Free agent CB D'Joun Smith worked out for the Saints.
A 2015 third-round pick of the Colts, Smith was released with an injury settlement earlier this month. A total flameout in Indy, Smith would be going to the league's most cornerback-needy team, but remain little more than a developmental prospect.
Saints released RB C.J. Spiller.
Signed to a "four-year, $16 million" deal in March 2015, the writing has been on the wall for Spiller in New Orleans since pretty much his first game. Brutally ineffective and in the doghouse last season, Spiller got showcased for a trade this summer before being a healthy scratch for Week 1. He simply never meshed with coach Sean Payton and Drew Brees' offense. Spiller is an on-paper home run hitter, but now 29 with just 776 yards from scrimmage over the past two seasons. He'll get another chance, but will be on a short leash.
Saints worked out free agent Nate Washington.
They also had Rueben Randle, Andre Caldwell, and Greg Little in for visits. Washington has struggled for interest since his Patriots release, but could resurface after Week 1.
Saints waived QB Garrett Grayson.
Grayson was the 75th pick in last year's draft and was expected to be groomed as the backup of the future in New Orleans. He was beat out by veteran Luke McCown two years in a row for No. 2 duties. Through two preseasons, Grayson completed 69-of-130 passes for 743 yards and a 2:6 TD:INT ratio.
Free agent OG Jahri Evans visited the Saints on Tuesday.
A Saint since 2006, Evans was released in February. He signed with the Seahawks in early August, but didn't make much of a roster push. The Saints are still unsettled at Evans' old right guard. Now 33, Evans was a replacement-level player in 2015.
Free agent Rueben Randle worked out for the Saints on Tuesday.
It's Randle's first workout since he didn't even make it to final cuts with the Eagles. It's quite possible the Saints are just updating their emergency list. Were Randle to sign, he wouldn't be a threat to Michael Thomas' sleeper status.
Saints released K Kai Forbath.
The Saints are going with UDFA Wil Lutz. Forbath beat Connor Barth in a summer competition, but evidently didn't convince the coaching staff he deserved to keep his job. Lutz is coming from small-school Georgia State, so it's definitely a gamble for a team that can never seem to settle on a kicker.
Saints released CB Cortland Finnegan.
Finnegan made it 25 days on the Saints' roster. Now 32, Finnegan appeared to have nothing left in five appearances for the Panthers last season.
Free agent OG Josh Sitton will visit the Bears.
If he leaves without a contract, his next visit will be with New Orleans. Green Bay's decision to move on from Sitton was a head-scratcher and now the division-rival Bears have a chance to hit the Packers where it hurts. The Bears are vulnerable at left guard with second-round rookie Cody Whitehair set to replace Matt Slauson. If he chooses the Bears, Sitton and Kyle Long would make a formidable duo at guard.
Saints released RB Travaris Cadet.
C.J. Spiller's resurgence and Marcus Murphy's special teams skills likely sealed Cadet's fate. He could be an option again once Spiller inevitably fails to live up to his name.
Saints released G/T Khalif Barnes.
The veteran made one start for the Raiders last season. Barnes was last in the news for a drunk-driving arrest. At 34, his career is on borrowed time.
Saints waived DE Chris McCain.
Acquired from the Dolphins for a conditional seventh-round pick on Monday, McCain lasted five days with the Saints. New Orleans will likely get their seventh-rounder back after waiving him.
Saints released DT C.J. Wilson.
TE RaShaun Allen, CB Brandon Dixon, OG Kaleb Eulls and LB Tony Steward have been waived. Smith signed as depth in June. A sixth-year pro, Wilson made 12 appearances between the Raiders and Lions last season. He'll troll for end-of-roster work.
Free agent OLB Paul Kruger will visit the Saints Tuesday.
He also has a visit scheduled with the Chiefs later in the week. Cut by the Browns on Monday, Kruger is easily the best pass rusher on the market and makes a lot of sense for both teams. New Orleans just missed out on landing Kruger in 2013, and they need all the help they can get rushing the passer. Kansas City is thin at outside backer with Justin Houston (knee) out indefinitely.
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.