Robert Meachem re-signs with Saints, gets one-year deal

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Saints receiver Robert Meachem scores a touchdown against the Buccaneers last season.

The Saints are bringing wide receiver Robert Meachem back for another season. The eight-year veteran, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2007, signed a one-year contract, the Saints announced Friday. Terms were not released, but Meachem likely will receive the veteran’s minimum of $855,000. Meachem rejoined the Saints just before the start of last season after being … Continue reading →

Saints host slew of defensive back draft prospects

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners defensive back Aaron Colvin signals 'no good' after Alabama kicker Cade Foster missed a field goal in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Colvin was among several defensive back draft prospects who visited the Saints on Tuesday.

Though they were No. 2 against the pass last season, the New Orleans Saints packed their headquarters Tuesday with draft prospects who could further boost their secondary. Cornerbacks Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State), Bradley Roby (Ohio State), Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Nebraska), Pierre Desir (Lindenwood), Aaron Colvin (Oklahoma) and Demetri Goodson (Baylor) all visited the Saints, a … Continue reading →

Desir takes long road to visit with Saints on Tuesday

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Glancing over the names of the several defensive backs who visited the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, one jumped out at me more than the others: Lindenwood University corner Pierre Desir. Desir was the only player out of that group who did not attend a Division I school. Yet at least one site that ranks draft prospects, CBSSports.com, projected him … Continue reading →

Saints Draft Pick Series: The Fourth Round

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.

The Advocate continues the countdown to the 2014 NFL draft with the fifth in an eight-part series on the Saints’ top five selections -- round-by-round -- as chosen by Sheldon Mickles. The series will continue each week until the top five first-round selections are revealed on May 6 -- two days before the May 8-10 draft. ROUND … Continue reading →

The Saints Mount Rushmore Plus One

It took two sculptors, 14 years, hundreds of men and thousands of tons of dynamite deep in the heart of the Black Hills region of South Dakota to build Mount Rushmore, which celebrates the great contributions presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The Advocate is taking the same skill, precision, passion and thought … Continue reading →

Louisville safety Calvin Pryor to visit Saints on Monday

Louisville's Calvin Pryor, left, and Stephan Robinson make a tackle against South Florida.AP Photo

The Saints may have already invested heavily in the position of safety, but that hasn’t discouraged them from meeting with one of the best prospects at that position in the upcoming draft. Louisville’s Calvin Pryor set up a visit with the Saints for Monday, an NFL source confirmed for The Advocate. NFL Network’s Gil Brandt first reported Pryor would visit … Continue reading →

Report: USC center Martin visited Saints

The Saints on Saturday were linked to another center who will be available in the upcoming draft. Southern California’s Marcus Martin recently visited New Orleans, and he did the same with the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers, wrote Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun and National Football Post. He’s drawn second- to third-round projections. … Continue reading →

Boise State’s DeMarcus Lawrence to visit the Saints

Associated Press photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- New Orleans Saints

Saints coach Sean Payton has said his team always places a premium on good pass rushers, and one is set to tour their facilities. Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence has set up a visit with the Saints, an NFL source confirmed to The Advocate on Friday. New Orleans, however, isn’t alone in its interest — the NFL Network’s … Continue reading →

Saints nose tackle Broderick Bunkley takes pay cut

File photo -- Saints nose tackle Broderick Bunkley, right, make sa tackle during practice last season.

Saints nose tackle Broderick Bunkley agreed to take a pay cut to create more than $2.8 million in salary cap space for the team, according to reports. Bunkley’s was supposed to be owed $4.5 million in salary and bonuses, but his base salary is now $1.3 million, the NFL Players Association website showed Wednesday. He will receive … Continue reading →

Saints release schedule for 2014 preseason

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram makes a two point conversion Saturday in athe Saints' 23-15 loss to the Seahawks in an NFC divisional playoff game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Despite a costly fumble in the second quarter, Ingram rushed for 49 yards, and his improved play in the second half of the season bodes well for the Saints' future.

The Saints released some details of their 2014 preseason schedule Wednesday. The Saints open at the St. Louis Rams on a to-be-announced date. They follow that with a home game against the Tennessee Titans, also on a date to be determined. The Saints play at the Indianapolis Colts in a nationally televised game on CBS … Continue reading →

Falcons add safety Dwight Lowery, cornerback Josh Wilson.

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons added two potential starters to their secondary by signing safety Dwight Lowery and cornerback Josh Wilson. Lowery has 41 career starts with the Jets and Jaguars. He started three games with Jacksonville in 2013 before suffering a concussion on the first play at Seattle on Sept. 22. He later was … Continue reading →

The Saints Draft Pick Series: The Fifth Round

New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

The Advocate continues the countdown to the 2014 NFL draft with the fourth of an eight-part series on the Saints’ top five selections -- round-by-round -- as chosen by long-time Advocate sportswriter Sheldon Mickles. The series will continue each week until the top five first-round selections are revealed on May 6 -- two days before the May 8-10 draft. ROUND 5 1. … Continue reading →

Blank wants Falcons to be "tougher" against the Saints

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints defensive end Tom Johnson (96) pressures Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) as Falcons center Todd McClure (62) tries to block him in the second half of the Saints' 31-27 win over  Atlanta Sunday in the Superdome.

The already heated Atlanta Falcons-New Orleans Saints rivalry just got a little bit more "tougher" and possibly heated after some remarks made by Falcons owner Arthur Blank on an Atlanta radio station on Tuesday. According to ESPN on Tuesday, Blank said it bothered him that members of his team barely reacted when Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro was … Continue reading →

USC wide receiver Marqise Lee planning Saints visit

Southern California wide receiver Marqise Lee scores on an 80-yard pass play against Boston College during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

There likely will be more, but at the very minimum, the Saints are hosting one wide receiver who many think could be selected late in the first round of the 2014 draft in May. USC’s Marqise Lee told the program Pro Football Talk Live he has visits set up with New Orleans and its NFC South rival, … Continue reading →

Brian de la Puente leaves Saints, signs with Bears

Associated Press photo by CHARLES REX ARBOGAST -- New Orleans Saints center Brian de la Puente points before a snap against the Bears last season in Chicago. De la Puente signed a one-year deal with the Bears, the team said Sunday.

Free agent Brian de la Puente, the Saints’ starting center since 2011, will play in Chicago this season after agreeing to a one-year deal there Sunday, the Bears announced. De la Puente’s deal is for the minimum veteran salary, with a $65,000 signing bonus and $100,000 guaranteed, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune. The 6-foot-3, 306-pound de … Continue reading →

Champ Bailey’s lengthy Saints courtship ended ‘just right’

Associated Press photo by Jack DempseyFormer Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey warms up before the AFC Championship game in January.

It was about mid-March when Atlanta-based NFL agent Jack Reale received a phone call from Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis. The Saints, Loomis said, wanted to explore the possibility of signing his 12-time Pro Bowler of a client, cornerback Champ Bailey. When was the earliest he could visit? What followed wasn’t the speediest of processes; it … Continue reading →

Saints’ Rafael Bush signs offer sheet with Falcons

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Free safety Rafael Bush will remain in New Orleans after the Saints on Monday matched an offer sheet he signed with the Atlanta Falcons last week.

The Atlanta Falcons are seeking a potential starter at safety, and they’re looking to pluck one from their nemeses. Restricted Saints free-agent safety Rafael Bush on Thursday signed an offer sheet from the NFC South rival Falcons, who are searching for someone to replace the released Thomas DeCoud. The Saints have until Tuesday to match the offer … Continue reading →

Saints’ Rafael Bush signs offer sheet from Atlanta Falcons

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Free safety Rafael Bush will remain in New Orleans after the Saints on Monday matched an offer sheet he signed with the Atlanta Falcons last week.

The Atlanta Falcons are seeking a potential starter at safety, and they’re looking to pluck one from their nemeses. Restricted Saints free-agent safety Rafael Bush on Thursday signed an offer sheet from the NFC South rival Falcons, who are searching for someone to replace the released Thomas DeCoud. The Saints have until April 8 to match the … Continue reading →

Saints release offseason workout calendar

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- New Orleans Saints inside linebacker Kevin Reddick, outside linebacker Will Herring (54) and outside linebacker Ramon Humber take down Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate during the Seahawks' 23-15 win Saturday at Century Link Field in Seattle.

The Saints are set to begin their 2014 offseason workouts on April 21, it was announced Thursday. Their organized team activities, or “OTAs,” will be May 27 to 29, June 3 to 5, and June 16 to 19. The team’s mandatory minicamp will be June 10 to 12. According to Collective Bargaining Agreement rules, the Saints … Continue reading →

Parys Haralson healing, happy to be back with Saints

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints outside linebackers Parys Haralson, left, and Junior Galette sack Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon during the fourth quarter of a 42-17 win Dec. 29 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Parys Haralson believes he accomplished his primary goal with the New Orleans Saints last season: Getting his teammates to trust he’s capable of doing his job. However, he’d be lying if he said he was certain he’d get a chance to do that again, he admitted in a telephone interview Wednesday. Haralson tore a pectoral muscle in January, … Continue reading →

Saints Mount Rushmore Plus One: The front office

It took two sculptors, 14 years, hundreds of men and thousands of tons of dynamite deep in the heart of the Black Hills region of South Dakota to build Mount Rushmore, which celebrates the great contributions presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The Advocate is taking the same skill, precision, passion and thought … Continue reading →

Reports: Saints host Champ Bailey

Associated Press photo by Jack DempseyFormer Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey warms up before the AFC Championship game in January.

Seeking to strengthen their secondary, the Saints were hosting 12-time Pro Bowl defensive back Champ Bailey for a free agent visit, numerous national outlets reported Tuesday. The reports, one of which said Bailey could visit at least one other team depending on how things went with New Orleans, began circulating after Saints cornerback Continue reading →

Saints ready to zero in on Kenny Vaccaro’s role

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro

As Saints coordinator Rob Ryan led his defense to a No. 4 ranking in yards allowed in 2013, rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro lined up in a multitude of positions. He covered slot receivers at times. At others, he patrolled deep. He monitored the area that linebackers typically do. He’d occasionally creep up to the line … Continue reading →