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 Latest Saints Player Notes
Apr 20 2018 - Luke McCown
  QB Luke McCown announced his retirement via a Twitter posting on the account of his agent, Mike McCartney. "Today I am officially retiring from the NFL. It's bittersweet to leave the game I love and the craft I've worked at since the 2nd grade," wrote McCown, who thanked friends, teammates, coaches and his family in the posting. The 36-year-old McCown did not play last season. He was among the final cuts of the Dallas Cowboys after signing a one-year contract with the team in July. McCown spent the previous four seasons with the New Orleans Saints, making one start in 2015. It marked his first start since 2011 with the Jacksonville Jaguars. A fourth-round draft pick of Cleveland in 2004, McCown made a career-high four starts in his rookie season, passing for four touchdowns and seven interceptions. McCown made three starts for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2007, throwing for 1,009 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions. After that season, he made only three starts. Overall, he appeared in 62 games (10 starts) with the Browns, Buccaneers, Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Saints. He finished 2-8 as a starter.


Apr 20 2018 - Willie Snead
  WR Willie Snead was signed to a two-year offer shee by Baltimore, ESPN reported Friday. New Orleans has five days to match the offer, which is worth a reported $10.4 million. Snead was suspended for the first three games of the 2017 regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy and never established a role in the offense, finishing with eight receptions for 92 yards. The 25-year-old Snead was a big contributor in each of his first two seasons in New Orleans, hauling in 69 receptions for 984 yards and three touchdowns in 2015 and following it up with 72 catches for 895 yards and four scores in 2016.


Apr 18 2018 - Brandon Coleman
  WR Brandon Coleman could have signed with any team, but he will re-sign with the New Orleans Saints, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday. The Saints did not tender Coleman as a restricted free agent, but Coleman made no secret of the fact that he wanted to remain with the Saints. Coleman, 25, had 23 receptions for 364 yards and three touchdowns during the 2017 regular season, when he played in 16 games, including six starts. He also started one postseason game, catching four passes for 44 yards against the Carolina Panthers.


Apr 14 2018 - Andrus Peat
  G Andrus Peat had the fifth-year option on his contract exercised by the New Orleans Saints. The move guarantees that Peat will earn $9.625 million in 2019, according to the Times-Picayune of New Orleans. Peat, a first-round draft pick (No. 13 overall) of the Saints in 2015, has started 37 of 42 games in his three seasons in New Orleans, including 14 in 2017.


Apr 12 2018 - Cameron Meredith
  WR Cameron Meredith signed a two-year, $10 million offer sheet the New Orleans Saints last week, and the Chicago Bears will not to match the offer. Meredith's contract with New Orleans includes $5.4 million guaranteed, which was too much for the Bears after they signed wide receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel in free agency. Meredith caught 66 passes for 888 yards and four touchdowns with the Bears in 2016 but missed last season after sustaining an ACL injury in August.


Apr 6 2018 - Cameron Meredith
  WR Cameron Meredith signed an offer sheet with the New Orleans Saints, ESPN reported Friday. The Bears will not receive compensation if they opt not to match the offer to Meredith, who was tendered a $1.907 million contract by Chicago. Meredith, an undrafted free agent out of Illinois State, suffered a torn ACL that caused him to miss the 2017 season with the Bears.


Apr 5 2018 - Zach Line
  FB Zach Line agreed to a two-year deal to remain with the New Orleans Saints, according to a tweet from his agent, Michael McCartney. Line did not make the Saints' roster after the preseason in 2017, but New Orleans put him back on the roster in October after fullback John Kuhn suffered a season-ending arm injury. Line, 27, played 12 games for the Saints in 2017 and was the lead blocker for tailbacks Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. Line had just seven carries for 28 yards as well as two receptions for 8 yards and a touchdown in 2017. He also scored on a 1-yard run in the wild-card playoff win over the Carolina Panthers.


Apr 4 2018 - Drew Brees
  QB Drew Brees filed a lawsuit against a California businessman, alleging that the man cheated him out of $9 million in jewelry purchases. Media outlets reported that Brees and his wife, Brittany, filed suit on Monday in California against Vahid Moradi, who operates CJ Charles Jewelers in San Diego. Brees claims jewelry he purchased as investments, including a blue-diamond ring that cost about $8.2 million, appraised for $9 million less than he paid for the pieces.


Apr 1 2018 - Cameron Jordan
  DE Cameron Jordan already has started thinking of the future in regard to the New Orleans Saints' next quarterback. So, Mr. Jordan, what should the Saints do with their first-round pick (27th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft? "If you're looking for an heir apparent, maybe give him the Aaron Rodgers treatment. Let him learn from the best for a couple years and then send him on. But I'm not putting here nor there, I'm just simply saying," Jordan told NFL Network before mouthing the name "Lamar Jackson" into the camera. "No, I'm saying Sheldon Rankins is from Louisville," Jordan said in a playful cover-up bid. Jackson, who was measured at 6-foot-2 and 216 pounds at the Combine, passed for more than 3,500 yards and ran for more than 1,500 in each of the final two college seasons before declaring early for the NFL Draft.


Mar 30 2018 - Benjamin Watson
  TE Benjamin Watson is happy to be returning to the New Orleans Saints, with whom he recorded his best NFL season. "I'm excited about returning," said Watson, who played with the Saints from 2013-15. "Every team is different and so, as far as where I fit, it's going to be a situation where I have to figure that out through the OTA process, through the training camp process. You've got to earn your spot on any team, you've got to earn the ability to take the field and the trust and all that. "(But) I am happy that there's some familiarity there and that I have played here before, and that I know Drew (Brees) and Coach (Sean Payton) and have an idea of the offense." Watson, who agreed to a one-year contract with the Saints, highlighted his career season with the club in 2015 with 74 receptions for 825 yards and six touchdowns. The 37-year-old Watson recorded a team-leading 61 receptions with the Baltimore Ravens last season after missing all of 2016 with an Achilles injury.


Mar 28 2018 - Benjamin Watson
  TE Benjamin Watson agreed to a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, multiple media outlets reported. Watson, who met with the Saints on Tuesday, recorded a team-leading 61 receptions with the Baltimore Ravens last season after missing all of 2016 because of an Achilles injury.


Mar 15 2018 - Patrick Robinson
  CB Patrick Robinson agreed to a four-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported. He played last season with the Philadelphia Eagles.


Mar 14 2018 - Demario Davis
  LB Demario Davis reportedly signed a three-year contract with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday according to multiple media outlets. ESPN reported Davis will be paid $24 million, with $18 million of the money guaranteed.


Mar 13 2018 - Drew Brees
  QB Drew Brees agreed to a two-year, $50 million contract, multiple outlets reported on Tuesday. Brees will receive $27 million guaranteed in the first year, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. The contract is expected to be finalized later on Tuesday. Had the 39-year-old Brees remained unsigned by Wednesday, $18 million in dead money from his current contract would immediately count against the team's salary cap in 2018.


Mar 12 2018 - Drew Brees
  QB Drew Brees is expected to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints. But that did not prevent the Minnesota Vikings from reaching out the gauge the quarterback's interest, NFL.com reported Monday. Brees, 39, will become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday. He and the Saints lost to Minnesota in the divisional playoff round this past season. Brees has publicly vowed to remain a "Saint for life" and the team's preference is to pay him one year at a time.


Mar 12 2018 - Zach Strief
  RT Zach Strief said Monday he will retire after 12 seasons in the NFL, all with the New Orleans Saints. "I could not have been more fortunate than having Sean Payton as a head coach for the past 12 years," he said at a sometimes tearful press conference, with the coach sitting next to him. "You had more to do with me getting an opportunity here than anyone else. You took a chance on me when no one else would. Your faith in me has changed my life forever." Strief was a seventh-round pick out of Northwestern in 2006, when Payton was a rookie head coach with the Saints. Strief, 34, played in 158 games for the Saints, starting 94. He was part of New Orleans' Super Bowl-winning team from the 2009 season, and he became a regular starter in 2011, staying in that role until early 2017 when a knee injury cut short his season after two games.


Mar 7 2018 - George Johnson
  DE George Johnson apparently made quite the impression during his short time with the New Orleans Saints. Johnson, who was set to become a free agent next week, has re-signed on a one-year deal with the Saints, according to ESPN's Field Yates.


Mar 1 2018 - Drew Brees
  QB Drew Brees will have a new contract soon, according to New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, who is "confident" a deal will be completed soon. "I don't see that being a long, drawn-out process, and I think we've been here before," Payton said at the NFL Combine on Thursday, per the Times-Picayune of New Orleans. "I think that's going to get done fairly smoothly." Payton said Saints general manager Mickey Loomis already has met with Brees and also is expected to sit down with the quarterback's agent, Tom Condon, this week. Brees signed a five-year contract extension worth an average of $24.5 million per season that can be voided on March 14, making the 39-year-old an unrestricted free agent.


Feb 27 2018 - John Theus
  OT John Theus was signed by New Orleans one day after he was released by the Carolina Panthers. he San Francisco 49ers drafted Theus in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, and he played in four games, including one start, for them as a rookie. He was waived by the 49ers on Sept. 13, 2017, and claimed by the Panthers the next day.


Feb 23 2018 - Cameron Jordan
  DE Cameron Jordan of the Saints recently had minor surgery on his left foot, the New Orleans Times Picayune reported on Friday. Jordan is currently in a walking boot and is expected to recover in four to six weeks. He should be ready to participate in the Saints' offseason training program. Jordan does not have a history of foot trouble, and he is coming off his best campaign, when he had a career-high 13.0 sacks during the regular season and one more in the playoffs. Jordan was selected to the Pro Bowl for the third time last season, and he was named a first-team All-Pro in 2017.


Feb 22 2018 - Drew Brees
  QB Drew Brees' representatives and the New Orleans Saints are expected to meet at the NFL Scouting Combine in a bid to work out a deal, according to a report. The sides will "try to hammer out what is potentially a short-term deal," NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday. Brees signed a five-year contract extension worth an average of $24.5 million per season that can be voided on March 14, making the 39-year-old an unrestricted free agent as the team carries cap hit of $6 million and dead cap value to $18 million.


Feb 20 2018 - Zach Wood
  LS Zach Wood re-signed with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday. The one-year deal is worth $555,000, the Times-Picayune of New Orleans reported, citing a source close to the situation.


Feb 7 2018 - Nick Fairley
  DT Nick Fairley was released after the defensive tackle spent last season on the reserve/non-football illness list because of a heart condition. The move -- which was initially reported by The Times-Picayune and ESPN -- comes prior to Wednesday, which is when Fairley's $4.25 million salary and $750,000 roster bonus would have become fully guaranteed. Fairley's contract status is also up in the air as both sides filed grievances last year. He signed a four-year contract worth $28 million -- including an $8 million signing bonus -- before he was ruled out. The 30-year-old Fairley's NFL career is likely over, according to The Times-Picayune's Josh Katzenstein.


Feb 5 2018 - Patrick Robinson
  CB Patrick Robinson, who did an outstanding job in the slot for the Eagles this season, probably has played his last game as an Eagle. With Sidney Jones expected to move into the starting lineup next season, Jalen Mills likely will move inside to Robinson's spot.


Feb 3 2018 - Alvin Kamara
  RB Alvin Kamara was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Kamara rushed for 728 yards, eight touchdowns and a 6.1-yards-per-carry average while also catching 81 passes for 826 yards and five TDs.


Feb 3 2018 - Marshon Lattimore
  CB Marshon Lattimore was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Lattimore intercepted five passes and had 18 passes defensed in 13 games.


Feb 3 2018 - Alvin Kamara
  RB Alvin Kamara is among the favorites for the NFL Rookie of the Year award, but he already can claim the title of the people's choice. Kamara was named the 2017 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year in an online vote of the league's fans conducted on NFL.com. The league will announce its winner of NFL Rookie of the Year on Saturday night. A third-round draft pick out of the University of Tennessee, Kamara has a sensational first season by leading all rookies with 14 touchdowns en route to earning a Pro Bowl berth.


Jan 28 2018 - Drew Brees
  QB Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints started for the NFC in the Pro Bowl Sunday and engineered a scoring drive in the game's first possession, completing 7 of 9 passes for 66 yards, culminating with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Minnesota's Adam Thielen.


Jan 27 2018 - Cameron Jordan
  DE Cameron Jordan will not be playing in Super Bowl LII with the New Orleans Saints, but the defensive end made sure one of the team's biggest fans will be in attendance. Earlier this week, Jordan presented a 108-year-old World War II veteran with a pair tickets for the big game. Lawrence Brooks, who lives in New Orleans, served in the 91st Engineer Battalion during World War II, WGNO reported. "We wish we would be in the Super Bowl, but honestly I think we have a great shot at it next year," the 28-year-old Jordan said on a video of Wednesday's Facetime call with Brooks, which was posted by the Saints. "I just wanted to say thank you for everything you did in military service back in your younger days."


Jan 26 2018 - Drew Brees
  QB Drew Brees is intent on staying put. The former Super Bowl MVP said as much when discussing his future following a Pro Bowl practice on Thursday. "New Orleans Saints," Brees said, via ESPN. "I'm not going anywhere else."


Jan 18 2018 - Thomas Morstead
  P Thomas Morstead is willing to pay it forward after Minnesota Vikings fans donated reportedly more than $150,000 to the charity of the New Orleans Saints punter. The Vikings fans' generosity comes on the heels of Morstead playing through the pain of torn cartilage in his ribs sustained on the first series of Sunday's NFC divisional-round game. The 31-year-old even came out for the final play -- an extra-point attempt -- after Stefon Diggs reeled in a 61-yard touchdown pass as time expired to give Minnesota a 29-24 victory. Vikings fans donated to Morstead's "What You Give Will Grow" charity for children battling cancer, prompting the punter to promise to return to the state to personally deliver a check to Minnesota's Child Life Program. "I'm just totally humbled by this," Morstead in a video on Twitter. "I might be forced to root for you guys all the way through the Super Bowl now. Just totally blown away. Thank you very much."


Jan 17 2018 - Drew Brees
  QB Drew Brees told ESPN that he does not plan to test free agency or wait until the start of the new NFL year on March 14 to sign a contract with the New Orleans Saints, which could cost him negotiating leverage. However, Brees admitted that two days after the Saints were eliminated from the playoffs on an amazing play by the Minnesota Vikings is too soon to talk about contract decisions. "We're just two days removed, so I really haven't given it a ton of thought -- other than, I know where my mindset's been the whole time, and that's that I'll be here," said Brees, who turned 39 on Monday. "... I'm not in the mood to make anything secretive. It's the same way I felt two days ago. It's the same way I felt 12 years ago. That is that I'll be here as long as they'll have me, hopefully." Brees said there is a "process" that will begin after the Saints' coaches work at the Pro Bowl, end-of-season meetings with the staff and the NFL scouting combine. It is expected that he will sign another short-term deal, along the lines of the one-year contract extension he signed in September 2016 that was worth $24.25 million.


Jan 16 2018 - Marcus Williams
  S Marcus Williams took to social media to thank his supporters on the heels of his missed tackle that gave the Minnesota Vikings a 29-24 victory in the NFC divisional round. Williams' missed tackle allowed wide receiver Stefon Diggs to score on a 61-yard touchdown as time expired, sending the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles -- by extension -- ending the Saints' season. "I appreciate my friends, real fans, family, and team for everything they have done for me this season all of the support is highly appreciated!" the 21-year-old Williams wrote on Twitter. "No the season didn't end as planned but one thing for sure I won't let one play define the type of MAN or PLAYER that I am or will be!"


Jan 15 2018 - Willie Snead
  WR Willie Snead IV tied his season-high with a modest two receptions. Snead, who caught 72 and 69 passes the last two seasons, missed the first three games this season while suspended for an offseason DUI and never got untracked. One of his receptions was a 13-yard grab on fourth-and-10, extending a drive that ended with a go-ahead field goal with 25 seconds remaining. Snead missed an opportunity for another big play when on a third-and-1 he grabbed a lateral from Brees and overthrew an open Alvin Kamara for what would have been a big gainer.


Jan 15 2018 - Thomas Morstead
  P Thomas Morstead continued to punt and hold for placements after injuring his ribs making a tackle on a punt return early in the first quarter. One report said Morstead suffered broken ribs and he doubled over after each subsequent punt. Still, he averaged 48 yards and held for Wil Lutz's 43-yard field goal in the final minute.


Jan 15 2018 - Cameron Jordan
  DE Cam Jordan didn't have a sack against the Vikings after leading New Orleans with a career-high 13 during the regular season. Jordan, who was selected for the Pro Bowl, had one sack in the 31-26 wild-card playoff victory over Carolina on Jan. 7.


Jan 15 2018 - Drew Brees
  QB Drew Brees, as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, can go anywhere he wants. He made it clear, though, he'd like to stay with the New Orleans Saints after 12 seasons with the team. "This one will sting," he said after a last-play 29-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in an NFC divisional playoff game. "But when you reflect on the season itself and what we were able to accomplish, the memories that we made, the relationships that were built and just the way this team came together, it really leaves me excited for the future of Saints football, especially when I think about this window over the next few years."


Jan 15 2018 - Alvin Kamara
  RB Alvin Kamara had 105 total yards and a touchdown for the Saints. Kamara caught a 14-yard touchdown pass to give the Saints their first lead, 21-20.


Jan 15 2018 - Michael Thomas
  WR Michael Thomas had two touchdown receptions for the Saints.


Jan 15 2018 - Drew Brees
  QB Drew Brees passed for 294 yards and three touchdowns for New Orleans, which overcame a 17-0 deficit in the second half.


Jan 14 2018 - Al-Quadin Muhammad
  DE Al-Quadin Muhammad was listed as inactive for Sunday's divisional-round game against Minnesota.


Jan 14 2018 - John Phillips
  TE John Phillips was listed as inactive for Sunday's divisional-round game against Minnesota.


Jan 14 2018 - Bryce Harris
  OT Bryce Harris was listed as inactive for Sunday's divisional-round game against Minnesota.


Jan 14 2018 - Cameron Tom
  C Cameron Tom was listed as inactive for Sunday's divisional-round game against Minnesota.


Jan 14 2018 - Jonathan Williams
  WR Brandon Coleman was ruled out of Sunday's NFC divisional round playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday. Coleman did not practice all week due to a neck injury. The third-year wideout, who has never missed a game, had only 23 receptions with three touchdowns during the regular season. However, Coleman came up big in last weekend's wild-card win over the Carolina Panthers with four catches for 44 yards.


Jan 12 2018 - Taysom Hill
  QB Taysom Hill (illness) id not practice Friday and was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.


Jan 12 2018 - Michael Mauti
  LB Michael Mauti (illness) did not practice Friday and was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.


Jan 12 2018 - Brandon Coleman
  WR Brandon Coleman was ruled out of Sunday's NFC divisional round playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday. Coleman did not practice all week due to a neck injury. The third-year wideout, who has never missed a game, had only 23 receptions with three touchdowns during the regular season. However, Coleman came up big in last weekend's wild-card win over the Carolina Panthers with four catches for 44 yards.


Jan 11 2018 - P.J. Williams
  CB P.J. Williams (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday.


Jan 11 2018 - Michael Hoomanawanui
  TE Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion) was limited in practice Thursday.



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