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Steve Gleason Receives Congressional Gold Medal

Jan 16, 2020 8:26 AM

Steve Gleason has become the first former NFL player to receive a Congressional Gold Medal -- the highest honor that Congress can bestow on a civilian.

Gleason was recognized for his crusading work as an advocate for people with ALS.

The former special teams standout and his foundation were the driving force behind The Steve Gleason Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2015 to make critical technology available to patients through Medicare and Medicaid.

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Tags: New Orleans Saints, Misc Rumor

Michael Thomas Reveals He Finished Season With Broken Hand

Jan 13, 2020 8:30 AM

Michael Thomas revealed he played the NFC Wild Card game against the Minnesota Vikings with a broken hand.

Thomas first appeared to have a hand injury when it was wrapped following Week 16. Thomas appeared on the injury report with a hand injury before the final two games he played.

Thomas set an NFL record with 149 catches this season.


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Janoris Jenkins Hopes To Remain With Saints

Jan 9, 2020 8:38 AM

The New Orleans Saints claimed Janoris Jenkins off waivers towards the end of the regular season.

They also picked up the option of bringing Jenkins back for the 2020 season on a deal that will pay him up to $11.25 million in salary and bonuses.

The Saints could also try to extend Jenkins, who wants to remain with the team.

"That's my plan," Jenkins said. "I'd love to see that. Business is business. They control what goes on. I'm just happy to be here and hope I can stay."

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

Exec Expects Sean Payton To Consider Starting Taysom Hill At QB

Jan 8, 2020 3:16 PM

Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints have a difficult decision to make at quarterback this offseason as Drew Brees comes off a two-year, $50 million contract and is beginning to look more like his age.

The Saints also have Taysom Hill and Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback.

Bridgewater was 5-0 in place of Brees this season, while Hill has emerged as a unique talent.

"Wouldn't come as a total shock to see Sean Payton move forward with Taysom Hill as the starting QB," one NFC exec said. "Sean always has been intrigued by athletic quarterbacks and how to utilize them. Taysom is a talented guy."

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Officials: No Interference On Vikings' Winning Touchdown

Jan 6, 2020 8:58 AM

NFL officials decided both on the field and after reviewing the replay that there was not enough contact to charge Kyle Rudolph with offensive pass interference after there appeared to be some hand-fighting with P.J. Williams on his game-winning 4-yard touchdown catch in overtime of the Minnesota Vikings' 26-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

"There is contact by both players, but none of that contact rises to the level of a foul," said the NFL's senior vice president of officiating, Al Riveron, who briefly reviewed the play from the league's command center in New York. "This is consistent with what we've done all year long -- we left the ruling on the field. We let it stand."

The replay review process was completed so quickly that some Saints players didn't realize it had been reviewed.

When asked by a designated pool reporter if the decision was "obviously clear enough" for the replay process to be completed so quickly, Riveron said, "Yes, Fox was great. They gave us every angle that they had pertaining to the play. So we're very comfortable with what we saw. Nothing came through afterward that we had not seen prior to making the ruling."

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Tags: Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Misc Rumor

Antonio Brown: Workout With Saints Was A Publicity Stunt

Jan 2, 2020 7:24 AM

Antonio Brown said during an Instagram video this week that he thinks his workout with the New Orleans Saints was a "publicity stunt."

The Saints brought the wide receiver in for a workout last Friday. It was his first visit with a team since the New England Patriots released him on Sept. 20.

It's unclear when Brown will be eligible to play again since he is still being investigated by the NFL under its personal conduct policy for allegations of sexual assault and misconduct.

"I really am at peace. I just don't like the lack of respect in the world," Brown said in the video. "Everyone has deadlines, but I guess the NFL don't have a deadline for me. So I appreciate [Saints coach] Sean Payton and them guys for supporting me to bring me out to work out. But I think it was a publicity stunt for them. Sean Payton knows the feeling of being left behind.

"But it is what it is. ... I'm not gonna make excuses. I'm just gonna keep competing to be the difference, 'cuz I know I'm the difference."

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Antonio Brown Accuses Saints Of 'Publicity Stunt' Workout

Dec 31, 2019 12:05 PM

Antonio Brown accused the New Orleans Saints of bringing him in for a workout as a publicity stunt. 

“I know I got a really crusty tone lately,” Brown said. “But really I’m at peace. I just don’t like the lack of respect in the world. You know, everyone has deadlines. I guess the NFL don’t have a deadline for me, so. I appreciate Sean Payton and them guys for supporting me and bringing me out to work out. But I think it was a publicity stunt for them. Sean Payton know[s] the feeling of being left behind, not being able to interact with his team. I don’t have a team. But it is what it is. We don’t seek comfort. We don’t make excuses. I’m [going to] just keep committing to be the difference. ‘Cause I know I’m the difference.”

Brown is in limbo as he remains under investigation under the Personal Conduct Policy.

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Antonio Brown Works Out For Saints

Dec 27, 2019 10:54 AM

Antonio Brown has been brought in by the New Orleans Saints for a workout.

Brown, 31, is being investigated by the NFL under its personal conduct policy after a lawsuit filed by his former trainer, Britney Taylor, that alleges she was sexually assaulted by Brown on multiple occasions. Brown also was accused of sexual misconduct at his home by an artist who was working there in 2017.

The Saints have been thin on proven wide receiver depth for the past two years. Michael Thomas just set the NFL record for catches in a season with 145, but no other receiver on the team has more than 29 receptions. 

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Ravens, Saints Lead 2020 Pro Bowl Rosters

Dec 17, 2019 8:46 PM

Lamar Jackson was one of 12 Pro Bowl selections for the Baltimore Ravens. The New Orleans Saints had the most selections in the NFC with seven.



Wide receiver: DeAndre Hopkins*, Houston Texans; Keenan Allen*, Los Angeles Chargers; Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns; Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs

Tackle: Ronnie Stanley*, Baltimore Ravens; Laremy Tunsil*, Houston Texans; Trent Brown, Oakland Raiders

Guard: Marshal Yanda*, Baltimore Ravens; Quenton Nelson*, Indianapolis Colts; David DeCastro, Pittsburgh Steelers

Center: Maurkice Pouncey*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Rodney Hudson, Oakland Raiders

Tight end: Travis Kelce*, Kansas City Chiefs; Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens

Quarterback: Lamar Jackson*, Baltimore Ravens; Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs; Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans

Running back: Nick Chubb*, Cleveland Browns; Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans; Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens

Fullback: Patrick Ricard*, Baltimore Ravens


Defensive end: Joey Bosa*, Los Angeles Chargers; Frank Clark*, Kansas City Chiefs; Calais Campbell, Jacksonville Jaguars

Interior lineman: Cameron Heyward*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Chris Jones*, Kansas City Chiefs; Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals

Outside linebacker: Von Miller*, Denver Broncos; T.J. Watt*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Matt Judon, Baltimore Ravens

Inside linebacker: Darius Leonard*, Indianapolis Colts; Dont'a Hightower, New England Patriots

Cornerback: Stephon Gilmore*, New England Patriots; Tre'Davious White*, Buffallo Bills; Marcus Peters, Baltimore Ravens; Marlon Humphrey, Baltimore Ravens

Free safety: Minkah Fitzpatrick*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Earl Thomas, Baltimore Ravens

Strong safety: Jamal Adams*, New York Jets


Kicker: Justin Tucker*, Baltimore Ravens

Long snapper: Morgan Cox*, Baltimore Ravens

Punter: Brett Kern*, Tennessee Titans

Return specialist: Mecole Hardman*, Kansas City Chiefs

Special teamer: Matthew Slater*, New England Patriots



Wide receiver: Julio Jones*, Atlanta Falcons; Michael Thomas*, New Orleans Saints; Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tackle: David Bakhtiari*, Green Bay Packers; Tyron Smith*, Dallas Cowboys; Terron Armstead, New Orleans Saints;

Guard: Zack Martin*, Dallas Cowboys; Brandon Brooks*, Philadelphia Eagles; Brandon Scherff, Washington Redskins

Center: Jason Kelce*, Philadelphia Eagles; Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys

Tight end: George Kittle*, San Francisco 49ers; Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles

Quarterback: Russell Wilson*, Seattle Seahawks; Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints; Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Running back: Dalvin Cook*, Minnesota Vikings; Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers; Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk*, San Francisco 49ers


Defensive end: Cameron Jordan*, New Orleans Saints; Nick Bosa*, San Francisco 49ers; Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings

Interior lineman: Aaron Donald*, Los Angeles Rams; Fletcher Cox*, Philadelphia Eagles; Grady Jarrett, Atlanta Falcons

Outside linebacker: Chandler Jones*, Arizona Cardinals; Khalil Mack*, Chicago Bears; Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Inside linebacker: Bobby Wagner*, Seattle Seahawks; Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers

Cornerback: Marshon Lattimore*, New Orleans Saints; Richard Sherman*, San Francisco 49ers; Darius Slay, Detroit Lions; Jalen Ramsey, Los Angeles Rams

Free safety: Budda Baker*, Arizona Cardinals; Eddie Jackson, Chicago Bears

Strong safety: Harrison Smith*, Minnesota Vikings


Kicker: Wil Lutz*, New Orleans Saints

Long snapper: Rick Lovato*, Philadelphia Eagles

Punter: Tress Way*, Washington Redskins

Return specialist: Deonte Harris*, New Orleans Saints

Special teamer: Cordarrelle Patterson*, Chicago Bears


Baltimore Ravens (12): TE Mark Andrews, LS Morgan Cox*, CB Marlon Humphrey, RB Mark Ingram, QB Lamar Jackson*, OLB Matt Judon, CB Marcus Peters, FB Patrick Ricard*, OT Ronnie Stanley*, SS Earl Thomas, PK Justin Tucker*, G Marshal Yanda*

Buffalo Bills (1): CB Tre'Davious White*

Cincinnati Bengals (1): DT Geno Atkins

Cleveland Browns (2): RB Nick Chubb*, WR Jarvis Landry

Denver Broncos (1): OLB Von Miller*

Houston Texans (3): WR DeAndre Hopkins*, OT Laremy Tunsil*, QB Deshaun Watson

Indianapolis Colts (2): ILB Darius Leonard*, G Quenton Nelson*

Jacksonville Jaguars (1): DE Calais Campbell

Kansas City Chiefs (6): DE Frank Clark*, RS Mecole Hardman*, WR Tyreek Hill, DT Chris Jones*, TE Travis Kelce*, QB Patrick Mahomes

Los Angeles Chargers (2): WR Keenan Allen*, DE Joey Bosa*

New England Patriots (3): CB Stephon Gilmore*; ILB Dont'a Hightower; ST Matthew Slater*

New York Jets (1): SS Jamal Adams*

Oakland Raiders (2): OT Trent Brown, C Rodney Hudson

Pittsburgh Steelers (5): G David DeCastro, FS Minkah Fitzpatrick*, DT Cameron Heyward*, C Maurkice Pouncey*, OLB T.J. Watt*

Tennessee Titans (2): RB Derrick Henry, P Brett Kern*


Arizona Cardinals (2): FS Budda Baker*, OLB Chandler Jones*

Atlanta Falcons (2): DT Grady Jarrett, WR Julio Jones*

Carolina Panthers (2): ILB Luke Kuechly, RB Christian McCaffrey

Chicago Bears (3): FS Eddie Jackson, OLB Khalil Mack*, ST Cordarrelle Patterson*

Dallas Cowboys (4): RB Ezekiel Elliott, C Travis Frederick, G Zack Martin*, OT Tyron Smith*

Detroit Lions (1): CB Darius Slay

Green Bay Packers (2): OT David Bakhtiari*, QB Aaron Rodgers

Los Angeles Rams (2): DT Aaron Donald*, CB Jalen Ramsey

Minnesota Vikings (3): RB Dalvin Cook*, DE Danielle Hunter, SS Harrison Smith*

New Orleans Saints (7): OT Terron Armstead, QB Drew Brees, RS Deonte Harris*, DE Cameron Jordan*, CB Marshon Lattimore*, PK Wil Lutz*, WR Michael Thomas*

Philadelphia Eagles (5): G Brandon Brooks*, DT Fletcher Cox*, TE Zach Ertz, C Jason Kelce*, LS Rick Lovato*

San Francisco 49ers (4): DE Nick Bosa*, FB Kyle Juszczyk*, TE George Kittle*, CB Richard Sherman*

Seattle Seahawks (2): ILB Bobby Wagner*, QB Russell Wilson*

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3): OLB Shaquil Barrett, WR Mike Evans, WR Chris Godwin

Washington (2): G Brandon Scherff, P Tress Way*

* Indicates starter

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, All-Star, Personal Award

Drew Brees Sets Record For Most Career Touchdown Passes

Dec 17, 2019 8:47 AM

Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning's career touchdown record with a 5-yard pass to Josh Hill midway through the third quarter on Monday night.

The connection with Hill gave him 540 touchdown passes for his career.

Brees tied Tom Brady with his 538th career TD thanks to a 15-yard pass to Michael Thomas early in the second quarter. He then tied Manning's record at 539 with a 21-yard TD throw to Tre'Quan Smith midway through the second quarter.

Brees also made NFL history by registering a 96.7 completion percentage as the New Orleans Saints trounced the Indianapolis Colts 34-7.

"Listen, it was special, everything about the night," Brees said. "I don't know how they pick 'em. Monday Night Football, playing the Colts, the team that we won the Super Bowl against 10 years ago. So the whole Super Bowl XLIV team is back for the 10th anniversary. And, obviously, national television, big game, and now that record in the balance, as well. It just kind of makes you shake your head. 'Are you kidding me?'"

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Saints Re-Sign Manti Te'o

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Michael Thomas On Pace To Set Record For Catches

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Andrus Peat Out Six Weeks With Surgery For Broken Arm

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Alvin Kamara Willing To Split Reps With Latavius Murray

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Drew Brees Will Continue Wearing Splint On Right Thumb

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Drew Brees Officially Named Starter For Saints In Week 8

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Drew Brees Plans To Play In Week 8

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Drew Brees To Practice, Eyes Week 8 Return

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Alvin Kamara Out For Week 7 With Knee, Ankle Injuries

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Saints' P.J. Williams Suspended For Two Games

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Saints-Cowboys Draws Biggest SNF Audience Since 2016

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Drew Brees Feels He 'Can Beat' Six-Week Injury Timetable

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Drew Brees Out Six Weeks With Thumb Surgery

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Drew Brees To See Specialist, 'Concerned' About Thumb Injury

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Sean Payton Signs Five-Year Extension With Saints

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Drew Brees Will 'Strongly Consider' Entering Politics In Future

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Saints Acquire Kiko Alonso From Dolphins

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Sean Payton Compares Taysom Hill To Steve Young

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Rishard Matthews Retires From NFL
Rishard Matthews posted his thoughts on being an NFL player on Instagram.


Michael Thomas Agrees To Five-Year, $100M Extension With Saints
Michael Thomas is set to make $1.148 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract.

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