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.
ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects New Orleans to address cornerback in the draft after failing to sign Josh Norman.
The Saints made a late push for Norman on Friday but it was clear he had his heart set on Washington. While the Saints have plenty of other needs, the secondary is certainly an area that could use improvement. New Orleans allowed an NFL record 45 touchdown passes last season while giving up the second-most passing yards in the league. Triplett believes Florida's Vernon Hargreaves and Houston's William Jackson could both be in play for New Orleans with the 12th pick.
FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the 49ers' interest in free agent Josh Norman was always "lukewarm."
NFL Network's Mike Silver tweeted Friday that he didn't expect the Niners to pursue Norman, and multiple reports since have echoed the sentiment. Per CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, the 49ers showed "initial interest," but were only interested in Norman "at the right price." The Redskins appear willing to meet Norman's contract demands. They're now competing with the Saints.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Saints are "making a strong push" to sign free agent Josh Norman.
Norman will decide between Washington and New Orleans. The Saints have one of the worst cap situations, but there's enough room for them to get creative. Norman would be a massive upgrade to a secondary that's ranked in the bottom-third of the league the last two seasons. He's expected to command $15M-plus annually.
Free agent WR Robert Meachem will work out for the Saints on Friday.
He ran a 4.48 40 and passed a physical. It's been over 10 months since we last heard from Meachem when he worked out for the Lions. The 31-year-old spent last season out of the league and only caught seven passes for the Saints in 2014 as a rotational deep threat.
Former Saints DE Will Smith was shot and killed Saturday night in New Orleans.
Smith was 34. Police believe the shooting was the result of a road rage incident. Smith reportedly exchanged words with another driver after his Mercedes G63 was rear-ended by a Hummer H2, causing Smith to bump into the car ahead of him. Smith's wife was hospitalized after being shot twice in the right leg. The Hummer driver and shooting suspect is now in police custody. Smith spent 10 seasons with the Saints, appearing in one Pro Bowl and winning a Super Bowl in 2009. He leaves behind a daughter and two sons. Known as a leader on the field and an ambassador off of it, Smith's passing is a devastating loss for the NFL and especially the Saints' organization.
The Saints remain interested in re-signing free agent RB Tim Hightower.
The sides are meeting this week. Hightower served as the Saints' emergency bell-cow back over the final month of 2015, having surprising success after going four years without a regular season touch. About to turn 30, Hightower is strictly a reserve talent at this point in his career, but proved last season he can be counted on in a pinch behind starter Mark Ingram.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots are "out" on free agent DT Nick Fairley, and he's expected to sign with the Saints.
Fairley surprisingly drew very little interest on the open market despite showing well in a rotational role with the Rams last season. It didn't do much to rehab his value, however, as he's again settling in the second wave of free agency after inking a one-year pact with the Rams last March. Fairley should give the Saints' interior pass rush a nice jolt. They desperately need it.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports free agent DT Nick Fairley is visiting the Saints.
Fairley has been linked to the Eagles and Jets, but this is his first known visit. Fairley is coming off a strong year for the Rams. He'd be paired with John Jenkins in New Orleans.