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Saints restructure deal with linebacker Dannell Ellerbe

Associated Press photo by John Bazemore -- Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe knocks the ball loose as he hits Falcons running back Tevin Coleman on Thursday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.Saints cornerback Brandon Browner recovered the ball. Ellerbe had 14 tackles, forced this fumble and recovered another in the Saints' 31-21 win.

The Saints have figured out a way to keep Dannell Ellerbe in town. The New Orleans and the linebacker agreed to a restructured deal, of which the details are not currently known. Under the provisions of his previous agreement, Ellerbe’s base salary of $4.1 million was due to become guaranteed this week,… Continue reading →

Source: Big chunks of Drew Brees, Jairus Byrd's contracts become guaranteed after Wednesday deadline passes

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) calls a play during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

. If the Saints have plans of not bringing back Drew Brees or Jairus Byrd next season, the team missed an important deadline. Both players had clauses in their contracts that guaranteed a significant portion of their base salaries become guaranteed next season if they remained on the roster Wednesday, according to a source. For Brees, $10.85 million of… Continue reading →

New Orleans Saints’ roster remake begins with cutting of Jahri Evans, Ramon Humber and David Hawthorne

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Saints linebackers David Hawthorne and Ramon Humber celebrate an interception during a 2014 game against the Green Bay Packers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Both players were released Monday.

The New Orleans Saints are remaking their roster. With teams being permitted to begin releasing players Monday, the Saints quickly parted ways with guard Jahri Evans, linebackers Ramon Humber and David Hawthorne and wide receiver Seantavius Jones. Evans, who spent 10 seasons with the Saints, was a four-time All-Pro and made six Pro Bowls. He was selected in… Continue reading →

Saints, Jahri Evans part ways

Associated Press file photo by Phelan M. Ebenhack -- In his 10-year career with the Saints, guard Jahri Evans made six Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro four times.

Only a few minutes after the 2015 season ended, Drew Brees, Jahri Evans, Marques Colston and Zach Strief paused on their way off of the Georgia Dome turf to take a picture. With the offseason beginning and the uncertainty of New Orleans’ salary cap situation looming, Brees, Evans, Colston and Strief wanted to commemorate… Continue reading →

Saints bring back DB Tony Carter

The Saints brought back defensive back Tony Carter on Monday. The veteran defensive back spent some time with the Saints in December before being released at the end of the year. New Orleans apparently informed Brandon Browner of his release last week, as the cornerback posted on social media that he had been released though the… Continue reading →

Underhill: Saints’ release of Jahri Evans is a step away from past and a step toward uncertain future

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans (73) blocks Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Mason Foster (59) during the first quarter Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

A line printed on the league’s transaction wire announced the end of Jahri Evans’ tenure with the Saints. One of the most decorated players in team history, one of the faces of the revitalization of this once-dilapidated organization, will not be a part of the franchise’s next attempt to fight its way out of… Continue reading →

How did the Saints have some success against the Panthers’ defense? By being different

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Saints coach Sean Payton

Not many teams achieved success against the Carolina Panthers’ defense this season. The team went 15-1 during the regular season, finished sixth in both points (19.3) and yards (322.9) allowed per game. And though Carolina lost to Denver in the Super Bowl, 24-10, the Broncos gained only 194 yards of offense. So while the Carolina… Continue reading →

Saints quarterback Drew Brees named Clutch Performer of the Year

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees finished one for two in the awards categories at the NFL Honors Show on Saturday night. Brees, who led the league in passing with 4,870 yards, lost out on the fan-voted FedEx Air Player of the Year to Arizona quarterbackCarson Palmer. But he was named the Clutch Performer of the Year by… Continue reading →

Louisiana flavor: Seven natives have been starting quarterbacks in the Super Bowl, a legacy that Peyton Manning will add to in Super Bowl 50

his FILE - In this Jan. 20, 1980, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw cocks arm to pass during NFL football's Super Bowl XIV in the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, Calif. The Steel Curtain dynasty concluded as Bradshaw completed 14 of 21 passes for 309 yards and set two passing records as the Steelers became the first team to win four Super Bowls. (AP Photo)/Suzanne Vlamis, File) ORG XMIT: NY158

Growing up, Doug Williams never thought about playing in the NFL, much less leading a team to victory in the Super Bowl and etching his name as a Super Bowl MVP. But in the 28 years since, not a day has gone by that he hasn’t remembered it. “Every day, you get up and some kind of memory… Continue reading →

50 for 50: Louisiana’s 50 best Super Bowl moments

FILE--Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams is about to let go of a pass Jan. 31, 1988, during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXII with the Denver Broncos in San Diego. Williams, one of Eddie Robinson's finest quarterbacks before going on to NFL greatness, will succeed his old mentor as the second Grambling State coach in history. Williams, a standout quarterback at Grambling (1974-76), spent nine years in the NFL. He was the MVP of the 1988 Super Bowl when he led the Washington Redskins to a victory over the Denver Broncos. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)       Keyword College sports official

From the first Super Bowl to the 50th, players from Louisiana have left an indelible stamp on the biggest day in American sports. Some of the game’s greatest moments and unforgettable performances have involved players from the Bayou State. Plays like Terry Bradshaw’s pass to Lynn Swann for Pittsburgh in Super Bowl X,… Continue reading →

Nick Underhill's analysis: Brandon Browner’s stint with the Saints never lived up to the hype, but he was never a good fit for New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Stephone Anthony (50), right, and New Orleans Saints cornerback Brandon Browner (39) tackle Tennessee Titans running back Antonio Andrews (26) during the third quarter Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Tennessee Titans won in overtime, 34-28.

Brandon Browner was supposed to be the centerpiece of the New Orleans Saints’ efforts to rebuild a stable of cornerbacks. A group that was forced to rely on journeymen, spare parts and veterans looking for one last ride the year before now had someone to turn things around. Instead, Browner became the face of a shattered defense. He… Continue reading →

Super Bowl notes: Panthers say Sean Payton’s play-calling makes Saints tough to defend

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2015, file photo, Carolina Panthers' Josh Norman, right, intercepts a pass in front of New Orleans Saints' Brandin Cooks during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. The Associated Press will announce its 2015 NFL award winners the night before the Super Bowl. With the schedule halfway done, Josh Norman, the definition of a shutdown cornerback this season, is on the list for defensive player.  (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Carolina Panthers rolled through the regular season, crushing opponents early in most of their 15 wins, even if they allowed teams to make things interesting at the end. One team made Carolina work hard for the win in both games. New Orleans, playing without Drew Brees in the first game and with him… Continue reading →

Jahri Evans -- along with two other notable players -- cut by Saints day after Super Bowl

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints G Jahri Evans (73), center, battles with DT Kevin Willianms (93), right, in drills during the Saints' morning Training Camp practice Saturday in White Sulphur Springs, WV. It was the the first practice day in pads in this camp.

The New Orleans Saints quickly got to work on their roster. With teams being permitted to begin releasing players on Monday, the Saints quickly got to work and parted ways with guard Jahri Evans, linebackers Ramon Humber and David Hawthorne and wide receiver Seantavius Jones. New Orleans also signed cornerback Tony Carter. Evans, who spent 10 seasons with the Saints, was a four-time… Continue reading →

Peyton Manning says Ken Stabler was ‘a prince of a guy’

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 1977, file photo, Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, right, talks with coach John Madden in Oakland, Calif. Stabler, who led the Raiders to a Super Bowl victory and was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1974, has died as a result of complications from colon cancer. He was 69. His family announced his death on Stabler's Facebook page on Thursday, July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/George Brich, File)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. —Peyton Manning knew Ken Stabler pretty well. Stabler, the Oakland Raiders great who eventually succeeded Manning’s father, Archie, as the starter in New Orleans, died last summer, and the news broke Wednesday morning that Stabler was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, commonly called CTE, the degenerative brain disease that has been linked to… Continue reading →

Scouting report on Erik Harris, the Saints’ latest CFL import

The Saints went back to Canada and this time brought back a player without a clearly defined position. Look around at various publications and official websites and you’ll see Erik Harris listed as a safety in some places and as a linebacker in others. With 4.57 speed, the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder has the athletic ability to play both… Continue reading →

Source: Saints sign Erik Harris out of the CFL

The Saints took have imported another player from Hamilton. New Orleans has reportedly signed the Candian Football League’s Erik Harris to a reserve/future contract following a workout Tuesday morning, a source confirmed. The news was first reported by 3DownNation.com, which covers the CFL. Harris was a member of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux used to play. Listed at 6-foot-3,… Continue reading →

Saints’ Terron Armstead, John Jenkins to get raises as result of Proven Performance Escalator

New Orleans Saints tackle Terron Armstead during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

The Saints have two players who have earned salary bumps through the NFL’s Proven Performance Escalator. Offensive tackle Terron Armstead and defensive tackle John Jenkins will both receive salaries of $1.69 million in 2016, according to a source. Armstead was previously slated to make $705,000. Jenkins’ salary was listed at $700,000. The Proven Performance Escalator is a clause built… Continue reading →

Seahawks’ Russell Wilson powers Team Irvin to Pro Bowl victory

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, of Team Irvin, acknowledges the fans after being name offensive player of the game after the NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Honolulu. Team Irvin won 49-27. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

HONOLULU — Russell Wilson threw three first-half touchdown passes to lead Team Irvin to a 49-27 victory over Team Rice in the Pro Bowl on Sunday. The Seattle Seahawks star, who was the first player picked in the all-star game’s draft, led scoring drives on three of Team Irvin’s first four possessions at Aloha Stadium.… Continue reading →

Noah Spence, Sheldon Rankins among those who stood out at the Senior Bowl

Louisville defensive end Sheldon Rankins (98) runs through drills during NCAA college football practice for the Senior Bowl, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at Fairhope Municipal Stadium, in Fairhope, Ala.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The New Orleans Saints had nearly every member of their football operations staff at the Senior Bowl this week to get a closer look at the next crop of draft hopefuls. There were high-level scouts and low-level scouts. There were coordinators and position coaches. Even coach Sean Payton was on hand to get a closer… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler lives up to billing at Senior Bowl practice

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz gets an ice bath from defensive tackle Vernon Butler after their 47-28 win over Arkansas State at the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 19.

MOBILE, Ala. — In four seasons at Louisiana Tech, Vernon Butler was rarely the biggest name on the marquee. Record-breaking running back Kenneth Dixon often held the spotlight. Jeff Driskel’s arrival from Florida grabbed a lot of headlines last season. But when the three Bulldogs descended on Ladd-Peebles Stadium for Senior Bowl practices this week, the… Continue reading →

Northwestern State’s Ed Eagan gets Senior Bowl call — and gets right into action

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- Northwestern State wide receiver Ed Eagan runs through drills Thursday during practice for the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, in Mobile, Ala.

MOBILE, Ala. — The call Ed Eagan has been hoping he’d get finally came Wednesday night. When the North team lost both Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo and Massachusetts receiver Tajae Sharpe to ankle injuries on the second day of practice, Senior Bowl director Phil Savage immediately called in Eagan, the most prolific receiver in Northwestern State history,… Continue reading →

Saints to fund football safety awareness program

The Saints are donating $100,000 to fund USA Football’s Heads Up safety awareness program for high school coaches in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, the team announced Thursday along with officials from the organizations. It’s the first affiliation between an NFL team and high school athletic associations from three states and is an addition to the Saints’… Continue reading →

While at the Senior Bowl, the Saints won’t just talk to a few targets — they’ll talk to every player

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott drops back to pass during practice for the Senior Bowl on Wednesday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

MOBILE, Ala. — The Senior Bowl isn’t only for watching practice and creating scouting reports on what players can do on the field. It’s also for talking. And there is a lot of talking. Media will report breathlessly about which players are meeting with each team this week. In truth, the Saints and every other team… Continue reading →

Sean Payton feels ‘fortunate’ to fill coaching staff openings with blend of experience and promise

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton signals a touchdown in the first half of their NFL football game with the Arizona Cardinals in the Superdome in New Orleans Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

MOBILE, Ala. — Sean Payton descended on the Senior Bowl this week with a retooled coaching staff, flush with new faces that included big names, former players and coaches who already know how Payton likes to operate. Former Dolphins interim coach Dan Campbell, former Saints assistant and Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, former Cowboys and… Continue reading →

Saints hoping their scouting process has settled

Advocate staff photo by Patrick Dennis -- General Manager Mickey Loomis says hard lessons were learned with the Junior Galette ordeal. But he says the Saints made the best decisions they could at the time with the information they had..

MOBILE, Ala. — The Saints arrived here last year in one form and began transforming into something else by the time the buses pushed off the curb. New Orleans showed up at the Senior Bowl weeks after losing Ryan Pace to the Chicago Bears, leaving a vacancy in the front office, which… Continue reading →

Sean Payton gives details on the Saints’ reconfigured coaching staff

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints assistant head coach and linebackers coach Joe Vitt runs with his players at the end of practice at the  Saints Training Camp Saturday at their training facility on Airline Highway in Metairie.

MOBILE, Ala. — Sean Payton confirmed the changes he has made on his coaching staff since the end of the regular season, which were already known. But he did end the mystery surrounding one situation. When the Saints hired Dan Campbell to serve as the tight ends coach, it was widely reported he would also serve as the… Continue reading →