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Superdome renovations expected to take another year to complete

The makeover efforts for the Superdome in New Orleans are expected to take an extra year to complete due to budgetary shortfalls sustained over the last year, according to Amie Just of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District lost $75 million in revenue last year, per ASM Global business operations director [more]

Saints have a surprisingly low projected 2021 win total

Every year, one of the most compelling preseason prop bets comes from the basic question of how many games will a given team win? The folks at PointsBet have unveiled projected win totals, for all teams, based on three weeks of free agency and as we sit roughly three weeks from the draft. We’ll take [more]

Sean Payton: Drew Brees retirement won’t fully hit until we do football work

Saints head coach Sean Payton knew that the day would come when Drew Brees was no longer the team’s starting quarterback and moves for Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston in recent years were made with an eye on life after Brees. Brees announced his retirement last month, which set the wheels for succession in motion [more]

Saints supposedly “like” Kyle Trask (or they want other teams to think that)

There’s a “B” side to the mess into which Dan Orlovsky recently wandered by passing along anonymous negative opinions from teams about quarterback Justin Fields. Teams spread bad things about players they really like in the hopes those players will slide. Teams also spread good things about players they don’t like in the hopes someone [more]

NFL names LeCharles Bentley senior advisor of player performance and development

Former NFL center LeCharles Bentley has landed a job in the league office. The NFL announced on Friday that Bentley has been named senior advisor of player performance and development. He will advise executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent and work with youth, high school, and international football programs on teaching proper football [more]

Chiefs signing Michael Burton

The Chiefs are signing free agent fullback Michael Burton to a one-year deal, Herbie Teope of the Kansas City Star reports. Burton will replace Anthony Sherman, who retired earlier this offseason. Burton, 29, spent last season with the Saints, playing 15 games with four starts. He saw action on 208 offensive snaps and 132 on [more]

Expanded season puts records in jeopardy

When the NFL last expanded the regular season in 1978, the bump from 14 to 16 games represented 14.28-percent growth. The move from 16 to 17 now equates to a 6.25-percent increase in the games that count. Relative to the last time, then, the current addition of one game won’t mean as much to issues [more]

Marcus Williams officially signs franchise tag

A report came 10 days ago that Saints safety Marcus Williams was signing the franchise tag. It didn’t officially happen until Tuesday. The transaction wire also makes official the team’s signings of Nick Vannett and Tanoh Kpassagnon. The franchise tag guarantees Williams $10.612 million for this season. It buys the sides until July 15 to [more]

Packers-Chiefs, Cardinals-Browns among additions to 2021’s 17-game schedule

NFL owners have approved a 17-game schedule for the 2021 season and that means each team now has a new opponent on their schedule. The 17th game will be an inter-conference game each season and teams the conferences will alternate hosting duties. The AFC will host the games in 2021 and they will feature matchups [more]

Jameis Winston looking to add more “game manager” traits to his play

The phrase “game manager” for a quarterback can be viewed as a derogatory term. It gives off a sense that a quarterback can’t make the big plays required to propel him team to be truly successful. However, when you’re Jameis Winston and the last time you were a full-time starter you had 30 interceptions, adding [more]

Report: Tanoh Kpassagnon finalizing two-year deal with Saints

New Orleans is close to bringing in a new defensive end. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports the Saints are finalizing a two-year deal with Tanoh Kpassagnon. Kpassagnon was a second-round pick in 2017 and spent his first four seasons with the Chiefs. He played a limited rotational role along the line for his first two [more]

Alvin Kamara isn’t a fan of the inevitable 17-game season

Count Saints running back Alvin Kamara among those not in favor of 17 games. “Sh-t dumb . . . as hell,” Kamara said on Twitter in response to the non-news news that owners will expand the regular season by one game this week. The players voted last year on a labor deal that gave the [more]

Chase Daniel signing one-year deal with Chargers

Quarterback Chase Daniel is signing a one-year deal with the Chargers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Daniel’s deal has $1.5 million in guarantees remaining from his contract with the Lions. He played for the Bears in 2018 when new Chargers head coach Brandon Staley was an assistant. Daniel spent four seasons with Chargers offensive coordinator [more]

Marshon Lattimore charged with fourth-degree felony

Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore was arrested Thursday night in Cleveland on suspension of possessing a stolen handgun. On Friday, Lattimore was charged with a fourth-degree felony of receiving a stolen firearm, NFL Media reports. Lattimore waived his preliminary hearing, and his case bound over to the grand jury of the Cuyahoga County Court Common Pleas [more]

Marshon Lattimore’s lawyer calls arrest “a misunderstanding”

Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore was arrested on Thursday in Cleveland, but his attorney says there’s an innocent explanation. “Mr. Lattimore, a proud Cleveland native with no prior criminal record or history, is fully cooperating with law enforcement’s investigation of this matter,” attorney Marcus Sidoti said in a statement. “He was a passenger in a vehicle [more]

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