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Sean Payton: TV Networks Need To Stop Glorifying Fights

Aug 19, 2015 10:53 AM

Sean Payton criticized the glorification of practice fights and sent a message to his players that it won't be tolerated.

"You guys watched it last night," Payton said of Tuesday's melee between the Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Rams. "For as much as we're harping about avoiding it, hell, the network puts in on 11 times."

Payton didn't specifically call out any networks.

"It's a big reason why we're practicing with them [Patriots] a third time," Payton said. "We know it's gonna be about improving both teams. We're both trying to do the same thing at this period of training camp.

"That's unfortunate when you see it happen with other teams. And clearly when you put a team on television like "Hard Knocks" and then practice with someone else, we've seen that formula happen two years in a row. So that's nothing new."

Mike Triplett/ESPN

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Brandon Browner Would Welcome Return To Seahawks Someday

Jul 20, 2015 2:00 PM

Brandon Browner has interest in someday returning to the Seattle Seahawks.

The New Orleans Saints signed Browner to a three-year, $15 million deal in the offseason.

Browner was a part of the Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" defense during the Super Bowl-winning season of 2013. Browner played on another Super Bowl winner in 2014 with the New England Patriots.

Christopher Dabe/Times-Picayune

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Ken Stabler Passes Away At Age Of 69

Jul 9, 2015 7:59 PM

Ken Stabler, who led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl victory in 1977, has passed away at the age of 69.

According to the family, Stabler passed due to complications associated with Stage 4 colon cancer, which he had been battling since February.

Stabler was the NFL's MVP in 1974 and was nicknamed "The Snake."

Tags: Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Video Appears To Show Junior Galette In Fight On Beach

Jun 21, 2015 8:57 PM

The New Orleans Saints are aware of a 2013 video that allegedly shows outside linebacker Junior Galette striking a woman with a belt during a group scuffle on a beach that was recorded by an onlooker.

"We were made aware of the video, and we sent it to the league office," Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said. "There is a process this will go through at the league office level, and we are waiting on that to be determined."

In the video, a man who appears to be Galette fights another man using his belt. He then swings the belt at the surrounding group and strikes a woman twice with it. Later on, he shoves several people and throws a punch.


Galette's attorney, Ralph Whalen, has told media outlets that his client is not the person in the video.

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Jermaine Gresham Meets With Saints

Jun 4, 2015 1:56 PM

Jermaine Gresham is meeting with the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints are looking for a replacement at tight end for Jimmy Graham.

Gresham, 26, was a former first round pick of the Bengals and spent five seasons there. He had five touchdown receptions and 460 receiving yards last year.

Katherine Terrell/Times Picayune

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Saints 'Stack' Cornerback Position After Difficult 2014

May 6, 2015 10:23 AM

The New Orleans Saints had issues at cornerback last season and the position has undergone more turnover than any other on their roster this offseason.

After signing free agents Brandon Browner, Kyle Wilson and Canadian Football League transplant Delvin Breaux, the Saints followed up by drafting Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams in Round 3 and Georgia cornerback Damian Swann in Round 5.

“There was a little less pressure going into the draft with the addition of a few of those veteran players, and yet we’re seeing a lot more sub-offenses now. And we just feel like we need to stack that position,” Sean Payton said after the draft. “I know the immediate question is you start penciling names and, ‘Where do they all fit?’ And really the true honest answer to that is we’re going to see. We’re going to have them out there and create the competition and look at guys.”

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Saints Could Draft QB But Doesn't Mean End Of Drew Brees

Apr 30, 2015 11:43 AM

The New Orleans Saints could draft a quarterback with the 31st overall pick, but it is not necessarily a sign that the franchise is planning to transition away from Drew Brees.

Bryce Petty of Baylor was worked out by the Saints.

“I think you’re always looking to get a young quarterback in the program,” Mickey Loomis said, via “We’ve got one in Ryan Griffin that we like. And if an opportunity presents itself, hey, we may take another one here. But I don’t see the end for Drew Brees on the short-term horizon. At least I certainly hope not. But it does take time for these quarterbacks to develop. And we’re conscious of that. We evaluate the quarterbacks. And obviously if an opportunity presents itself to take one at the right time, we’re not afraid to do that.”

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

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Saints Sign Anthony Spencer

Apr 10, 2015 3:18 PM

Anthony Spencer has agreed to sign with the New Orleans Saints.

The eight-year pro had played his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys. Spencer had his best year under Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan when the two were with the Cowboys in 2012, tallying 11 sacks and 55 tackles.

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Saints Create $4M In Cap Space By Restructuring Jahri Evans' Deal

Apr 4, 2015 6:04 PM

By reworking his contract and adding an additional year to his deal with the New Orleans Saints, Jahri Evans is now scheduled to count $7 million against the cap instead of $11 million.

The guard received a $5.4 million signing bonus as part of the deal, according to a source. His three-year deal contains $9.5 million guaranteed.


In addition, newly-signed cornerback Kyle Wilson received the minimum salary benefit. He will make a base salary of $745,000 and receive a signing bonus of $80,000. His cap charge for 2015 will be $665,000.

The Saints are now listed as having $4,689,806 in cap space. They previously had $844,806 available before these moves.

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Dolphins Finished 2nd In Bid For Jimmy Graham

Mar 24, 2015 2:55 PM

The Miami Dolphins reportedly finished second in trading for Jimmy Graham with the New Orleans Saints.

Graham was traded to the Seattle Seahawks at the start of the offseason.

The Dolphins instead signed Jordan Cameron at tight end.

Graham played basketball and football at the University of Miami.

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Tags: Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Saints Insist They Won't Trade Drew Brees
Drew Brees had a down season in 2014 and the Saints appear to be rebuilding.

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C.J. Spiller Signs With Saints
C.J. Spiller is coming off two injury-hampered seasons with the Bills.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Kenny Stills Traded By Saints To Dolphins
Kenny Stills had 63 catches for 931 yards and three touchdowns in 2014.

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Brandon Browner Agrees To Three-Year, $18M Deal With Saints
Brandon Browner spent the 2014 season with the Patriots.

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Jimmy Graham Traded By Saints To Seahawks
Jimmy Graham and a fourth rounder would go to the Seahawks in exchange for Max Unger and a first round pick.

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Mark Ingram Agrees To Re-Sign With Saints On Four-Year, $16M Deal
Mark Ingram rushed for 964 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Marques Colston, Saints Agree Upon Restructured Contract
Marques Colston was due to make $6.9 million and count $9.7 million against the cap.

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Saints Release Pierre Thomas
Pierre Thomas had 45 carries for 222 yards and two touchdowns in 2014.

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Tim Hightower Attempting Comeback With Saints
Tim Hightower tore his ACL in October of 2011 and hasn't played since.

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Brees: Lions' Offense Ran 95 Percent Of Saints' Plays
Joe Lombardi spent seven seasons with the Saints before joining the Lions' staff.

Evan Woodbery/Times-Picayune

Luke McCown Re-Signs With Saints
Luke McCown, 33, will be entering his 11th NFL season and second with the Saints.

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Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham Have 2015 Salaries Guaranteed
Drew Brees is due a salary of $18.75 million this year.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds
The Seahawks, Patriots and Packers have the best odds of winning the Super Bowl next season.


Drew Brees Confident Saints Identified Issues Of 2014
Drew Brees called it the most frustrating season of his career.

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Dennis Allen Returns To Saints As Senior Defensive Assistant
Dennis Allen was Sean Payton's secondary coach when the Saints won the Super Bowl.

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Saints Keep Rob Ryan As Defensive Coordinator
Rob 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.


Junior Galette Arrested For Domestic Violence Incident
Junior Galette 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.


Sean Payton Doesn't Think ESPN Should Zoom On Play Sheet
Sean Payton said he doesn't think opponents can really glean anything valuable from seeing the zoomed-in look of his play-calling sheet.

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Drew Brees Critical Of Report About Saints' Drafting QB
Drew Brees turns 36 in January and his play has been in decline this season.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Saints Expected To Use High Draft Pick On Quarterback
The 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.

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