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Saints Release Pierre Thomas

Mar 4, 2015 4:26 PM

The New Orleans Saints will release Pierre Thomas.

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

Thomas' production dipped significantly from 2013 when he had 147 carries and 549 yards.

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Tim Hightower Attempting Comeback With Saints

Feb 15, 2015 3:03 PM

Tim Hightower will attempt a comeback this season with the New Orleans Saints.

Hightower tore his ACL in October of 2011 and hasn't played since. Hightower was having the best season of his career.

"When I went down, I wrote down on a sheet of paper that this wouldn't be the end for me," Hightower told The Times-Picayune. "... It was a long process. But I don't think I ever stopped training. I don't think I ever stopped working toward this goal. As I trained, as I did rehab, as I went to the different surgeries, I just tried to keep that end picture in mind."

Hightower believes the Saints are "dedicated to making changes" on the heels of a disappointing 2014 season.

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

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Brees: Lions' Offense Ran 95 Percent Of Saints' Plays

Feb 6, 2015 1:11 PM

The Detroit Lions ran nearly all of the same plays last season under Joe Lombardi as what the New Orleans Saints would run.

"Listen, you could watch a Detroit game from this year in front of me right now, I could call 95 percent of the plays," Drew Brees said last week in Arizona. "Absolutely. Probably 70 percent of them before you even hit the play button. Just by looking at the formation, 'All right, it's this.'"

Lombardi spent seven seasons with the Saints before joining the Lions' staff.

Evan Woodbery/Times-Picayune

Tags: Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints

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Luke McCown Re-Signs With Saints

Feb 5, 2015 12:34 PM

The New Orleans Saints have re-signed Luke McCown to remain Drew Brees' backup quarterback.

McCown's deal carries a $970,000 signing bonus and $80,000 signing bonus.

McCown, 33, will be entering his 11th NFL season and second with the Saints.

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

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Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham Have 2015 Salaries Guaranteed

Feb 4, 2015 1:06 PM

Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham had their salaries for 2015 become fully guaranteed on Wednesday.

Those guarantees are automatically triggered since both are still on the roster. 

Brees is due a salary of $18.75 million this year, as part of his five-year, $100 million deal which runs through 2016. 


Graham is due a salary of $2.9 million, plus a $5 million roster bonus that also becomes fully guaranteed on Wednesday. Previously they were guaranteed for injury only. 

Mike Triplett/ESPN

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

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Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds

Feb 2, 2015 4:16 PM

The Seattle Seahawks are 5-1 favorites to win Super Bowl 50 next season.

Here are the Super Bowl 50 odds for all 32 teams:

Seahawks: 5-1
Patriots: 6-1
Packers: 6-1
Cowboys: 10-1
Colts: 12-1
Broncos: 12-1
49ers: 18-1
Eagles: 20-1
Steelers: 20-1
Lions: 22-1
Bengals: 25-1
Saints: 25-1
Cardinals: 30-1
Chiefs: 30-1
Ravens: 30-1
Chargers: 40-1
Giants: 40-1
Panthers: 40-1
Bears: 50-1
Dolphins: 50-1
Falcons: 50-1
Texans: 50-1
Bills: 60-1
Rams: 60-1
Vikings: 60-1
Browns: 75-1
Jets: 100-1
Raiders: 100-1
Washington: 100-1
Buccaneers: 150-1
Jaguars: 150-1
Titans: 250-1


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Drew Brees Confident Saints Identified Issues Of 2014

Jan 27, 2015 12:15 PM

Drew Brees believes the New Orleans Saints have figured out the issues that plagued them in 2014.

Brees called it the most frustrating season of his career.

"I think we've identified the problems or the things that got us beat or the things that didn't allow us to be as good as we know we can be, and we have the solution to fix it," Brees said. "It's going to take a lot of work, but I know we can get it done."

Brees didn't detail what those "problems" were specifically, but alluded to losing significant locker room leadership when the Saints jettisoned a bevy of veterans the last few offseasons.

"I hate the word 'talent.' I hate it," Brees said. "Some of the best players I ever played with, or best teammates I ever played with, that wasn't their best quality. Everybody's talented. Their best quality was their work ethic, their leadership ability, their ability to fight through adversity, toughness, reliability. Those are the things I most value."

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Dennis Allen Returns To Saints As Senior Defensive Assistant

Jan 20, 2015 10:51 AM

Dennis Allen is returning to the New Orleans Saints as a senior defensive assistant.

Allen was Sean Payton's secondary coach when the Saints won the Super Bowl.

Allen was defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos before becoming head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

Rob Ryan's future as defensive coordinator of the Saints is in doubt in the long-term.

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Saints Keep Rob Ryan As Defensive Coordinator

Jan 7, 2015 2:53 PM

The New Orleans Saints will retain Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator.

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. 

Ultimately, the Saints decided to keep the faith in Ryan, who had tremendous success in his first year in New Orleans in 2013, when the Saints ranked fourth in yards allowed.


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Junior Galette Arrested For Domestic Violence Incident

Jan 5, 2015 2:14 PM

Junior Galette was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of simple battery involving domestic violence for allegedly pushing a woman to the ground while trying to get her to leave his home, the Kenner, Louisiana, police said Monday in a news conference.

Galette is a 26-year-old linebacker on the New Orleans Saints.

According to reports from media attending the news conference, there were differing accounts of Galette's relationship with the 22-year-old woman. She said that she used to stay with Galette and cook and clean for him over the past two years. Galette described her as a dancer who was supposed to leave the night before but was allowed to stay until the morning instead. 

Galette has been with New Orleans since 2010, when he signed as an undrafted free agent out of Stillman College. He 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.


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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.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

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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Sean Payton, Rob Ryan Have 'Deteriorating' Relationship
Sean Payton hasn't had a comfortable relationship with any of his defensive coordinators during his tenure with the Saints.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Ertz: Jimmy Graham Wouldn't Fit Eagles' Offense Due To Blocking
Zach Ertz believes Jimmy Graham wouldn't be a fit for the Eagles' offense.

Katherine Terrell/Times Picayune

Brandin Cooks Out 4-6 Weeks After Thumb Surgery
Brandin Cooks has caught 53 balls for 550 yards and three touchdowns.

Ian Rapoport/

Mark Ingram Likely To Test Free Agency In 2015
The Saints declined their fifth-year option on Mark Ingram last offseason.

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Jimmy Graham Expected To Miss At Least Two Games After Bye
Jimmy Graham is currently dealing with a shoulder sprain.

Ian Rapoport/

Jimmy Graham Injures Shoulder
Jimmy Graham caught two passes for 36 yards prior to the injury.

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Jarius Byrd Out For Season With Torn Meniscus
Jarius Byrd sustained the injury during Thursday's practice.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Brees Criticizes NFL's 'Unilateral' System Of Issuing Punishment
Drew Brees voiced criticism of Roger Goodell's unilateral powers on disciplinary issues.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Mark Ingram Out At Least One Month With Broken Hand
Mark Ingram had his hand/wrist area taped by trainers during the first half of Sunday's game but remained in the contest after that and continued to thrive.

Adam Schefter, Mike Triplett/ESPN

Kenny Stills Out For Week 1 With Quad Injury
Kenny Stills has been ruled out of the Saints' opener at the Falcons due to a lingering quad injury.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Saints Sign Robert Meachem
Sean Payton said there was "no deal" in place to bring Robert Meachem back.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Junior Galette Agrees Upon $41.5M Extension With Saints
Junior Galette had 12 sacks last season and is considered one of the NFL's rising young linebackers.

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Belichick, Carroll, Payton Considered Best HC's In NFL By Peers
Bill Belichick is ranked as the best coach in the NFL, according to a poll of 30 league insiders.

Mike Sando/ESPN

Drew Brees Sits With Oblique Strain
Luke McCown currently is Drew Brees' primary backup at quarterback.

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Drew Brees Interested In Playing Until Mid-40s
Drew Brees is 35 and believes he has several more seasons of productive football.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Wilson, Luck, Rodgers, Watt Headline Barnwell's Trade Value List
Brill Barnwell has released his 2014 NFL Trade Value rankings, headlined by Russell Wilson at No. 1 and Andrew Luck at No. 2.

Bill Barnwell/Grantland

Jimmy Graham, Saints Agree Upon Four-Year, $40M Contract
Jimmy Graham's deal includes between $20 million and $21 million in guaranteed money.

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