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Brian McIntyre of Yahoo! Sports writes that the Saints could look to restructuring the contracts of QB Drew Brees and G Jahri Evans in order to free up some much needed cap space.
We wrote earlier in the week that the Saints could be forced to part ways with LB Jonathan Vilma and DE Will Smith because of the salaries and the that they’re projected to be $16 million over the cap next season.
According to McIntyre’s sources, New Orleans could ask both players to take the league’s minimum base salary (Brees: $940,000; Evans:$840,000) and convert the rest of their 2012 salaries into a signing bonus that would clear up to $11.17 million in cap space. McIntyre adds that G Ben Grubbs and LB David Hawthorne also be approached about making the same kind of adjustments to their contracts.
OT Jermon Bushrod, DT Sedrick Ellis and C Brian De La Puente are all set to become free agents at the end of the season, with De La Puente being a restricted free agent. This means that the Saints will have
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There is some speculation that Sean Payton could go to another NFL team, but many Saints players believe he'll be back.
Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune writes that Saints DE Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilma are the “most likely veterans to be released” as the team will have to begin shedding some salary during the upcoming offseason.
Triplett adds that both players could end up renegotiating their salaries to remain with the team.
As of now, New Orleans projects to be $16 million...
According to Dan Parr of ProFootballWeekly.com, the New Orleans may end taking some time this coming offseason to sit down with tight end Jimmy Graham to try to work out a contract extension.
The Saints have not always made it an urgent priority to get extensions done with players before they enter their contract year (see Drew Brees), but our sources expect the team to at least...
(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) Saints punter and kickoff specialist Thomas Morstead prepared for the 2012 season as if it would be his audition for a new contract.
When he unexpectedly received a lucrative extension as training camp began, the pressure was off in some respects. That, however, didn't change Morstead's approach, and he now finds himself poised to set NFL...
Last week: 16 (-1)
Net points per drive: 0.14 (12th)
DVOA: -1.3% (15th)
Weighted DVOA: 1.5% (14th)
The Saints still remain mathematically alive for a playoff spot at 6-8 off a huge blowout home win and now they head to Dallas, where the Cowboys really struggle as home favorites and really struggle in December under Tony Romo (generally). With a home game week 17 against...
New Orleans Saints (6-8) at Dallas Cowboys (8-6)
The Cowboys entered December at 6-6 after a rough month of November, traditionally a strong month for them, and it looked unlikely that they would be unable to choke again this December, mostly because there would be nothing to choke away. However, after two straight wins, they are at 8-6 and in control of their own destiny, which...
This week's game between the New Orleans Saints (6-8) and the Dallas Cowboys (8-6) could take many twists and turns with both teams playing some of their best football of the season.The Saints are coming off of a Week 15 41-0 dismantling of NFC South division rival Buccaneers, while the Cowboys pulled off a 27-24 dramatic overtime win against the Steelers.The past five games...
A victory with mixed emotions for the second consecutive week as the Saints won 34-31 in Dallas. On this same day they were eliminated from any chance at the playoffs due to a Vikings win, and we're left wondering why they couldn't play like this more consistently this season. It was a game full of ups and downs, but there is no question in my mind that the better team won...
Garrett Hartley kicked a 20-yard field in overtime, and the New
Orleans Saints damaged Dallas' playoff hopes with a 34-31 victory
against the Cowboys on Sunday.
The Saints blew a 14-point 4th quarter lead but managed to escape Dallas with a win after a wild overtime ending.
After missing his first field goal attempt earlier in the game, Garrett Hartley nailed his next two, including the overtime game-winner, as the Saints held on in Dallas to beat the Cowboys 34-31.
The Saints finished with 562 total offensive yards, the 5th most...
The Dallas Cowboys lost control of their playoff fate Sunday - for about three hours.
Drew Brees threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns and led a drive ending in Garrett Hartley's winning 20-yard field goal in overtime, and the New Orleans Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in a game that turned out to be meaningless to the postseason hopes of both teams.
The Saints knew they...
Connor, Albright, Sims, Poppings, Perah, Claiborne, Frampton “Comes Alive”, etc. etc.
We have all heard of the No-Name Defense of the Dolphins and the Dooms-Day defense of the Cowboys glory years.
The Cowboys defense now has to be called the “New-Name Defense.”
There are so many Dallas players getting playing time that I am not even sure who most of them are. DeMarcus...
ARLINGTON, Texas The Cowboys' "Name Tag" defense got its nickname this season because you can't tell the injury replacements without name tags.
On Sunday against the Saints, the defense really did play like a bunch of guys just introduced to each other.
The Cowboys lost, 34-31, in overtime mainly because they couldn't stop Drew Brees and the Saints' offense...
There is no question the better team won this game on Sunday. The Saints' offense move the ball well and struck perfect balance. The offensive line played well, and while numerous mistakes were made, reflected in a very up and down game, the end result was 34 points scored in a win. What's not to like?
Drew Brees: A+ (2.76) To me this was his best game of the...
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Drew Brees passed for 446 yards and three short touchdown passes to lead the New Orleans Saints to a 34-31 overtime upset victory over the Dallas Cowboys before 92,570 fans at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints were playing for nothing more than pride Sunday afternoon. That was enough to beat a team still harboring playoff hopes. Along with a fortunate bounce. A...