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Bounty testimony from Williams leaked

Posted Dec. 12, 2012 @ 6:18 p.m. ET
Gregg Williams testified that he tried to shut down the team's bounty system when the NFL began investigating but was overruled by Joe Vitt.

Tagliabue vacates player discipline in bounty case

Posted Dec. 11, 2012 @ 3:13 p.m. ET
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue vacated all player discipline involving the Saints’ bounty case.

Tagliabue's bounty decision expected Tuesday

Posted Dec. 10, 2012 @ 9:09 p.m. ET
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue is expected to rule Tuesday on player appeals in the NFL's bounty investigation of the Saints.

NFC South Spin cycle: Disturbing start to December for Falcons

Posted Dec. 10, 2012 @ 4:09 p.m. ET
The Falcons, Saints and Buccaneers each took a big step backward Sunday, but the Panthers earned their best win of the Ron Rivera-era.

Wilson's big game helps Giants defeat Saints

Posted Dec. 09, 2012 @ 8:18 p.m. ET
Rookie David Wilson piled up 327 all-purpose yards and three touchdownsto lead the Giants to s 52-27 win over the Saints on Sunday.

Reports: Players reject bounty settlement

Posted Dec. 09, 2012 @ 12:16 p.m. ET
The players involved in the Saints’ bounty case rejected a settlement offer, according to multiple reports.

Saints RB Ivory ruled out for Sunday

Posted Dec. 08, 2012 @ 2:53 p.m. ET
The Saints announced Saturday that RB Chris Ivory is now considered doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Giants.

Saints pleased with maturing DE Jordan

Posted Dec. 07, 2012 @ 3:33 p.m. ET
One of the bright spots for the Saints’ 32nd-ranked defense has been the development of DE Cameron Jordan in his second season.

Scout's Notebook: Saints SLB David Hawthorne

Posted Dec. 06, 2012 @ 4:44 p.m. ET
PFW personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki sees Saints SLB David Hawthorne underperforming at a poorly fit position.

NFC South Spin cycle: Falcons cross one hurdle

Posted Dec. 03, 2012 @ 3:15 p.m. ET
The NFC South-champion Falcons dealt the rival Saints a blow in Week 13, and the Panthers and Bucs both came up short out West.

Sheen is wearing off on Saints' offensive line

Posted Nov. 30, 2012 @ 3:10 p.m. ET
The Saints' offensive line has taken a step back in the past game and a half, and it could be a sign of things to come for the unit.

Friday's 60-second rant: Payton's absence glaring in key moments

Posted Nov. 30, 2012 @ 2:33 p.m. ET
The post-bounty Saints simply lost their edge in the absence of Sean Payton, as Thursday night's loss perfectly depicted.

Falcons pick off Brees five times, beat Saints

Posted Nov. 29, 2012 @ 11:57 p.m. ET
The Falcons raced to a 17-0 lead and the defense made it stand up, picking off five of Drew Brees' passes in a 23-13 victory over the Saints.

Falcons need to find selves against rival Saints

Posted Nov. 28, 2012 @ 2:40 p.m. ET
If Falcons are to earn the national recognition they crave, they'll have to take down their biggest rival — the Saints — on Thursday night.

Saints players to attend hearing with Williams

Posted Nov. 27, 2012 @ 9:38 p.m. ET
Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma plan to be present Friday when their lawyers are scheduled to cross examine former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

STATS, LLC PLAYER NEWS

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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