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Panthers drafted Terrace Marshall at No. 59 after hearing Saints wanted him at No. 60

The Panthers shifted gears at the last minute while they were on the clock in the second round of the draft, taking LSU wide receiver Terrace Marshall with the 59th overall pick because they believed that the Saints, who had the 60th pick, were about to take him. The Panthers had two players they particularly [more]

Nick Saban needs to quit blaming Dolphins’ doctors for Drew Brees

Fifteen years after the fact, former Dolphins coach Nick Saban remains miffed that Dolphins doctors deemed the shoulder of quarterback Drew Brees unfit for NFL competition. (We probably could have ended that sentence after the word “miffed.”) Those same doctors nevertheless embraced the prospect of sending a second-round pick to the Vikings for quarterback Daunte [more]

Albert Huggins signing with Saints

The Saints are adding some depth to their defensive line. Per his agent, Casey Muir, defensive tackle Albert Huggins is headed to New Orleans. Huggins has bounced around since entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of Clemson in 2019. He initially signed with the Texans and stayed on their practice squad to [more]

Saints agree to terms with Sutton Smith, Easop Winston

The Saints are signing a pair of free agents. Fullback Sutton Smith and receiver Easop Winston have agreed to terms, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports. The Steelers made Smith a sixth-round draft choice in 2019. He began his career as a linebacker but switched positions after spending time with the practice squads of the Steelers, [more]

Sean Payton on QBs: We’re looking for a guy to lead our team this year

Now that Drew Brees has officially retired — a move the quarterback anticipated entering the 2020 season — the Saints’ focus at signal-caller has shifted to the upcoming competition between Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill. Even though both players have starting experience, and Hill has taken plenty of snaps at QB over the last few [more]

When he decided to return in 2020, Drew Brees knew it was his last year

In the days and weeks before Drew Brees announced his retirement in March, on the 15th anniversary of signing with the Saints, there was a vague sense that Brees was considering returning. The speculation, fueled by a video of Brees shoving a sled aggressively — with narration from a trainer who said, “Something must be [more]

Sean Payton: We wanted a corner, but no team wanted to trade out of the top 10

Reports emerged last week that the Saints were trying to trade up from the draft’s 28th overall pick into the top 10. During an interview on the Rich Eisen Show, head coach Sean Payton confirmed those reports — admitting the club was targeting its clearest position of need. “It was pretty simple. There were a [more]

Aaron Rodgers speaks (sort of), through Brett Favre

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has to date said nothing publicly regarding his lingering kerfuffle with the Packers. He has said something to former Packers quarterback Brett Favre that Favre has shared publicly. Appearing with Jason Wilde and Mark Tauscher, Favre said that he texted Rodgers, and that Rodgers responded. Favre said (via Rob Demovsky of [more]

Report: Josh Hill is retiring

There’s a reason why the Lions are bringing in Darren Fells for a visit. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, tight end Josh Hill is retiring. Detroit signed Hill to a one-year deal in March. A former undrafted free agent, Hill spent his first eight seasons with the Saints — the last five [more]

Free agent signings no longer count in compensatory pick formula

When the Ravens brought in tackle Alejandro Villanueva for a visit last month, word from Baltimore reporters was that the team was not expected to make a move until after the draft. Compensatory draft picks were central to that approach. The Ravens and other teams have prized the picks doled out to teams who see [more]

Sean Payton once said Ian Book reminded him of how he played in high school

The Saints drafted quarterback Ian Book in the fourth round and head coach Sean Payton said that he thinks Book showed he’s a “real good competitor” while at Notre Dame. Payton added that he doesn’t think Book’s style of play is reminiscent of the way Payton played in high school. That came up at his [more]

21 fifth-year options picked up for 2018 first-round picks

The deadline for NFL teams to exercise their fifth-year contract options on 2018 first-round picks passed on Monday afternoon and 21 players had those options picked up. Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold is part of that group. Carolina traded for Darnold last month and announced their decision on his option after the draft. That total is [more]

Fifth-year option tracker for 2018 NFL first-round picks

NFL teams will be adding first-round picks to their roster this week and some of them will then turn their attention to first-round picks from 2018. Fifth-year contract options for players selected in the first round that year need to be exercised by May 3 and some teams have already gotten the ball rolling on [more]

Saints sign 11 undrafted free agents

The Saints announced 11 undrafted free agent signings on Sunday. Four defensive backs are part of the group, including former Tennessee cornerback Bryce Thompson. Thompson started 28 games during his time at the SEC school and recorded 36 tackles and two interceptions during the 2020 season. The Saints also signed Wisconsin safety Eric Burrell, Syracuse [more]

Saints draft picks 2021: All of New Orleans’ selections, NFL draft results, team order

The Saints’ biggest offseason storyline revolves around finding a successor to Drew Brees. Taysom Hill stepped in as quarterback this season for four games while Brees was injured and went 3-1 in that span. Hill has spent the last four years as a utility player for the Saints and will now turn his focus solely [more]

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