New Orleans Saints Wiretap

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.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Injury

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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.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Tags: Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Saints Pursuing Trade With Cowboys For Ronald Leary

Aug 4, 2016 4:02 PM

The New Orleans Saints are pursuing a trade with the Dallas Cowboys for Ronald Leary, according to a source.

The Saints haven't had any luck advancing in talks with the Cowboys over recent months.

Leary asked for a trade this offseason. He carries a base salary of $2.553 million for next season.

Marc Sessler/NFL

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, Trade Rumor

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Hakeem Nicks Signs With Saints

Jul 27, 2016 6:14 PM

Hakeem Nicks has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

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.

Nicks had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Giants in 2010 and 2011.

Nicks spent one season in Indianapolis in 2014, then got cut by the Tennessee Titans last summer before returning to the Giants for the final six games of the 2015 season.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

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

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Drew Brees, Saints Haven't Talked Contract In Three Months

Jul 25, 2016 7:52 AM

Drew Brees is unlikely to have a new contract in place when the New Orleans Saints begin training camp.

The two sides haven't even negotiated over the last three months.

"Not sure why things have not progressed," Brees said. "They made an offer in March, we made an offer shortly thereafter. And besides the Josh Norman deal [when the Saints approached Brees about restructuring his contract to try to fit the star cornerback under their salary cap], there has been no talk about a contract since."

The quarterback is entering the final year of his contract.

"I would say the deadline is the start of the regular season, not training camp," he said.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor

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Saints Are Favorites To Sign Anquan Boldin

Jul 15, 2016 8:18 AM

The New Orleans Saints are making the strongest push to sign Anquan Boldin, according to a source.

Boldin loves Saints receivers coach John Morton -- the duo spent two seasons together in San Francisco.

He is the best free-agent wide receiver currently on the market. Boldin has only taken two reported visits this offseason, with the Washington Redskins in March and the Detroit Lions in June.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor

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Sean Payton Sees No Signs Of Drew Brees Slowing Down

Jul 12, 2016 3:46 PM

Drew Brees isn't slowing down as he inches towards the tail end of his career, according to Sean Payton.

"At the stage he is in his career, it's a question that gets asked a lot," Payton said on NFL Network's Total Access. "I have not seen -- there's not a rep, a play where I've noticed something different.

"I think it's a credit to, look, we know how he trains, his diet, everything in his day to prepare to play well at that position. I think it's really changed, we've seen a change and we're talking about a Manning or a Brady, a number of these guys at that position can play longer. I don't want to put a number on it because I have not seen the beginning or a tick down at all."

Brees and the New Orleans Saints are coming off a 7-9 season that included five losses by eight points or less. The quarterback finished with 4,870 yards passing (68.3 completion percentage) and a 32-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

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Saints Still Plan To Hold Training Camp In West Virginia

Jun 28, 2016 8:03 AM

The New Orleans Saints still plan to hold training camp in West Virginia following devastating flooding in Greenbrier County.

There had been reports indicating that the Saints wouldn't hold camp in the state.

The Saints believe the practice complex and all other necessary facilities will be ready for them when camp opens late next month, according to a source.

The Saints also plan to do something to help with flood relief efforts.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

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Roman Harper Agrees To Deal To Return To Saints

Jun 7, 2016 1:04 PM

The New Orleans Saints have reached a deal to bring Roman Harper back to the club.

Harper spent the last two seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

The 33-year-old started all 32 regular-season games for Carolina the past two seasons after signing a two-year, $4.5 million deal with a $1.5 million signing bonus in 2014.

ESPN

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor

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Tom Benson Testifies Estranged Heirs Tried To Kill Him

May 19, 2016 8:55 PM

Tom Benson has testified that his estranged heirs tried to kill him.

Benson petitioned to prevent the New Orleans Saints or New Orleans Pelicans to pass to his daughter and her children.

“They tried to kill me for one thing,” Benson said. Asked to explain further, Benson said, “You know by picking on my wife and when I wasn’t feeling very good they were very hostile.”

Benson specifically referred to a December 2014 incident in which his wife, Gayle Benson, was physically assaulted at a Saints game. A prior report indicated that granddaughter Rita Benson LeBlanc accosted Gayle Benson. Tom Benson testified that his daughter, Renee, was the aggressor.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

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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.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

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

ESPN.com

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

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

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

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

Evan Woodbery/Times-Picayune

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

Jared Dubin/CBS Sports

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.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

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.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Drew Brees' AdvoCare Drawing Pyramid Scheme Concerns
Drew Brees is the leading spokesman of AdvoCare, a multilevel marketing company that generated $719 million in net revenue last year.

Mina Kimes/ESPN

Saints To Release Marques Colston
Marques Colston caught 45 passes for 520 yards in 13 games in 2015.

Mike Triplett/ESPN (via Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk)

Drew Brees Has $10.85M Of His $20M For 2016 Now Guaranteed
Drew Brees had $10.85 million of his $20 million salary for the 2016 season guaranteed effective on Wednesday.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Saints Cut Jahri Evans
The Saints will save $3.1 million against the cap by releasing Jahri Evans, who is considered one of the best players in franchise history.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)
The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

Oskar Garcia/AP

Sean Payton Decides To Stay With Saints
There were several teams interested in trading for Sean Payton.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Seahawks Lead NFL In DVOA For 4th Straight Season (Infographic)
The Seahawks, Bengals, Cardinals, Panthers and Chiefs finished the 2015 regular season in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

RealGM Staff Report

Colts Expressed Interest In Sean Payton Before Extending Pagano
Sean Payton and Saints brass met extensively Monday to discuss his future in New Orleans.

Adam Schefter/ESPN