‘I’m very excited he’s back’


Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:07:03 GMT
BY JOEL A. ERICKSON
jerickson@theadvocate.com

The news that Sean Payton plans to stay in New Orleans as long as the Saints will have him hit his players like sweet music to their ears.
Before Payton’s hour-long news conference even hit the halfway point Wednesday, Saints players, scattered for the st..

Payton says Allen will likely return

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:04:10 GMTBY NICK UNDERHILL and JOEL A. ERICKSON
Advocate sportswritersSean Payton gave Dennis Allen something of an endorsement during his Wednesday news conference, although the Saints coach said he has not yet made a decision on ..

SAINT PAYTON


Thu, 07 Jan 2016 01:39:30 GMT
by nick underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

The one thing Sean Payton wants people to know is that he is not Bill Parcells.
Payton looks at his mentor like a father figure — and even mentioned Parcells resembles his father — and seeks his input on many decisions, both large and small.
When Payton w..

Report: Brees will not need surgery on foot


Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:23:01 GMT
By Joel a. Erickson and NICK UNDERHILL
Advocate sportswriters

Drew Brees will not need offseason surgery on the torn plantar fascia in his right foot, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder, who is close to the Saints quarterback.
Brees reportedly flew to Charlotte, North Carolina, to meet with Robert Anderson, a renowned fo..

Brees’ success owes much to Payton


Wed, 06 Jan 2016 03:33:40 GMT
By Ted lewis
tlewis@theadvocate.com

Maybe it’ll end with one of those “It’s not you, it’s me” heart-to-hearts.
Or instead, there’ll be an “I just can’t quit you” moment.
Either way, we’re close to knowing whether one of the NFL’s most successful coach-quarterback partnerships is ending afte..

Conquering the cap


Wed, 06 Jan 2016 02:04:27 GMT
By Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

The Saints are already over the salary cap.
With 44 players under contract for next year, the Saints have $155,861,293 in contracts on the books for next season. That’s an issue, considering the cap is supposed to reside around $150 million next season (i..

Brees eager to return


Tue, 05 Jan 2016 02:57:05 GMT
By Joel a. Erickson
jerickson@theadvocate.com

Drew Brees wants to finish his career with the Saints.
He made that clear after leading New Orleans to a 20-17 victory at Atlanta on Sunday. And Brees left no doubt Monday that he’d be willing to extend his contract, which currently carries a $30 million ..

Payton remains mum


Tue, 05 Jan 2016 01:21:42 GMT
By Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

There’s a carnival taking place.
Whether it’s full of carnage or comfort remains has not been determined, but the carousal is going to have to spin itself out before anyone knows which direction to head.
And spinning it is. Nobody still seems to have an i..

Saints’ veterans enter offseason with uncertainty


Mon, 04 Jan 2016 04:16:02 GMT
By Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

ATLANTA — Drew Brees posed for a photo with Marques Colston, Jahri Evans and Zach Strief as they came off the field following Sunday’s win over the Atlanta Falcons.
It might have been just to celebrate playing 10 years together and finishing up another se..

Right place, right time


Mon, 04 Jan 2016 04:15:48 GMT
By Joel a. Erickson
jerickson@theadvocate.com

ATLANTA — Jamarca Sanford does most of his work in the shadows.
A seven-year veteran whose days as a starter are behind him, Sanford has been a quiet, steady presence for the Saints this season, a key special-teamer and a backup safety who has to be ready..