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Parys Haralson - LB Posted 4/1/14 8:37pm et
The New Orleans Saints agreed to terms on an undisclosed one-year deal to re-sign LB Parys Haralson on Tuesday, April 1.
Huddle Up: Haralson had 31 tackles in 8 starts this past season, and figures to be a primary backup with Victor Butler expected back after missing 2013 with an injury.

Travaris Cadet - RB Posted 3/25/14 10:31pm et
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said Tuesday, March 25, that RB Travaris Cadet could take on 'a little more of that role' that RB Darren Sproles played in the team's offense over the past three seasons.
Huddle Up: Cadet, who's been limited to 7 receptions and 1 rushing attempt in 2 pro seasons so far, is sure to crop up on a few sleeper lists given his promotion in the Saints' potent offense, but don't forget he still shares the backfield with Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson.

Erik Lorig - RB Posted 3/19/14 12:36pm et
Updating a previous report, the four-year deal between the New Orleans Saints and FB Erik Lorig is good for $4.8 million, with a $1 million signing bonus. His base salaries are for $750,000 in both 2014 and 2015, with $900,000 base salaries in 2016 and 2017. He also gets a $50,000 annual workout bonus.
Huddle Up: Long steps into the touchdown vulture role vacated by the departure of fellow fullback Jed Collins.

Joseph Morgan - WR Posted 3/18/14 10:47pm et
The New Orleans Saints re-signed WR Joe Morgan to an undisclosed 1-year deal Tuesday, March 18.
Huddle Up: Morgan missed the entire 2013 season because of a torn ACL, and many fantasy GMs may have forgotten the big-play flashes he showed in 2012 when he averaged 37.9 yards per catch and scored 3 TDs on 10 receptions.

Jairus Byrd - S Posted 3/11/14 10:50pm et
The New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, March 11 signed FS Jairus Byrd to a 6-year contract worth $54 million, with $28 million in guaranteed money, according to a source.
Huddle Up: As expected, Byrd struck it big in free agency, signing with the Saints, whose defense took big strides in 2013 after 2012's disaster. Byrd spent his first 5 NFL seasons in Buffalo, where he racked up the second-most interceptions (22) in the league during that span.

Darren Sproles - RB Posted 3/11/14 10:50pm et
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints RB Darren Sproles said on NFL Network on Tuesday, March 11, that he has received interest from more than 10 teams. The Saints have not released him yet, and are hoping to work out a trade.
Huddle Up: The Saints are playing it smart in trying to get something for the soon-to-be 31-year-old RB whose yards-from-scrimmage and TD totals have decreased in each of his 3 seasons in the Big Easy.

Mark Ingram - RB Posted 3/10/14 2:13pm et
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram has expressed mixed feelings about the cuts made by the team over the last several days, but he understands these cuts could lead to a bigger role for him in the offense. 'It's crazy to think about, and it's shocking with everything going on. But it's just the business side of everything. Those guys in the front office are doing what they think is best to have success this year,' Ingram said.
Huddle Up: Fewer backs in the Saints backfield would in theory give Ingram more of an opportunity, but he's not an every-down back in Sean Payton's system so he'll still be sharing the workload.

Jed Collins - RB Posted 3/7/14 10:14am et
The New Orleans Saints may not tender offers to restricted free-agent FB Jed Collins and WR Joe Morgan, because they likely are not willing to pay them $1.4 million next season.
Huddle Up: The Saints have demonstrated the ability to plug in just about anyone into Drew Brees' offense and have success, so don't look for them to overpay for a fullback and a tertiary receiver.

Darren Sproles - RB Posted 3/7/14 11:22pm et
The New Orleans Saints will cut RB Darren Sproles, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Sproles wasn't used nearly as much--or as effectively--as a pass-catcher this season, and with the Saints having a stable of backs to choose from it's no surprise they are opting to give Sproles the boot.

Pierre Thomas - RB Posted 3/6/14 8:03pm et
The New Orleans Saints are shopping RB Pierre Thomas to other teams, per league sources.
Huddle Up: Could it be that the Saints want to pare down their long-standing RBBC? Thomas will turn 30 this coming December, and is coming off the second-best total-yardage season (1,062) in his 7-year career.

Jimmy Graham - TE Posted 3/4/14 12:28am et
New Orleans Saints franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham was officially tagged as a tight end.
Huddle Up: Graham has already indicated he won't report until his contract situation is resolved, and the Saints have demonstrated in the past that they won't necessarily move quickly just because Graham is a marquee player (see how they dragged their feet with Drew Brees, for example). So no reason to think this situation will be resolved any time soon.

Jimmy Graham - TE Posted 3/3/14 2:21pm et
Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett said there's no chance the Detroit Lions sign New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham to an offer sheet and surrender two first-round picks.
Huddle Up: Two firsts is an extremely steep price, so don't expect many teams to be chasing down Graham in free agency.

Jimmy Graham - TE Posted 2/28/14 6:17pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham confirmed on his Twitter account Friday, Feb. 28, that he will receive the franchise tag from the team.
Huddle Up: Now the battle becomes is it the tight end tag or the wide receiver tag--a projected difference of about $5 million. Of course, the Saints could make things easier on everyone by just getting Graham to agree to an extension before things get contentious.

Jimmy Graham - TE Posted 2/26/14 10:42am et
The New Orleans Saints and TE Jimmy Graham remain far apart in contract talks, by as much as several million dollars per season.
Huddle Up: The Saints went right down to the wire with Drew Brees before opening up the wallet, and this situation is shaping up in a similar fashion. Don't sweat Graham not being back in New Orleans until it actually happens.

Robert Meachem - WR Posted 2/22/14 9:06pm et
The New Orleans Saints are interested in re-signing impending free-agent WR Robert Meachem this offseason. His return to the team likely will depend on the salary the Saints will offer.
Huddle Up: Why? The Saints have plenty of young receivers capable of outperforming Meachem, likely at a lesser salary cap hit.

Jimmy Graham - TE Posted 2/18/14 12:14pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham is likely to file a grievance if the franchise tag is placed on him as a tight end instead of wide receiver.
Huddle Up: Yeah, expect the TE tag to be applied, and expect the follow-up grievance to be filed. It might not go Graham's way from there, but the bottom line is the Saints aren't about to let the talented pass- catcher go anywhere.

Jimmy Graham - TE Posted 2/13/14 11:54pm et
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent TE Jimmy Graham would not comment when asked if he should be considered a wide receiver or a tight end if he receives the franchise tag this offseason. The team has not had serious contract talks with Graham at this point.
Huddle Up: With Graham easily winning the TE Triple Crown (86 catches-1,215 yards-16 TDs) in 2013, he and his agent are targeting the WR tag, but the Saints figure to get their way with the TE tag. Stay tuned . . .

Robert Meachem - WR Posted 2/9/14 10:59pm et
The Dallas Cowboys could have interest in WR Robert Meachem (Saints) if he should get to free agency, in the opinion of Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas.
Huddle Up: With Miles Austin not expected back in Dallas, Meachem or another veteran FA wideout likely would be targeted for the Cowboys' No. 3 wideout role.

Lance Moore - WR Posted 2/4/14 11:52pm et
The New Orleans Saints may ask WR Lance Moore to accept a pay cut in order to remain with the team.
Huddle Up: Moore's 37 catches, 457 yards and 2 TDs in 2013 were 4-year lows for the wideout and the Saints are planning to adjust his contract accordingly.

Drew Brees - QB Posted 1/31/14 2:45pm et
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees showed his support for impending free-agent TE Jimmy Graham Friday, Jan. 31, by standing on radio host Dan Patrick's desk and shouting, 'I want Jimmy Graham back!' Graham has led the team with 270 catches for 3,507 yards and 36 touchdowns in the last three seasons. The Saints are fully expected to re-sign Graham, even if they have to place the franchise tag on him for 2014.
Huddle Up: When pressed on the issue, however, Brees wouldn't commit to giving up some of his contract money to retain Graham. The line of questioning stemmed from Brees' earlier statement that Graham was a tight end, even though Graham hopes to be franchised as a wide receiver. Brees indicated that he didn't intend for his comments to be used as a negotiating tool, then reiterated his support for Graham's return to New Orleans by jumping on the desk a la Tom Cruise on Oprah's couch. It made for great radio; hopefully you were able to catch the televised simulcast of Patrick's show to get the full effect.

Darren Sproles - RB Posted 1/28/14 11:27pm et
New Orleans Saints RB Darren Sproles is set to count $4.25 million against the salary cap next year, but he should return because of the matchup problems he creates out of the backfield.
Huddle Up: Sure, Sproles remains a matchup nightmare but he'll be 31 in June and his total yards and TD totals have declined in each of the past 3 seasons.

Jimmy Graham - TE Posted 1/24/14 11:21pm et
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent TE Jimmy Graham said he is not very interested in receiving the franchise tag this offseason because he does not want to play on a one-year deal.
Huddle Up: The Saints played hard ball with Drew Brees before eventually inking him, so while it may take a while look for the franchise to find a way to keep Brees' favorite target happy--and in New Orleans--as well.

Jimmy Graham - TE Posted 1/21/14 10:56pm et
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has made it perfectly clear that the team still views Jimmy Graham as a tight end and not a receiver. The Saints would have to pay Graham considerably less with the franchise tag if he's deemed a tight end instead of a wide receiver. Loomis would prefer to work out a long- term contract with Graham, but the team is willing to franchise tag him if necessary. Last year, the franchise tag for a receiver was $10.5 million versus $6 million for tight ends. Graham lined up as a receiver on 67 percent of his snaps in 2013.
Huddle Up: A perfectly logical ploy by Graham's camp, but look for him to be classified as TE. Still after recording 16 TD catches -- one off the single-season TE record -- look for Graham to become the game's highest-paid player at the ever-important position.

Drew Brees - QB Posted 1/14/14 1:23pm et
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is willing to restructure his contract to reduce his $18.4 million cap number in 2014. The team is projected to be at least $12 million over the salary cap for 2014.
Huddle Up: The Saints, who remain a few pieces away from Super Bowl contention, definitely can use the cap help and Brees' figures are the obvious place to start.

Pierre Thomas - RB Posted 1/11/14 12:55pm et
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (chest) was limited in practice Friday, Jan. 10, and is questionable for the team's divisional round game.
Huddle Up: Thomas is expected to play, but he'll be battling Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson and Darren Sproles for touches against a stout defense so his fantasy upside is limited.

Pierre Thomas - RB Posted 1/9/14 12:48pm et
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (chest) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 8. Thomas hasn't practiced since before Week 17 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Thomas missed the wild-card win over the Eagles -- in which the team posted its second-highest rushing total (185 yards) of the season -- and his availability for Saturday's divisional-round game in Seattle obviously is in question. If he can't go, look for Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Khiry Robinson to split the load once again.

Pierre Thomas - RB Posted 1/9/14 11:30pm et
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas' (chest) status for the Divisional Round playoff game is uncertain even though he was limited during practice Thursday, Jan. 9.
Huddle Up: Thomas did actually practice for the first time since the final week of December, but right now, he'd still have to be considered unlikely to play Saturday afternoon in Seattle with the game the first one up on this weekend's divisional-round docket.

Keenan Lewis - CB Posted 1/7/14 11:08pm et
New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis (head, abdomen, hamstring) practiced Tuesday, Jan. 7, and is expected to play in the team's divisional round game against the Seattle Seahawks this weekend.
Huddle Up: Lewis has been an underrated standout on the Saints' improved D all season, and they'll need all hands on deck as they try to upend the top-seeded Seahawks.

Pierre Thomas - RB Posted 1/3/14 5:11pm et
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (chest) did not practice again Friday, Jan. 3, and is ruled out for the team's Wild Card game this weekend.
Huddle Up: With Thomas out, the Saints will turn to Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram to handle the backfield duties. Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet could also see touches.

Pierre Thomas - RB Posted 1/2/14 11:17pm et
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (chest) did not practice Thursday, Jan. 2.
Huddle Up: That's 2 straight missed practices for Thomas, who apparently was injured in the team's regular-season finale. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the team hasn't exactly been forthcoming about the extent of the injury, and it's hard to gauge the RB's true status at the moment. If he's forced to miss Saturday night's contest look for Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson to all share in picking up the slack.

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