New Orleans Saints Wiretap

Saints To Explore Trade Market For Brandin Cooks In Offseason

Dec 4, 2016 3:06 PM

The New Orleans Saints could test the trade market this offseason for Brandin Cooks, according to multiple teams.

Cooks has expressed frustration with his role within the Saints' offense this season.

Cooks believes he is used too often as a clear-out receiver instead of as a primary option.

A trade was reportedly developing earlier this season between the Saints and New England Patriots involving Jamie Collins.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Drew Brees Believes Flag Football Can Save Football

Nov 21, 2016 12:16 PM

With the warning about the development of young people's brains, delaying the start of tackle football and instead playing flag football could benefit the sport.

Drew Brees didn't start playing tackle football until high school, playing flag through junior high school.

“I feel like flag football can save football,” Brees said. 

“I feel like that is a great introductory method for a lot of kids into football,” Brees said. “Otherwise I feel it's very easy to go in and have a bad experience early on and then not want to ever play it again. I feel like once you put the pads on there are just so many other elements to the game, and you’re at the mercy of the coach in a lot of cases too. And to be honest, I don't think enough coaches are well-versed enough in regards to the true fundamentals of the game especially when the pads go on at the youth level.”

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Tags: New Orleans Saints

Michael Thomas On Pace For Historic Rookie Season

Nov 11, 2016 8:05 AM

Michael Thomas leads all NFL rookies with 47 receptions, 573 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

The New Orleans Saints drafted him 47th overall, behind five other wide receivers.

Thomas is on pace for at least 90 catches, 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. Only Odell Beckham, Jr. has reached those totals as a first-year player.

Max Meyer/NFL

Tags: New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Stats

Drew Brees: Mistrust Of League Office Hurting Popularity Of NFL

Nov 7, 2016 8:07 PM

Drew Brees believes the mistrust of the NFL league office has a role to play in the declining television ratings.

"We feel like [the decline in TV ratings] is a direct result," said Brees, who has been an outspoken critic of the way NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has handled controversial issues such as the Bountygate investigation of the Saints, the Deflategate investigation of the Patriots, and the Ray Rice and Josh Brown domestic violence investigations.

"I know the players don't have any faith in the way that things are conducted within the front office in the NFL -- certainly when it comes to any type of investigation, when it comes to any type of commissioner discipline," Brees said. "It's really kind of a joke at this point, unfortunately. And it shouldn't be like that."

Brees and Zach Strief spoke to ESPN after the Saints players had their annual in-season meeting with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith. They agreed that the NFL's declining TV ratings could be a result of "probably a buildup over the last few years."

"It's hard to separate 'em. It all works together," said Strief, who is in his final years as the Saints' player representative. "The NFL front office has seemed to have found a way to make everything somewhat contentious. It feels like there's this constant assault on the players, like we're two entities. It's like they don't think they need us to do this."

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Legal

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."

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Tags: New Orleans Saints

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.

Brett Martel/Associated Press

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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.


Tags: New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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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Tags: New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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.


Tags: New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor

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.


Tags: New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor

Saints, Max Unger Agree Upon Three-Year Extension
Max Unger was one of the pieces the Saints received from the Seahawks in the Jimmy Graham trade.

Max Meyer/NFL

Saints Will Sign Paul Kruger
The Cleveland Browns released Paul Kruger earlier this week.

Ian Rapoport/NFL

Sheldon Rankins Likely Out 6-8 Weeks With Broken Fibula
Sheldon Rankins was the 12th overall pick by the Saints at defensive tackle.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Saints To Sign John Kuhn To One-Year Deal
John Kuhn had a nine-year run with the Packers.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

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

Marc Sessler/NFL

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.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

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.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

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

Kevin Patra/NFL

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.

Nick Shook/NFL

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.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

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.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

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.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

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.

Jarrett Bell/ESPN

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

Wilborn P. Nobles III/Times Picayune

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

Katherine Terrell/Times Picayune