New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and Drew Brees’ agent, Tom Condon, recently resumed…
Standout play on special teams is one thing going for WR Courtney Roby. The problem is, that’s all he can do. Roby doesn’t play any role in the Saints offense. He even lost his job as a returner once the Saints signed RB Darren Sproles last season. His skills are limited, and the Saints could look for more versatility.
WR Courtney Roby has been a fixture on special teams the past three seasons. He’s one of the leading special-teams tacklers; he typically serves as the gunner in punt coverage. He can also return kickoffs in a pinch to spell RB Darren Sproles.
TE Jimmy Graham is obviously the team’s top TE. If TE David Thomas can return from the multiple concussions that ended his 2011 season, then Gilmore would fall back to No. 3. Gilmore will turn 33 at the beginning of the 2012 season and, in a familiar tune, New Orleans may want to get younger at TE.
John Gilmore became the No. 2 TE behind Jimmy Graham and served as a nice complement. Gilmore was the Saints’ blocking TE; he only caught three passes (including a TD) this season. He’s entering his 11th season, but you wouldn’t be asking him to run routes all over the field.
The signing of DT Aubrayo Franklin was thought to be one of the better signings of last offseason, but Franklin didn’t live up to the lofty expectations that followed him to New Orleans. Franklin will be entering his 10th season, and the Saints could go in a different and younger direction.
DT Aubrayo Franklin became a starter by the end of the season alongside DT Sedrick Ellis. The Saints didn’t invest in Franklin for the long haul, signing him to only a one-year deal last offseason. If the Saints had to pick between bringing back Franklin and DT Shaun Rogers, Franklin would be the likely choice because he’s more versatile.
DT Shaun Rogers only signed a one-year deal last season because the Saints didn’t want to commit to him long term. Rogers is on the back end of his career; he’ll turn 33 in March. The Saints could easily go in a different direction hoping for a more long-term answer on the defensive line.
The Saints would potentially have a big hole to fill if DT Shaun Rogers signed somewhere else. Rogers looked more comfortable by the end of the 2011 season and never became the locker room problem it was feared he might be when he came to the team. He’s a situational DT but still can help the Saints.
@AdamSchefterMonday Night Football is moving to a two-man booth with Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden. Thoughts?
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@TheJimmyGrahamBig game tonight UNC vs My Canes… Its all about the U
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Expect to see more free agent visits to the New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints fans should expect to see some more visits from free agent players, especially on defense, within the next month.
Raheem Morris wouldn’t change anything about his time in Tampa | ProFootballTalk
Six weeks after he was fired as head coach of the Buccaneers, Raheem Morris says he has no regrets. Morris said on WDAE in Tampa that he stands by the way he handled his three seasons leading the team. “I wouldn’t change anything about it,” Morris said.
It may take hometown discount to keep Mario Williams | ProFootballTalk
The Texans have salary cap concerns and a lot of key players to take care of. Arian Foster is a restricted free agent. Pro Bowl center Chris Myers is a free agent. Starting guard Mike Brisiel is a free agent. Add it all up, and it will be very difficult to keep Mario Williams.
Cris Carter thinks Hall of Fame voters don’t appreciate wide receivers | ProFootballTalk
After getting voted down by the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee for the fifth consecutive year, Cris Carter says he thinks the voters oppose his position more than they oppose him.
ESPN removes Jaworski from Monday Night booth | ProFootballTalk
ESPN issued a press release on Wednesday entitled: “Ron Jaworski signs five-year extension for new, expanded multiplatform analyst role.” They buried the lede. Jaworski’s expanded role won’t include the job he’s most famous for: Monday Night Football.
Smart move for Peyton Manning is to retire – NFL – Yahoo! Sports
Since he has accomplished everything on the field, Manning should bypass jumping teams and avoid jeopardizing his health and legacy. – National Football League news
Cris Carter, Randy Moss engage in good ol’ feud – NFL – Yahoo! Sports
Randy Moss has announced his intention of returning to the NFL after one season off and he’s attempting a… – National Football League news
New Orleans Saints won’t be increasing ticket prices for 98 percent of ticketholders – New Orleans Saints Football NFL News – NOLA.com
There could be an increase for those sitting in an upper deck corner
New Orleans Saints confirm visit by Seattle linebacker Lofa Tatupu – New Orleans Saints Football NFL News – NOLA.com
He didn’t play last season and not much in 2010
Retired NFL players still seeking better benefits – NFL – SI.com
Lawyers for the retired players referred in the complaint to a 2010 quote from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees that described some of the retirees as coming to the current players and asking them to “please make up for my bad judgment.” Brees cited divorces, bad business decisions and an unwillingness to work after football as reasons for financial struggles of some of the former players.
Saints targeting Lofa Tatupu as low cost replacement to Jonathan Vilma?
The New Orleans Saints met with former Seattle Seahawk middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu today, who has not played in the NFL since before the 2011 sea
5 Ideal Trade Scenarios for the New Orleans Saints This Offseason | Bleacher Report | Bleacher Report
The New Orleans Saints are not a team that trades very often. In fact, you do not see very many trades in the NFL . For whatever reason, trades occur rarely in the league…
Leading Questions: NFC South – NFC South Blog – ESPN
Does Drew Brees have to throw for 6,000 yards for the Saints to get back to a Super Bowl?