Jimmy Graham ruled a tight end

New Orleans Saints star Jimmy Graham will be tagged as a tight end. Arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled Wednesday that Graham is indeed a tight end and not a wide receiver, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The Jimmy Graham decision is out. Burbank has ruled he’s a tight end. The Saints have won — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 2, 2014 The NFL Players Association filed a grievance on...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

What does New Orleans have to do to compete with Seattle/San Francisco?

Very recently Drew Brees was on NFL Network and essentially proclaimed the Saints are “Super Bowl-ready”. Whereas I agree with this for the most part, there are a couple things that the team needs to do to better increase their chances to compete with Seattle and San Francisco, who are widely considered (even by me) to be the most complete teams in the NFL. Not only do Seattle...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd named top-3 in NFL

Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro. Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Drew Brees thinks Saints are Super Bowl-ready

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees doesn’t see any reason why he can’t win his second Super Bowl ring as he enters his 14th NFL season. “We have as good a chance as anybody,” Brees told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. “We still have a lot of work to do. But I know this: we are an extremely well-coached football team. We’ve got one of the best head coaches in the league...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Things To Look Forward To: The Saints Defense, Part 2 of 4

The header image showing Jairus Byrd edited into a Saints jersey is courtesy of discoloredcurrenc of SaintsReport.com. The New Orleans Saints turned the football world on its head when the NFL free agency period began on March 11, 2014 and they immediately signed Jairus Byrd to the largest contract for a safety in the history of football, destroying the belief held by media pundits...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Grading the Draft: New Orleans Saints edition

Sports Ruckus writer Jessie Peel has graded the entire NFC South, and while some Saint fans might not like his grading, he has some very valid points.  Let’s see what the Saints finished with. New Orleans Saints Draft Needs: CB, LB, WR, DE Key Additions: FS Jairus Byrd (six years, $54 million), OT Zach Strief (five years, $20 […] The post Grading the Draft: New Orleans Saints...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

What are the expectations of Jairus Byrd?

What made me think of the Jairus Byrd expectations was the 2009 Saints’ team. When Sharper came in, the expectations from him were similar to what I feel like the expectations of Champ Bailey are right now; An old vet signing to make a slight impact while also teaching the young guys (the last part didn’t really pan out with Malcolm Jenkins, though). I haven’t spoken with anyone...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Byrd droppings already falling in New Orleans

Well it seems it didn’t take long for Jairus Byrd to raise eyebrows in ‘Who Dat?’ nation as he has elected to have optional back surgery just as OTA’s began in New Orleans. Anyone that has ever read my articles involving the best free safety in the league knows that I am not at all a fan of Jairus Byrd. I find him to be one of the most selfish men in the NFL and feel he is...
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May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Saints New Safety Jairus Byrd Undergoing Back Surgery

New Orleans Saints’ safety Jairus Byrd is set to undergo back surgery – Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images As the old saying goes: buyer beware. That’s the case with the New Orleans Saints, after hearing their biggest offseason acquisition, safety Jairus Byrd, is already going under the knife. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Byrd is reportedly undergoing...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Jairus Byrd is undergoing back surgery

Saints safety Jairus Byrd is undergoing back surgery today and will miss this week’s OTA’s. Jairus Byrd is having surgery on his back today. — Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) May 29, 2014 So he won't be practicing for a week, will be rehabbing — Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) May 29, 2014 Not necessary to do, it was for a disc, they felt it would help him in the...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

First OTA Updates – Jairus Byrd Having Back Surgery

The media was finally allowed access to OTAs for the first time today and some information is starting to come in on how things are going. Most significant perhaps is that Jairus Byrd is having back surgery today to fix some “disc” issue. If you read the ProFootballTalk link I posted there I agree with most of the sentiments. Despite Sean Payton assurances that this surgery wouldn’t...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Jairus Byrd is already looking like a huge gamble for New Orleans

Last year Jairus Byrd sat out half the season for a turf toe in Buffalo, and now he is injured again. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton told reporters that Byrd missed practice Thursday to undergo surgery to relieve a disc issue in his back, according to The Times-Picayune. Payton said Byrd, is expected to […] The post Jairus Byrd is already looking like a huge gamble for New...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Jairus Byrd Misses OTAs After Back Surgery

New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd had surgery on Thursday, and as a result, was absent from practice. According to Nola.com, Saints coach Sean Payton told media that the procedure was optional and he expected him back by training camp. “He’s having a surgical procedure on his back for a disk,” Payton said via Nola.com. “It’s been asymptomatic but it’s something we...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Jairus Byrd missing Saints OTAs after back surgery

The Saints were without their biggest acquisition of the offseason Thursday for OTAs. Coach Sean Payton told reporters that safety Jairus Byrd had back surgery, and wouldn’t be available for the next several weeks. According to Katherine Terrell of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Byrd wouldn’t have had the procedure if it was the regular season, and they hope getting it done...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints S Jairus Byrd Undergoing Back Surgery, Expected To Be Full Go For Camp

  Saints HC Sean Payton told reporters on Thursday that offseason acquisition S Jairus Byrd is undergoing surgery on his back today, per Mike Triplett. Payton did say that Byrd is expected to be a full go for training camp, which is at least a good sign. This is hardly the type of news the Saints want to hear after they signed Byrd to a six-year, $54 million contract that includes...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

The greatest safety ever drafted by the Buffalo Bills (not him)

Some might say that we just drafted (and let go) our best yet in Jairus Byrd. I disagree with that, it is hard for me to say Byrd is the best safety for the Bills because he hasn’t finished his career (and he clearly will not finish it with Buffalo). Plenty of guys in the NFL have gotten these big contracts with lots of guaranteed money and then told the team they just signed with...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Jairus Byrd thrilled for Rob Ryan's 'exotic' defense

Jairus Byrd signing with the New Orleans Saints easily was one of the best schematic linkups during this offseason. The three-time Pro Bowl safety said a big reason he chose New Orleans -- presumably aside from the six-year, $54 million contract the Saints provided -- was the prospect of working with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. "To have that ability with an offense that...
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April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking Saints Current 2014 "Need" Positions

With the additions of Jairus Byrd and Erik Lorig as well as the re-signing of some key players, the team needs are starting to shift. Not that their respective positions are necessarily set, but you have to feel better about where they stand. Below is the current "needs" the team has in order of importance, and the Saints will be well served to address them prior to the...
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March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Twitter Tuesday: Welcome Jairus Byrd to WhoDat Nation

Arguably the biggest surprise so far in NFL free agency was the landing of Jairus Byrd in New Orleans. Byrd spent the majority of the days after his signing retweeting fans welcoming him to WhoDat Nation: “@_JIMM__: @jairusbyrd welcome to the family man! #WhoDatNation” — jairus byrd (@jairusbyrd) March 12, 2014 “@The_EZ_Life_: @jairusbyrd one of my favorite players in the...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints sign S Jairus Byrd

This contract makes Jairus Byrd the highest paid safety in the NFL, paying him 54 million over 6 years with 28 million guaranteed, but he deserves to be. Byrd has been the league 5 years, since being drafted in the 2nd round in 2009, and he’s been an above average starter on Pro Football Focus in each season. He’s been especially dominant over the past 3 seasons, grading out...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Byrd is the word for the New Orleans Saints

The Saints made what could be the surprise move of the offseason this week, here’s a look back at a wild week one of free agency: New Orelans Saints - The Saints signed free agent safety Jairus Byrd, now Neer Shah tells you how he’ll stack up in their secondary. (READ) - Darren Sproles is finally on his way out of New Orleans. (READ) - Will Osgood tells us why the Saints...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Intel on Jairus Byrd from Buffalo Bills columnist @ChrisTrapasso

We're all excited about the addition of Jairus Byrd and there's reason to be. The guy has been a consensus star according to all major media outlets. Most notable is that he was listed as the #1 free agent of the entire class by NFL.com. But I have a terrific Buffalo Bills resource in Chris Trapasso so you can bet your life I was going to get some recon on the Saints'...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Jairus Byrd’s contract details released

The details of new Saints safety Jairus Byrd’s $56 million contract have been released. As expected, it is a very back loaded deal. Byrd’s contract will only be a $3.5 million cap hit to the organization in the upcoming 2014 season, according to Spotrac. That is broken down into a $1.3 million base salary and a $2.2 million signing bonus. In 2015, however, his tranquil little...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Meet your newest Saint: Jairus Byrd

I’m already sports drooling over the future tandem of Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd for the Saints. We have already seen what Vaccaro can do, and that was in his rookie year, and Byrd has the play-making abilities that this secondary was in desperate need of. For those who are unfamiliar, Byrd is a 27-year old free safety who spent five seasons with the Buffalo Bills. He was drafted...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints: Jairus Byrd signs with the Saints

New Orleans Saints: Jairus Byrd signs with the SaintsThe New Orleans Saints are in salary cap hell. They are still financially hurting from Drew Brees’ contract and Jimmy Graham’s impending contract. Don’t expect any huge moves as they have no wiggle room with their dollars. Yeah, so much for that. The Saints made the biggest free agent splash signing former Buffalo Bills,...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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