Team Grade:
New Orleans Saints
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Saints had a really down season for their standards but still finished 7-9 and just a few games out of a playoff spot. The defense was the downfall for the team, allowing way too many points and yards. The team tried to address those needs during the offseason and should be better in that area, but still isn't top notch by any means. The offense remains solid but a so-so defense could be the downfall for the team. New Orleans seems like a team that is just a few games out of a playoff spot once again.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Tight end Coby Fleener picked a great place to sign this offseason. He heads to a team that just churns out top fantasy tight ends. Benjamin Watson became a fantasy star last year after doing very little much of his career. And Fleener is a more talented pass catcher than Watson. Fleener has a legit shot to be a top-five fantasy tight end in this offense. Expect big things from him this season.
FANTASY DUD
Running back C.J. Spiller was a dud last year after many took him in the first few rounds of their draft. He won't get near that high this year after his dismal season. But some expect a rebound, playing a second season in this offense and having less competition for playing time. But we aren't buying it, especially after watching him last year. Spiller is another year older and has really enjoyed just a season or two of big-time production. Don't expect a sudden turnaround in year two for Spiller.

Team Notes

May 23, 08:23 PM New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he will be on the field for organized team activities Tuesday, May 24, even though the two sides have not be able to reach an agreement on a contract extension.
May 23, 01:13 PM Free-agent WR Vincent Brown (Chargers) is signing an undisclosed deal with the New Orleans Saints Monday, May 23, according to a source.

Fantasy Impact: He'll compete for a roster spot.
May 23, 10:33 AM New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan (back) recently got back into shape following arthroscopic back surgery, but he is still awaiting full clearance to take part in organized team activities.
May 18, 02:13 PM Free-agent WR Denarius Moore (Bills) and WR Vincent Brown (Chargers) are working out for the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, May 18.
May 12, 11:13 AM Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas' rookie deal is worth $5.118 million with $3.055 million guaranteed and a $1.922 million signing bonus.
May 11, 12:23 PM New Orleans Saints SS Vonn Bell signed his four-year rookie contract Tuesday, May 10. Financial terms were undisclosed.
May 09, 05:13 PM New Orleans Saints RB Vick Ballard, DE Phillip Hunt and FB Toben Opurum were released Monday, May 9.
May 04, 09:23 AM Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints OT Terron Armstead's five-year extension is worth $64.5 million with $25 million fully guaranteed and $38 million guaranteed for injury, according to a source.
Apr 28, 10:03 AM New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees didn't put much stock into the reports the team was looking to trade up to land the No. 1 pick earlier this offseason and said he doesn't plan to retire any time soon. 'It wouldn't be the first time that I've been on a team where they took a quarterback in the first round to come take my position and I would take the exact same approach now that I did then, which is, it's my team, it's my job,' Brees said. 'I don't think there's any use in talking about it because I doubt it would happen. And if it did, I trust our organization. I trust Mickey (Loomis) and Sean (Payton). If there's somebody there that you feel like is going to be the future of our organization for years to come, then take him, but I don't plan on giving up my job anytime soon.'
Apr 23, 03:13 PM New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees was willing to amend his contract in order to acquire Washington Redskins CB Josh Norman.
Apr 12, 12:53 PM New Orleans Saints FS Kenny Vaccaro's fifth-year option was exercised by the Saints Tuesday, April 12, according to a source. He's the first player in the 2013 draft class to have his option picked up. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Apr 08, 12:43 PM Free-agent RB Tim Hightower (Saints) has agreed to initial terms on a contract with the New Orleans Saints, according to a source.
Apr 01, 11:43 AM Free-agent RB Tim Hightower (Saints) will meet with the New Orleans Saints this week.
Mar 30, 12:33 PM New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram converted some of his base salary into a signing bonus Wednesday, March 30.. The restructure didn't include a pay cut or any new money. The Saints created $1.49 million in cap space for 2016 by converting $2.235 million of Ingram's $3 million salary into a signing bonus. They still will have to account for that $1.49 million in the future, but now it will be spread out evenly over the life of Ingram's contract through 2018.
Mar 29, 08:53 AM New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan restructured his contract Tuesday, March 29, to convert $2.735 million of his $3.5 million base salary into a signing bonus.
Mar 29, 02:13 AM New Orleans Saints LB Craig Robertson's three-year contract is for $5 million, with $1.965 million guaranteed and a $1.2 million signing bonus. He is scheduled to receive $765,000 in 2016, $1.105 million in 2017 and $1.275 million in 2018, with a $250,000 roster bonus in 2017, and $275,000 on the fifth day of future league years with annual $1.5 million incentives.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Nick Fairley, DT; Coby Fleener, TE; James Laurinaitis, MLB; Craig Robertson, ILB. 

Losses:
Brandon Browner, CB; Rafael Bush, FS; Ramon Humber, OLB; Khiry Robinson, RB; Benjamin Watson, TE. 

2016 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  12 Sheldon RankinsDL
 # 2  47 Michael ThomasWR
 # 2  61 Vonn BellDB
 # 4  120 David OnyemataDL
 # 7  237 Daniel LascoRB

2016 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 11 1:00PM     Oakland
2     Sep 18 1:00PM     at New York Giants
3     Sep 26 8:30PM     Atlanta
4     Oct 2 4:25PM     at San Diego
-- Week 5 Bye --
6     Oct 16 1:00PM     Carolina
7     Oct 23 1:00PM     at Kansas City
8     Oct 30 1:00PM     Seattle
9     Nov 6 4:05PM     at San Francisco
10     Nov 13 1:00PM     Denver
11     Nov 17 8:25PM     at Carolina
12     Nov 27 1:00PM     Los Angeles
13     Dec 4 1:00PM     Detroit
14     Dec 11 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
15     Dec 18 4:05PM     at Arizona
16     Dec 24 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
17     Jan 1 1:00PM     at Atlanta
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