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Saints add tight end Ben Watson with three-year deal

Mar 19, 2013

With budding superstar Jimmy Graham already on the roster, few would argue that the New Orleans Saints really needed to add to the tight end position in this year’s free agency. However, it didn’t stop them from doing so. According to NFL.com, the Saints and former Patriots and Browns tight end Benjamin Watson have agreed to a three-year free agent contract. Watson, who spent the last three seasons in Cleveland after six in New England, isn’t quite the explosive threat Graham is. However, he is an intelligent, dedicated veteran, who can create mismatches and provide a steady, reliable target, especially in the redzone….

Bears nab Jermon Bushrod to solidify left side of line; big first day continues

Mar 12, 2013

Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery has struck again, signing former New Orleans Saints left tackle Jermon Bushrod to a five-year, $35.965 million deal with $17.715 million in guaranteed money. The move comes mere hours after Emery inked former New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett to a four-year deal. Bushrod’s arrival should, and all but likely will, signal the end of J’Marcus Webb‘s days on the left side. The Bears will likely shift Webb to the right side or relegate him to a reserve role. And Bears fans have to be thrilled about that. Webb has statistically been one of…

Saints had no choice but to give Chris Ivory second-round tender

Mar 10, 2013

According to reports, the New Orleans Saints have decided to place a second-round tender on restricted free agent running back Chris Ivory. While a second-round tender–which will pay Ivory just over $2 million for 2013–may seem like a bit much for a player who appeared in just six games and logged only 40 carries last season, the Saints really didn’t have a lot of choice. Over the past few seasons, the Saints have forged an identity as an explosive offensive machine. While several of the proverbial cogs–like quarterback Drew Brees and wide receiver Marques Colston–are unquestioned superstars, the beauty of the Saints’ system…

Former Saints coordinator Gregg Williams reinstated, will join Titans

Feb 7, 2013

Former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was handed an indefinite suspension for his part in the infamous bounty scandal, has been granted re-admittance into the league. According to NFL.com, Williams was notified on Thursday that he has been reinstated by the league and is free to seek employment. Williams, who had been hired as defensive coordinator by the St. Louis Rams last season before the suspension, will take on a job with the Tennessee Titans as a defensive assistant. “(NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell today notified Gregg Williams and the Tennessee Titans that Williams’ contract with the Titans has been approved and…

Saints, Sean Payton agree to five-year contract extension

Dec 28, 2012

Sorry Dallas fans, as it turn out, suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is headed right back to the Big Easy. According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports and NFL Network, Payton, who was suspended for the entire 2012 season for his part in the Saints’ bounty program, has agreed to a  five-year contract extension to remain in New Orleans. Payton had previously stated that he would be willing to keep his options open if he was unable to reach a new deal with the Saints. One rumor linked Payton to the Dallas Cowboys, where owner Jerry Jones has continued…

EZNews Exclusive: Johnny Patrick fights for Saints teammates and hurricane victims alike

Nov 19, 2012

New Orleans Saints cornerback Johnny Patrick realizes nothing this season is going to be easy, but he still has found time to make an impact off the field as well as on it. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Patrick jumped into action by launching the HOPE Campaign with local New Orleans rapper Shorty — in an effort to provide support to those effected by the superstorm. “Just hearing about Hurricane Sandy, and that it was second behind Katrina, that’s devastating for those guys. We’re just trying to give hope back to that city and let them know that someone…

Saints to be without RB Darren Sproles for another week

Nov 18, 2012

It looks like the New Orleans Saints will be without running back Darren Sproles for one more week. Sproles was expected to play against the Raiders on Sunday, but the Saints clearly didn’t feel he was ready to go, after missing the previous two games with a broken hand. Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory and Mark Ingram split carries against a Raiders defense that has given up an average of 119 yards a game this season. Follow us on Twitter: @BearHeiser & @EZNewsNFL. “Like” us on Facebook, too. Related stories: Tim Tebow might be ‘terrible’, but he was good enough to break the Jets defense last season Raiders…

Saints slasher Darren Sproles back at practice, could create matchup nightmare for Raiders

Nov 15, 2012

The once 0-4 New Orleans Saints have managed to pull to 4-5, winning their last two games thanks in large part to a resurgent rushing attack. For the season, the Saints have averaged just 88.4 yards per game on the ground, but over the past two weeks, have produced a combined 288 yards on the ground. New Orleans’ new found focus on the ground game does not bode well for this week’s opponent, the Oakland Raiders, who rank just 21st (119 yards per game) in the league against the run. While Drew Brees and the Saints passing attack presents its own matchup…

Saints hand Falcons first loss of season, shake up NFC playoff picture

Nov 11, 2012

The Atlanta Falcons must be still be looked at as contenders to represent the NFC in this year’s Super Bowl, but after falling to the New Orleans Saints 31-27 on Sunday, their quest for a perfect season has come to an end. Despite a valiant effort from quarterback Matt Ryan, who threw for 411 yards and three scores, and wideout Julio Jones, who toughed out an early leg injury to make a second-half return, the Falcons fell just short in the back-and-forth battle. Saints quarterback Drew Brees passed for 298 yards and three touchdowns of his own, while running backs Chris Ivory and Mark Ingram battered…

NFL grants Saints permission to negotiate extension with Sean Payton

Nov 11, 2012

After all the talk of New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton becoming a ‘free agent’ following the 2012 season, it appears that the suspended coach may not be going anywhere. That is, if the Saints put forth an effort to retain him. According to reports, the NFL has granted the Saints written permission to negotiate a contract extension with Payton. “The league office has communicated fully on this matter with the Saints and we are confident that it will be resolved in an appropriate and timely fashion,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. Any new extension would replace the previous extension that…