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Saints Sign Nick Easton To Boost Offensive Line

Mar 18, 2019 8:26 AM

The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a four-year, $24 million deal with guard/center Nick Easton, according to a source.

The addition came shortly after news broke that Pro Bowl center Max Unger is retiring.

The Saints plan to play Easton at center. He missed all of last season because of surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. But he started a total of 17 games at both guard and center for the Minnesota Vikings in 2016 and 2017.

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

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Saints Surprised By Max Unger's Retirement

Mar 17, 2019 8:01 AM

Max Unger has decided to retire, leaving a large hole in the middle of the New Orleans Saints' offensive line.

Unger, who turns 33 next month, was officially placed on the NFL's reserve/retired list Saturday. He had one year left on his contract. He's a veteran of 10 years.

The Saints will save $6.95 million in cash and salary-cap space that he was due in 2019.

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Teddy Bridgewater Re-Signs With Saints On One-Year, $7.25M Deal

Mar 14, 2019 8:56 PM

Teddy Bridgewater has agreed to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints on a one-year, $7.25 million deal worth up to $12.5 million in incentives.

Bridgewater also met with the Miami Dolphins. Bridgewater is originally from Miami.

Bridgewater is apparently willing to wait to find the perfect long-term fit, even though he has started just one game over the past three seasons.

Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury in the summer of 2016, tearing his ACL among other ligaments and structural damage.

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

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Saints Restructure Drew Brees' Contract To Create Cap Space

Mar 14, 2019 8:59 AM

The New Orleans Saints have created some cap space by restructuring Drew Brees' contract.

According to a source, the move created $10.8 million in space.

Brees will still get the $23 million in cash he's due in 2019, but the simple restructure will push the cap figure to 2020, freeing up space to use now.

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Mark Ingram Agrees To Three-Year, $15M Deal With Ravens

Mar 13, 2019 3:39 PM

Mark Ingram has agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

Baltimore was never involved in negotiations with Le'Veon Bell and always had its sights on Ingram.

The Saints' best offer to Ingram was for four years, $17 million with only $5 million guaranteed.

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Latavius Murray Agrees To Four-Year, $14.4M Deal With Saints

Mar 12, 2019 3:06 PM

The New Orleans Saints have agreed to sign Latavius Murray to a four-year, $14.4 million deal.

Mark Ingram will not return to the Saints with the move.

Murray played his first three seasons with the Raiders and earned his lone Pro Bowl selection in 2015 when he rushed for a career-best 1,066 yards. 

Alvin Kamara will remain the Saints' No. 1 option at running back.

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2019 NFL Draft Mock Draft 2.0: Pre-Combine Edition

Feb 24, 2019 9:55 AM

By Jeff Risdon, RealGM

This edition has quite a few changes in player and draft slot from the first edition. Spending two weeks with NFL personnel evaluators at the Shrine Game and Senior Bowl gave me a better idea of how some prospects are viewed from the NFL ranks, and the changes here reflect that. Note that at this stage of the draft season, coaches are still getting their feet wet with most of the prospects. The Combine at the end of February into early March will provide even more clarity.

1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State. Instant impact pass rusher who can play in a variety of roles and schemes. At this point, the only real question is his durability. Will that be enough to convince the Cardinals to look elsewhere? Right now, I don’t think it trumps Bosa’s game-changing potential.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama. It’s hard to watch the 49ers devote yet another premium draft pick to the defensive line, but it’s also hard to ignore just how much Williams can help San Francisco where they really need it. Someone could trade up here to land Williams too.

3. New York Jets: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston. I expect Oliver to show out in Indy and revive the interest in him as the potential No. 1 overall pick. His ability to create pressure up the gut and make plays behind the line is exactly what the Jets need in a division with a diverse range of opposing QBs.

4. Oakland RaidersKyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma. Does it make sense for the Raiders to scrap Derek Carr? Probably not. But it’s so easy to see Jon Gruden being infatuated with all Murray can do and how it would allow the Raiders to change the dynamics of defending them. They’re in a good position to take such a risk, too.

5. Tampa Bay BuccaneersCody Ford, OT, Oklahoma. Ford is an instant starter at one of the tackle spots, which is both a credit to his rapid rise and an indictment of how badly the Buccaneers need the powerful help he can provide. 
 
6. New York Giants: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky. What, no QB?! Not in this instance. Instead, GM Dave Gettleman opts to fortify the pass rush with the versatile Allen and buys another year with Eli Manning. His pass rushing prowess is a difference-maker. 
             
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State. This pick seems like a lock if Haskins remains on the board. The Jaguars sorely need to hit on a high-end QB, and Haskins has the pocket passing precision to pay off quickly. 
             
8. Detroit Lions: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson. Ferrell checks the boxes the Lions want in upgrading the pass rush: he can line up in multiple spots and schemes and plays the run exceptionally well on his way to the QB. Lower ceiling than the pass rushers above him here but his ability to generate pressure on his own is underrated. 
             
9. Buffalo Bills: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida. I was surprised at the buzz around Taylor from scouts at the Senior Bowl. His athletic profile and potential is highly regarded and could easliy land him in Buffalo, where building around running QB Josh Allen and replacing free agents at both RT and RG are imperative. 
             
10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri. Joe Flacco handles the reins until the live-armed Lock can take over. It’s a risky pick--Lock has real warts that must be smoothed--but could result in John Elway finally getting the QB position right. 
             
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, LB, LSU. This is a very common projection and that’s for good reason; the Bengals are typically one of the easiest organizations to read in terms of draft intentions. To quote The Cranberries, “Everybody else is doing it so why can’t we?”
             
12. Green Bay Packers: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa. A do-it-all weapon who can quickly ingratiate himself to Aaron Rodgers for both his blocking and his receiving, this one should get the QB’s seal of approval. 
             
13. Miami Dolphins: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan. A divisive prospect but one with a very high ceiling, Gary could help catapult the Dolphins defense with his athleticism and ability to get after the passer. 
             
14. Atlanta Falcons: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa. Atlanta appears to be a prime candidate to trade back, but “settling” for the freaky Fant should tickle Falcons fans’ fancy. Another versatile receiving weapon in an offense that is already hard to defend.

 
15. Washington: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss. Currently built more like a defensive end than a wideout, the 6-4, 230-pound Metcalf proved he can play before his neck injury. The durability question keeps him out of the top 10, methinks. Washington doesn’t mind...
 
16. Carolina Panthers: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama. Williams proved himself in big games, and his ability to adapt within a play and recover if initially beaten stand out. With the questions Carolina has at both tackle spots, adding a ready-made starter is a positive.


17. Cleveland BrownsBrian Burns, EDGE, Florida State. Pairing the lanky, speedy Burns with Myles Garrett would provide the Browns defense with even more ways to attack in new DC Steve Wilks’ scheme. I had OT Andre Dillard here for a long time before changing.


18. Minnesota Vikings: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss. Little has loads of athletic potential but uneven results in pass protection. Vikings GM Rick Spielman bites the apple and hopes it tastes sweet in a year or two at a position where the team keeps hitting sour notes.

19. Tennessee Titans: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington. Murphy offers naturally instinctive stickiness in coverage and the ability to play outside or in the slot. He’s a player who could rocket way up from this range with a good week in Indy. 

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU. The Steelers search for a playmaking CB leads them to Williams, who offers length and speed to help bolster an uneven secondary. 
             
21. Seattle Seahawks: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida. If Frank Clark leaves in free agency, the Seahawks almost have to use this pick to address the pass rush. If Clark returns, that opens this pick up to other options, but Seattle would still need EDGE help. Polite brings sizzle off the edge.

22. Baltimore Ravens: Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State. The Ravens could do a lot worse to build around Lamar Jackson than selecting the physical, reliable Harmon. Aside from having great hands and running smooth routes, he’s an incredible blocker. 
             
23. Houston Texans: Garrett Bradbury, OC/OG, North Carolina State. The quest to upgrade the long-struggling offensive line in Houston turns to one of the most physical finishers in the draft and an instant starter at any of the three IOL positions for the Texans. 
             
24. Oakland Raiders (from CHI): N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State. Oakland uses the bounty from Amari Cooper to replace him with the supersized Harry, who moves quite well for a 6-6 receiver and can really help on 3rd downs and in the red zone. 
  
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State. His stiff-arm bull rush wowed in Mobile, and his game tape features more of his high football IQ and ability to bend the edge. He and Derek Barnett as the Eagles young edges would be fun to watch

26. Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame. A powerful interior rusher with the ability to dominate (see the Michigan game), Tillery instantly reinforces the weakest point on the promising young Colts defense.
             
27. Oakland Raiders (from DAL): Devin Bush, LB, Michigan. Bush can fly all over the field and do anything asked of an NFL LB, but his size (he’s expected to be 5-10/225) is a detraction. Give Gruden football players like this and the size doesn’t matter (much).             

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State. The Chargers depth up front is shallower than a Kardashian’s intellect. Dillard can play either tackle spot and appears undervalued at this point in the draft process. 
             
29. Kansas City Chiefs: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia. Building up the pass defense is an imperative for a team that figures to see a lot of comeback attempts against them. Baker brings a physical presence with a high football IQ; his speed in Indy is one of the biggest things I’m watching. 
             
30. Green Bay Packers (from NO): Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College. Lindstrom can play any interior line position. The Packers need his technically savvy surliness right away. 
  
31. Los Angeles Rams: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware. The first FCS-level prospect comes off the board at the back end of the first round, and Adderly instantly upgrades the back end of the Rams defense with his all-around game.

32. New England Patriots: Irv Smith, TE, Alabama. It’s convenient to call Smith a Gronk replacement, but the lithe Smith has a different style of game. The Patriots will find ways to use his elusiveness in space and his blocking chops.

Teams that lack a first-round pick...

Dallas Cowboys: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

New Orleans Saints: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Chicago Bears: Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia

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Vegas Tabs Chiefs As Early Favorites To Win Super Bowl LIV

Feb 4, 2019 8:50 AM

The New England Patriots have won two of the last three Super Bowls, but the Kansas City Chiefs are the early favorites to win Super Bowl LIV.

The Chiefs have 6-1 odds to win next year's Super Bowl at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

The New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints have the second-best odds at 8-1 at Westgate. No other team has odds in the single digits.

Super Bowl LIV will be played on Feb. 2, 2020, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

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Patriots-Chiefs Or Rams-Saints Likely To Open 2019 Season

Feb 3, 2019 12:02 PM

The NFL is expected to choose one of the two conference championship games as their 2019 regular season opener.

The winner of the Super Bowl hosts the first game of the next regular season, which would mean either Patriots-Chiefs or Rams-Saints.

There are, however, no assurances that the Super Bowl champion will open the 2019 season at home.

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Judge Won't Order 'Do-Over' Of Rams-Saints Game

Feb 1, 2019 8:18 AM

A federal judge has rejected a request by two New Orleans Saints ticket holders to force a full or partial do-over of this year's NFC Championship Game.

The request was made after officials failed to call interference or roughness penalties when a Los Angeles Rams player leveled a Saints receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit at a crucial point in the final minutes of regulation time.

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Four Officials From Rams-Saints Game Had Southern California Ties
There is some concern in league circles about the NFL's judgment in allowing four game officials who live in Southern California to work the NFC Championship Game between the Rams and Saints, accordi

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Brandin Cooks Purposely Dropped Pass Before Game-Winning FG
Brandin Cooks caught seven passes for 107 yards in the NFC Championship Game, but it was one pass that he didn't catch that propelled the Rams to victory.

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Benjamin Watson Calls On Roger Goodell To Be Leader On Non-Call
Benjamin Watson wrote an open letter to Roger Goodell.

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Saints Fans File Lawsuits, Put Up Billboards In Atlanta
Fans of the Saints continue to express their displeasure over Sunday's loss to the Rams in the NFC Championship Game.

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Rams Contend Refs Also Had Blatant Facemask No-Call
A.J. Klein grabbed Jared Goff's facemack, which would have given the Rams a first down on the Saints' one-yard line to take a 24-20 lead.

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Late Window Ratings Up, Early Game Down For Championship Sunday
New England's win over the Chiefs had a 31.2 overnight rating, which is the highest overnight rating for the evening game since the Giants' win over the 49ers in 2012.

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Sean Payton: Referee Chief Admitted Blown Call
Sean Payton says the NFL's head of officials told him the officials "blew the call" by not penalizing the Rams for pass interference late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

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Chiefs, Rams, Saints, Patriots In Top-5 Offensive DVOA
The combined over/under for both Championship Games is the highest in NFL history.

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Infographic: Chargers, Colts Finish In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA
The Chargers and Colts rank in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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Cam Jordan: Ben Roethlisberger Isn't Top 5 QB This Era
Cameron Jordan took to Twitter on Thursday night to clarify that he was only doubting Ben Roethlisberger's credentials as a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

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NFL Releases 2019 Pro Bowl Rosters
Patrick Mahomes is a Pro Bowl starter in his first season as a starting quarterback.

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Drew Brees, Sean Payton Now Second In QB/Coach Wins
Drew Brees and Sean Payton made history in Monday night's win over the Panthers.

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Saints Release Brandon Marshall
Brandon Marshall has played 178 regular season games without ever playing in the playoffs during his 13-season career.

Nick Bosa Headlines Latest ESPN 2019 Mock Draft, Two QBs In Top-10
Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft with Nick Bosa going to the Cardinals with the No. 1 overall selection.

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Derek Newton Signs With Panthers
Derek Newton has signed with the Panthers, bringing him one step closer to a remarkable comeback.

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Cowboys-Saints Has Biggest Thursday Night Football Rating In History
The game had a 14.6 overnight rating.

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James Andrews Considers Drew Brees' '05 Surgery 'No. 1 Most Memorable'
It took three surgeons four hours to patch Drew Brees' shoulder back together.

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Mike Ditka Recovering From Heart Attack
Mike Ditka has been recuperating in a Florida hospital, according to reports.

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Michael Thomas Has Unprecedented Catch Rate
Michael Thomas has caught 82 of the 91 passes he's been targeted on this season.

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Malcolm Jenkins Flipped Off Sean Payton After Late Touchdown
The Saints dominated the Eagles on Sunday, winning 48-7 at the Superdome.

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