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Lions signed CB Sterling Moore, formerly of the Saints.

This will be his fifth team in eight seasons. The 28-year-old is familiar with head coach Matt Patricia, who served as his defensive coordinator when he played for the Patriots in 2012. Moore is just a depth option for the Lions.
Aug 19 - 1:24 PM

The Advocate's Nick Underhill believes Saints RB Jonathan Williams is "making a run up the depth chart."

Williams played only four snaps in the Saints' preseason opener, finishing with a final rushing line of 4-26-1. He's currently competing with Terrance West (5-10-0 Thursday) to become Mark Ingram's fill-in while the latter is suspended for the first four games. As it stands, Williams has a leg up on goal-line work over West, Shane Vereen, Trey Edmunds, and sixth-round rookie Boston Scott.
Aug 13 - 3:44 PM

Buccaneers claimed CB De'Vante Harris off waivers from the Saints.

Harris will stay in the division following his release from New Orleans. The Saints benched him in Week 3 following career performances from Sam Bradford (27-32-346-3) and Tom Brady (30-39-447-3) to start the year. He'll have to flourish on special teams to stick with the Bucs into the regular season.
Aug 12 - 4:58 PM

Saints waived CB De'Vante Harris.

Harris finished 2017 season with 18 combined tackles and two passes defended. He was benched in Week 3 and was only thrust back into the lineup once Marshon Lattimore was forced to miss time with an injury. His best bet to sticking on a 53-man roster is efficient special teams play.
Aug 11 - 10:48 AM

HC Sean Payton hinted that free agent WR Brandon Coleman could return to the Saints when healed.

Payton said Coleman just "needs some time to heal" and the team "wanted to get more bodies in camp". As it stands, the Saints will open Week 1 with Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn, and free agent acquisition Cameron Meredith as their top-three receivers. With rookie Tre'Quan Smith next in line, New Orleans likely won't have a pressing need to re-sign Coleman late into the season.
Aug 5 - 10:20 PM

Saints released WR Brandon Coleman.

The Saints will release Coleman with the failed physical designation. New Orleans did not tender him this offseason and he likely had an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster, but it's a surprising event given he was initially placed on the active/PUP list with an undisclosed injury prior to camp. If fully healthy, Cameron Meredith is now a shoe-in for prime opportunity from the slot. Tre'Quan Smith, the third-round rookie with 4.49 speed and a 37 ½-inch vertical, is another player to monitor.
Aug 5 - 5:17 PM

Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander visited with the Jets.

The Saints, Colts, and Kansas City also met with him. It confirms Alexander's league wide interest after 26 teams attended his Pro Day. Alexander (6'2/195) has starting traits but was suspended multiple times at Virginia Tech and his measurables (4.6 forty) would have ranked at the bottom of this year's class. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gives Alexander a third-round supplemental grade.
Jun 23 - 6:21 PM

Free agent DeMarco Murray turned down a tryout with the Saints.

ESPN's Adam Schefter adds Murray is "waiting for the right opportunity" and still feels he can contribute in a significant role. Murray hasn't had any interest since his Dolphins visit in March. Coming off a down 2017 and in his age-30 season, Murray looks unlikely to land any guaranteed money. He may go unsigned until training camp.
Jun 13 - 12:40 PM

Free agent RB Tim Hightower is participating in Saints minicamp on a tryout basis.

Long a favorite of coach Sean Payton's, Hightower spent 2017 out of the league after getting released by the 49ers at final cuts. Now 32, Hightower would be a body behind Alvin Kamara while Mark Ingram serves his suspension in Weeks 1-4.
Jun 12 - 5:08 PM

Free agent RB Terrance West will visit the Saints on Wednesday.

The Saints are also hosting Jamaal Charles on Wednesday. Coach Sean Payton framed it as the team simply finding out where Charles is at. We would assume it's the same with West, though he could fill in for suspended Mark Ingram behind Alvin Kamara Weeks 1-4. West visited the Jaguars, Colts and Eagles last month.
Jun 12 - 4:08 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent Jamaal Charles will visit the Saints on Wednesday.

It is the first known interest for Charles since he hit the open market. The veteran running back touched the ball just 92 times with the Broncos last year, finishing the season as a healthy scratch. Especially with Mark Ingram suspended for the first four games, the Saints could use some depth at running back, but Charles might not have much left to offer.
Jun 12 - 12:42 PM

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.
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

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