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

Outlook

The Saints were a huge disappointment last season. We don�??t expect a repeat but this team still seems some talent short of making a playoff run. The offense can put up some points but the defense remains a bit suspect. New Orleans seems about a .500 team this year, getting a little better than last season but still coming up short of the playoffs.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Some might say last season was a breakout one for Mark Ingram , but things are looking up for him even more this year. The Saints look to be moving to a more run-oriented offense, giving Ingram more chances to rush the ball. He can improve on his numbers from last year and become a legit No. 1 for fantasy teams. The Saints will score some points with Ingram getting a lot of touches and the goal-line chances. He is ready to take his game to a new level.
FANTASY DUD
He started to show signs of slowing down last season, so don�??t be surprised if Marques Colston takes another step backwards this season. He is another year older and battled several injuries throughout his career. He might be breaking down sooner than later. He still might have some big games along the way but Colston won�??t be the same fantasy receiver as past seasons, especially if the Saints are running the ball more, which is expected.

Team Notes

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.
Mar 29, 02:13 AM New Orleans Saints SS Jamarca Sanford's one-year deal is good for $965,000. He gets an $80,000 signing bonus, and $130,000 of his $885,000 base salary is fully guaranteed.
Mar 28, 11:33 AM Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill received a three-year, $7.1 million deal with $3.25 million guaranteed, according to a source. His deal can increase to $8.15 million with incentives.
Mar 28, 09:53 AM Free-agent DT Nick Fairley (Rams) signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints Monday, March 28.
Mar 25, 04:23 PM New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent TE Josh Hill will remain with the Saints after they matched the offer sheet he signed with the Chicago Bears.

Fantasy Impact: This is a bit of a surprise with Coby Fleener now on the team, but Hill gives the Saints some depth at the position.
Mar 25, 12:43 PM Free-agent DT Nick Fairley (Rams) is expected to sign with the New Orleans Saints, according to two sources informed on the situation.
Mar 23, 11:03 AM New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees' agents have renewed talks with the Saints on a four-year extension Wednesday, March 23. Brees has one year left on his deal.
Mar 23, 10:03 AM Free-agent LB Craig Robertson (Browns) agreed to a three-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to a source.
Mar 23, 08:53 AM New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton announced he agreed to a five-year extension with the Saints Wednesday, March 23, that goes through the 2020 season.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Brandon Browner, CB; Anthony Spencer, DE; C.J. Spiller, RB; Kyle Wilson, CB. 

Losses:
Jimmy Graham, TE; Curtis Lofton, LB; Patrick Robinson, CB; Tyrunn Walker, NT; Corey White, CB. 

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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