NFL Notes: Larry Fitzgerald, 49ers, Colts, Saints, & Vikings

Larry Fitzgerald Albert Breer has some contract details for Larry Fitzgerald‘s new contract. Fitzgerald has a $10 million bonus that’s treated as signing bonus due on March 11. He’ll make base salaries of $1 million (2015), $11 million (2016), both of which are fully guaranteed. The agreement will void after two years, even though it’s a four-year contract. The remaining...
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Should the New Orleans Saints pursue a WR in free agency?

If the NFL truly is a pass-happy league, then there are two parts to making that equation work. First, a team has to have a good quarterback; without someone to throw the ball to the right place at the right time, nothing else about the passing game will work. But second, a franchise must have people on the receiving end of those passes who can make plays; without teammates to catch...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

What Should the Saints Do About Marques Colston?

In his eight seasons prior to this season with the Saints, Marques Colston has become a fan favorite and a reliable target for Drew Brees. He’s racked up 9,239 yards and 68 touchdowns in his career with the black and gold.But this season, he was one of the more frustrating players to watch. Colston played in all 16 games, starting 13 of them, and for the sake of the statistics...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints: Old Faithful

In the NFL, there are specific players that get a hype train behind them. These players are known as the “go to” guys on their team. These guys go out, game after game, and do whatever they need to do to get the job done. They make the big plays, and outperform their opponents more times than less. For the most part, they are reliable, consistent, and generally, one of the harder...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints Biggest Cut Candidates

The Saints are currently projected at roughly $23 million over the salary cap. Many of us know that’s just a technicality, though, and bonus, restructures and contract shifts will kick it to bring that number close to even. The Saints still need to re-sign their own players, sign free agents and draft picks, too. In order to do that they will need to create space. Brees restructuring...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Marques Colston May Have To Accept Pay Cut To Be Back With The Saints

Mike Triplett of ESPN writes that in order for Saints WR Marques Colston to return to the team next year, he’ll likely have to agree to a pay cut that would come with a “significantly reduced rate.” Triplett adds that he’s “not sure if that magic number is $2 million or $4 million.“ This news fits with a previous report from Jason Cole, who mentioned that sources...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Drew Brees accurately judges inflation of two footballs on ‘Conan’

  New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees made an appearance on Conan O’Brien’s talk show Wednesday and correctly guessed the inflation level of two footballs, which were exactly 13 and 11 pounds per square inch, respectively. But Brees did say he wouldn’t be able to notice the level of inflation throughout the course of a game. “Throughout the course of a game...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Positional review: Wide Receiver

If I were ranking these positions purely on talent and maximum potential, then the Saints Wide receivers might be at the very top for the team. There is more receiving talent on this team than at any point in the Brees/Payton era. However, there is also a lot of young and (as of yet) unproven talent that is still developing. Football is a game that requires a lot more than the raw...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Nation’s 10 Worst Plays of 2014: #6 Colston’s fumble at Falcons

The season started off with such promise as the Saints raced to an early lead in Atlanta while Jairus Byrd quickly created his first takeaway. But Matt Ryan would end up throwing for a career high in yards, the Falcons would march down in the final seconds to send the game to overtime with a 50+ yard field goal, and then Marques Colston would cough up the game with this fumble which...
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January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Marques Colston Open to Pay Cut to Remain with Saints

I don’t know how reliable this is but I’d personally love to see Colston stay, even in a reduced role at a lower cost.   Insider Buzz: Marques Colston Open to Taking Pay Cut to Remain with Saints via @bleacherreport — Jason Cole (@JasonPhilCole) January 20, 2015
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Marques Colston Open To Taking A Pay Cut To Be Back With Saints

Jason Cole of the Bleacher Report spoke to a source who said that Saints WR Marques Colston expects the team to approach him about taking a “significant” pay cut this offseason. Cole adds that Colston would like to remain in New Orleans and understands that there could be a number of veteran receivers available this offseason such as Larry Fitzgerald and Vincent Jackson who...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints Review: The Wide Receiver Position

The Saints didn’t have a 1,000-yard receiver this season; with the closest player to the benchmark was Kenny Stills with 931 yards. Stills caught 63 passes, from 83 targets, for an average of 14.8 yards per reception.Marques Colston was second on the team with 902 yards, off 59 receptions, and Brandin Cooks was third with 550 yards (I’m not including tight end or running backs’...
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January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Nation’s Top 10 Plays of the 2014 Season: #6 The Brief Return of Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan is no longer with the Saints and his high potential was sadly never realized. But after missing 2013 with an devastating knee injury it was still nice to see him break away not once, but twice, for old time’s sake against the Baltimore Ravens. For one game it looked like Joe Morgan was back. Hard to believe after this game he would be gone for good shortly after. Watch...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Nation’s Top 10 Plays of the 2014 Season: #7 – Marques Colston’s game winning touchdown at Tampa

I really hope this isn’t Colston’s last catch as a Saint but if it is it’s a terrific way to go out. The 36 yard score came with just 1:57 left and it would provide the winning points to help the Saints sweep their division rival. Click here to watch the play. The top 10: #7 – Marques Colston’s game winner at Tampa #8 – Cameron Jordan’s interception at Pittsburgh #9...
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January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints’ Junior Galette arrested, in custody

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports New Orleans Saintslinebacker Junior Galette was arrested and taken into custody Monday morning. According to the Kenner police department, Galette was arrested after police were called to a disturbance that took place in his home. Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said the team is aware of Galette’s arrest and is collecting information. Galette...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Podcast: Saints Beat Tampa, Ruin Draft Position, End 7-9

The boys recap the Saints meaningless season ending win in Tampa, plus Special ‘Serial’ Open Ralph wonders how spectacular the Tank Job by Lovie Smith was Sean Payton didn’t fire anyone today, will he do so later? Marques Colston returning in 2015 Zach Strief comments on players late to meeting and flights Who had worst year on Saints in 2014? Will Drew Brees renegotiate?...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints rally past Buccaneers, leave Tampa Bay with 1st NFL draft pick

TAMPA, Fla. -- Drew Brees threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston with 1:57 remaining Sunday, helping New Orleans overcome a 13-point, second-half deficit to beat Tampa Bay 23-20 and keep the Buccaneers on course to land the top pick in the NFL draft. Brees shrugged off three interceptions - two of them stopping promising third-quarter drives - to throw for 281 yards. His...
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December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Colston a mainstay for Saints

METAIRIE, La. (AP) For much of the past nine years, Marques Colston has been consistently mentioned as a prime example of a late-round draft steal by New Orleans. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound receiver out of Hofstra was taken with the 252nd pick in 2006. Only three players were taken later. In the time since, he has become the Saints' all-time leading receiver in three separate categories...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Where the New Orleans Saints’ Receivers Stack Up in the NFL

My evaluation of the New Orleans Saints position group starters continues this week, moving into offense with the wide receivers.  Even though he has since gone on injured reserve and Kenny Stills is now starting in his place, rookie Brandin Cooks still has seen more snaps (545 to Stills’ 543).  So for the purposes of this exercise Cooks will be counted as a starter for the first...
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December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Sean Payton: Pretty soon ESPN will be helping out with play calls

            The ESPN cameras got a close-up shot of Sean Payton’s play sheet during Monday Night Football’s New Orleans Saints-Chicago Bears game. ESPN accidentally shared 1/3 of Sean Payton’s play sheet on Monday Night Football – #Saints — Diehard Sport (@Diehardsport) December...
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December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Sean Payton, Rob Ryan 'strongly dislike each other'

            Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports The New Orleans Saints are expected to have a new defensive coordinator next season, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. La Canfora reports that Saints head coach Sean Payton and current defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s relationship has been “rapidly deteriorating this season...
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November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Game Recap: New Orleans Saints make history in another loss

Another week, another home loss for the Saints. This is the first time since 2007 that the Saints have lost more than two games at home in a row, capped off by a 34-27 loss to Baltimore on Monday night. MVP – Marques Colston After Brandin Cooks was lost for the season to injury it was pretty obvious that someone would need to step up amongst the Saints’ pass-catchers – and...
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November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Game Recap: New Orleans Saints can start preparing for 2015

It happened again. Not only did the Saints play well enough to win their Week 7 matchup against the Lions, they had them dead to rights. If not for a late Drew Brees interception, they may have walked away from this week at .500 – instead, they’re staring at a long walk to 2015. MVP – Marques Colston Welcome back Marques Colston! The silent storm had been mostly just silent...
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October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the Saints a Super Bowl contender after slow start?

Jamie Sabau/Getty ImagesWe've seen this narrative before.A team that is expected to be a top-notch, Super Bowl contender starts the season off with a losing record and everyone begins to question whether or not they're actually for real.Such is the case with the New Orleans Saints, who currently hold an 0-2 record. Their first loss was a crushing overtime defeat to the Atlanta Falcons...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Mailbag: New Orleans Saints player that needs to play better in Week 2

Nick, I’m still struggling through the five stages of grief after Sunday’s loss in Atlanta. To help me reach acceptance, can you please tell me who needs to step up in Cleveland this weekend? – Depressed Dan, Deville Well Dan one thing is for sure, we aren’t at a lack for options. Marques Colston had a fantastic game … before he made the critical error that led to the...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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