Saints begin roster cuts, place linebacker Compton in IR
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have placed veteran linebacker Will Compton on injured reserve, possibly ending his season.
New Orleans also has removed 16 other players from the...
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A former University of Wyoming football player who was signed by the New Orleans Saints has asked for a new trial after pleading no contest to sexual battery and unlawful...
Saints’ Thomas misses first camp practice
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints receiver Michael Thomas' contract holdout, which began when he failed to report to team headquarters on Thursday, continued through the first practice of training camp...
Saints GM Loomis won’t predict quick end to Thomas holdout
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints general manager Mickey Loomis is declining to predict a quick resolution to team-leading receiver Michael Thomas' contract holdout.
Saints add 5 undrafted rookies
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has signed five undrafted rookies since the NFL draft ended on Saturday.
Saints GM Loomis: Draft trades true to team philosophy
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton left no doubt about their willingness to give up multiple draft picks — in the present and future — to go after...
Saints GM: Tight end Cook agrees to free-agent contract
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says 2018 Pro Bowl tight end Jared Cook has agreed to the terms of a free-agent contract with New Orleans.
Saints acquire QB Teddy Bridgewater from Jets
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have agreed to acquire veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a sixth-round pick from the New York Jets for a third-round draft pick on Wednesday.
While record-setting quarterback Drew Brees is entrenched as New Orleans' starter, the move signifies that Saints coach Sean Payton was not entirely comfortable with either veteran Tom Savage or second-year pro Taysom Hill serving as Brees' backup.
Hoomanawanui among 3 Saints unable to start camp
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says veteran tight end Michael Hoomanawanui is joining receiver Brandon Coleman and running back Daniel Lasco on the club's physically unable to perform list as training camp begins.
The Saints reported for camp on Wednesday. Their first practice is scheduled on Thursday morning.
Payton did not specify why Hoomanawanui and Coleman are starting camp on the PUP list or when they are expected to be activated.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has signed four players and waived four players following a recent rookie camp that also included veterans who were offered tryouts.
Loomis says the Saints have signed defensive tackle Jay Bromley, linebacker KeShun Freeman, offensive lineman Michael Ola and fullback Ryan Yurachek.
Linebacker Adam Bighill, offensive lineman Daronte Bouldin, and defensive backs Rickey Jefferson and Bradley Sylve have been waived.
Beyond Davenport, Saints’ draft mostly about depth
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints went all in to try to snag a potential difference maker near the top of the draft.
As for their other six picks, time will tell.
In the days leading up to the draft, Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis were convinced the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Davenport was worth trading up to take in the middle of the first round. So they did that and had to give up next year's first-rounder as part of the deal.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the Saints plan to have an empty chair in the draft room at team headquarters in honor of their late owner.
Tom Benson, a New Orleans native who bought the Saints in 1985, died on March 15 at age 90.
His wife, Gayle, now controls both the Saints and the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans, which Benson bought in 2012.
Contending Saints enter draft looking for final touches
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has been around long enough to appreciate the fleeting nature of success in the NFL, particularly as it relates to draft bonanzas and busts.
Last year, the Saints had one of the best drafts in franchise history and nearly wound up in the NFC title game because of it.
Loomis only wishes past success guaranteed future results. But he knows better.
Saints agree to terms with TE Benjamin Watson on one-year deal
The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent TE Benjamin Watson on a one-year contract. The announcement was made by Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Saints have missed out on a few free agency ‘wants,’ but focus now on ‘needs’ and ‘musts’
ORLANDO, Fla. — While the Saints appear to be fine with missing out on some players they targeted in free agency who became overpriced, a sense of urgency was voiced on needing to fill some holes on the roster.
New Orleans breaks its offseason up into three categories: musts, needs and wants. Ndamukong Suh was more of a want. But coach Sean Payton said on Tuesday that edge rusher, wide receiver and tight end are all musts.
Tom Benson’s private funeral Mass to be televised Friday
(NEW ORLEANS, LA) - A private funeral Mass for New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson is being held Friday at noon at St. Lewis Cathedral. Benson died on March 15 at the age of 90.
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Funeral Mass held for Saints and Pelicans owner Benson
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NFL and NBA executives joined Saints and Pelicans players and coaches and New Orleans city officials in a historic French Quarter cathedral Friday for the funeral of Tom Benson, the owner of the city's two major professional sports franchises who died last week at age 90.
"You can see how much people really loved him," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu, looking at throngs of tourists and locals outside St. Louis Cathedral a few minutes before the midday Mass.
‘Changed forever’: Saints GM Mickey Loomis, former player Rickey Jackson reflect at Tom Benson visitation
Every time he ended a conversation, he left a gem of wisdom.
Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis reflected on his time with team owner Tom Benson who died last week at age 90.
“It’s just emotional. ... All those memories come rushing to you, all those good times,” Loomis said. "The lives of me and my entire family were changed forever.”
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What did Tom Benson mean to people’s lives? Owner touched many ‘with deeds, not just words’
Mickey Loomis and Dennis Lauscha couldn’t find the words.
The question was simple and direct: What did Tom Benson mean to you and your life? Generating an answer, however, was difficult. The reply both men wanted to give was “everything,” which really would have sufficed, but they wanted to provide more nuance, more meaning.
Mickey Loomis still processing missed Super Bowl opportunity as Saints begin offseason
MOBILE, Ala. — Mickey Loomis almost always feels the same at the end of a season, like a man who has been tossed to the bottom of a deep, dark hole, and there's no obvious way back to the light.
Normally, the feeling passes after a few days. Loomis starts to focus on the positive, the good things that happened, the foundation that was laid, and the juice starts flowing again.
A loss like the Minneapolis Miracle that knocked the Saints out of the playoffs lingers a little bit longer.
New Orleans Saints Owner Tom Benson and his wife, Executive Officer Gayle Benson, aren’t on the sideline during the players’ stretch period, and General Manager Mickey Loomis also is absent due to another assignment (the Senior Bowl, in Mobile, Ala.).
And, too, that portion of practice took place without the musical accompaniment that usually is provided by Director of Player Engagement/D.J. Fred McAfee.
Mickey Loomis: Grievances over Nick Fairley’s contract are in process of resolution
MOBILE, Ala. — The New Orleans Saints are awaiting decisions on the grievances filed to try to recoup some of the four-year, $28 million deal that Nick Fairley signed on the first day of free agency last season.
Fairley, who was diagnosed with an enlarged heart when he went through his NFL combine physicals before being picked by the Lions, was forced to miss the 2017 season when Saints doctors discovered a change in the condition during his physical.
Saints did get conditional pick they received from Arizona in Adrian Peterson trade
MOBILE, Ala. — The New Orleans Saints will get the sixth-round pick they received when they traded running back Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals, according to general manager Mickey Loomis.
When Peterson was initially traded, the deal was reported as Peterson for a conditional sixth-round pick, which typically means that a player has to meet certain playing-time or roster designations for the draft pick to change hands.
Saints GM: Brees was ‘fantastic’ and is wanted back
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the team will seriously evaluate quarterbacks in this year's draft regardless of how negotiations toward a new deal with 12-year starter Drew Brees progress.
Can Reggie Bush ‘bring the wood’ in Saints-Falcons showdown? Thousands sign petition
Reggie Bush leading the Saints onto the field, bat in hand against the Arizona Cardinals remains one of the iconic images from their Super Bowl run.
It signified the team's goal of wanting to "bring the wood," against the Arizona Cardinals that day. And nearly 8,000 people are hoping to see that again this weekend.
Saints receiver Willie Snead suspended 3 games for DUI
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints officials say receiver Willie Snead has been suspended for the first three games this season because of an offseason traffic violation for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Coach Sean Payton says general manager Mickey Loomis spoke with league officials Friday about the suspension for Snead, who last season was among New Orleans' receiving leaders with 984 yards and three touchdowns.
A DUI represents a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Saints report for camp with questions looming
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Questions about low expectations surrounding the Saints this season had coach Sean Payton reminiscing Wednesday night about the time he told general manager Mickey Loomis that he wasn't sure New Orleans would even win one game.
That was back in 2006, Payton's first year on the job, after a lopsided preseason loss to Dallas. Things turned out a lot better than even the coach expected; that run ended one victory short of a Super Bowl berth.
Saints’ Fairley ruled out for 2017 because of heart symptoms
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley is coming off one of his best NFL seasons and it might have been his last.
At the very least, he won't be playing for New Orleans in 2017.
General manager Mickey Loomis said Monday that Fairley has been placed on the team's reserve list with a non-football illness designation, meaning the 2016 starter is out for this season.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has signed the second of its two first-round draft choices, offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk.
Loomis says the 6-foot-6, 314-pound Ramczyk, who was drafted 32nd overall out of Wisconsin, has signed a four-year contract. Ramczyk's signing means all seven of New Orleans' draft choices are under contract in advance of training camp.
Saints GM: Fairley attending to medical matter
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says veteran defensive tackle Nick Fairley is undergoing medical tests for an unspecified condition.
Loomis, who told The Associated Press of Fairley's medical issue in a text Saturday, has not disclosed details about what ails the 6-foot-4, 308-pound lineman, who has not attended the Saints' first two sets of voluntary offseason practices.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has signed six of seven draft choices, leaving only offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk unsigned.
Loomis, who announced the signings Friday, says cornerback Marshon Lattimore, safety Marcus Williams, running back Alvin Kamara, linebacker Alex Anzalone, and defensive ends Trey Hendrickson and Al-Quadin Muhammad have agreed to four-year deals, ensuring they'll be under contract for mandatory minicamp from June 13-15.
NFL Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy found dead at age 48
Cortez Kennedy was a hulking force at defensive tackle, the cornerstone of a franchise that had little to cheer about for most of his playing career.
And yet what Kennedy accomplished as a player with the Seattle Seahawks — which was good enough for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame — was secondary to the affable personality that made him a revered figure long after his career ended.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have made close to a dozen roster moves, add mostly offensive players as the club prepares for voluntary offseason non-contact practices.
General manager Mickey Loomis, who announced the moves on Monday, says the Saints have signed offensive tackle Khalif Barnes, running back Trey Edmunds, tight end Clay Harbor and guards Drew Iddings and Josh LeRibeus.
Pelicans owner: Club sticking with GM Demps, coach Gentry
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A second straight non-playoff season will not cost general manager Dell Demps and coach Alvin Gentry their jobs — at least not before the start of next season.
How much patience owner Tom Benson, who turns 90 in July, and Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis will have with the pair once the season starts is another matter.
Saints’ slew of early draft picks addresses numerous needs
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis stockpiled six picks in the first three rounds of the 2017 NFL draft and filled nearly every need they had — even if not quite in the order of their priorities.
Saints bring back tight end Phillips
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are bringing back tight end John Phillips on a one-year contract.
Phillips joined the Saints during Week 10 of last season, when he was claimed off of waivers from the Denver Broncos.
The 6-foot-5, 251-pound Phillips started four of eight games last season with New Orleans, catching five passes for 32 yards. Including his time with Denver, Phillip played in 16 games last season and caught 10 passes, including one touchdown.