Michael Thomas - WRPosted 5/13/16 3:22pm ET
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas' rookie deal is worth $5.118 million with $3.055 million guaranteed and a $1.922 million signing bonus.
Huddle Up: When slotting your rookie fantasy WRs, don't forget about this second-round pick who has the size (6-3, 215) and skills to step in for the departed Marques Colston in the Saints' offense.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 4/29/16 8:52pm ET
The New Orleans Saints selected Ohio State WR Michael Thomas with the No. 47 overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Friday, April 29.
Huddle Up: The overhaul of Drew Brees' pass-catching corps continues with Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston and Ben Watson departing over the past year and Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead emerging as the top targets. Now add Thomas, who brings size and a large catch radius to the table.
Tim Hightower - RBPosted 4/8/16 5:00pm ET
Free-agent RB Tim Hightower (Saints) has agreed to initial terms on a contract with the New Orleans Saints, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The soon-to-be 30-year-old back totaled 504 yards and four scores in his first NFL action since 2011 and once again will be the main pure-RB backup to Mark Ingram this season.
Tim Hightower - RBPosted 4/1/16 9:32pm ET
Free-agent RB Tim Hightower (Saints) will meet with the New Orleans Saints in the coming week.
Huddle Up: The 29-year-old Hightower had a decent end-of-the-season run, rushing for 327 of his 375 yards in the final four games of the season following Mark Ingram's shoulder injury. With receiving specialists C.J. Spiller and Travaris Cadet the other prominent names on the N.O. RB depth chart, Hightower might once again fill the Ingram-handcuff role if the two side can reach an agreement.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 3/31/16 9:59am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram converted some of his base salary into a signing bonus Wednesday, March 30.. The restructure didn't include a pay cut or any new money. The Saints created $1.49 million in cap space for 2016 by converting $2.235 million of Ingram's $3 million salary into a signing bonus. They still will have to account for that $1.49 million in the future, but now it will be spread out evenly over the life of Ingram's contract through 2018.
Huddle Up: Ingram gives the Saints some cap relief while still getting all his money. Everybody wins!
Josh Hill - TEPosted 3/25/16 4:43pm ET
New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent TE Josh Hill will remain with the Saints after they matched the offer sheet he signed with the Chicago Bears.
Huddle Up: Hill will remain in the Big Easy after his deeply disappointing 2015 fantasy season (16-120-2), and this coming season, he'll be sharing TE snaps with newly signed Coby Fleener instead of Benjamin Watson.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 3/22/16 10:23am ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is confident he'll reach a contract extension with the Saints, and he wants to play for New Orleans for the rest of his career. 'So talks are ongoing, and I don't know if that is something that will be done next week or before the end of the year or next year or when. But obviously, I want to be a Saint for the rest of my career, and I think I've got a lot of good years left,' Brees said. He's in the final year of a five-year, $100 million deal and has a $30 million salary cap hit in 2016.
Huddle Up: Right now the Saints appear set to absorb Brees' cap hit so there's no rush to rework his deal. But with Brees wanting to remain in New Orleans and still playing at a high level, it wouldn't be surprising to see the two sides hammer out a deal that continues to pay Brees handsomely while allowing the Saints some cap flexibility--and to reach that deal sooner rather than later.
Josh Hill - TEPosted 3/22/16 6:06pm ET
New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent TE Josh Hill signed an undisclosed offer sheet from the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, March 22, according to a source. The Saints have five days to match the Bears' offer.
Huddle Up: The Bears are looking for another tight end to pair with Zach Miller after dealing Martellus Bennett to the Patriots earlier this month and currently have their sights set on Hill, who was a deep fantasy disappointment last season, catching only 16 passes for 120 yards and two TDs. We'll see if the offer is matched by the Saints, who lost free-agent Benjamin Watson to the Ravens but have added ex-Colt Coby Fleener.
Khiry Robinson - RBPosted 3/10/16 4:04pm ET
Free-agent RB Khiry Robinson (Saints) is signing with the New York Jets, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Newly signed Matt Forte will be the main many in N.Y., leaving Robinson to compete with Bilal Powell and Zac Stacy for No. 2 touches.
Luke McCown - QBPosted 3/10/16 8:14pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Luke McCown re-signed with the Saints on Thursday, March 10, receiving a reported 2-year, $3 million deal.
Huddle Up: The 34-year-old McCown will remain the backup to Drew Brees after seeing his 2015 season cut short by a back injury.
Ben Watson - TEPosted 3/8/16 5:02pm ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent TE Benjamin Watson has agreed in principle to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens, according to a source. Details of the deal were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Watson had a career year with 74 catches for 825 yards and six TDs but is 35 and will provide a nice veteran complement to second-year TE Maxx Williams.
Khiry Robinson - RBPosted 3/4/16 8:24pm ET
New Orleans Saints impending restricted free-agent RB Khiry Robinson is not expected to receive a contract offer from the Saints, according to a source. That will allow Robinson to hit the open market after compiling 766 yards and eight touchdowns in the last three seasons.
Huddle Up: Robinson finished as the Saints' third-leading rusher this past season, but the Saints are set at RB with Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller, Tim Hightower and even recent signees Kendall Hunter, Vick Ballard and Travaris Cadet.
Marques Colston - WRPosted 2/23/16 3:22pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston is expected to be released in the coming days, according to a source. Colston is set to earn $3.2 million in salary and bonuses in 2016 and missed three games while playing as the No. 3 wide receiver on the Saints last season.
Huddle Up: The 32-year-old Colston, the Saints' all-time leading receiver, has said he'll retire if he isn't playing for the Saints, but there's also a chance he gets released and re-signs later at a reduced salary-cap figure.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 2/19/16 9:52am ET
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller is expected to have more opportunities next season to be successful again, according to general manager Mickey Loomis. Loomis said he believes the 'real C.J. Spiller' will be back next season and blamed a lack of good health for Spiller's 2015 hardships. It was originally speculated that Spiller could be cut this offseason after a dismal first season with New Orleans, but the Saints would save little in cutting him.
Huddle Up: We saw "the real CJ Spiller" this year: hurt for much of the time, teasing with the occasional flash play, and ultimately a fantasy disappointment. Hopefully that's not what Loomis is giving us again next year, but Spiller's track record suggests that's what will be in store.
Ben Watson - TEPosted 2/17/16 8:52am ET
New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill is still thought of very highly by team management despite the fact TE Benjamin Watson was brought in and stepped up to fill the void of TE Jimmy Graham, not Hill, in 2015. 'Josh Hill is a guy that's been in our building a while now,' general manager Mickey Loomis said Tuesday, Feb. 16. 'He's got talent, he's been for a couple years, he's kind of been in the background behind (Graham) when he was here and (Benjamin) last year as well.'
Huddle Up: Hill was supposed to walk into Jimmy Graham's role (and numbers) last season, but instead it was Watson who proved to be a fantasy contributor. Tough to see much change in that pattern as long as Watson remains on the roster, so dampen fantasy expectations for Hill until he has a clearer path to catches.
Marques Colston - WRPosted 2/17/16 8:52am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Coleman appears to be next in line if WR Marques Colston is not brought back or elects to retire. General manager Mickey Loomis believes the team has a replacement ready in Coleman. 'Brandon Coleman is a big guy out of Rutgers that has done some good things and I think in many ways is the heir apparent to Marques,' Loomis said Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Huddle Up: At 6-6 Coleman is an even bigger target than Colston--and every other Saints wideout is under six feet tall. So if Colston is not on the 2016 roster it makes sense that Coleman is tapped to fill the void. It's a role with fantasy upside, without the hazard of expecting Coleman to deliver fantasy WR1 numbers.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 2/16/16 10:51am ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees could receive a three-year contract extension in order to lower his cap number, according to ESPN.com's Mike Triplett. His cap number would increase to $30 million in the final year of his current deal.
Huddle Up: Makes sense for the Saints to try to stretch Brees' cap hit over a longer time frame, allowing New Orleans more time to transition their offense to one that can withstand life after Drew.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 2/16/16 9:22pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees and his agent have not spoken with general manager Mickey Loomis about a contract extension yet, but Loomis said he would like to get an extension done.
Huddle Up: The 37-year-old Brees is under contract through this coming season, but the Saints would definitely to reduce his $30 million cap hit even if Loomis and Co. aren't necessarily talking about it up front.
Marques Colston - WRPosted 2/14/16 2:21pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston declined to speak to the media on the last day of access, and beat writer Katherine Terrell believes he will retire rather than play for another team in 2016.
Huddle Up: Colston will turn 33 this offseason and his declining production over the last four seasons points toward a reduction of his $5.9 salary-cap figure in 2016 or his release.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 2/12/16 10:16pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller will likely remain on the roster, at least into training camp, according to ESPN.com's Mike Triplett. Spiller will count more against the cap if he is cut before June 1.
Huddle Up: Of course, you can hear the collective "WHY?" from fantasy GMs after Spiller had all of 70 touches in 13 games in 2015.
Marques Colston - WRPosted 2/12/16 10:16pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston may be asked to take another pay cut this offseason in order to stay with the team. He is scheduled to make $3.2 million in 2016 and have a $5.9 million salary cap figure.
Huddle Up: The trend is clear, and it's headed in the wrong direction for the soon-to-be 33-year-old Colston, whose receptions, yards and TD have decreased in each of the last four seasons.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 2/9/16 10:05am ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees may receive a contract extension before the start of free agency March 15. Extending Brees before free agency begins would give the Saints the ability to use the extension to cut down Brees' salary-cap cost for 2016. New Orleans is currently $10 million over the projected salary cap.
Huddle Up: Brees is nearing the end of his run, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him rework his deal so the Saints can afford to surround him with enough talent to make one more postseason push.
Khiry Robinson - RBPosted 2/4/16 11:07am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson (leg) has been cleared for jogging. Robinson is recovering from a broken leg he suffered late last season.
Huddle Up: Robinson is a restricted free agent who could return to New Orleans as a compliment to Mark Ingram--or he could find a larger role elsewhere via the open market. He'll need to demonstrate he's healthy before other teams are willing to crack open the wallet, so being cleared for light running is a step in the right direction.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 2/4/16 12:33pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is still resting his torn plantar fascia in his right foot, but he's close to full strength.
Huddle Up: The healing process is a little slower now for the 37-year-old Brees, but he should be good to go by the time OTAs roll around.
Ben Watson - TEPosted 1/26/16 9:57am ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent TE Benjamin Watson said he would love to stay in New Orleans, adding that he has had good talks with owner Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton about re-signing.
Huddle Up: It's unlikely Watson will be cost-prohibitive, and the offense isn't going to change so it's a scheme that both Watson fits in and is familiar with. Seems safe to expect Watson to be a Saint in 2016.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/14/16 10:46pm ET
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis reiterated that QB Drew Brees will remain with the organization. Brees turns 37 Friday, Jan. 15, and will count $30 million against the 2016 salary cap in the final year of his contract. Loomis said Brees won't be released or traded. The only thing undecided is whether Brees will play out the last year of his deal or if the Saints will look at an extension. Brees is due $20 million in salary and bonuses this year. New Orleans is projected to be around $10 million over the projected salary cap of $150 million.
Huddle Up: If Loomis' word holds, look the Brees and the Saints to come to an agreement on a more-cap-friendly, multi-year extension.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/5/16 4:39pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees will not need surgery for the torn plantar fascia in his right heel or for the shoulder injury he suffered earlier this season. The plan is for Brees to rest four to six weeks before beginning football and training activity, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Good news for Brees, who turns 37 next week and will have ample time to rest and recover with the Saints out of the playoffs for the second-straight year.
Sean Payton - HCPosted 1/5/16 4:39pm ET
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has privately discussed his interest in an opening with the San Diego Chargers, and he's also let it be known that he's interested in the San Francisco 49ers' head coaching opening.
Huddle Up: There is no opening right now in San Diego, and he's sure to be on the Niners' short list of candidates. In any case, it definitely sounds like Payton's successful run is done in the Big Easy.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/1/16 10:26pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (foot) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 1, and is listed as probable for the Week 17 game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Huddle Up: Brees has a tough matchup this week against the Falcons but he's still locked in as a QB1 for the season finale.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 12/31/15 9:43pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (foot) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 31.
Huddle Up: Brees is dealing with pain with his torn plantar fascia, but you'd never know by his Week 16 stat line: 412 yards & three TDs. More of the same could follow Sunday in what figures to be an offensive duel with the rival Falcons.
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