparently healthy enough to try out.
Source: ESPN
May 13 - 12:55 PM

Saints waived TE Jake Stoneburner.

They also cut DE Royce LaFrance. The Saints will likely enter camp with Coby Fleener, Josh Hill, and Michael Hoomanawanui as their top-three tight ends.
May 8 - 5:30 PM

CSN New England's Mike Giardi reports CB Malcolm Butler "badly wanted" to be traded and play for the Saints.

"He wanted to be traded," Giardi said. "He knew what the money was in New Orleans. So when we talk about him, 'Oh he's happy. It's nice that he's joined his teammates again.' He had no other choice. He wanted New Orleans. He wanted them badly. They couldn't work out a deal. So what's he supposed to do now? Sit at home? No, you suck it up. You have to turn yourself back into a Patriot at least for a year." Butler reported for voluntary workouts this week, showing he likely won't be a holdout case come training camp. He'll want to put together another great season to get paid the big money he's been seeking the past two years.
May 5 - 11:04 AM

Saints waived DE D.J. Pettway and DB Jimmy Pruitt.

A name UDFA this time last year, Pettway spent his rookie season on injured reserve, and he was waived Monday with a non-football injury designation. Pruitt was let go with a failed physical designation.
May 1 - 7:27 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, earlier this month the Saints were willing to offer the Rams a second-round pick for CB Trumaine Johnson, but Johnson was unwilling to sign long-term in New Orleans.

Johnson was unwilling to sign with the Saints because he "so badly wanted to remain in Los Angeles" and work things out with the Rams, who also, as Schefter notes, weren't as motivated to move Johnson as the media made it sound in March. Johnson is going to ask for the moon from the Rams in any long-term talks since they've franchised him twice in two years. The Saints nabbed CB Marshon Lattimore at pick No. 11 on Thursday and could look at more corners Friday.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 28 - 5:51 PM

Speaking on Friday, Saints coach Sean Payton refused to rule out a trade for Patriots CB Malcolm Butler or Rams CB Trumaine Johnson.

This comes less than 24 hours after the Saints used their No. 11 pick on Marshon Lattimore. Acquiring Butler seemed inevitable for New Orleans at one point, but talks have broken down and Butler hurt his chances of being traded by waiting too long to sign his restricted free agent tender. If the Saints were going to land a top-flight corner via trade, it would have happened by now.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 28 - 1:42 PM

According to ESPN's Mike Triplett, quarterback is "in play" for the Saints on Day 2 of the draft.

While Triplett would like to see New Orleans land Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs if he falls to the third round, Miami’s Brad Kaaya, Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer, Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman and Cal’s Davis Webb will all be options to consider at No. 42. The Packers are reportedly interested in Kizer at No. 33, but that could be a smokescreen. The Saints are probably wise to start thinking about life after Drew Brees.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 28 - 1:26 PM

Saints GM Mickey Loomis said there hasn't been "any discussion for quite some time" on trading for Malcolm Butler.

The Saints haven't ruled out a Butler deal, but this falls in line with reports it's highly unlikely. With one of the deeper drafts for corners, the Saints are "leaning toward" keeping both their first round picks. Barring a late trade, Butler should play out the final year of his Patriots contract.
Source: ESPN
Apr 26 - 4:21 PM

Packers signed RG Jahri Evans, formerly of the Saints.

The Packers have a gaping hole at right guard after losing T.J. Lang. Don Barclay was penciled in, but he's been brutal in past starting chances. Evans, 34, offers short-term security. Green Bay would be wise to draft help. Evans started all 16 games last season and made 169 career starts for New Orleans.
Apr 26 - 3:47 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints are "closing in" on a deal with free agent Adrian Peterson.

Per Rapsheet, the deal would pay Peterson $3 million "plus." It's a very strange fit on paper, but coach Sean Payton has had friction with Mark Ingram. Peterson and Ingram are redundant talents, though Ingram has become much more of a pass catcher in recent years. Peterson is a zero in the passing game, but a better goal-line finisher than Ingram. The situation would make for fantasy headaches, and an always-tedious backfield even harder to figure.
Apr 24 - 3:31 PM

According to MMQB's Peter King, the Saints are "leaning toward" keeping their first three picks rather than trading one or more for Malcolm Butler.

The Saints hold the Nos. 11, 32, and 42 picks in the top first round-and-a-half of action this coming weekend. They also have picks 76 and 103, making that five selections in the first two days of the draft. The thinking has been that New Orleans would part with No. 32 to land Butler, but King reports the Saints value the top-75 of their draft board and would prefer to use those picks rather than surrender one or more for Butler and then have to sign him to a massive deal.
Source: MMQB
Apr 24 - 9:51 AM

According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, if the Patriots trade Malcolm Butler to the Saints, "this is the week for it to happen."

Reiss believes it will come down to whether the Saints are willing to trade the No. 32 overall pick (which they received from the Patriots in last month's Brandin Cooks trade) or No. 42 and another pick with New England throwing in a late-rounder. Per Reiss, the Patriots "don't have any qualms" in keeping Butler around at his $3.91 million salary. Butler was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2016 and graded out as PFF's No. 5 corner out of 119 qualifiers.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 23 - 8:57 AM

According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the Patriots and Saints continue to haggle over compensation in a potential Malcolm Butler trade.

The Saints hold the Nos. 11 and 32 picks in the first round, with the second first-rounder via the Patriots in the Brandin Cooks trade. New Orleans is desperate for defensive back help and would love to have Butler, but this draft is considered strong for cornerbacks, and the Saints may simply opt to use the picks on younger cover men rather than buckling at the Patriots' demands.
Apr 21 - 11:42 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton heaped praise on Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey.

"I’ve got a crystal-clear vision of the player," Payton told MMQB's Peter King in a recent interview. "He’d be like Darren Sproles, Reggie Bush for us, kind of the Joker role." The Saints are looking for a back to complement Mark Ingram and the versatile McCaffrey could certainly fill that role. New Orleans also has interest in LSU's Leonard Fournette, who visited the team on Friday. McCaffrey won't be in play at No. 11 but the Saints could consider him at 32nd overall.
Source: MMQB.com
Apr 14 - 2:50 PM

According to Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate, free agent Adrian Peterson's visit with the Saints "went well" and the "door isn't closed" on him signing a contract.

As opposed to the Patriots, who were reportedly doing Peterson's agent a favor by working him out last week, the Saints seem to be legitimately interested in signing the former MVP. Likely, it will come down to money. Underhill believes the Saints are reluctant to offer Peterson more or even match the $3.7 million salary Mark Ingram is due in 2017. If Peterson does land with New Orleans, he would likely be used in a timeshare with more-versatile Ingram.
Apr 14 - 1:50 PM


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