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A position-by-position look at some issues facing the Saints heading into the offseason

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton greets offensive tackle Andrus Peat (75) prior to an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Disappointing results often lead to sweeping changes. The Saints should end up as an outlier in that equation. Last year’s 7-9 finish was different than the one New Orleans just completed. That finish was the result of a dysfunctional locker room and underachieving players, who were traded away, cut or exiled by whatever means necessary. This group… Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →