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Future uncertain for Saints OLT Bushrod

Posted Jan. 04, 2013 @ 4:55 p.m. ET
A hole at left tackle will command the Saints' attention this offseason if they fail to re-sign OLT Jermon Bushrod.

NFC South Spin cycle: Tough test awaits suspect Falcons run 'D'

Posted Dec. 31, 2012 @ 3:08 p.m. ET
The Falcons came up short against the Bucs in a game where they nothing to gain, and the Panthers rallied against the Saints in Week 17.

Panthers defeat Saints to end year on four-game win streak

Posted Dec. 30, 2012 @ 5:39 p.m. ET
Drew Brees made more NFL history, but so did the Saints' defense in an undesirable way, and the Panthers rallied to a 44-38 victory Sunday.

Saints DE Smith will be back only at reduced rate

Posted Dec. 30, 2012 @ 2:30 p.m. ET
The Saints put questions about Sean Payton’s future to rest with the announcement of his new contract, and one of the next big issues for the team to tackle will be its salary-cap situation.

Saints place Thomas on injured reserve

Posted Dec. 29, 2012 @ 12:24 p.m. ET
The Saints placed RB Pierre Thomas (knee) on injured reserve on Saturday. 

Report: Saints, Payton agree to contract extension

Posted Dec. 28, 2012 @ 7:29 p.m. ET
The Saints and Sean Payton agreed in principle to a multi-year contract extension, according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.

NFC South Spin cycle: Falcons earn top seed, Bucs keep sinking

Posted Dec. 24, 2012 @ 1:32 p.m. ET
The Falcons clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC with their win over the Lions in Week 16. Meanwhile, the Bucs continued to implode.

Saints play spoiler in 34-31 victory over Cowboys

Posted Dec. 23, 2012 @ 4:56 p.m. ET
Garrett Hartley kicked a 20-yard field in overtime, and the Saints damaged Dallas' playoff hopes with a 34-31 victory against the Cowboys on Sunday.

Graham's contract will draw Saints' attention

Posted Dec. 21, 2012 @ 12:32 p.m. ET
TE Jimmy Graham will be entering his contract year in 2013 if he and the Saints don't work out an extension this offseason.

Key matchup: Saints defense vs. Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray

Posted Dec. 19, 2012 @ 4:48 p.m. ET
In Wednesday’s key matchup, we look ahead to the Week 16 meeting between the Saints and Cowboys.

NFC South Spin cycle: Falcons not playing pretend

Posted Dec. 17, 2012 @ 2:07 p.m. ET
The Falcons bounced back in a big way Sunday as the Panthers stayed hot and the Saints dealt the Bucs a brutal loss.

Saints have to consider possibility of Payton's departure

Posted Dec. 17, 2012 @ 10:56 a.m. ET
The Saints don’t want to lose Sean Payton this offseason, but they want to be compensated for his services if he departs.

Saints roll past Buccaneers 41-0

Posted Dec. 16, 2012 @ 4:35 p.m. ET
Drew Brees passed for 307 yards and four touchdowns, and the Saints recorded their first shutout since 1995 in a 41-0 victory over the Buccaneers.

Saints place S Jenkins on injured reserve

Posted Dec. 15, 2012 @ 6:05 p.m. ET
The Saints announced Saturday that they have placed FS Malcolm Jenkins and OT Charles Brown on injured reserve.

Saints coach: Witnesses lied in NFL investigation

Posted Dec. 13, 2012 @ 10:57 p.m. ET
Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt said Thursday witnesses in the NFL's bounty investigation of the Saints lied about him and the organization.

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Smith, Jason (T)

Posted April 11, 2013 @ 3:56 p.m.
New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis says the Saints and Smith have agreed to a one-year contract.
Smith, whose acquisition was announced by the Saints on Thursday, has spent four seasons in the NFL, playing in 45 games with 26 starts at both left and right tackle. The 6-foot-5, 308-pound lineman was the second overall pick out of Baylor in the 2009 draft by the St. Louis Rams and spent last season with the New York Jets.

Leonhard, Jim (S)

Posted April 08, 2013 @ 7:34 p.m.
Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said the team agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Leonhard, a free agent.
Leonhard played in all 16 regular season games and had one start for Denver last year, finishing with two interceptions. He also returned 15 punts for 89 yards.

McCown, Luke (QB)

Posted April 01, 2013 @ 3:52 p.m.
Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says New Orleans and unrestricted free agents, defensive end Kenyon Coleman and McCown, have agreed to terms on one-year contracts.
McCown, 6-4, 217-pounds, is a former fourth-round selection of the Cleveland Browns who went to training camp with the Saints last season. McCown, a former Louisiana Tech standout, has played in 22 NFL games with nine starts in stints with Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and Atlanta. He has completed 184 of 316 passes for 2,035 yards with nine touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

Coleman, Kenyon (DE)

Posted April 01, 2013 @ 3:51 p.m.
Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says New Orleans and unrestricted free agents, Coleman and quarterback Luke McCown, have agreed to terms on one-year contracts.
The 6-foot-5, 293-pound Coleman has spent the last two seasons as a starting defensive end in Dallas' 3-4 alignment. He will rejoin new Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who held the same position with the Cowboys during Coleman's time in Dallas.

Herring, Will (LB)

Posted March 21, 2013 @ 7:55 p.m.
The New Orleans Saints re-signed Herring to a one-year contract Thursday.
Herring was released earlier this month. Acquired as a free agent in 2011, he played in all 16 games last season, starting one, and was credited with 13 tackles and one forced fumble. In two seasons with New Orleans, the former Auburn standout has played on special teams, while also providing depth at linebacker.

Lewis, Keenan (CB)

Posted March 14, 2013 @ 4:30 p.m.
The New Orleans Saints have signed free agent cornerback Keenan Lewis to a five-year contract.
The 6-foot-0, 208-pound Lewis is a New Orleans native, playing high school football in the city at O. Perry Walker. The 26-year-old spent his first four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, moving into a starting role last season and leading the NFL with 23 passes defended. Lewis visited with the Saints earlier this week.

Drescher, Justin (C)

Posted March 13, 2013 @ 4:17 p.m.
The New Orleans Saints have announced signed Drescher to a four-year contract. The team made the announcement Wednesday but did not release financial terms of the deal.
Drescher arrived in New Orleans in November of 2010 as a rookie free agent and has played in all 41 games since then, handling snaps on field goals and punts. Saints punter Thomas Morstead was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time last season and said the reliability of Drescher's snaps was a significant factor.

Herring, Will (LB)

Posted March 12, 2013 @ 5:37 p.m.
A person familiar with the situation said Herring was being released by the Saints after two seasons with the club. Herring said on Twitter that he appreciated his time in New Orleans.
Herring, acquired as a free agent in 2011, played in all 16 games last season, starting one, and was credited with 13 tackles and one forced fumble.

Smith, Will (DE)

Posted March 12, 2013 @ 5:26 p.m.
People familiar with the situation say Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma have agreed to restructure their contracts in order to remain with the New Orleans Saints.
The 31-year-old Smith and 30-year-old Vilma, both veteran defensive captains who were implicated in the NFL's bounty probe, would have consumed about $23 million combined in salary cap space had they not agreed to new deals before the new league year - and free agency - began Tuesday afternoon.

Vilma, Jonathan (LB)

Posted March 12, 2013 @ 5:25 p.m.
People familiar with the situation say defensive end Will Smith and Vilma has agreed to restructure his contract in order to remain with the New Orleans Saints.
The 31-year-old Smith and 30-year-old Vilma, both veteran defensive captains who were implicated in the NFL's bounty probe, would have consumed about $23 million combined in salary cap space had they not agreed to new deals before the new league year - and free agency - began Tuesday afternoon.

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