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Dennis Allen Returns To Saints As Senior Defensive Assistant

Jan 20, 2015 10:51 AM

Dennis Allen is returning to the New Orleans Saints as a senior defensive assistant.

Allen was Sean Payton's secondary coach when the Saints won the Super Bowl.

Allen was defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos before becoming head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

Rob Ryan's future as defensive coordinator of the Saints is in doubt in the long-term.

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Saints Keep Rob Ryan As Defensive Coordinator

Jan 7, 2015 2:53 PM

The New Orleans Saints will retain Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator.

Ryan's status was in limbo for more than a week after Sean Payton promised to make significant changes involving "every element of the program" following a disappointing 7-9 season. 

Ultimately, the Saints decided to keep the faith in Ryan, who had tremendous success in his first year in New Orleans in 2013, when the Saints ranked fourth in yards allowed.


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Junior Galette Arrested For Domestic Violence Incident

Jan 5, 2015 2:14 PM

Junior Galette was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of simple battery involving domestic violence for allegedly pushing a woman to the ground while trying to get her to leave his home, the Kenner, Louisiana, police said Monday in a news conference.

Galette is a 26-year-old linebacker on the New Orleans Saints.

According to reports from media attending the news conference, there were differing accounts of Galette's relationship with the 22-year-old woman. She said that she used to stay with Galette and cook and clean for him over the past two years. Galette described her as a dancer who was supposed to leave the night before but was allowed to stay until the morning instead. 

Galette has been with New Orleans since 2010, when he signed as an undrafted free agent out of Stillman College. He developed into a top pass-rusher and signed a four-year, $41.5 million contract extension with the team in September through the 2019 season.


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Sean Payton Doesn't Think ESPN Should Zoom On Play Sheet

Dec 18, 2014 1:14 PM

Sean Payton said he doesn't think opponents can really glean anything valuable from seeing the zoomed-in look of his play-calling sheet during ESPN's "Monday Night Football" broadcast, but he thinks they crossed the line.

"Pretty soon they'll be in our bench area helping out with the play calls," cracked Payton, who said the access of cameras and microphones seems to increase every year. "I don't think there's much to it. There's a lot of terminology. But I am kind of surprised it showed up on the TV screen. … I wouldn't put it on if I was ESPN." 

When asked if there's anything he could use from an opponents' play sheet, Payton said, "There'd be nothing to really do with it. You look at their terminology. There's nothing that it's really giving you. ... It's 50 different names of plays, they're not numbered in any particular order." 

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Drew Brees Critical Of Report About Saints' Drafting QB

Dec 2, 2014 12:20 PM

Drew Brees criticized a report that indicated the New Orleans Saints are interested in drafting a quarterback with a high pick in the hopes of finding his eventual replacement.

“Something like that — I know it has absolutely no validity to it,” Brees said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “A lot of time you can look at who’s writing that stuff and you can say ‘All right this guy is trying to make a splash or trying to make a name for himself’ whatever it might be.

“In a lot of cases I’m not sure where they get their information, if they just completely make it up or if there are sources that are their cousins.”

Brees is turning 36 in January. His play has declined this year. He’s due to make $38.5 million over the last two years of his contract, and the Saints have looming salary cap problems.


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Saints Expected To Use High Draft Pick On Quarterback

Nov 30, 2014 3:14 PM

The New Orleans Saints are beginning to consider the future of the quarterback position without Drew Brees and could use a high pick on one in this year's draft.

"They believe they can see the finish line here," NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Gameday Morning. "My expectation from talking to several sources involved in the situation is that the Saints will draft a quarterback highly this year.

"In fact, they wish they had done this in previous years, mainly because, as you mentioned, Drew Brees is 35 years old, he's not as big as Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, and they've seen some arm strength issues that have cropped up in the last several games, throwing crucial interceptions -- the kind which we never see from Drew Brees. They're starting to wonder what is next at this position."

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Sean Payton, Rob Ryan Have 'Deteriorating' Relationship

Nov 30, 2014 10:57 AM

Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan “has been rapidly deteriorating” over the course of this season, and that the two men “strongly dislike each other.”

Payton hasn't had a comfortable relationship with any of his defensive coordinators during his tenure with the New Orleans Saints.

Ryan turned the Saints' defense around in 2013, but the unit has struggled this season.

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Ertz: Jimmy Graham Wouldn't Fit Eagles' Offense Due To Blocking

Nov 19, 2014 5:08 PM

Zach Ertz believes Jimmy Graham wouldn't be a fit for the Philadelphia Eagles' offense.

Graham is an excellent pass-catcher, but he doesn't block well or often.

"Probably not, to be honest," Ertz told when asked if Graham would be able to get much time on the field if he were with the Eagles. "I don't want to take anything away from Jimmy, but the things I've seen, he is more of a pass-catching tight end. In this offense we are a run-first team and we don't sub because we go at (a fast pace)."

Graham has 59 catches for 623 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

Katherine Terrell/Times Picayune

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Brandin Cooks Out 4-6 Weeks After Thumb Surgery

Nov 17, 2014 1:40 PM

Brandin Cooks will miss four to six weeks with a broken thumb after undergoing successful surgery.

Cooks has caught 53 balls for 550 yards and three touchdowns, along with seven carries for 73 yards and an additional touchdown.

Cooks was the 20th overall pick by the New Orleans Saints out of Oregon State.

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Mark Ingram Likely To Test Free Agency In 2015

Oct 30, 2014 5:04 PM

In his Week 8 performance against the Green Bay Packers, Mark Ingram finally looked like the player the New Orleans Saints were expecting when they made him a first round pick out of Alabama.

The Saints declined their fifth-year option on Ingram last offseason.

Ingram is expected to become a free agent in 2015 and is still realtively young and without a ton of miles, which could make him an attractive option for teams looking for a running back.

One scout said Ingram is finally realizing his substantial talent due to increased confidence and the late 2013 shift to an inside/outside blocking scheme that emphasizes his strengths.

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Jimmy Graham Expected To Miss At Least Two Games After Bye
Jimmy Graham is currently dealing with a shoulder sprain.

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Jimmy Graham Injures Shoulder
Jimmy Graham caught two passes for 36 yards prior to the injury.

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Jarius Byrd Out For Season With Torn Meniscus
Jarius Byrd sustained the injury during Thursday's practice.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Brees Criticizes NFL's 'Unilateral' System Of Issuing Punishment
Drew Brees voiced criticism of Roger Goodell's unilateral powers on disciplinary issues.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Mark Ingram Out At Least One Month With Broken Hand
Mark Ingram had his hand/wrist area taped by trainers during the first half of Sunday's game but remained in the contest after that and continued to thrive.

Adam Schefter, Mike Triplett/ESPN

Kenny Stills Out For Week 1 With Quad Injury
Kenny Stills has been ruled out of the Saints' opener at the Falcons due to a lingering quad injury.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Saints Sign Robert Meachem
Sean Payton said there was "no deal" in place to bring Robert Meachem back.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Junior Galette Agrees Upon $41.5M Extension With Saints
Junior Galette had 12 sacks last season and is considered one of the NFL's rising young linebackers.

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Belichick, Carroll, Payton Considered Best HC's In NFL By Peers
Bill Belichick is ranked as the best coach in the NFL, according to a poll of 30 league insiders.

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Drew Brees Sits With Oblique Strain
Luke McCown currently is Drew Brees' primary backup at quarterback.

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Drew Brees Interested In Playing Until Mid-40s
Drew Brees is 35 and believes he has several more seasons of productive football.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Wilson, Luck, Rodgers, Watt Headline Barnwell's Trade Value List
Brill Barnwell has released his 2014 NFL Trade Value rankings, headlined by Russell Wilson at No. 1 and Andrew Luck at No. 2.

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Jimmy Graham, Saints Agree Upon Four-Year, $40M Contract
Jimmy Graham's deal includes between $20 million and $21 million in guaranteed money.

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Brees: Jimmy Graham Revolutionized Tight End Position
Drew Brees said he is "anxious and hopeful" Jimmy Graham and the Saints will agree to a long-term deal prior to the July 15th deadline.

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Jimmy Graham, Saints Starting From Scratch On Negotiations
Jimmy Graham was declared a tight end this week and therefore his Franchise Tender is worth just $7 million instead of $12 million.

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Jimmy Graham Ruled Tight End
Jimmy Graham has been declared a tight end by an independent arbiter.

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NFL Argues Jimmy Graham Is TE With His Twitter Bio Listed As Evidence
The NFL has argued that Jimmy Graham shouldn't receive the franchise tender as a wide receiver, using his Twitter account bio with tight end listed as the position as one of its pieces of evidence.


Saints Expected To Sign Jonathan Goodwin
The Saints are expected to sign center Jonathan Goodwin.

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2014 NFL Draft: Complete First Round
Teddy Bridgewater was a candidate to go first overall to the Texans back in January, but they instead went with Jadeveon Clowny and the QB was selected by the Vikings at No. 32.

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NFLPA Files Grievance Over Jimmy Graham's Franchise Tag
The difference between the franchise tender amounts of a wide receiver and tight end is $5.3 million.

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