Archive: Saints

No Serious Damage to Superdome, According to Early Assessments

The early reports are that the Superdome has suffered no significant structural damage during Hurricane Gustav. The New Orleans Saints are scheduled to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their season-opening game Sunday at the Superdome. It's not clear yet if the game will be played there as scheduled....

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 06:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints to Practice in Indianapolis

With Hurricane Gustav threatening the Gulf Coast, the New Orleans Saints have enacted their plan to move to Indianapolis to practice this week. The Saints are scheduled to relocate to Indianapolis today. They hope to return to New Orleans on Friday, if conditions permit. They're scheduled to host the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2008; 02:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Might Practice in Indy

With Tropical Storm Gustav threatening to hit the Gulf Coast next week, the New Orleans Saints reportedly are making plans to practice in Indianapolis. The NFL Network reported that the Saints plan to fly to Indianapolis on Sunday and remain there until next Friday, two days before they're scheduled...

 

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Add Schulters

Safety Lance Schulters signed with the New Orleans Saints. The Saints become Schulters's fifth NFL team after previous stints with the San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins. The Saints also worked out free agent defensive tackle Anthony McFarland today but didn't immediately sign him....

 

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 08:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Lose H. Thomas For at Least Two Months

The New Orleans Saints will be minus veteran defensive tackle Hollis Thomas for at least two months. He underwent surgery today for a torn triceps suffered Wednesday during a pass-rushing drill. The injury could end up being season-ending for Thomas. Kendrick Clancy likely will take over as nose tackle...

 

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2008; 02:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

S. Ellis Agrees to Deal With Saints

Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis has agreed to a five-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. Ellis was the seventh overall selection in the NFL draft in April. His deal with the Saints will leave only two first-round picks unsigned: Jaguars defensive end Derrick Harvey, the eighth overall choice, and...

 

By Mark Maske | July 29, 2008; 10:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Look Formidable After Shockey Trade

Watch out for the Saints. Their trade for tight end Jeremy Shockey could make them a force again in the NFC. Coach Sean Payton got the most out of Shockey during the tight end's rookie season, when Payton was the offensive coordinator of the Giants. Shockey could be highly...

 

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (3)

Giants Agree to Trade Shockey to Saints

The Jeremy Shockey trade is done. The New York Giants have agreed to trade the tight end to the New Orleans Saints for second- and fifth-round draft picks next year. Shockey leaves the Giants after six seasons and 371 catches. He was selected to four Pro Bowls but his...

 

By Mark Maske | July 21, 2008; 03:25 PM ET | Comments (6)

Saints Trying to Complete Shockey Trade

The New Orleans Saints are attempting to complete a trade for New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey, an NFL source said. The Saints have been in pursuit of Shockey since before the NFL draft in April but the two teams have been unable to agree to draft-choice compensation....

 

By Mark Maske | July 21, 2008; 02:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

W. Smith Agrees to Contract Extension With Saints

Defensive end Will Smith agreed to a six-year contract extension with the New Orleans Saints. The deal is worth about $70 million, including $26 million in guaranteed money, a source familiar with the negotiations said. The former first-round draft pick has 33-1/2 sacks in four seasons with the Saints,...

 

By Mark Maske | June 11, 2008; 03:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Add J. Butler

The New Orleans Saints signed cornerback Jerametrius Butler. Butler, a former starter with the St. Louis Rams, played for the Buffalo Bills last season. He took part in the Saints' weekend minicamp on a tryout basis....

 

By Mark Maske | June 3, 2008; 03:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Orleans to Bid to Host 2013 Super Bowl

New Orleans reportedly will bid to host the Super Bowl in 2013. The city has hosted nine Super Bowls, but none since 2002. The longterm future of the Saints franchise was put in question when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, but team owner Tom Benson told the New Orleans...

 

By Mark Maske | May 27, 2008; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Does Anyone Want Shaun Alexander?

No one is exactly rushing to sign tailback Shaun Alexander, the former league most valuable player released by the Seattle Seahawks more than a month ago. The New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals have demonstrated interest, but that's about it. Alexander turns 31 in August, and his best days...

 

By Mark Maske | May 27, 2008; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Morgan Retires

Linebacker Dan Morgan is retiring, the New Orleans Saints announced today. Morgan signed with the Saints in March after previously spending his entire seven-year NFL career with the Carolina Panthers. The former first-round draft choice and 2004 Pro Bowl selection missed the final 13 games of last season because...

 

By Mark Maske | May 19, 2008; 07:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Still Waiting for S. Alexander to Sign Somewhere

Former league most valuable player Shaun Alexander visited the Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints last week, but has not signed with either team. The whispers out of Cincinnati are that the Bengals are unlikely to add Alexander, the tailback who was released recently by the Seattle Seahawks. The...

 

By Mark Maske | May 12, 2008; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Reportedly Join Bengals In Running for S. Alexander

The New Orleans Saints reportedly are interested in free agent tailback Shaun Alexander. The NFL Network is reporting that Alexander, the former league most valuable player released by the Seattle Seahawks, will visit New Orleans after completing today's scheduled visit to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Saints' interest is intriguing...

 

By Mark Maske | May 5, 2008; 04:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shockey Reportedly Would Welcome Trade to Saints

New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey reportedly has told friends that he would welcome a trade to the New Orleans Saints. The New York Daily News reported today that Shockey isn't lobbying the Giants to trade him but he wouldn't be upset to be dealt. The Saints reportedly...

 

By Mark Maske | April 18, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (17)

Reworked Contract Keeps D. McAllister With Saints

Tailback Deuce McAllister agreed to a restructured contract with the New Orleans Saints to keep him with the team. McAllister had been due to receive a $1 million roster bonus this week. He is coming off his second significant knee injury in a three-year span, having had his 2007...

 

By Mark Maske | April 15, 2008; 09:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Shockey-to-Saints Deal Still A Possibility?

There are ongoing whispers that the New York Giants could trade tight end Jeremy Shockey before or during the NFL draft, probably to the New Orleans Saints. The Giants made their Super Bowl run with rookie Kevin Boss filling in for an injured Shockey, and playing well. Some observers...

 

By Mark Maske | April 14, 2008; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (15)

Interest in Brunell, Carr on Backup Quarterback Market

Trent Green landed in St. Louis on Monday, but the quarterback carousel continues to spin for veterans in search of jobs as backups. Mark Brunell is scheduled to visit the New Orleans Saints today, and David Carr is to visit the New York Giants. Brunell had his contract voided...

 

By Mark Maske | March 11, 2008; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (35)

T. Green Drawing Free Agent Interest

It was thought that quarterback Trent Green likely was headed to retirement when he suffered his second serious concussion in two seasons this past season while with the Miami Dolphins. But Green has received medical clearance to resume his career and, after being released by the Dolphins, is drawing...

 

By Mark Maske | March 5, 2008; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

R. Gay to Saints as Patriots Lose Another Cornerback

The New England Patriots have lost another cornerback. Two days after Asante Samuel left for the Philadelphia Eagles, fellow unrestricted free agent Randall Gay has agreed to a four-year, $17.8 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. The contract includes $6.9 million in guaranteed money. It's a homecoming for...

 

By Mark Maske | March 2, 2008; 03:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Devery Henderson Staying With Saints

The New Orleans Saints re-signed wide receiver Devery Henderson to a one-year, $2 million contract. It had been thought by many in the league that the speedy Henderson would leave New Orleans via free agency. In other early-evening free agent news: Cornerback Jacques Reeves, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys,...

 

By Mark Maske | March 1, 2008; 07:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vilma Headed to Saints

The New York Jets have an agreement to trade linebacker Jonathan Vilma to the New Orleans Saints for a conditional draft pick in 2009. Vilma is a former first-round choice who fell into disfavor with the Jets. The Detroit Lions also were among the bidders for him. The Saints...

 

By Mark Maske | February 29, 2008; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Z. Thomas Visits Patriots But Doesn't Sign, With Saints and Perhaps Cowboys Up Next

Free agent linebacker Zach Thomas, just cut by the Miami Dolphins, visited the New England Patriots on Monday and received a contract offer. It wasn't enough, however, to convince Thomas to sign the deal and end his free agent tour. He's scheduled to visit the New Orleans Saints today...

 

By Mark Maske | February 19, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

R. Bush Practices

Tailback Reggie Bush participated in the New Orleans Saints' practice Wednesday. He has missed two games because of a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. What remains unclear is if the Saints are trying to get Bush ready to play this weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles,...

 

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Injured Reserve Yet for R. Bush

The New Orleans Saints didn't place tailback Reggie Bush on the season-ending injured reserve list, at least not yet. Bush has a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and there have been reports that he won't play again this season. But with three regular season games remaining...

 

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 10:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Knee Injury Could End R. Bush's Season

The season could be over for New Orleans Saints tailback Reggie Bush. Bush missed Monday night's win over the Atlanta Falcons. He has a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and was examined by Birmingham orthopedist James Andrews. Bush had played on the injury for several weeks....

 

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2007; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

R. Bush Has Partially Torn Knee Ligament

New Orleans Saints tailback Reggie Bush has a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. According to the Saints, Bush won't need surgery but it's unclear if he'll be able to play Monday night against the Atlanta Falcons. He has struggled after taking over as the Saints'...

 

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2007; 04:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Hopeful J. Brown Will Play This Weekend

The New Orleans Saints got a major scare Sunday when all-pro left tackle Jammal Brown hurt his left leg and left the team's loss to the St. Louis Rams. But the Saints believe that Brown was not seriously hurt. Coach Sean Payton is describing the injury as a strained...

 

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Giving No Indications They're About to Dump Struggling Kicker Mare

Kicker Olindo Mare continues to struggle for the New Orleans Saints. He missed two field goal attempts during Sunday's triumph over the Jacksonville Jaguars and is only six for 12 this season. The Saints worked out several kickers, including Mike Vanderjagt and Martin Gramatica, last month while Mare was...

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Probably Sticking With Struggling Mare For Now

The New Orleans Saints appear to be leaning toward sticking with Olindo Mare as their field goal kicker for now after he tested his strained groin muscle during Thursday's practice and his performance seemed to satisfy Coach Sean Payton. Mare has missed four of his seven field goal attempts...

 

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2007; 09:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

MRI Confirms McAllister's Knee Injury Is Season-Ending

An MRI exam confirmed the New Orleans Saints' fear about tailback Deuce McAllister: He's done for the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. It's the second time in three years that McAllister suffered a season-ending knee injury. He missed most of the 2005...

 

By Mark Maske | September 25, 2007; 03:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Fear McAllister Has Serious Knee Injury

New Orleans Saints officials fear that tailback Deuce McAllister suffered a season-ending knee injury during Monday night's loss at home to the Tennessee Titans that dropped the Saints' record to 0-3. The Saints feared that McAllister suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He's scheduled to...

 

By Mark Maske | September 25, 2007; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Wynn Agrees to Deal With Saints

Defensive end Renaldo Wynn agreed to a contract with the New Orleans Saints, according to his agent, Peter Schaffer. Wynn was released by the Washington Redskins during the preseason. He provides some depth to a Saints defense that was exploited Thursday night in a 41-10 loss at Indianapolis in...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2007; 06:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Saints Say Season Is Far From Lost

INDIANAPOLIS--The New Orleans Saints were the sport's feel-good story of last season. The early returns this season aren't promising, as they were overwhelmed by the Indianapolis Colts, 41-10, in the NFL's season-opening game Thursday night at the RCA Dome. The Saints' postgame locker room was downcast, but players said...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2007; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Pick on Former Teammate

INDIANAPOLIS--The Indianapolis Colts obviously knew something about Jason David. David left the Colts for the New Orleans Saints this past offseason as a free agent. The young cornerback made one big play against his former team here Thursday night, returning a fumble for a touchdown. But the Colts more...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2007; 02:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Roughed Up on Water Park Trip

For a second straight year, New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton took his players to a water park near the team's training camp in Jackson, Miss., for a break from the daily grind of camp. He might want to rethink the plan next year. Two Saints players, linebacker Scott...

 

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2007; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tests Show J. Brown's Knee Injury Not Serious

New Orleans Saints officials got some good news when tests on left tackle Jammal Brown's injured knee showed no significant structural damage. Brown is said to have a bone bruise. It's not clear how long he'll be sidelined. Saints officials had feared far worse earlier today when Brown suffered...

 

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2007; 07:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Left Tackle Hurt During Practice

The New Orleans Saints made a charmed run to the NFC title game last season, but may have suffered a key loss on the practice field today. Left tackle Jammal Brown was taken off the field on a cart after apparently suffering a knee injury during the Saints' training...

 

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2007; 02:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints, Tinkering This Time Instead of Overhauling, Have Another Good Offseason

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup New Orleans Saints Players Released: Ernie Conwell, TE Joe Horn, WR Terrence Melton, LB John Carney, K Free Agents Lost: Montrae Holland, G Danny Clark, LB Bryan Scott, S Omar Stoutmire, S Curtis Deloatch, CB Billy Cundiff, K Traded For: Olindo Mare, K Free Agents Re-Signed:...

 

By Mark Maske | May 24, 2007; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Hanson Agrees to Deal With Saints

Punter Chris Hanson agreed to a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. He was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars this week....

 

By Mark Maske | May 3, 2007; 09:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Grant Agrees to Longterm Deal With Saints

The New Orleans Saints and defensive end Charles Grant agreed to a seven-year contract that includes about $20 million in guaranteed money. The Saints had placed their franchise player tag on Grant in February. If the two sides hadn't worked out a longterm deal, Grant would have played next...

 

By Mark Maske | April 26, 2007; 04:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Let J. David Go to Saints

The Indianapolis Colts declined to match the New Orleans Saints' four-year offer sheet to cornerback Jason David, a restricted free agent. The Saints get David and send a fourth-round pick in this weekend's draft to the Colts as compensation. The contract is worth about $15.6 million and was structured...

 

By Mark Maske | April 26, 2007; 09:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. David Agrees to Offer Sheet With Saints

Cornerback Jason David, a restricted free agent from the Indianapolis Colts, agreed to an offer sheet today with the New Orleans Saints. The Colts will have a week to decide whether to match the offer and retain David. If they don't, they would receive a fourth-round draft pick from...

 

By Mark Maske | April 19, 2007; 08:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Patten Lands With Saints

Wide receiver David Patten, released by the Washington Redskins, signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. Patten totaled only 23 catches in two seasons with the Redskins after averaging 41 catches per year in four seasons with the New England Patriots. He had stints with the New...

 

By Mark Maske | April 13, 2007; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Release Carney

The New Orleans Saints released kicker John Carney today. According to Saints officials, Carney asked to be let go after the club obtained fellow kicker Olindo Mare in a trade with the Miami Dolphins. Carney connected on 23 of 25 field goal attempts last season for the Saints but...

 

By Mark Maske | April 5, 2007; 10:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Trade Mare to Saints

The Miami Dolphins traded kicker Olindo Mare to the New Orleans Saints today for a sixth-round draft pick. The Dolphins previously signed free agent kicker Jay Feely to replace Mare. The Saints' incumbent kicker, John Carney, connected on 23 of 25 field goal attempts last season but is about...

 

By Mark Maske | April 3, 2007; 09:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints-Colts to Open Season on Sept. 6

PHOENIX, Ariz.--The NFL announced its schedule for the featured games of the season's opening weekend and Thanksgiving. The Indianapolis Colts will host the New Orleans Saints at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 in the season-opening Thursday night game on NBC. On Sept. 9, the first Sunday of the regular...

 

By Mark Maske | March 26, 2007; 04:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints, State Agree to Keep Team in New Orleans At Least Through 2010 Season

PHOENIX, Ariz.--The New Orleans Saints and state officials in Louisiana have agreed to a deal that will keep the franchise in New Orleans at least through the 2010 NFL season. The two sides agreed to eliminate clauses in the Saints' lease at the Superdome that might have allowed the...

 

By Mark Maske | March 26, 2007; 03:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Get Safety Help With Signing of Kaesviharn

The New Orleans Saints signed safety Kevin Kaesviharn to a four-year contract today. He leaves the Cincinnati Bengals, for whom he had a team-leading six interceptions this past season....

 

By Mark Maske | March 13, 2007; 08:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

E. Johnson, Saints Agree

Tight end Eric Johnson, a free agent from the San Francisco 49ers, agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. Johnson had 34 catches this past season. His best season came in 2004, when he had 82 receptions for 825 yards and two touchdowns....

 

By Mark Maske | March 7, 2007; 07:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

F. Thomas Accepts Pay Cut to Stay with Saints

New Orleans Saints opponents picked on cornerback Fred Thomas often during the club's run to the NFC title game, but the team is keeping him around. Thomas agreed to an $800,000 pay cut, from $3 million to $2.2 million, to keep the Saints from releasing him....

 

By Mark Maske | March 7, 2007; 01:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints, Vanderjagt Talking

Kicker Mike Vanderjagt met with New Orleans Saints officials Tuesday. Vanderjagt has been out of the league since being released by the Dallas Cowboys during the season. He missed five of his 18 field goal attempts for the Cowboys but remains the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL...

 

By Mark Maske | March 7, 2007; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (2)

Saints Add Simmons, Look at Vanderjagt

The New Orleans Saints agreed to a contract with veteran linebacker Brian Simmons, a free agent who'd been released by the Cincinnati Bengals. The Saints remade their linebacking corps before this past season by acquiring Scott Fujita, Scott Shanle and Mark Simoneau and now hope they've added another productive...

 

By Mark Maske | March 6, 2007; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Release J. Horn

The New Orleans Saints released wide receiver Joe Horn. Horn is a four-time Pro Bowl selection but was hurt at the end of this past season and asked to be released after being asked to accept a pay cut. Team officials said they would leave open the possibility of...

 

By Mark Maske | March 1, 2007; 04:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Keep H. Thomas to Anchor Run Defense

The New Orleans Saints retained a player who had a significant role in their run to the NFC title game this past season by agreeing to a four-year, $12 million contract with defensive tackle Hollis Thomas. Thomas would have been an unrestricted free agent later this week. The Saints...

 

By Mark Maske | February 27, 2007; 09:26 AM ET | Comments (4)

Saints Inform C. Grant He's Being Tagged

The New Orleans Saints have informed defensive end Charles Grant they're giving him the team's franchise player tag. Grant would have a salary of $8.644 million next season if he retains the franchise designation. He is the fifth player league-wide to be named franchise player this offseason. The deadline...

 

By Mark Maske | February 20, 2007; 09:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Prepared to Put Franchise Tag on C. Grant

The New Orleans Saints probably will use their franchise player tag on defensive end Charles Grant to keep him off the unrestricted free agent market. Grant will become the third defensive end league-wide to get the franchise tag following Justin Smith in Cincinnati and Dwight Freeney in Indianapolis....

 

By Mark Maske | February 20, 2007; 03:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Bush Sprains Ankle Playing Basketball

The offseason has been unkind so far to the New Orleans Saints' star players. Tailback Reggie Bush suffered a sprained ankle playing in the celebrity game Friday at the NBA's all-star weekend. That comes after quarterback Drew Brees hurt his non-throwing elbow during the Pro Bowl....

 

By Mark Maske | February 17, 2007; 10:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Keep Shanle Off Free Agent Market

The New Orleans Saints kept linebacker Scott Shanle off the unrestricted free agent market next month by agreeing to a four-year contract extension with him Friday. The Saints obtained Shanle in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys last summer and he was one of the team's many pleasant surprises...

 

By Mark Maske | February 11, 2007; 08:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brees Says Saints Can Build on This Season's Success

MIAMI--New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was in town to do a promotional appearance today and said he's optimistic the club will build on the success it had this season in reaching the NFC championship game before losing to the Bears. "I definitely think that's what we're going to...

 

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 09:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Bush Fined $5,000 for Taunting

MIAMI--The NFL fined New Orleans Saints tailback Reggie Bush $5,000 for taunting Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher during the NFC championship game. Bush pointed his finger at Urlacher just before crossing the goal line for a touchdown on an 88-yard catch and run. Bush performed a somersault in...

 

By Mark Maske | January 28, 2007; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Bring Back Cundiff as Kickoff Specialist

The New Orleans Saints re-signed kicker Billy Cundiff on Tuesday to serve as a kickoff specialist during the playoffs while John Carney handles field goal duties. The Saints cut Cundiff during the final week of the regular season....

 

By Mark Maske | January 10, 2007; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

S. Payton Named Coach of Year by AP

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton was named the NFL's coach of the year today by the Associated Press. Payton, as a rookie head coach, inherited a Saints team that went 3-13 under predecessor Jim Haslett last season after being displaced from New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, and went...

 

By Mark Maske | January 6, 2007; 03:03 PM ET | Comments (12)

Saints' McKenzie Reportedly Uninjured in Minor Car Accident

New Orleans Saints cornerback Mike McKenzie was involved in a minor auto accident Wednesday afternoon in Metairie, La., but reportedly was unhurt. The Saints have a first-round playoff bye this weekend....

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (3)

It's All Working for S. Payton

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--Sean Payton coaches fearlessly. Most of the focus after the New Orleans Saints' drubbing of the New York Giants here on Sunday was on the ongoing meltdown by the Giants. But the Saints put themselves on the verge of securing the No. 2 seed in the NFC...

 

By Mark Maske | December 26, 2006; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Payton Hopes Lighter Midweek Practice Will Produce Better Result for Saints

Not wanting his team to be complacent after a highly impressive victory in Dallas, New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton put his team through a rugged practice on Wednesday of last week. The result was a poor performance in Sunday's loss at home to the Washington Redskins. This week,...

 

By Mark Maske | December 21, 2006; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

McPherson Suing Titans Over Mascot Mishap

Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Adrian McPherson filed a $20 million lawsuit against the Tennessee Titans. McPherson suffered a knee injury when a golf cart driven by the Titans' mascot crashed into him on the field at halftime of an exhibition game in August. McPherson, who was released by...

 

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2006; 07:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Quick NFC Thought

Just how ironclad is that rule about the NFC having to be represented in the Super Bowl? Just when it looks like an NFC team is for real, it plays like the New Orleans Saints did today....

 

By Mark Maske | December 17, 2006; 04:07 PM ET | Comments (11)

Brees For Second-Most-Valuable Player

IRVING, Tex.--LaDanian Tomlinson probably has wrapped up the NFL's most valuable player award this season, and rightfully so. But Drew Brees isn't all that far behind. The New Orleans Saints quarterback was back at it here Sunday night, throwing for 384 yards and five touchdowns--all in the first three...

 

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2006; 01:37 AM ET | Comments (10)

Payton Outcoaches Parcells

IRVING, Tex.--Sean Payton thoroughly outcoached Bill Parcells here Sunday night as his New Orleans Saints beat his former boss's Dallas Cowboys. Payton has become a top coach of the year candidate after leaving the Cowboys, for whom he served as Parcells's top offensive assistant, to take the New Orleans...

 

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2006; 01:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

League Suspends Saints DT Thomas

The NFL suspended New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Hollis Thomas for four games without pay for a violation of the league's policy on steroids and related substances. Thomas and the Saints told the league that the banned substance for which he tested positive was contained in one of the...

 

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (3)

Saints Place Conwell on IR List

The New Orleans Saints placed tight end Ernie Conwell on the injured reserve list, ending his season, because of a knee injury. Conwell got hurt last month. He returned to play last weekend but was unable to resume full-time duties....

 

By Mark Maske | November 29, 2006; 03:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colston's Status This Week Unclear

The New Orleans Saints don't know if they'll have rookie wide receiver Marques Colston available this week. He suffered a sprained ankle during Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and the team is calling his status day to day....

 

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2006; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

R. Bush Saying He'll Play This Week

Tailback Reggie Bush is vowing to play for the New Orleans Saints this week. He aggravated an ankle injury during Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens....

 

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Meet in New Orleans But Don't Evaluate City's Recovery or Saints' Future

NEW ORLEANS--The league's team owners had little or no time to take stock of New Orleans's recovery from Hurricane Katrina during their visit here for their one-day meeting. The Saints' long-term future in New Orleans remains uncertain even as they have a surprisingly successful season after selling out all...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 09:56 PM ET | Comments (8)

Knee Surgery Shelves Saints TE Conwell for At Least Two Weeks

The New Orleans Saints expect to be without tight end Ernie Conwell for at least two weeks. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday....

 

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Are Legit

It's time to take the New Orleans Saints seriously as a top contender in the NFC. They cemented that status with last Sunday's triumph over the Philadelphia Eagles, improving their record to 5-1. The Saints, in the season in which they've returned to New Orleans, no longer are just...

 

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Re-Sign Bellamy for Safety Help

The New Orleans Saints re-signed veteran safety Jay Bellamy. He replaces rookie Roman Harper, who suffered a season-ending knee injury. Bellamy was with the Saints the previous five seasons but was cut early this season....

 

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Lose Rookie Safety for Season

The New Orleans Saints have lost Roman Harper, a rookie starting at safety, for the remainder of the season. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is to be replaced by Omar Stoutmire or Bryan Scott....

 

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2006; 03:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Amid Celebration of Superdome Reopening, Still No Promises About Saints' Future in New Orleans

The New Orleans Saints have Reggie Bush. They're 3-0. They reopened the Superdome in grand style Monday night with a lopsided victory over the Atlanta Falcons, and they've sold out their entire home schedule. Still, their long-term future remains unclear. NFL officials continue to take a wait-and-see approach about...

 

By Mark Maske | September 26, 2006; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (5)

Some Superdome Thoughts

It was impossible to watch the Superdome's reopening Monday night without having Hurricane Katrina-related scenes on your mind. I had two personal experiences pop into my head particularly vividly. The first was from early last September. I had gone to Oakland to cover the Saints' preseason game there right...

 

By Mark Maske | September 26, 2006; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Sell Out Entire Season At Superdome

The New Orleans Saints have sold out the entire season at the Superdome, a first in franchise history. Saints owner Tom Benson made the announcement Tuesday as the team and city prepare to reopen the Superdome with a game Monday night against the Atlanta Falcons. Benson called on local...

 

By Mark Maske | September 20, 2006; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Bush Outshines Williams In Openers

Defensive end Mario Williams, the top overall selection in the NFL draft in April, made little impact for the Houston Texans in their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, with no sacks and three tackles. Tailback Reggie Bush, whom the Texans passed over in favor of Williams, had...

 

By Mark Maske | September 11, 2006; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Commissioner Says Saints' Future Unclear

Commissioner Roger Goodell, like predecessor Paul Tagliabue, is taking the position that it's too soon to know what the long-term future of the New Orleans Saints will be as the team returns to its home city this season after being displaced last year by Hurricane Katrina. "I don't have...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2006; 02:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Double Duty for R. Bush

The New Orleans Saints have prized rookie Reggie Bush scheduled to perform punt-returning duties in Sunday's opener at Cleveland. Bush is to split time at tailback with Deuce McAllister....

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2006; 01:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Add LB Clark, Cut S Bellamy

The New Orleans Saints signed linebacker Danny Clark today and released safety Jay Bellamy. Clark was Oakland's leading tackler in each of the past two seasons but was released by the Raiders over the weekend....

 

By Mark Maske | September 5, 2006; 09:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Nearing Sold-Out Season

The New Orleans Saints have sold approximately 65,000 season tickets, leaving them just more than 3,000 shy of selling out their entire home schedule at the Superdome. Saints owner Tom Benson said during a news conference today at the team's training facility in Metairie, La., that the club's once-sluggish...

 

By Mark Maske | September 5, 2006; 09:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Here A Manning, There A Manning

The Mannings are everywhere these days. The Sept. 10 meeting between Peyton Manning's Indianapolis Colts and younger brother Eli's New York Giants in the first Sunday night game of the regular season isn't the only family football gathering in the coming weeks. When the Colts face the New Orleans...

 

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2006; 03:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Trade LB Shanle to Saints

The Dallas Cowboys today traded linebacker Scott Shanle to the New Orleans Saints for a 2007 draft choice. Shanle spent the last three seasons with the Cowboys....

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2006; 01:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints' Future "Still An Open Question"

NEW YORK--The Saints are back in New Orleans this season in the year after being displaced from their home city by Hurricane Katrina. Outgoing NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has been a strong advocate of giving New Orleans every chance possible to demonstrate that it can support its football team...

 

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2006; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bush To Comply With Logo Rule

Reggie Bush's representatives say that the rookie tailback will wear all-black Adidas cleats with no visible logos during future New Orleans Saints games. That will put Bush back in compliance with NFL rules after he was fined a reported $10,000 for wearing Adidas cleats with visible logos during the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2006; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mascot-Inflicted Injury Worse Than Originally Thought

The initial indication when New Orleans Saints reserve quarterback Adrian McPherson was hurt in a freak halftime collision last weekend in Tennessee was that McPherson would return to practice this week. Instead, McPherson's bruised knee could keep him sidelined as long as two weeks. McPherson was hurt when he...

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2006; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bush Fined for Shoe Brand

New Orleans Saints rookie tailback Reggie Bush was fined by the league for wearing an unauthorized brand of cleats with visible logos during the team's preseason opener. Bush wore Adidas cleats. NFL players are allowed to wear only Nike, Reebok or Under Armour cleats with visible logos during games...

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2006; 01:45 PM ET | Comments (8)

Saints' Backup QB Loses Collision With Titans' Mascot

Second-year quarterback Adrian McPherson is scheduled to participate in the New Orleans Saints' practice Monday after suffering a minor knee injury in a collision with the Tennessee Titans' mascot on the field during halftime of the teams' exhibition game Saturday night in Nashville. The mascot, T-Rac, was driving a...

 

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2006; 09:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Being Cautious With McAllister, Conwell

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton plans to withhold tailback Deuce McAllister and tight end Ernie Conwell from Saturday night's preseason opener at Tennessee. Both are coming back from knee injuries....

 

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2006; 11:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints LB Simmons Retires

New Orleans Saints linebacker Anthony Simmons retired. Simmons signed with the Saints in March after sitting out last season because of a wrist injury. But he didn't report to the Saints' training camp because of a personal matter, and the team has placed him on its reserve-retired list. Tommy...

 

By Mark Maske | August 4, 2006; 08:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bush's Deal With Saints Has $26.3 Million Guaranteed

A person familiar with tailback Reggie Bush's contract with the New Orleans Saints said the six-year deal contains about $26.3 million in guaranteed money and has a maximum overall value of approximately $62 million. The base value of the contract apparently is about $51 million. That puts the value...

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2006; 07:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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