Fleur-de-Links - March 8th: Who is the Saints' Most Underrated Player?

Our buddy Pat Yasinskas over at ESPN got me pondering this question today with his post on how Marques Colston wasn't voted into ESPN's list of top 10 WRs and his later post breaking down the yearly $ figures in Pierre Thomas' new contract. When it comes to Saints players who probably don't get the league recognition they deserve, Colston and Thomas are the two that most stand out to me. Other possibilities are Lance Moore, Jabari Greer, and Thomas Morstead. Some might include Jonathan Vilma, but I think he is widely known as the captain of our defense, so I don't think he's as underrated as some others. Who do you think is the Saints' most underrated player? Make your selections in the poll and feel free to say why you think so in the comments section. 

Make the jump for today's very scant edition of links and tweets. Happy Fat Tuesday!

TWEETS:

@ we will dominate in the softball game!

Adam Schefter
Tiki and Ronde Barber always wanted to play together at the NFL level. Ronde signed last month for one more year in Tampa.

Peter King
by HeathEvans
Tiki's cell rings. Voice on other end says, "Mr. Barber? This is the Oakland Raiders. Please hold for Mr. Davis.''

If u haven't picked up your tix yet for my go to softballshowdown.com now!

Yes suhhh RT @: @ start spreading to news to the boys! I will fly everyone in if we r locked out? Hotel rooms etc!

bout dat time....nba 2k11

Happy Mardi Gras to all...hope it's a good one

Jason La Canfora
Tiki Barber's deal with Giants had two years remaining. If I'm just guessing now, I'd guess he hits the open market.

Adam Schefter
Early speculative candidates that conceivably could take a flyer on Tiki: John Fox in Denver, Sean Payton in NO, Raheem Morris in Tampa Bay.

Jason La Canfora
NY Giants retain 2011 contract rigts to RB-turned-broadcaster-turned RB-again, Tiki Barer. He does not become an automatic UFA.

Adam Schefter
Now who would have guessed that Tiki Barber would unretire before Brett Favre.

ProFootballFocus.com
by JasonLaCanfora
Ryan Mallett's 40 time is 7 tenths faster than @ who runs the 40 in a dress suit. That's not fantastic.

Usama Young
Errrrr? No chance RT @: @ Everybody come out and support Heath's foundation and watch the offense whoop the defense

Davidnot Chappelle
by j_bushrod7475
GO DOWN TO SOUTH HARLEM & GET ME SOME SUGAR COOKIES! RT @: What should I eat for lunch?

Thomas Morstead
Thanks for the bday wishes. Did it big last night at lucy's... So much fun

Lance Moore
RT @: Beard or no beard????< Aka goonie or no goonie lol

Trash talking begins... RT @ @ Everybody come out to support Heath's foundation & watch the offense whoop the defense

@ Everybody come out and support Heath's foundation and watch the offense whoop the defense

Drew Brees
Happy Fat Tuesday everybody. Get it all out of your system today because you will have to repent for the next 40 days!

 

SAINTS:

Breaking down Pierre Thomas' contract - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The numbers are in on the contract running back Pierre Thomas signed with the New Orleans Saints last week and they’re about what you’d expect.

Saints Nation: Potential 1st Round Prospects for the Saints | March

Infinity pre-selling Saints plates - New Orleans Saints - SunHerald.com
A specialty automobile tag that honors the New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl win last year soon will be available and Infinity Science Center, which will benefit from the sales, has begun pre-selling the tags on its website.

White only NFC South WR among elite - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The ESPN.com rankings of the league’s top 10 wide receivers are out and Atlanta’s Roddy White is the only NFC South representative on the list.

Evans' Foundation to Host Softball Game at Zephyr Field

Saints, US Marshalls Host 400 Local Kids at Saints Facility

 

CBA TALKS:

NFL talks resume; Bob Kraft says deal 'possible' - ESPN
"The players are serious about getting a deal done, and we need an accurate understanding of what the numbers actually mean," Fujita told SI.com on Tuesday, which first reported that the union had retained an international investment bank. "More importantly, if we don't get the full audited financial statements, we need to know what other information we need to make an informed decision. That's where this investment bank has been hired to help us out."

Kessler is in D.C., but not in the mediation session | ProFootballTalk
If there was any doubt that NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has benched divisive outside counsel Jeffrey Kessler, that doubt should now be almost completely removed. Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that Kessler has made the trip from New York to D.C.

Union hires firm to review financial information from the league | ProFootballTalk
The NFL still hasn't agreed to surrender financial information to the players' union.  But the move is expected, and the NFLPA is now prepared for it. Per multiple reports, the union has hired International Investment Bank to review any financial information the league discloses.

 

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

Jay Glazer: New York Giant Tiki Barber returning to NFL - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Tiki Barber and his agent told FOXSports.com Tuesday that the former Giants running back has decided to return to the NFL. Jay Glazer: New York Giant Tiki Barber returning to NFL

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