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Brandin Cooks Vows To Keep Using Bow And Arrow Celebration

Oct 12, 2016 4:01 PM

Brandin Cooks is upset by the NFL's sudden crackdown on the bow-and-arrow touchdown celebration that he began as a sign of his faith in God.

The New Orleans Saints wide receiver has never been fined or penalized for the gesture.

However, Josh Norman was hit with both a penalty and a fine two weeks ago, with the NFL's head of officiating Dean Blandino explaining that it "mimics a violent act."

Cooks said he plans to keep doing the celebration in some form, although he doesn't want to hurt his team by drawing a flag.

"Well, there are different forms of doing it. You just can't shoot [the arrow]," Cooks said. "I'm still going to pull it out. Whatever happens after that happens. I don't want to do anything to jeopardize my team, but I'll figure something out."

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Sean Payton Comfortable Delegating Play-Calling To Pete Carmichael Jr.

Sep 14, 2016 9:55 PM

Sean Payton is prepared to quit calling offensive plays if it helps him manage his entire team better.

Payton figures Pete Carmichael Jr. is capable of doing it well for the New Orleans Saints.

"He's been with us now, with me now, for going on 11 years," Payton said. "He has a great feel for what we're looking to do.

"If I'm managing the game, or paying attention to what just happened on a punt return, we are far enough along in this process where it is easy for us," Payton said.

Carmichael was the primary play caller in Drew Brees' ear in Sunday's season-opener against the Oakland Raiders. 

Carmichael was essentially forced into play-calling duties by a fluke injury to Sean Payton, who broke his leg when caught up in a tackle along the sideline at Tampa Bay in the sixth game of that season. Carmichael handled play calling for the final nine regular season games.

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Saints Release C.J. Spiller

Sep 13, 2016 7:29 PM

The New Orleans Saints have released C.J. Spiller.

Spiller signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Saints during the 2015 offseason.

Sean Payton said Spiller was scratched because there wasn't room for him in the Raiders game plan, adding that Spiller's role could change "week to week."

But when the NFL posted Tuesday's transactions, Spiller's contract had been terminated.

In 2015, Spiller gained 112 yards rushing and 239 yards receiving in 13 games, his lone significant highlight being a late-game, 80-yard touchdown catch in a victory over Dallas.


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Drew Brees, Saints Agree Upon One-Year Extension

Sep 7, 2016 3:32 PM

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have agreed upon a one-year extension.

Brees will receive $44.25 million in fully guaranteed money over the next two seasons.

Brees will receive $20 million in salary for 2016 and $24.25 million in 2017.

The Saints also have given Brees a no trade clause.

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Saints, Drew Brees 'Relatively Close' To New Deal

Sep 7, 2016 7:47 AM

The New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees are "relatively close" in negotiations on an extension, according to sources.

"It looks like something could get done," one source said.

There has been dialogue between the two for approximately a week and an exchange of proposals in recent days. Brees, 37, has said he will not negotiate once the season begins Sunday with the Saints at home against the Oakland Raiders.

The quarterback has one year left on his contract.


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Saints, Drew Brees Discussing Possible Contract Extension

Sep 6, 2016 8:30 AM

The New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees have resumed talks about a possible contract extension, according to a league source.

However, there has been little progress as the quarterback's self-imposed Sunday deadline nears.

Brees has just one year left on his current contract.


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Saints, Max Unger Agree Upon Three-Year Extension

Sep 2, 2016 8:12 AM

The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a three-year contract extension with Max Unger.

Unger was one of the pieces the Saints received from the Seattle Seahawks in the Jimmy Graham trade.

The extension is worth more than $21 million, according to a source.

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Saints Will Sign Paul Kruger

Aug 31, 2016 8:25 AM

The New Orleans Saints will sign Paul Kruger, according to a report.

The Cleveland Browns released Kruger earlier this week.

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Sheldon Rankins Likely Out 6-8 Weeks With Broken Fibula

Aug 15, 2016 1:25 PM

Sheldon Rankins suffered a broken fibula during practice on Monday.

Rankins is expected to miss 6-8 weeks if he goes forward with surgery.

Rankins was the 12th overall pick by the New Orleans Saints at defensive tackle.

Rankins had been off to a solid start in camp so far, highlighted by his interception against Tom Brady in last week's joint practices with the New England Patriots.

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Saints To Sign John Kuhn To One-Year Deal

Aug 6, 2016 11:46 AM

John Kuhn has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

The deal will be for the veteran's minimum and officially closes the door on a nine-year run with the Packers.

"He loved his time there, but he wanted to play," Gold said. "This was an opportunity, and coach [Sean] Payton was excited to know he was available and wanted to play. It's bittersweet, but it's also a great opportunity."

The Saints' primary fullback, Austin Johnson, suffered an unspecified injury in practice this week.

The Saints had only one other fullback on their roster: undrafted rookie Sione Houma.

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Saints Pursuing Trade With Cowboys For Ronald Leary
The Saints haven't had any luck advancing in talks with the Cowboys over recent months.

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Hakeem Nicks Signs With Saints
Hakeem Nicks worked out for the Saints last season and again in May. But they initially opted to sign veteran receiver Vincent Brown, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this week.

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Drew Brees, Saints Haven't Talked Contract In Three Months
Drew Brees is unlikely to have a new contract in place when the Saints begin training camp.

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Saints Are Favorites To Sign Anquan Boldin
The Saints are making the strongest push to sign Anquan Boldin, according to a source.

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Sean Payton Sees No Signs Of Drew Brees Slowing Down
Drew Brees isn't slowing down as he inches towards the tail end of his career, according to Sean Payton.

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Saints Still Plan To Hold Training Camp In West Virginia
There have been reports indicating that the Saints wouldn't hold camp in the state.

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Roman Harper Agrees To Deal To Return To Saints
Roman Harper spent the last two seasons with the Panthers.


Tom Benson Testifies Estranged Heirs Tried To Kill Him
Tom Benson petitioned to prevent the Saints or Pelicans to pass to his daughter and her children.

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Terron Armstead, Saints Agree Upon Five-Year Extension
Sean Payton said in December that there wasn't another left tackle in the NFL he'd rather have than Terron Armstead.

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Drew Brees Takes Aim At Roger Goodell
Saints QB Drew Brees feels NFL commissioner Roger Goodell "has too much power."

Josh Norman Agrees To Sign With Washington
Josh Norman also considered the 49ers and Saints before choosing Washington.

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Josh Norman Deciding Between Washington, New Orleans
The 49ers were also one of the frontrunners to sign Josh Norman, but his decision is now down to Washington and New Orleans.

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Will Smith Was Shot Seven Times In Back
Will Smith's wife, Racquel, was shot twice in the legs before Smith himself was shot eight times, according to the family's attorney.

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Sean Payton Speaks Out About Gun Control After Death Of Will Smith
Sean Payton spoke about about the lack of gun control in the United States just days after Will Smith was murdered in New Orleans.

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Will Smith Killed In Shooting
Will Smith was killed in a shooting late on Saturday night in New Orleans at the age of 34.

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Tim Hightower Re-Signs With Saints
Tim Hightower had been out of the NFL since 2011 after tearing his ACL that October.

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Mark Ingram Agrees To Restructured Contract With Saints
Mark Ingram's salary cap number will grow by $745,000 in 2017 and 2018.

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Nick Fairley Signs With Saints
Nick Fairley spent last season with the Rams.

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Saints Match Josh Hill's Offer Sheet With Bears
Josh Hill's deal is worth up to $7.5 million over three years, with $3.25 million guaranteed.

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Sean Payton Signs Five-Year, $45M Extension With Saints
Sean Payton was already one of the NFL's highest-paid coaches at $8.5 million in his previous deal, which ran through 2017.

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