The Saints will work out CFL CB Delvin Breaux next week.
Breaux, 25, was the best corner in the CFL last season. A former top high-school recruit, he was never cleared to play at LSU after a career-threatening neck injury. Breaux has good size at 6-1, 195 pounds. He's visited with 12 teams and is expected to land a reserve/future contract.
Bears hired ex-Saints director of player personnel Ryan Pace as general manager.
Pace spent the past 14 years in New Orleans, including the past two as director of player personnel. He was previously the director of pro personnel. Pace turned down the opportunity to interview for the Jets' GM opening. Pace was considered one of GM Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton's top lieutenants, and was twice promoted during Payton's tenure. He is only 37. Pace's first order of business in Chicago will be finding a head coach, followed closely by sorting out the futures of Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall.
The Jets have requested permission to interview Saints Director of Player Personnel Ryan Pace for their open general manager position.
Pace has been the Saints' personnel man the last two seasons. He joins Texans director of college scouting Mike Maccagnan, Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard and Dolphins director of college scouting Chris Grier as candidates to replace John Idzik. Pace has also been linked to Chicago's GM job.
Ex-Raiders HC Dennis Allen is "eyeing a return" to the NFL as a defensive coordinator.
At very least, Allen should land a defensive backs coach job somewhere. He spent just one season as a defensive coordinator -- in 2011 with Denver -- before failing as the Raiders' head coach 2012-2014. Allen spent 2006-2010 on the Saints' staff and could be an option when/if New Orleans fires DC Rob Ryan.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 04:34:00 PM
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.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 11:43:00 AM
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.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 02:46:00 PM
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.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 08:03:00 AM
Saints waived G/C Eric Olsen.
It's a sign C Jonathan Goodwin (MCL) is likely returning for Week 11.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 06:08:00 PM
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.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 05:41:00 PM
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.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 05:19:00 PM
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.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 05:32:00 PM
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.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 02:53:00 PM
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.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 06:18:00 PM
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.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 04:10:00 PM
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.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 03:59:00 PM
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.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 03:46:00 PM
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.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 01:42:00 PM
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.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 02:50:00 PM
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.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 10:16:00 PM
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.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 08:24:00 PM