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  1. New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara shared a heartfelt message via Instagram to departing teammate Mark Ingram, calling him “my brother for life.” “I hope y’all don’t think gon stop!! My brother for life," Kamara wrote in the social media post. "I’m not een talkin bout football. Dude kicked game to me bout how to stand tall through the bull and how to stay grounded when you on top of the world. Never once complained. Poured everything he had into me and for that I’m forever grateful. Probably the smoothest first 2 years an NFL player has ever had and I owe a lot of it to you brother. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
  2. That's too rich IMO and I'm glad the Chiefs gave it to him and not us. Happy for Okafor though.
  3. The Patriots 2019 free agent class grew by three on Wednesday. According to the NFL Network, the Patriots won’t pick up the 2019 fifth-year options on defensive tackle Malcom Brown, defensive tackle Danny Shelton and wide receiver Phillip Dorsett. All three players will be unrestricted free agents at the end of the 2018 NFL season. The most surprising name out of the three is Brown. The 2015 first-round pick has been a starter on the interior of the defensive line over the last three seasons. He has 8.5 career sacks with the patriots and last year, put up 49 tackles and 2.5 sacks in just 13 games. In 2018, Brown was considered the Patriots best defensive tackle. In the NFL, all first-round picks have fifth-year options. For most picks, 11-32, the money is based on the average of the third through 25th highest salaries at position. Top ten selections get money equal to the average of the 10 highest salaries at their positions. These options are guaranteed for injury only. For a defensive tackle, the 2019 cap hit would be somewhere around $7 million. Since the Patriots didn’t exercise the option for Brown or Shelton, it says that, that number was a bit too high for the team.
  4. Wil Lutz earned a job with the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 6, 2016, by having what coach Sean Payton called “probably the best kicking workout I’ve ever seen.” Still, with just five days before the regular season began, many people were skeptical. The Saints had just cut two veteran kickers, Kai Forbath and Connor Barth, and were instead entering the season with an undrafted rookie who made just 69 percent of his field goals in three seasons at Georgia State. “This is the team that kind of took a shot in the dark on me from the start, and I’m obviously excited that I’ve been able to back up Sean’s decision to stick his neck out for me,” Lutz said Wednesday morning after signing the deal. “If you do what you’re asked to do, this is what it leads to, so I’m not going to sit here and say I’m shocked, obviously,” he said. “But it’s extremely gratifying, and it’s an amazing opportunity for me.” https://www.nola.com/saints/2019/03/wil-lutz-says-extension-with-saints-is-extremely-gratifying.html
  5. The New Orleans Saints are hosting top free agent tight end Jared Cook for a visit, according to an NFL Network report. Cook, who made the Pro Bowl with the Oakland Raiders last season, is scheduled to visit with the Saints Thursday (Mar. 14) according to the report. Earlier this month at the NFL combine, coach Sean Payton identified tight end as a position the Saints would look to address in the offseason after their top pass catcher at the position, Ben Watson, retired following the 2018 season. New Orleans did not receive much production from its tight ends in 2018, with three players combining to catch 63 passes for 735 yards and four touchdowns in the regular season. Cook eclipsed all those numbers by himself with Oakland in 2018. Cook hauled in 68 passes for 896 yards and six touchdowns last season, all of which were career highs in his 10th NFL season. He ranked fourth among NFL tight ends in receiving yards last season and fifth in catches. The 6-foot-5, 254-pound Cook is set to turn 32 years old next month. https://www.nola.com/saints/2019/03/top-free-agent-tight-end-jared-cook-to-visit-saints-report.html
  6. I wonder where some of these ideas come from. There’s no evidence that we would not keep Brees here another season or more after 2019. Especially if he continues to be the model of consistency and efficiency all other QBs aspire to be. Do we not remember that Brees would have been MVP of the league last season had it not been for a kid phenom with some outstanding offensive playmakers at his disposal? Yes, there’s Joe Montana or Brett Favre. In both instances the coaching staff was ready to move on to the heir apparent because they had seen the younger player and thought the younger guy could likely do better than the older HOFer at that late point in their careers. Does anyone think SP felt that way about Teddy over Drew at the end of last season?!? Not to mention Teddy isn’t signed and, for every Montana or Favre, there’s an Elway or Manning. Surely there are potential reasons it could happen, but as we sit at the end of the 2018 season I have very, very little inkling to believe Drew Brees will retire as anything other than a Saint. Nor do I believe SP is anywhere close to wanting to leave this organization in 2020 or 2021. I’ve listened to him all but gush over this locker room, a second wave of potential Super Bowl talent that he helped assemble. We may only have a year or two left of this golden era of Saints Football, that’s possible. No one knows what might be after the greatness of Drew Brees is no longer with us. But we also have young, core talent and SP has a track record of getting the most out of QBs. So, with this team, whatever QB steps under center after Drew will have a playoff team surrounding him including Pro Bowl talent and a top offensive mind running the show.
  7. Um, Harbaugh told the young, undrafted rookie he would help him catch on somewhere. Harbaugh could have called any number of friends he has around the league. He called us. Where Payton had cajones and conviction was getting rid of two kickers he knew, both were neck and neck throughout our whole TC, for a UDFA Kicker who had a mediocre college resume. SP did this off of ONE tryout.
  8. Agreed 100%. We'll have to wait to see the true contract details, but on the surface this looks bad for us.
  9. From your previous posts, it doesn't look like you knew who Murray was, so I'm not sure why you were quick to opine. Just sayin'.
  10. Baker Mayfield went 7 - 7 in the 14 games he played in, with a dysfunctional situation including an Interim Head Coach and Interim Offensive Coordinator. He put up some impressive numbers while doing it. I was not convinced Cleveland could turn it around last season and make the playoffs. My main, specific reason was because they had retained Hue Jackson. It's not that I dislike Hue Jackson, but when you go 1 - 31 in the two seasons prior, you have contributed to the negative, losing culture in the building and are now, IMO, pretty much a lame duck coach. All of that is changed now and they have accumulated some young, core players. Cleveland fans should be quite excited IMO.
  11. Murray and Ingram are almost identical in age. Got to be the money.
  12. I definitely thought this was a long shot to re-sign Teddy. We don't know about the money yet and that concerns me for a player that potentially could not play the next two seasons. Still, if you feel you have a bonafide QB you don't let him out of the building. The Saints and Teddy have had a long time to consider this and hopefully it turns out great for both.