Saints Talk: WR Michael Thomas Offered New Contract Extension

Saints wide reciever Michael Thomas has been offered a new, record breaking contract extension, yet Thomas wants more..

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Thomas’ camp have recieved an $18 to $19 million dollar a year contract extension. The exact price was yet to be released but Thomas is looking to become the first $20 million dollar a year reciever.

This shows that Thomas and the Saints’ GM Mickey Loomis aren’t far apart in the negotiation process.

Michael Thomas was a 2nd round selection and the 6th reciever taken off the board. Corey Coleman, Will Fuller, Josh Doctson, Laquon Treadwell and Sterling Shepard were the 5 recievers before him. Thomas has obviously proven he was the best reciever in that draft class.

Each First Round Draft Pick From The 2019 NFL Draft

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That’s it! The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is over and some of the biggest names are officially off the board. Here are every draft pick from the first round:

Selection No. 1 – Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray

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Selection No. 2 – San Francisco 49ers: DE Nick Bosa

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Selection No. 3 – New York Jets: DT Quinnen Williams

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Selection No. 4 – Oakland Raiders: DE Clelin Ferrell

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Selection No. 5 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Devin White

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Selection No. 6 – New York Giants: QB Daniel Jones

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Selection No. 7 – Jacksonville Jaguars: LB Josh Allen

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Selection No. 8 – Detroit Lions: TE TJ Hockenson

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Selection No. 9 – Buffalo Bills: DT Ed Oliver

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Selection No. 10 – Pittsburgh Steelers (Via Broncos): LB Devin Bush

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Selection No. 11 – Cincinnati Bengals: OT Jonah Williams

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Selection No. 12 – Green Bay Packers: DE Rashan Gary

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Selection No. 13 – Miami Dolphins: DT Christian Wilkins

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Selection No. 14 – Atlanta Falcons: G/T Chris Lindstrom

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Selection No. 15 – Washington Redskins: QB Dwayne Haskins

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Selection No. 16 – Carolina Panthers: OLB Brian Burns

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Selection No. 17 – New York Giants (Via Browns): DT Dexter Lawrence

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Selection No. 18 – Minnesota Vikings: C Garrett Bradbury

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Selection No. 19 – Tennessee Titans: DT Jeffery Simmons

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Selection No. 20 – Denver Broncos (Via Steelers): TE Noah Fant

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Selection No. 21 – Green Bay Packers (Via Seahawks): S Darnell Savage

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Selection No. 22 – Philadelphia Eagles (Via Ravens): T Andre Dillard

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Selection No. 23 – Houston Texans: T Tytus Howard

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Selection No. 24 – Oakland Raiders (Via Bears): RB Josh Jacobs

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Selection No. 25 – Baltimore Ravens (Via Eagles): WR Marquise Brown

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Selection No. 26 – Washington Redskins (Via Colts): DE Montez Sweat

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Selection No. 27 – Oakland Raiders (Via Cowboys): S Johnathan Abram

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Selection No. 28 – Los Angeles Chargers: DT Jerry Tillery

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Selection No. 29 – Seattle Seahawks (Via Chiefs): DE L.J. Collier

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Selection No. 30 – New York Giants (Via Seahawks/Packers/Saints): CB Deandre Baker

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Selection No. 31 – Atlanta Falcons (Via Rams): T Kaleb McGary

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Selection No. 32 – New England Patriots: WR N’Keal Harry

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Possible Draft Day Trades For The Saints

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The Saints are notorious for trading within the draft, especially in the Sean Payton era. In the Payton era, the Saints have traded every year except 2006 when Payton was hired and 2012 when Payton was suspended.

The Saints have traded from late in the second round to jump back into the first to snatch up a player they liked. They did this in 2011, going from No. 56 to No. 28 to select Alabama RB, Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram.

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One possible draft day trade the Saints could pull off is trading up to No. 28 with the Chargers. The Chargers are rumored to be looking to trade out of the first round. The Saints could possibly package G Andrus Peat, No. 62 overall and either a 3rd or 4th round draft pick from 2020.

Another possible draft day trade is for the Saints to trade out of the second round and deal No. 62 overall and a 2020 3rd round pick to the Cardinals for CB Patrick Peterson. It’s rumored Peterson’s time in Arizona is almost over. The Saints repetitively tried to trade for the All-Pro CB last season before trading for former Giants CB Eli Apple instead.

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Top 10 Greatest Saints To Ever Play

Johnathon Vilma, Pat Swilling, Mark Ingram. All dominate Saints players yet they didn’t make the cut for my personal top 10 Saints players. Here is my top 10 Saints players.

Number 10: DE Will Smith

Super Bowl winning DE Will Smith was murdered tragically April 9th, 2016. Will Smith’s greatest play, in my opinion, was Tracy Porter’s game-sealing interception as he laid a key block on Peyton Manning.

Number 9: QB Archie Manning

Although it was another era when Saints fans typically wore paper bags over their heads, there was a shining star at QB by the name of Archie Manning. He gave the Saints hope yet we were typically considered the “laughing stock of the league.”

Number 8: WR Joe Horn

WR Joe Horn was not only a great receiver, he was a hilarious personality to have around New Orleans. He’s iconically know for his cell phone celebration after a touchdown.

Number 7: LB Sam Mills

LB Sam Mills passed away August 3rd, 2005 after a battle with colon cancer. Mills was inducted into the Saints and Panthers Hall of Fame. Mills is the inspiration behind the Panthers’ slogan “Keep Pounding.” He was in “Dome Patrol.” The “Dome Patrol” was a nickname for the Saints linebacking corp.

Number 6: OL Willie Roaf

OT Willie Roaf, aka “Nasty,” played for the Saints and Chiefs for thirteen seasons. He was such an exceptional tackle, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

Number 5: RB Deuce McAllister

DEUCEEEEE!!! Deuce McAllister is the greatest running back in Saints history. He was drafted out of Ole Miss in the first round and spent eight seasons with the Saints.

Number 4: WR Marques Colston

WR Marques Colston, the greatest WR to never make a Pro Bowl. After drafted in the seventh round out of Hofstra, he was never looked at tremendously. He has just under 10,000 career yards (9,759) and 72 touchdowns.

Number 3: K Morten Anderson

K Morten Andersen is one of the greatest kickers ever after just being passed by ageless K Adam Vinatieri. Andersen ended his career with 2,544 points. He was inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame class.

Number 2: LB Rickey Jackson

HOF LB Rickey Jackson was inducted into the 2010 class. Jackson was the leader of the “Dome Patrol.” The “Dome Patrol” consisted of Rickey Jackson, Sam Mills, Vaughn Johnson and Pat Swilling.

Number 1: QB Drew Brees

Although this may be obvious, I placed Brees as the greatest Saint ever because after Hurricane Katrina, the Saints, and quite frankly, the whole city of New Orleans was in desperate need of a hero. The Saints were rumored to be relocated to San Antonio if NOLA couldn’t recover. Within a few years of being signed, Brees brought a Lombardi to NOLA.


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AAF Players Finally Their Chance in the NFL

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In recent days, the majority owner of the AAF folded the league and terminated all of the player’s contracts. This sent some home that will be done with professional football as they did not perform well enough to get on an NFL roster, but for some this opened up a chance to get back to the league everyone dreams of being in. There have been a few signings of former AAF players, so let’s look into the details. I’m sure there will be more as the weeks go by.

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Keith Reaser, Orlando Apollos (CB): Signed with Kansas City Chiefs;

Reaser balled out in the AAF with 3 interception and brought back two of those for touchdowns. He was also rated the highest graded cornerback by far in the short stint of the AAF.

He should definitely see some playing time with the Chiefs and will most likely be a starter on special teams.

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Rashad Ross, Arizona Hotshots (WR): Signed with Carolina Panthers;

Rashad Ross returns to the NFL with Cam Newton as his quarterback and a bunch of confidence. He was the stand out receiver in the AAF catching a little over 500 yards, and 7 touchdowns in just 8 games. Should be a solid 3rd or 4th receiver for a healthy Cam to utilize.

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Garrett Gilbert, Orlando Apollos (QB): Signed with Cleveland Browns;

Gilbert was the AAF’s top quarterback and would have been MVP if the league continued. He threw for a little over 2,000 yards and added 13 touchdowns. He will back up the NFL’s most rising star and should give Mayfield any help he does not already have. Also, it’s always good to have a cheap backup that has experience.

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De’Vante Bausby, San Antonio Commanders (CB): Signed with the Denver Broncos;

Bausby led the league in interceptions with 4 and added 10 pass defended. He let up some plays, but was a explosive player that lead his defense. Also, he ended their game against the Salt Lake Lions with a interception on a two point conversion. He should make the Broncos Roster and will learn under Chris Harris Junior. Solid pickup from the Broncos.

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Brandon Greene, Kitt O’Brien, and JC Hassenauer, Birmingham Iron (OL): Signed with the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers;

This offensive line was dominant through their games. They carried Trent Richardson to a league leading 11 touchdowns and were the main reason behind the Iron’s winning record along with that dominance defense. All 3 of these players will be backups for now, but will for sure be ready to step in at any time.

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Duke Thomas, San Antonio Commanders (CB): Signed with the Minnesota Vikings;

Duke had 22 tackles with a interception and added a fumble recovery. He might be a long shot to make the Viking’s roster come preseason, but if he does he can contribute on special teams. 19 of his 22 tackles were solo, so he definitely would have no problem leading the punting team to go tackle that returner.

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Damontre Moore, San Diego Fleet (DE): Signed with the 49ers;

Moore is thrown into the 49ers great pass rush group. Having Dee Ford and Alexander in as starters, it will help Moore develop into a solid NFL pass rusher. Moore had 7 sacks, which led the league, and was the leader of the San Diego Fleet’s defense. He should have no problem making the roster and will look to contribute to the arguably the best pass rush in the league.

Good luck to every player that has been signed or will be signed!

Jayrone Elliott: Saints Best AAF Prospect

Former San Antonio Commanders’ LB/DE Jayrone Elliott would add great depth to the Saints’ defensive line and linebackers.

Elliott, who led the AAF in sacks with 7.5 in just 8 games, was a Packers linebacker a few years back and already spent time in New Orleans during the preseason.

With the Saints losing DT Sheldon Rankins for the beginning of the season due to a torn achilles and the lack of depth at the linebacker position for us, Jayrone Elliott could supply us with “breathing room” per se. Elliot is a great pass rusher and for him to learn with one of the game’s best in Cam Jordan can be very beneficial for him.

The 6’3″, 255lbs linebacker nearly missed the 53-man roster cut off and had to sign with the AAF in the meantime.


Fun Fact: LB Jayrone Elliott, CB Marshon Lattimore, WR Ted Ginn Jr, and ST/CB Justin Hardee all attended Glenville High School in Cleveland, OH.

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CB P.J. Williams and Saints Agree To One-Year Deal

The Saints and CB P.J. Williams have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, per Saints/Twitter.

The Saints CB depth chart goes as followed:

CB1: Marshon Lattimore

CB2: Eli Apple

CB3: Patrick Robinson

CB4: P.J. Williams

Williams had off-season trouble with being arrested on a DUI charge on January 23rd.


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3 Prospects That Fit The Saints

With the NFL Draft fast approaching, I’ll look back at my top 3 key prospects the Saints have met with for this year’s draft.

Prospect 1: Parris Campbell

Former Ohio State WR Parris Campbell is projected to go anywhere as high as first round to as low as third round according to 247Sports.  Campbell had a great season with 90 receptions with just over 1,000 yards. He measured in at 6′ 1 7/8″ and weighed in at 205lbs. He provides a speed the Saints need as Ted Ginn Jr is getting up there in age.

Prospect 2: A.J. Brown

Either A.J. Brown or Parris Campbell would help the Saints greatly. With Dez Bryant still a mystery, the Saints should add depth to the receiver position. Brown is projected to go high second to mid third round.

Prospect 3: Will Grier

QB from WVU, Will Grier, would be a great asset for the Saints. If he could sit under Brees and learn from one of the greatest, he’ll thrive in the league. The Saints do have Teddy Bridgewater but he’s only under a one year deal.


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