New Orleans Saints Capsule

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (7-9) OPEN CAMP: July 29, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. LAST YEAR: Saints failed to qualify for playoffs. QB Drew Brees tied for NFL lead in yards passing with 4,952. But he also threw 17 interceptions, five more than in 2013. Saints struggled most defensively, ranking second-to-last in NFL. Coach Sean Payton responded by adding Dennis Allen as senior defensive...
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New Orleans Saints: Playing without hype is a good thing

The New Orleans Saints enter next season without nearly as much hype as they did last year, which may be a good thing. Every Saints fan knows that New Orleans made arguably the biggest trade of the offseason, shipping Jimmy Graham to Seattle. Every Saints fan also knows that New Orleans released fan favorite Pierre Thomas and traded away Kenny Stills. New Orleans also released the...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

The five most important position battles of New Orleans Saints training camp

Last week we looked at five of the Saints top-10 training camp battles. Today I’m wrapping up my countdown of the most important training camp battles with the top five. Before I get into my top five, though, let’s take a look at an honorable mention: Honorable Mention: C.J. Spiller v. Mark Ingram. This is a very interesting contest to follow because both players will be competing...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Two undrafted players that have a good chance to make the roster

After the draft is over, that’s when the real draft begins, or something. The Saints attract quality players during the UDFA period because of their history of giving players a  real opportunity to make the team. Pierre Thomas was a mainstay in the offense for years, and Junior Galette eventually earned a starting role and a sizable contract. Josh Hill is slotted as the starting...
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May 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Post draft analysis: CB, D-Line, RB

The Saints roster isn’t the ‘night and day’ level of difference that some media members have implied with all of the ‘fire sale’ talk, but there has been some fairly significant change this year. Hopefully all of that is for the better and the Saints have been able to cover many of their weaknesses from last year, only time will tell. What we can look at it how the positions...
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints Add Eleven Undrafted Free Agents

On the New Orleans Saints team, there is always an opportunity to make the roster, regardless of how it is that you make your way onto this team. In recent memory, Pierre Thomas just finished a nine-year run with this team after being an UDFA, and presently Khiry Robinson is on the roster.In Robinson's rookie year of 2012, he made the team as an UDFA, and he went on to lead the team...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking the 5 Best Free-Agent Running Backs Still Available

The free-agent running back pool, which started out rather deep, has thinned out immensely with many of the top-shelf backs signing with new teams. Here’s a look of five of the best running backs who are still available. 5. Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons Of this group of running backs, Jackson has definitely had the most lucrative career. He totaled an incredible 10,138 yards...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Sean Peyton’s new gameplan for the New Orleans Saints is a blast from the past

It’s been a whirlwind of a couple weeks for the New Orleans Saints. In a matter of about 10 days, the Saints released long-time fan favorite Pierre Thomas, defensive leader Curtis Lofton, re-signed Mark Ingram, traded Jimmy Graham for a Pro Bowl center and additional first-round pick, traded Ben Grubbs for a fifth-round pick and Kenny Stills for a starting inside linebacker and...
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March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Even after all those cuts the New Orleans Saints still have the salary cap blues

The New Orleans Saints have been cutting and trading players left and right in order to get out of salary cap trouble, but they still have a long way to go… AROUND COVER32 NFL Draft Preview: The 10 best edge pass rushers on the board Five Things: The biggest offseason winners thus far in the NFL According to a report by Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk the Saints have...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Kenny Stills reportedly traded to Dolphins

The New Orleans Saints appear to be completely clearing house on the offensive side of the ball this offseason. After sending shockwaves around the league by trading Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks, the Saints have released Pierre Thomas and now traded Kenny Stills. Pro Football Talk reports that Stills will be sent to the...Read More
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints sign RB C. J. Spiller

With all the playmakers the Saints have lost (Pierre Thomas, Jimmy Graham, Kenny Stills), adding one was a must. The Saints backfield just became pretty robust with Ingram, Spiller and Khiry Robinson as a three headed monster. This is the explosive back, good pass catcher and matchup nightmare out of the backfiled this offense missed last year. Huge pickup.   Saints reached agreement...
Via The Saints Nation
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Salary Cap Fixed: Shift in Focus

Movements the Saints are currently making in the roster shows you just how serious they are about, not only fixing the salary issue, but getting a team that is championship ready for 2015. Let's look into what they've done these past few days and what they will likely do in the days ahead.While, to many, the release of Pierre Thomas is surprising--I feel that it was only a matter...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Podcast: Mark Ingram Stays, Pierre Thomas and Curtis Lofton Leave

The boys break down all the latest Saints news including: Mark Ingram resigning and Ralph being completely wrong about free agent running back market Cap Issues Pierre Thomas getting released Is Pierre Thomas’ 2009 NFC Title Game Performance Top 5 in Saints History Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne get sent packing Ralph melts down over fans demanding Drew Brees take a pay cut...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings Free Agent Bargain Bin

Free agency isn’t always about the bigname players. Sometimes some of the best signings come at a bargain after the free agency storm settles down. The Vikings are already being rumored to be set on sitting back and waiting free agency out. Below are a handful of guys that could be on the Vikings radar, who might now wow you, but could make an impact for the purple in 2015. Leonard...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Marques Colston re-structures contract and will remain a Saint!

After the brutal Pierre Thomas news this is a big relief. Colston will stay and I assume he’s given the Saints some much needed cap relief. Great news, he’s still a contributor. Saints WR Marques Colston has restructured his contract, source says. No details available but he sticks with the team. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 6, 2015
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Saints should target RB Todd Gurley

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports The New Orleans Saints are entering a very intriguing offseason this year, and have already made the move to cut running back Pierre Thomas. Mark Ingram is also a free agent, which would leave the Saints in some trouble if he chooses to walk away and sign elsewhere. They can’t afford any big names, but they could look at a running back in the 2015...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints convert Jairus Byrd’s contract, save $4.8 million in cap space

With the Pierre Thomas release and now this, the Saints have saved ~$6.5 million against the cap in less than 24 hours. They were a little over $20 million over so they still have some work to do, but this move saves a nice chunk. Source: Saints clear $4.8M of cap space by converting Jairus Byrd’s $6M roster bonus to signing bonus. His cap # drops from $10.3M to $5.5M. — Field...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Saying Goodbye to Pierre Thomas

I will have a hard time topping what Reid Gilbert had to say about Pierre Thomas on Saints Win. I’m not nearly eloquent or well spoken enough to express what PT meant to the Saints, the city of New Orleans etc. But being a Saints blog I’m still going to say my part because the man deserves it. When I think about the all time greats in Saints history, Thomas has his place among...
Via The Saints Nation
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: New Orleans Saints release veteran running back Pierre Thomas

The latest cap casualty for the New Orleans Saints is running back Pierre Thomas. Earlier today NFL insider Ian Rapoport tweeted an update that reported the Saints have told Thomas that they are moving on without him: More #Saints news: They’ve informed veteran RB Pierre Thomas that they are releasing him, source says. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 4, 2015 According to...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints cutting veteran running back Pierre Thomas

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The agent for veteran running back Pierre Thomas says the New Orleans Saints have notified Thomas he's being released after eight seasons with the club. Thomas joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Illinois in 2007 and was a key figure on offense in his third season, turning screen passes into pivotal touchdowns in both the NFC Championship game victory...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Saints Release Pierre Thomas

According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the New Orleans Saints have reportedly released running back Pierre Thomas. Thomas made the Saints squad as an undrafted free agent in 2007. In eight seasons with the Saints, Thomas racked up 3,745 rushing yards, 2,608 receiving yards and 48 touchdowns. Unfortunately for Thomas, the Saints are in dire straits when it comes to their 2015...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Inform RB Pierre Thomas That He Will Be Released

If the Pittsburgh Steelers are interested in signing a veteran free agent running back during the offseason to back up Le’Veon Bell next season, they’ll certainly have several to choose from. As of Wednesday, we can now add Pierre Thomas to the long list of future unemployed running backs as the New Orleans Saints will […] Saints Inform RB Pierre Thomas That He Will Be Released...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints inform Pierre Thomas of release

This one hurts. One of the most team oriented consummate professionals of the Sean Payton era Saints. More to follow.   More #Saints news: They’ve informed veteran RB Pierre Thomas that they are releasing him, source says. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 4, 2015
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Releasing RB Pierre Thomas

The New Orleans Saints have informed RB Pierre Thomas that will be released, according to Ian Rapoport.
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Pierre Thomas and Akiem Hicks put on IR

IR sounds scary, but with one game left in the season… whatever. Pierre Thomas, Akiem Hicks placed on season-ending IR http://t.co/APVyYJnubG — New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 26, 2014
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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