Archive for February, 2008

4 Players Set To Visit New Orleans
February 29, 2008

The Saints plan to visit with at least two of the top young cornerbacks on the free agent market. According to league sources, New England’s Randall Gay and Dallas’ Jacques Reeves are both scheduled for visits on Saturday.
The Saints are reportedly also planning to visit with some young defensive ends. Reports out of Tennessee say that defensive end Travis LaBoy will visit New Orleans today or tomorrow, and FOX Sports has reported that Jacksonville’s Bobby McCray will visit.
The Saints still don’t appear to be in the market for Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel. But clearly they have placed a high priority on the position.
Gay, 25, is a Brusly native who played on LSU’s national championship team in 2003. He has served as a nickel back and part-time starter with the Patriots for three seasons, playing in two Super Bowls.
Reeves, 25, has played a similar role in Dallas over the past four years, but he filled in adequately as a starter for injured Anthony Henry for 13 games in 2007.

J.T. Signs With Niners
February 29, 2008

Former Saints quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan has signed with the San Francisco 49er’s.

I always liked J.T. when he was here. Hard working, a grinder who’s stayed in the NFL a lot longer then most people thought he would.

Personally I wish J.T. was Drew Brees’ back-up.

February 29, 2008


With tight end Jeremy Shockey possibly on the outs in New York, there already are teams interested in his services.
According to John Clayton of, via our friends at, the Saints have contacted the Giants regarding the availability of Shockey. Giants G.M. Jerry Reese previously has suggested that Shockey won’t be traded.
Shockey suffered a broken leg in December, and rookie Kevin Boss played well in his place. Also, some think that the stunning development of quarterback Eli Manning had a lot to do with the absence of Shockey.
Saints coach Sean Payton was the offensive coordinator in New York during Shockey’s rookie season of 2002.

February 29, 2008


Tom Rock of Newsday reports that the Jets have struck a deal with the Saints for linebacker Jonathan Vilma.
Vilma will go to New Orleans, apparently for a conditional pick in the 2009 draft.
The conditional nature of the selection suggests that there are lingering concerns about Vilma’s knee.

February 29, 2008


That $44 million in cap space has burned a hole in the pockets of the Buccaneers.
Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Bucs have reached an agreement with free-agent center Jeff Faine, previously of the Saints.
Per Holder, the deal makes Faine the highest-paid center in the game.

February 29, 2008


Adam Caplan of reports that the Saints have reached agreements with two of their own free agents.
Defensive tackle Brian Young will sign a three-year, $12 million deal.
Also, linebacker Mark Simoneau will stay put.

Pac-Man A Saint?
February 28, 2008


The Pacman era in Tennessee is working its way toward a conclusion.
According to Terry McCormick of the Nashville City Paper, cornerback Adam Jones has received permission from the Titans to seek a trade.
McCormick also reports that at least one team has been contacted about its potential interest in the player known more popularly as Pacman. The team in question wasn’t interested.
Really, who would be interested at this point? Jones hasn’t been officially reinstated after a one-year suspension imposed last April. He recently pleaded no contest to felony charges arising from an incident in which he allegedly did justice to his nickname by treating a cop like Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and/or Clyde — Pacman allegedly bit the officer.
Suspended players can be traded, and Jones likely could be had for a much lower price, given his currently uncertain status.
And the reality is that Jones has two skills that teams value: the ability to cover opponents’ receivers, and the ability to return opponents’ kicks.
If someone out there is willing to assume the P.R. baggage that would go with bringing Jones to town, we suggest offering a a fifth-round pick that would upgrade to a fourth-round pick if Jones is reinstated before the draft. And then if Jones isn’t reinstated before the start of training camp, the Titans would owe the team that trades for Jones a fifth-round pick in 2009.
Why a fifth-rounder? Jones was the sixth overall pick in 2005. The guy taken one spot after him, receiver Troy Williamson, will be traded to the Jags for a sixth-rounder.

My question is this? Would the Saints, in desperate need of help in the secondary, be willing to take on such a P.R. nightmare?

Faine’s Days Numbered?
February 28, 2008

Last night the Saints re-signed center Jonathan Goodwin.

Goodwin filled in for starter Jeff Faine at the end of last season when Faine was out with injury.

Faine will became a free agent tomorrow.

Does the re-signing of Goodwin mean Faine won’t be back?


Personally, I thought that Faine would be back. Now I’m not sure.

Speaking of the Saints o-line, I was a little surprised to see the team bring back another offensive lineman, Jamar Nesbit.
I though they’ve give promising back-up Zach Strief his job.

Mare Cut
February 28, 2008

This report from our friends at
Contrary to reports that kicker Olindo Mare failed a physical in New Orleans, a league source tells us that Mare was released after refusing to accept a pay cut.
Per the source, the Saints wanted Mare to sign a deal equal to the contract recently inked by Martin “the Hamburglar” Gramatica.
Mare opted not to trim his $1.5 million base salary for 2008. He was signed through 2009, with a base salary of $1.5 million that year, too.
He instantly becomes a free agent, and may sign elsewhere in advance of the official launch of free agency.
Coincidentally, the Saints claimed last year that receiver Joe Horn failed a physical in releasing him.

If I Were Hornets GM (Part V)
February 28, 2008

On Friday the Hornets roster has to be locked. They cannot add any players after this date and have them eligible for the playoffs.
(Chris Andersen is an exception. If the Birdman is reinstated then it’s our understanding that he’ll be eligible for the post season)

The Hornets have 13 players on their roster. They can have as many as 15. One of those spots will more than likely be filled by Andersen.

It was believed another spot would be filled by 38 year old veteran P.J. Brown.

But with P.J. Brown signing with Boston who’ll fill the Hornets final roster spot?

I think it’ll be this guy if he’s released by Philly today.
Gordon Giricek.

The former Orlando and Utah sharp shooter is now with the sixers and rotting on the bench. He’s reportedly working on a buy out.
Giricek doesn’t play much defense but he can nail 3’s. To me he’s worth picking up for the rest of the season. As streaky as Morris Peterson has been Giricek may even be a steal.