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Adrian Peterson Leaves Saints' Meeting Without Deal

Apr 12, 2017 7:04 PM

Adrian Peterson met with the New Orleans Saints but left without a deal.

Peterson seems like an odd fit due to the Saints' pass-happy offense.

Peterson has met with the Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots.

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

Adrian Peterson Will Visit With Saints

Apr 7, 2017 7:21 AM

The New Orleans Saints will host Adrian Peterson for a visit next week.

Peterson has already visited with the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.

In addition to Mark Ingram, the Saints have Travaris Cadet, Daniel Lasco and Marcus Murphy on their running back depth chart.

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

Saints Agree To Sign Chase Daniel

Mar 29, 2017 3:53 PM

The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a deal with Chase Daniel.

Daniel was most recently with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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

Johnny Manziel Receiving Interest From Saints

Mar 23, 2017 10:38 AM

Johnny Manziel has discussed a return to the NFL with Sean Payton.

Manziel has kept a low profile recently as he trains for a return but the New Orleans Saints have interest in him.

Manziel and Payton were spotted having breakfast together during Super Bowl week.

Manziel sat out the entire 2016 season. Manziel's domestic violence case is still under investigation by the NFL.

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

Patriots, Saints Haven't Discussed Malcolm Butler Trade

Mar 21, 2017 7:54 AM

The New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints haven't discussed a trade centered around Malcolm Butler, according to a report.

The Patriots won't negotiate until Butler signs his restricted free agency tender.

It had been reported that the two teams considered adding Butler to the trade that sent Brandin Cooks to New England earlier this month, but the deal was completed without the cornerback.

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Tags: New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Saints Close To Signing Manti Te'o

Mar 20, 2017 4:11 PM

The New Orleans Saints are close to a deal with Manti Te'o.

The Saints have already signed one inside linebacker this year, giving A.J. Klein a three-year, $15 million deal.

In 2016, Te'o suffered a torn Achilles tendon in Week 3 against the Colts and was done for the year.

Te'o, who turned 26 in January, has missed a combined 26 games in his four previous NFL seasons.


Tags: New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Saints Bring In Chase Daniel For Visit

Mar 20, 2017 7:15 AM

The New Orleans Saints hosted a visit with Chase Daniel on Sunday, according to a source.

Daniel, 30, spent four years backing up Drew Brees before moving on to the Kansas City Chiefs and then Philadelphia Eagles. He requested his release from the Eagles earlier this month shortly after they signed Nick Foles to presumably serve as the backup to Carson Wentz.

The Saints have Luke McCown, who will make $1.5 million in the final year of his contract, but Daniel is five years younger.

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

Sean Payton Explains Why Saints Interested In Malcolm Butler

Mar 17, 2017 11:04 AM

Sean Payton spoke to why the New Orleans Saints have interest in Malcolm Butler.

"You know, coming out of a small town in Mississippi and through junior college and into West Alabama, it's pretty amazing," Payton told Xtra 360 radio in San Diego on Friday. "And the first three years he's had in this league, shoot, he's had a tremendous amount of success, winning two Super Bowls in three years and being a big part of a team that's accomplished a lot. So I'd say he's humble, but when you watch the tape, he plays with a chip on his shoulder.

Butler, who is a restricted free agent, visited the Saints on Wednesday and Thursday. The Saints are considering a contract offer for Butler and a possible trade with the Patriots.

"We've practiced with New England now in that three-year time frame twice, so there's a lot of additional practice tape that we have a chance to look closely at. And I'm sure Bill [Belichick] and his staff were the same way when evaluating [Brandin] Cooks."

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Tags: New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Brandin Cooks Says He Didn't Ask To Be Traded

Mar 16, 2017 7:49 AM

In his first meeting with the media as a member of the New England Patriots, Brandin Cooks said that he didn't ask the New Orleans Saints to trade him.

"I didn't," Cooks told reporters. "It was a long process. So if we can set this straight, I think a lot of that and what was going on got taken out of context and a little exaggerated, and throughout the process I felt like I had to take the blows and keep my mouth shut, which is fine. It just happened to be a great opportunity for both sides. To be able to build what they want to build and to be sent off to a good team for me I think is a win-win situation. Like I said, the rumors out there and what's been going on and what's been told, I don't let it bother me. I'm just here to play football and that's what it's all about."

The most persistent rumor had Cooks' agent engineering a trade by making the player's discontent known during the 2016 season and by working directly with one or more other teams to lay the foundation for a deal to be done.

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Tags: New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Malcolm Butler To Visit With Saints On Thursday

Mar 15, 2017 9:02 AM

The New Orleans Saints will have Malcolm Butler in for a visit on Thursday.

The New England Patriots placed a first-round tender on Butler, which would pay him $3.91 million in 2017. The Patriots have the ability to match any offer sheet given to the cornerback.

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

Patriots Acquire Brandin Cooks From Saints
The Patriots will trade the 32nd and 103rd overall picks to the Saints for Brandin Cooks and their 118th overall pick.

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Saints Reject Patriots' Offer For Brandin Cooks
The Saints believe they can receive a pick in the middle of the first round for Brandin Cooks.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Titans, Eagles Talking Brandin Cooks Trade With Saints
Brandin Cooks expressed frustration about his role last season.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Drew Brees Expects To Play Several More Seasons
Drew Brees signed a two-year, $44.25 million deal with the Saints in September of 2016, taking him through 2018.

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Jim Tomsula Interviews For Job With Saints
The Saints have interviewed Jim Tomsula about their vacant defensive line job.

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Saints Make Largest Changes To Coaching Staff In Sean Payton Era
Joe Vitt served as an interim head coach during Sean Payton's 2012 suspension as part of the Bountygate penalties.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Eight Teams Can Be Forced To Appear On Hard Knocks In 2017
If no teams volunteers, there are eight teams that the NFL can force to appear on HBO's Hard Knocks this year.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA
Last season, the Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals and Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

RealGM Staff Report

Sean Payton: 'My Plan Is To Definitely Be Back Here'
Sean Payton has denied rumors that he met with Saints general manager Mickey Loomis on Sunday to discuss his future with the club.

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Sean Payton Has Discussed Future With Saints Front Office
Sean Payton met with Mickey Loomis following Sunday's finale, according to a source.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)
Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

RealGM Staff Report

Mark Ingram: I Need To 'Control My Emotions Better'
Mark Ingram said he needs to "control my emotions better" after he was caught by cameras on Sunday shouting at Sean Payton and throwing a fit on the sideline.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Saints To Explore Trade Market For Brandin Cooks In Offseason
Brandin Cooks believes he is used too often as a clear-out receiver instead of as a primary option.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Drew Brees Believes Flag Football Can Save Football
Drew Brees believes flag football could be a great introduction to the game for young people.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Michael Thomas On Pace For Historic Rookie Season
Michael Thomas leads all NFL rookies with 47 receptions, 573 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

Max Meyer/NFL

Drew Brees: Mistrust Of League Office Hurting Popularity Of NFL
Drew Brees believes the mistrust of the NFL league office has a role to play in the declining television ratings.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Brandin Cooks Vows To Keep Using Bow And Arrow Celebration
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.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Sean Payton Comfortable Delegating Play-Calling To Pete Carmichael Jr.
Sean Payton is prepared to quit calling offensive plays if it helps him manage his entire team better.

Brett Martel/Associated Press

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


Drew Brees, Saints Agree Upon One-Year Extension
Drew Brees will receive $44.25 million in fully guaranteed money over the next two seasons.

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