SAINTS RUMORS & GOSSIP

What the experts are saying about the Saints draft

The New Orleans Saints had one of the strongest drafts in 2016, at least what most of the experts (and I,) believe for that matter. AROUND COVER32 NFL Draft 2016: Five teams that killed it NFL Draft 2016: Recapping all seven rounds NFL Draft 2016: Grading each first round pick With a new potentially franchise-changing player in Sheldon Rankins on defense and Michael Thomas possibly...
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Grading the Saints 2016 NFL Draft selections

The New Orleans Saints, in a year that you can either consider “rebuilding,” or “going all-in,” made a number of intriguing draft selections that leave us puzzled. AROUND COVER32 NFL Draft 2016: Five teams that killed it NFL Draft 2016: Recapping all seven rounds NFL Draft 2016: Grading each first round pick Did they really draft to load up for another championship run...
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9 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Watch: Mickey Loomis says why Saints picked RB Daniel Lasco in seventh round

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says why the Saints picked running back Daniel Lasco in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Saturday, April 30, 2016.
Via NOLA.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Watch: Mickey Loomis says why Saints picked DT David Onyemata in fourth round

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says why the Saints picked defensive tackle David Onyemata in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Saturday, April 30, 2016.
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Saints undrafted rookie free agent class

I’ll continue to update this list as things become official. Ryker Mathews, OT, BYU De’Vante Harris, CB, Texas A&M
Via The Saints Nation
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Saints select RB Daniel Lasco in 7th Round

A strange selection to end it. Despite having Mark Ingram, C. J. Spiller, Tim Hightower, Travaris Cadet and Marcus Murphy on the roster – they go running back. Lasco will start as the 6th guy on the depth chart. I give him long odds to make the roster. Here’s his write up on NFL.com: OVERVIEW Coming off of a team MVP and honorable mention All-Pac-12 campaign in 2014 (1,115...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Saints trade up, take defensive tackle Onyemata in 4th round

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have made a trade to acquire a fourth-round draft choice from Washington and used it to select defensive tackle David Onyemata on Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Onyemata, a Nigerian who played college football at Manitoba in Canada, is New Orleans' fourth overall draft choice. The Saints entered the day without a fourth round pick because...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints trade up to draft Manitoba DT David Onyemata in 4th round

You knew Mickey Loomis could never help himself with sitting idle for two full rounds of drafting. So he shipped the Saints 5th round pick this year and 5th round pick next year. My hope is that would be for a guard. Instead, it was for a Nigerian football player who has known the game for 4 years in Canada. And they traded UP for that, like teams were beating down the door to take...
Via The Saints Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Top five players in New Orleans Saints history

The New Orleans Saints will celebrate their 50th season in the NFL this year. In that stretch, they haven’t seen a ton of success until recent years. Just because they haven’t won a whole lot in their history does not mean they haven’t fielded some pretty great players. From one of the best scorers in NFL history to two of the best quarterbacks of all time, there have been...
Via Campus Sports Net
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints add stud receiver, promising safety in Round 2 (Grades analysis)

The New Orleans Saints were expected by many to focus solely on defense throughout their first three-five selections, at least by me. AROUND COVER32 NFL Draft: Recapping round one of 2016 NFL Draft: Five surprises from the first round Fantasy Football: Ten NFL Draft sleepers But they took stud Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas with the 47th overall pick, but weren’t done...
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Video: Deuce McAllister Honors Will Smith Before Announcing Saints Have Drafted Fellow Buckeye Mike Thomas

The second round of the NFL Draft is moving along Friday night, and ahead of the 47th overall pick – to be made by the New Orleans Saints – there was a cool moment for the team’s fans. Former Saints running back Deuce McAllister was on-hand to make the pick and decided to honor the late Will Smith. McAllister then announced Ohio State wideout Michael Thomas as the pick. Pretty...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Latest: Man indicted in shooting of ex-Saints player

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Latest on the case of a man who is accused of fatally shooting retired New Orleans Saints player Will Smith during a traffic dispute (all times local): 1:20 p.m. A grand jury has indicted a business owner on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of retired New Orleans Saints' defensive end Will Smith. The indictment was read Thursday. Cardell...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints GM slams Ian Rapoport: ‘Another miss by that reporter’

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis isn’t fond of NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. The two have a history, and Rapoport recently came out with a report that must have touched a nerve. Rapoport had a scoop on Tuesday in which he said the Saints had looked into the cost of moving up to No. 1 overall. He also said the Saints were still considering moving up into the...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints' Drew Brees: Pace of contract talks not hurting team

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Drew Brees asserts that his contract talks with the Saints hasn't hampered the club's ability to acquire top free agents this offseason because he is committed to negotiating an extension that would improve the Saints' financial flexibility. The quarterback said in an interview with the Associated Press that he was ''on board'' with New Orleans' recent bid to...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Brees: Conversations ongoing concerning new contract

The $30 million cap hit the New Orleans Saints will absorb in the final year of Drew Brees’ contract in 2016 hangs like an albatross around the organization’s neck, leading many to believe the team and the quarterback will work out a more cap-friendly contract extension sooner rather than later. But Brees, appearing Tuesday morning on NFL Network’s “NFL HQ,” had nothing...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Draft 2016: Saints had plans to move up to No. 1 for QB

Of all the teams that could realistically draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Thursday, the New Orleans Saints weren’t one that had the immediate need. However, it looks like the team actually had plans to do exactly what the Los Angeles Rams did a little over a week ago. According to NFL Media senior analyst Ian Rapoport, the Saints actually were in...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Drew Brees was willing to restructure deal to bring in Josh Norman

By all accounts, the New Orleans Saints finished as runners-up to Washington in the short-lived Josh Norman sweepstakes. Now we have an indication of just how far New Orleans was willing to go to bring Norman into the fold. According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, quarterback Drew Brees badly wanted Norman on the team, and even made clear that he’d be willing to restructure his contract...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tyrann Mathieu is 'taking a break' after deactivating social media accounts

Tyrann Mathieu is taking a break from social media. The Arizona Cardinals safety deactivated his Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook page on Friday with his reps telling ESPN that he’s “taking a break for a while.” They also said he doesn’t have a timeline when he’s going to return. Denise White, the CEO of EAG Sports Management, told ESPN the deactivations aren’t linked...
Via The Comeback
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Slain former NFL star Will Smith had a loaded gun inside of his car when he was killed

Details surrounding the shooting death of former Saints defensive end Will Smith over the weekend continue to emerge. The latest report out of New Orleans indicates Smith had a loaded gun inside of his car when he was shot by 28-year-old Cardell Hayes following a confrontation over a car wreck. BREAKING: Police: Former Saints player Will Smith had loaded pistol inside car when...
Via The Comeback
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Smith may have been involved in hit-and-run before murder

Former NFL defensive lineman Will Smith may have been involved in a hit-and-run minutes before he was shot and killed Saturday night. Surveillance footage that was obtained by WVUE in New Orleans shows a Mercedes SUV apparently bumping into a Hummer at a red light. Police say those vehicles match the descriptions of the vehicles that were being driven by Smith and the man accused...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Drew Brees sad, angry at New Orleans after Will Smith murder

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton spoke out against gun violence in the city on Monday following the tragic death of pass-rusher Will Smith who was shot and killed earlier this week following a minor car accident. Now, quarterback Drew Brees is joining him in the public discussion. Speaking on WWL Radio on Monday, Brees explained how the news made him upset with the city...
Via The Comeback
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Mathieu: I received death threats from alleged killer's family

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu has never been afraid to address issues surrounding his past and what defines him as a man today. Since his own off-field issues during his college career, the All-Pro has turned the corner. Not only has “Honey Badger” righted the ship in his personal life, he’s speaking out on some of the major issues in the United States today...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints commentator Hokie Gajan dies at 56

It has been an absolutely brutal and sad week for fans of the New Orleans Saints. Two days after former defensive end and team captain Will Smith was shot and killed in New Orleans, the team’s longtime radio color commentator, Hokie Gajan, died at age 56 following a bout with cancer. Ironically, Smith and Gajan were already scheduled to be inducted together into the Saints Hall...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Payton: “Our city is broken.”

Sean Payton, head coach of the New Orleans Saints, continues to be unsettled after the death of former defensive end Will Smith who was senselessly shot Saturday night. On Monday, in his first interview since Smith’s death, Payton plead for more gun control. Although it might be an unpopular belief within the state of Louisianna, he said, “so be it.” Payton is not looking...
Via Rumors and Rants
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Did Will Smith have connection to alleged murderer?

The man accused of murdering former Saints Pro Bowler Will Smith once filed a lawsuit against the city of New Orleans, and Smith dined with one of the defendants in that suit hours before his death. Cardell Hayes, who has been charged with second degree murder, was the plaintiff in a high-profile case against the city centering around the death of Hayes’s father at the hands of...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss
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