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2016 Schedule
7-9, 3rd in NFC South
6hMel Kiper

Kiper's 2016 NFL draft re-grades

Mel Kiper rips up last April's report cards and gives new grades to all 32 teams. What did he get right -- and wrong? He reviews the 2016 class, which has some stars, steals, surprises and busts.

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23hMike Triplett

Source: Saints, QB Daniel reach 1-year deal

Veteran QB Chase Daniel is returning to the Saints, where he spent his first four seasons backing up Drew Brees, a source told ESPN.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton told the New Orleans Advocate that the Saints plan to bring in Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon for a pre-draft visit – although at least one team, the Patriots, has removed Mixon from its draft board because of the 2014 incident in which he punched a woman at a bar. "Our evaluation is incomplete yet because we haven't brought him in," Payton told The Advocate. "I'm sure we'll bring him in. We haven't had the discussion to say, ‘Here's our grade.' That all takes place next week. We'll bring him in and try to get a feel for what this guy's like, our thoughts on it, and then make the decision."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton on what the Saints like about new guard Larry Warford: "He's got ass and mass." Payton laughed but said, "That's important." Payton also said Warford is a hard worker and Saints QB coach Joe Lombardi worked with him as the former Lions offensive coordinator. Payton also said his vision for new WR Ted Ginn is "crystal clear." Likes that Ginn has played his best football in second half of career, has a level of toughness and, "He's still the fastest player on the field."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton revealed some of the Saints' draft wish list: "I'd like to come out of this draft with a young offensive lineman. We've talked about cornerback. I think it's an outstanding running back class." Payton said he thinks some RBs drafted in the middle rounds will play and have good careers.

Payton says Saints won't sign Butler (0:36)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said Brandin Cooks trade wasn't a situation where "we felt like we've gotta make this trade or else. It was the opposite actually." Payton said at one point the Saints told Cooks a deal might not happen. But Payton said a few clubs reached out to the Saints and they eventually liked the Patriots deal. Payton again blamed Cooks' agent for last year's complaints about Cooks' role in the Saints' offense and pointed out that Cooks switched agents after the season.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton reiterated that his Super Bowl-week visit with Johnny Manziel was basically a get-to-know-you session and said the part of the NFL Network report that "insinuated" it could lead to the Saints signing Manziel down the road was "false." But Payton said it's valuable to explore all players who could potentially help the team. "Kicking the tires and getting to know people, that's our job," Payton said at the NFL meetings Wednesday.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton on the decision not to sign Malcolm Butler to an offer sheet.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said he knows the Saints won't give up the 11th pick in the draft by signing an offer sheet with CB Malcolm Butler. Perhaps a trade with the Patriots could emerge, but Payton said that would just be "speculation" since they can't talk trade until Butler signs his restricted free agent tender with New England. (Photo of Payton at NFL meetings coaches' breakfast courtesy of ESPN's Mike Reiss)

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Saints Coach Sean Payton on Johnny Manziel: "I am sure he has a handful of things he has to do step-wise to get back with a club. He has a skill set that is unique. He has good feet and can create. He has decent arm strength."

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2dMike Triplett

Payton: Was curious to get to know Manziel

Sean Payton said Tuesday that his meeting with Johnny Manziel during Super Bowl week was just a get-to-know-you session to learn more about the embattled quarterback.

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2dBill Barnwell

Few added more draft capital than the Saints

Yes, it required giving up Brandin Cooks, but the Saints have boosted their draft resources by about 10 percent. They'll hope it works out better than it did in 2015.

Team Stats

Passing Yards317.11st
Rushing Yards108.916th
Points For29.32nd
Points Against28.431st