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2017 Schedule
7-9, 3rd in NFC South
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4hDan Graziano

Predicting next big-money QB deals: Drew Brees

Even at 38, Drew Brees doesn't appear to be slowing down. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him get another lucrative one-year extension before the season starts.

Can the Saints win the Super Bowl this season? (1:24)

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75 days until the NFL season: Drew Brees is 75 touchdown passes away from breaking Peyton Manning's all-time record.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints have now signed all of their draft picks after inking a four-year deal with OT Ryan Ramczyk, whom they picked 32nd overall in Round 1 out of Wisconsin. Ramczyk has been limited this summer because of hip surgery, but he is expected to be full speed in training camp. The Saints' original plan for Ramczyk was to move him to right tackle. But he could emerge as a candidate to replace starting LT Terron Armstead, who is expected to miss 4-6 months with a shoulder injury.


Where does Drew Brees rank among NFL QBs?

ESPN's Mike Triplett discusses the Saints' offensive line woes with Matt Moscona and also says the Saints should keep Drew Brees for as long as he remains a Top 10 QB.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

It appears Derek Carr will be the next NFL quarterback to raise the salary bar, with ESPN reporting he is close to a deal worth $25 million per year. That shouldn't dramatically affect Drew Brees' next contract, since he is already in that financial ballpark – and since he and the Saints appear to be operating in the mode of one-year deals instead of long-term extensions. Brees, 38, signed a one-year extension worth $24.25 million during Week 1 of last season after the Saints balked at a long-term commitment. It's quite possible the same thing will happen again this year – or maybe they'll even be content to wait until after the season -- since Brees has made it clear that he wants to stay in New Orleans and neither side appears to be pressing to get a new deal done.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Willie Snead has switched agents from Jim Miller to Drew Rosenhaus. Snead remains unsigned as an exclusive rights free agent (just two years of NFL service), but he has been participating in the Saints' offseason after signing a waiver. Snead, 24, can't talk with other teams as an ERFA. He has been discussing a long-term deal with the Saints but could also decide to wait until he becomes a restricted free agent next year – or even an unrestricted free agent in 2019 – to increase his market value.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints signed center Chris Watt, who was a third-round pick of the Chargers in 2014. The 6-3, 310-pounder played in 17 games with eight starts in his first two seasons before missing 2016 with a knee injury. The Saints expect starting center Max Unger to return from foot surgery in time for Week 1. But they'll need offensive line depth, in general, after LT Terron Armstead suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder. LG Andrus Peat could potentially slide over to replace Armstead, leaving a void at guard.

Armstead to undergo surgery for torn labrum (1:42)
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10dMike Triplett

Saints LT Armstead (labrum) needs surgery

Terron Armstead, 25, is one of the best young tackles in the NFL, and he signed a contract extension worth $13 million per year.

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11dMike Triplett

Saints sign former Seahawks DT McDaniel

The Saints signed veteran defensive tackle Tony McDaniel on Thursday after the former Seahawks starter auditioned during this week's veteran minicamp.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints wrap up a short and sweet practice to end their three-day minicamp. Receivers Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr. provided the most highlights with at least two touchdowns apiece in red-zone drills. The team is now on hiatus for six weeks until they kick off training camp back here at their home base in late July.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie CB Marshon Lattimore working with the starters again Thursday, even though P.J. Williams is back from the flu. The Saints have been rotating a lot at that position, but Lattimore is getting the chance to stay hot after he had his best performance to date during Wednesday's practice. Not an easy day for a corner, though, since Saints are doing red-zone work. Lattimore lost the battle against Michael Thomas on a pretty back-shoulder TD pass from Drew Brees.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints LT Terron Armstead remains absent from Thursday's final minicamp practice after leaving Wednesday's practice early with an unspecified issue. The good news is the Saints aren't due back in the practice field for another six weeks, when training camp kicks off. Armstead is arguably one of the two or three most talented players on the roster and he is overdue for a healthy season.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton coaching up the receivers on their routes as Saints walk through some red-zone passing drills. Expect some Michael Thomas TD highlights when they do 'em at full speed during team drills.

Team Stats

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

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