Saints' Jenkins out until training camp after surgery

Throughout the first two weeks of OTAs, many questions surrounded second-year defensive tackle John Jenkins who had been absent at every practice. When given the chance to shed some light on the issue, at a charity basketball event last week, Jenkins declined to comment. As the New Orleans Saints opened their mandatory team minicamp today, Jenkins was absent from practice again,...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints restructure defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley's contract

The New Orleans Saints restructured the contract of defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley to create $2.85 million in cap space, according to reports. Bunkley cut his 2014 salary from $4.5 million to $1.65 million. His base salary in 2014 is now $1.3 million and he will receive a $300,000 roster bonus on April 10. His base salary in 2015 and 2016 will remain at $4.4 million. The Saints...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints DT Brodrick Bunkley Takes Pay Cut

  Saints DT Brodrick Bunkley accepted a pay cut from the New Orleans Saints, creating $2.85 million in cap savings for the team in 2014, according to Joel Corry. Corry adds that Bunkley’s 2014 salary will drop from $4.5 million to $1.65 million. In 2012, Bunkley signed with New Orleans for five years, $25 million, including $9.9 million guaranteed.  He already restructured...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Saints Position Breakdowns: Defensive Line

This has been on the backburner recently with the flurry of activity, but needs for the roster still exist so let's get back to it. The defensive line is probably in better shape than almost any other position on the roster. Hard to believe after it was so poor in2012 that it's become one of the biggest strengths on the team. That said, depth and young talent is always something...
Via The Saints Nation
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints not done making moves in free agency

The New Orleans Saints need to release Brodrick Bunkley. There I said it. Come on! You were thinking it too! Between Akiem Hicks, John Jenkins and a potential later round draft pick, the Saints will have more than enough beef to hold up in the middle of the defensive line in 2014. Mickey Loomis is a cap wizard—and if we’re being honest, probably something closer to a thief. That...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

5 possible cap casualties the Patriots should sign on defense

With every offseason there comes a wave of cap casualties, players who are cut in order to save the team money. Over the Cap put out a list of all the players they think are possible cap casualties and after hours and hours of vigorous studying and research, I have found five players on defense who, if released by their team, could be players the Patriots look to sign (ranked from...
Via Patriots Life
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Defensive and Special Teams Player Grades vs. Bucs

You'd see the Saints give up under 20 points yet again (they've done that in 11 of 16 games) and assume they were great in this one, but honestly it was up and down. The second half was much better, but they didn't get the pass rush we're used to seeing and Mike Glennon kind of hung in there against them. That said, there was no way Tampa was going to keep up with...
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January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Austin inactive for Rams; Bunkley plays for Saints

Rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin is inactive for the St. Louis Rams after missing the practice week with a left ankle injury. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who like Austin had been questionable, will start against the New Orleans Saints. Saints defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley was active Sunday after being questionable with a back injury. After the Rams drafted Austin in the first...
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December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints injury report: Brodrick Bunkley, Glenn Foster

The Saints have gotten healthy in a big way after a tough stretch, as they prepare to take on the Rams in St. Louis this week. Six Saints players are questionable this week but the team is likely pleased to report that just one of those players is a starter.Starting nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley missed time in practice due to a back injury. Bunkley will be a game-time call on Sunday...
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December 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints injury report: Brodrick Bunkley, Zach Strief

The Saints return to the friendly confines of the Superdome, after a disastrous game in Seattle on Monday night. Another primetime matchup awaits, as the Saints prepare to host the Panthers on Sunday Night Football.The Saints have listed five players on the injury report this week and they will all be game-time decisions Sunday.Tackle Zach Strief (ankle) was able to return to practice...
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December 07, 2013  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints: 2013 Week 10 NFL Power Rankings (#3)

Last week: 3 (+0) Record: 6-2 The Saints aren’t nearly as good on the road, but I don’t envision them losing at home for the rest of the season, against Dallas, San Francisco, Carolina, and Tampa Bay. On the road, they have to go to Carolina and Seattle and could easily lose both. However, with Aaron Rodgers going down for an extended period of time, the Saints don’t have much...
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November 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Saints Will Have Luxury of a Rotation on Defensive Line Against the Cardinals

The Saints carry seven defensive linemen on their 53 man roster and last week the snaps went almost entirely to three players: Akiem Hicks, John Jenkins and Cam Jordan. That wasn't by design, mind you, because when Tom Johnson went down early in the first quarter, that made him the fourth injured lineman out of seven on the roster. Missing time along with Johnson are Brodrick...
Via The Saints Nation
September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints Week 2 injury report: Walker, Bunkley, Abdul-Quddus OUT

It's been no secret that the New Orleans Saints have not been able to stay healthy in 2013, especially on the defensive side of the ball.  Even with all the injuries incurred on defense, the Saints managed three-sacks and an interception of Matt Ryan in Week 1 en route to a 23-17 victory against the Atlanta Falcons.The Saints had the misfortune of losing nose-tackle Brodrick...
Via NFL Injury Report
September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints: Tampa Bay Buccaneers present stiff test in Week 2

The New Orleans Saints impressed last week with their win over the Atlanta Falcons last week. They continue their regular season with a trip to Raymond James Stadium to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in what will prove to be a pivotal game early in the season. The Buccaneers, a team the Saints beat twice last season, will be a tough challenge for the Saints. The Saints lead the NFC...
September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints' depleted D-line aims to keep up pressure

As the Saints prepare to head to Tampa Bay this Sunday, they're eager to see if the opening week success of their four-man pass rush becomes a two-week trend. One problem is that their numbers are down because of injuries to several linemen, meaning a shorter rotation of players will have more snaps in what could also be energy-sapping conditions in Florida. Nose tackle Brodrick...
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September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints' Brodrick Bunkley out several weeks with calf injury

The New Orleans Saints managed to pull off a very impressive 23-17 victory against their division rival Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.  Unfortunately for the Saints this came at a price.  Nose-Tackle Brodrick Bunkley had to leave the game after getting tangled up with Atlanta running back Steven Jackson.  Bunkley did not return to the game and the extent of the injury seemed fairly...
Via NFL Injury Report
September 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Saints NT Brodrick Bunkley Likely To Miss “Several Weeks”

Ian Rapoport reports that Saints NT Brodrick Bunkley will be out “several weeks” after he suffered a calf injury during Week 1′s win over the the Falcons. Rapoport adds that the injury isn’t season-ending. The fact that New Orleans has already used their injured reserve designation that allows a player to return later in the season on LB Jonathan Vilma means that they’ll...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
September 11, 2013  |  Discuss

NFC South Week 1 Recap: Saints up, Bucs, Falcons down

New Orleans Saints 23 Atlanta Falcons 17Rob Ryan may have just needed a change of scenery as his injury depleted defense held the high powered Falcons to only 17 points.  New Orleans managed to force two fumbles and recover one and also had a key Roman Harper interception in the end zone with the Falcons threatening at 4th and goal from inside the 5-yard line with under a minute...
Via NFL Injury Report
September 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Nation Podcast: Recapping Saints Beating Atlanta!

Sander Philipse of Bucs Nation stops by to discuss the Bucs loss to the Jets, why Greg Schiano can't instill any discipline in Tampa, and why Josh Freeman has fallen completely apart. He then breaks down what the Bucs need to do to beat the Saints. Kevin, Andrew, and Dave then join in and Kevin demands Ralph pay off a bet. Your ears will suffer and we apologize. Andrew is...
Via The Saints Nation
September 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Training Camp Position Battle Preview - Nose Tackles

I've said this enough times to assuredly make all of you that read this blog with any regularity sick, but a 3-4 defense works best with an anchor nose space eater. If you want to do it right, you have to have that guy. With that in mind, the Saints drafted John Jenkins who I firmly believe is the future of defense at that position. Hopefully he can develop into an elite player...
Via The Saints Nation
July 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Saints Pick Up DT Isaako Aaitui

The Saints landed another big body in Isaako Aaitui, who is 6'4" and 315lbs, to create depth behind Brodrick Bunkley and John Jenkins at nose tackle. He has signed a 2 year contract with the Saints for what I can only assume is the minimum. Aaitui has never played in a regular season NFL game after signing with the Dolphins as an undrafted rookie free agent out of UNLV....
Via The Saints Nation
May 17, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Draft Team Needs: New Orleans Saints Edition

The New Orleans Saints didn’t do a ton on the open market, but the team is slightly better off—if anything—after about three weeks of 2013 NFL Free Agency and looks to be in better shape than at least half of the teams around the league at the start of April.  Let’s examine the Saints’ updated team needs heading into the 2013 NFL Draft (in no particular order). Photo...
Via Gridiron Grit
April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Free Up Extra Cap Space By Restructuring DT Brodrick Bunkley’s Contract

Pat Yasinskas of reports that the New Orleans Saints have restructured the contract of defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley. Bunkley, 29 was set to make a base salary of $3.7 million in 2013, but the Saints converted $3 million of that figure into a signing bonus that will be paid out over the remainder of his contract. His salary will now $750,000. This actually frees...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
March 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Saints Lose to Panthers 38-44, Finish Season 7-9

It's hard to walk away from that game and try to come up with much that's objective or even positive as a Saints fan. The team borderline quit, especially on defense, and turned in what I considered both their worst performance of the season and their biggest implosion. After a 24-13 lead and a ridiculous blown call by the officials that should have awarded the Saints the...
Via The Saints Nation
December 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Saints' Bunkley fined $20,000 for kick

The NFL has fined New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley $20,000 for kicking San Francisco 49ers guard Alex Boone in the head last Sunday. Bunkley was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and ejected in the final minutes of the Saints' loss to the 49ers, prompting the NFL to levy the fine, reported. Boone was on the ground when Bunkley kicked him...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 30, 2012  |  Discuss
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