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Vikings signed DT David Parry, formerly of the Saints.

A 2015 fifth-round pick of the Colts, Parry started all 32 games his first two seasons before off-field issues and an ankle injury sabotaged his 2017. He's a solid flier for the Vikings behind Linval Joseph and Sheldon Richardson.
May 16 - 12:24 PM

ESPN's Jason Witten also mentioned the Saints as one of the "lead dogs" for free agent Dez Bryant.

Witten is just stating his opinion, but that opinion matters after playing with Bryant for the better part of the last decade. Bryant very clearly wants to join a contender with a great quarterback, and the Packers and Saints are the two teams Witten mentioned earlier in the week. Both clubs make sense, but Green Bay may not want to put up with Bryant's personality, while New Orleans has Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn, and Cameron Meredith on top of using a third-rounder on Tre'Quan Smith. Bryant may have to wait until some team suffers an injury.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 10:20 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton didn't rule out signing free agent Adrian Peterson.

We wouldn't read much into this. The Saints could use another running back with Mark Ingram suspended the first four games, but it would be a surprise if they brought back Peterson after trading him last year. Peterson will likely have to wait until closer to training camp to sign with a team.
May 12 - 6:25 PM

Free agent S Matt Elam is trying out for the Saints during their rookie minicamp.

A first-round pick by the Ravens in 2013, Elam sat out all of last season in part because he was arrested twice in a four-month span last offseason. All charges were dropped in both cases, however, and he has served the six-game suspension which was handed down last October. Elam has never played up to his draft stock, but he is still just 26. He could be a solid reclamation project.
May 10 - 9:09 AM

Saints released TE Coby Fleener.

The move will create $3 million in cap space if Fleener is designated as a post-June 1 release but still leave behind $5 million in dead money. Fleener was a colossal bust after signing a "five-year, $36 million" contract in March 2016, catching just 72 passes for 926 yards over 27 games while struggling with injury. He dealt with concussion issues in 2017, where he snagged only 22 balls in 11 games. Going on 30, Fleener is a proven pass catcher but an inadequate blocker. He also has a troubling concussion history.
May 7 - 2:33 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints "have made plenty of calls about making a big leap up from pick No. 27."

Presumably, New Orleans would only make the move if a quarterback they covet falls. They were linked heavily to Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield early in the process, but he may end up being the No. 1 overall pick and looks certain to come off the board in the top-ten. UCLA's Josh Rosen could end up slipping, however, and would be a good fit in New Orleans. 39-year-old Drew Brees is under contract through 2019.
Apr 26 - 10:33 AM

Ravens signed Willie Snead, formerly of the Saints, to a two-year, $7 million contract.

The deal includes a $2 million signing bonus. Since Snead was a restricted free agent, the Saints had the option to match his offer sheet, but they declined. Snead was foiled by a suspension, injuries, and a lack of playing time last season, but he was a consistently productive part of New Orleans' passing attack in 2015 and 16, racking up 141 catches for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns those two seasons. He is a good get for a team which needs as much help in the passing game as they can find.
Apr 23 - 10:38 AM

Ravens signed restricted free agent WR Willie Snead to a two-year, $10.4 million offer sheet.

The Saints will now have five days to match the offer or risk losing him. Snead already reported to the Saints' offseason program but the team is unlikely to match Baltimore's offer after they gave him just an original-round tender then signed Cameron Meredith to a two-year, $9.6 million contract. New Orleans also re-signed Brandon Coleman earlier this week. Assuming Snead moves on to the Ravens, they will have overhauled their receiving corps by adding Michael Crabtree, John Brown, and Snead this offseason.
Apr 20 - 10:41 AM

Free agent Keenan Lewis is negotiating a settlement with the Saints in an injury grievance he filed against the team.

The Saints released Lewis before the 2016 season after he battled numerous hip injuries. He has undergone multiple operations since and publicly stated the Steelers discovered a "failed surgery" when he visited with them last season. CB Delvin Breaux missed most of training camp last year with a leg injury team doctors diagnosed as a contusion before a second opinion showed a broken fibula. The Saints have since fired team doctors Deryck Jones and Misty Suri.
Apr 17 - 7:51 PM

Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph will not attend the NFL draft.

Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Lamar Jackson are all attending. Baker Mayfield declined an invite, but Rudolph is a notable snub. It’s a sign Rudolph may be more of an early Day 2 pick than late first-rounder. Rudolph has been linked as a potential replacement for Tom Brady in New England. The Bills, Chargers, Saints and Giants have also had pre-draft Rudolph visits.
Source: NFL Network
Apr 7 - 2:15 PM

Free agent OT Austin Howard visited the Saints.

It's Howard's first known visit since Baltimore declined his option last month. New Orleans is looking to add tackle depth after losing Zach Strief to retirement and Senio Kelemete to free agency
Apr 6 - 4:49 PM

Saints signed restricted free agent WR Cameron Meredith to a two-year, $9.6 million offer sheet.

The deal includes $5.4 million in guaranteed money. The Bears will now have five days to match the offer or risk losing him. Meredith enjoyed a breakout year with a team-high 888 yards in 2016 before losing all of last season to a torn ACL. The 25-year-old has a connection to Saints WRs coach Curtis Johnson, who previously coached Meredith in Chicago. Meredith would have mouthwatering fantasy appeal with future Hall of Famer Drew Brees throwing to him in New Orleans, though the Bears have plenty of cap room and should be interested in keeping him around as a complement to Allen Robinson.
Apr 6 - 2:39 PM

Free agent RB Benny Cunningham visited the Saints on Monday.

Cunningham is a special teams player and situational third-down back. Jeff Fisher's Rams used to play Cunningham ahead of Todd Gurley on passing downs.
Apr 2 - 5:01 PM

Free agent TE Ben Watson visited the Saints.

Speaking Tuesday, Saints coach Sean Payton called adding both a receiver and tight end a "must." Reuniting with Watson would make a ton of sense, though the 37-year-old is coming off a season where he averaged an anemic 8.6 yards per catch. He's a sure pair of hands at this point in his career but not much else.
Mar 27 - 4:27 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Saints coach Sean Payton said the team "must" add a receiver and tight end.

At this point, Payton is probably looking forward to the draft, but the Saints did host restricted free agent Cameron Meredith for a visit over the weekend. Beyond Meredith, the receiver market is completely picked over, with only Jordan Matthews and Kendall Wright offering any sort of intrigue. At tight end, perhaps the Saints could eye a low-dollar reunion with Ben Watson.
Mar 27 - 10:55 AM

The Chicago Tribune reports restricted free agent WR Cameron Meredith visited the Saints over the weekend.

Meredith has now visited the Colts, Ravens and Saints over the past week. Whether or not an offer sheet follows will depend on how far along Meredith is in his recovery from a torn ACL.
Mar 26 - 4:31 PM

Jets CEO Christopher Johnson told reporters at the NFL Owners Meetings the team has rescinded their offer to free agent Ndamukong Suh.

The Jets initially emerged as the top landing spot for Suh given their abundance of cap space. New York had reportedly presented the "biggest offer" to him, but it's possible Suh was only using the team to leverage an even larger offer from the Rams, who now appear to be the favorites to sign him. The Titans and Saints also remain in the mix.
Mar 25 - 5:35 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz reports free agent Ndamukong Suh is "intrigued" by the idea of playing on the Rams' defensive line alongside Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers.

ESPN Rams reporter Alden Gonzalez adds that Suh remains in Los Angeles Tuesday evening and is scheduled to have dinner with the Rams tonight. He's expected to visit the Raiders on Wednesday if he makes it out of L.A. without a contract. Schultz also reports Suh "likes" Saints DE Cameron Jordan and wouldn't be opposed to playing alongside him in New Orleans. If Suh wants to win, it would seem the Rams and Saints are his top two suitors to this point.
Mar 20 - 9:59 PM

The Advocate's Nick Underhill reports free agent Eric Decker is not scheduled to visit the Saints.

The Times-Picayune's Josh Katzenstein also reports Decker is not visiting, and Saints coach Sean Payton responded to the original tweet from the Denver Post's Nicki Jhabvala saying the reporter had "bad sources." While this would appear to be a good fit, it does not look like Decker is headed to New Orleans.
Mar 20 - 12:17 PM

Free agent Eric Decker is visiting the Saints on Tuesday.

Decker mostly disappointed last season with the Titans, but he was considerably more involved down the stretch and in the playoffs, showing he still has something left in the tank. Able to play both outside and in the slot, he would be a good fit with the Saints, who need help behind Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn.
Mar 20 - 11:53 AM


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