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A restructured deal is being done today that will keep Will Smith as a member of the New Orleans Saints. Apparently, this move will reportedly save the Saints between $5 and $6 million
worth of cap space. This is huge news because the Saints remain far apart in contract talks with Brees and Peter King of Sports Illustrated has theorized they are approximately $3-$4 million apart
. This cap relief could help finalize the Brees deal, and help the Saints offer more money to both Carl Nicks and Marques Colston in attempts to retain them. Most importantly...
it keeps their best defensive lineman on the roster at a much more manageable and reasonable cap figure. You'll remember that I wrote this would need to happen for Will Smith to stay with the Saints
, and it looks like it is. I don't know what Smith is giving up, if anything, but good on him for helping the Saints in this cap situation. As if we needed any more evidence that the guy is a total team player. I really hope he never plays for another team and ends his career as a Saint. That's more and more rare these days to see a guy retire after playing his entire career with one team, but Will Smith has been a special part of the team and I'd want nothing more than to see that happen with him. Hopefully he's got another good 3-4 years left in him.
Preseason news: It's now been made official, the Saints will play the Arizona Cardinals in the Hall of Fame game
as they are present to watch Willie Roaf get inducted. The date is Sunday, August 5th at 8pm (EST) and it will be televised nationally on the NFL Network.
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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees still aren’t close with getting a long-term extension completed. If a deal isn’t done by Monday, the Saints will slap Brees with the franchise tag so he won’t be able to hit the open market.
Once Brees is tagged, the Saints will have until July 15th to get a deal done and remove the franchise...
Allegations that Gregg Williams in his last three seasons as Saints’ defensive coordinator had a “bounty system” that paid cash bonuses to players for injuring opponents has gotten considerable attention today. But Darren Sharper, who played under Williams as a safety for the Saints in 2009 and 2010, flatly denies those claims. While Sharper acknowledges that there were incentive...
Per reports from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the New Orleans Saints had a bounty system set up under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams that paid players for injuries they inflicted on players, among other things. Schefter’s report claims the investigation covers 22 to 27 Saints defensive players from 2009-2011. Apparently the investigation began in [...]
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Let’s skip the formalities. The Saints are in some deep, deep sh*t. Bounties on players are never good. In fact, bounty is a loaded word. It’s mention in the 2012 NFL is downright disastrous for those so associated. What’s worst for ‘Nawlins is that this controversy is tailor-made for Roger Goodell — which means bad things for the the Saints. Bad things...
In one of the most shocking revelations to come to light in recent years, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Saints instituted and carried out a “bounty fund” within their defense, over the course of the 2009, 2010, and 2011 seasons.
The program, which is illegal under NFL rules, financially rewarded defensive players for specific plays made in the course of games,...
Saints guard Carl Nicks is about to get guaranteed a lot of money. He could get the franchise tag, in the event the Saints can work out a contract with Drew Brees before March 5. Or Nicks will become one of the highest paid guards in football when he hits free agency, if not the…
NFL security reportedly has determined that players as well as former New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator Gregg Williams ran a bounty program. Deadspin (of course it was Barry Petchesky)...
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
The Saints bounty on opposing players likely didn’t come as a shock to the Vikings. A review of past tweets and quotes shows how the Vikings felt about the 2009 NFC Championship Game, and players' reaction on Twitter shows the disrespect for the game they felt.