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Saints’ kicker Garrett Hartley was one of the league’s premier kickers in 2010, before missing all of 2011 with injuries. Proving just how uncertain things are for kickers, Hartley will now have to beat John Kasay, who did a solid job in his absence last year, to keep his starting job and likely his roster spot, this according to special teams coordinator Greg McMahon. Kasay nailed 28 of 34 field goals for the Saints last year and Hartley, who made several big kicks in 2009 in the Saints run to the Super Bowl, has hit 42 of 49 in his career. Whoever wins will be a valuable fantasy kicker on an explosive offense, but whoever loses should latch on somewhere else because both are talented. Hartley does seem to have an advantage because he’s 17 years younger than Kasay, who turns 43 in October. He’ll still need a strong offseason, however.

Louisiana senate appeals to NFL

By a vote of 28 to 1, the Louisiana state senate passed a resolution that requests the NFL reconsider the suspensions handed down to Saints players and coaches.

Brian Brohm May Soon Be Signed By The New Orleans Saints

Garland Gillen, a sports reporter for WWL TV in New Orleans is reporting that former Cardinal quarterback Brian Brohm may soon be signed the Saints. Brohm participated in the Saints minicamp over the weekend. Brian apparently had an impressive showing in the Big Easy. Saints assistant coach Joe Vitt says the team would like to sign another quarterback before the offseason organized...

Saints Nation: Greg Romeus Poised To Make an Impact

When the Saints drafted defensive end Greg Romeus out of Pittsburgh in the 7th round last year, they knew they were getting a recovering injured player that may need to sit out his rookie season. Romeus was decorated in college, finishing with 4 sacks his freshman year, 7.5 sacks his sophomore year and 8 sacks his junior year. Unfortunately for Romeus, in 2010, he first suffered...

Brees critical of Saints in radio interview

Drew Brees says he's frustrated by a lack of communication with the New Orleans Saints in his ongoing contract negotiations and believes the club should show more urgency to get a long-term deal done. In an interview with WWL radio in New Orleans on Wednesday night, Brees says he's extremely frustrated that he still is not signed and could miss the Saints' first organized...

Report: Saints to honor Sean Payton

The Saints will honor absent coach Sean Payton by keeping his seat empty while he serves his one-year suspension, The Times-Picayune reported. Team officials have made the decision to purposefully keep Payton's chairs empty in team meeting rooms, as well as the team bus and plane, the newspaper reported Wednesday. "We miss everything we know about [Payton]," offensive...

Saints Nation: Jed Collins' Epic Tweet

What more needs to be said than this?? Worst thing you can do against a champion is count them out Do you hear the world's opinion on the @Saints?#BringIt#UsAgainstTheWorld — Jedidiah Collins (@JedCollins45) May 15, 2012

Report: Saints to leave Payton's seat empty

Though Joe Vitt will coach the New Orleans Saints in Sean Payton's absence, no one will sit in the suspended coach's chair while he's away. The team plans to leave Payton's seat on the bus and plane empty this season as well as in meetings, according to a report in The Times-Picayune of New Orleans. Vitt told the paper that coach's absence is already felt...

Drew Brees: Contract talks “extremely frustrating”

(Chris Graythen/Getty Images) With everything that has happened this offseason for the Saints, having their franchise quarterback frustrated and without a long term deal is the last thing they need. “It’s extremely frustrating for me, but here we are,” Brees told WWL Radio in New Orleans. “I know I’m certainly committed to getting a long-term deal, as I have been throughout...

Drew Brees and Saints still not close on an extension

The biggest name still franchise tagged is probably the Saints’ Drew Brees, with apologies to the Bears’ Matt Forte and the Ravens’ Ray Rice. However, the two sides are still not any closer on a long term deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Schefter reported the same thing 2 weeks ago. Before the draft, it sounded like the two sides were making progress, but reports...

La. Senate votes to formally approach NFL about "too harsh" bounty penalties

The Louisiana State Senate voted to formally request the NFL reconsider penalties against the team as a result of the bounty program the Saints allegedly employed under defensive coordinator Gregg Wiliams. Williams, who left to become defensive coordinator of the Rams in December, was suspended indefinitely and Saints coach Sean Payton was suspended for the 2012 season, as was...

Separate hearings to be heard in bounty case challenging Goodell

Players appealing suspensions stemming from their alleged involvement in the Saints' bounty scandal will collectively have two hearings and likely two different arbitrators in their challenges of Commissioner Roger Goodell's jurisdiction. Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove, Scott Fujita and Will Smith are appealing suspensions beginning with a hearing Wednesday to be heard...

Fired MLB arbitrator Das central figure in Saints' player appeals

League and team officials have steadfastly suggested that there is little or perhaps even no correlation between the NFL's bounty suspensions of four current and former New Orleans players and the various sanctions imposed on Major League Baseball players for violations of that game's drug policy. But there figures to be some uneasiness in the NFL offices over the next...
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