Fleur-de-Links: July 26, 2011


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New Orleans Saints players excited to be back at practice facility | NOLA.com
Players will officially report to training camp Thursday

New Orleans Saints add two more undrafted free agents | NOLA.com
Reports indicate the Saints have added two more undrafted free agents to their roster. If true - and the Saints have not commented on a single named player since the NFL lockout ended Monday - it would bring to 11 the number of such players to join the Saints. One of the players was North Dakota State cornerback Josh...

Forecast: Saints have lots to do and little time to do it | wwltv.com New Orleans
If you are mad the lockout ruined the offseason, don’t worry. The NFL is about to make it up to you with a week of insanity we’ve never had.

Deke - Saints Signing A Batch Of Undrafted Rookie Free Agents - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

Saints Owner: ''We're Gonna Win The Super Bowl Again'' - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

Fans Eager To Hear News As Football Returns - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

New Orleans Saints UDFA Tracker
SportsNOLA.com IS New Orleans Sports and beyond. We cover the Saints, Hornets, LSU Tigers, Tulane Green Wave, High School Sports and everything in between.

Ten storylines to watch in the post-lockout world - Don Banks - SI.com
The post-lockout activity will be fast and furious on numerous fronts, but here are the 10 NFL storylines that demand our attention in the whirlwind of signings and trades to come:

 NFL Players Thank Fans for Their Lockout Support

Full 2011 NFL Preseason Schedule

2011 NFL Undrafed Free Agent Team Signings Tracker (Updated) | Who Dat Dish
2011 NFL Undrafed Free Agent Team Signings Tracker (Updated)

New Orleans Saints' rookie pool at $4.7 million | NOLA.com
The New Orleans Saints have a rookie pool of $4.7 million, according to a report by ESPN.com NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas. That's the amount the league has designated for the Saints to spend on their six draft picks, under the terms of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement's rookie wage scale. The NFL calculates the figure based on each...

Saints sign top undrafted rookie free agent DeAndre McDaniel | Saints Post
It didn't take the New Orleans Saints long to make a splash once the NFL officially opened for business again on Monday. After the league allowed teams to

New salary cap could force tough choices on New Orleans Saints | Saints Post
As a result of the new collective bargaining agreement that will likely be agreed to within the next week, the salary cap for NFL teams for the 2011 season will


Vick loses endorsement after accepting deal with competitor | ProFootballTalk
Eagles quarterback Mike Vick has been piling up endorsements lately.  And he has accumulated so many that he reportedly agreed to deals with two competing companies. According to Bloomberg.com (via SportsBusiness Daily), Fuse Science, Inc.

Cardinals reportedly pursuing four options at QB | ProFootballTalk
The Cardinals aren't putting all their eggs in Kevin Kolb's basket just yet.  At least they don't want Kolb to think so. Arizona's quarterback plan is four-pronged, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.  They are talking trade with Denver (Kyle Orton) and Philadelphia (Kolb.

Brian Orakpo: This year we won’t have that Albert Haynesworth nonsense | ProFootballTalk
A year ago, the dominant story coming out of Redskins camp was the constant feuding between coach Mike Shanahan and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who failed repeated attempts to pass Shanahan's mandatory conditioning test.

Report: Steelers still aren’t interested in Tiki | ProFootballTalk
Last month, agent Mark Lepselter used the same sentence three times when talking to WFAN's Mike Francesa regarding the potential destination of running back Tiki Barber. "We feel we know where we're going," Lepselter said.

Domonique Foxworth on Ravens’ cuts: "It sucks" | ProFootballTalk
Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth was one of the most instrumental players in getting a deal worked out with the owners. Now that the NFL is back to business, Foxworth isn't happy with all the work that's being done.

Agent sues Robert Quinn for firing him, hiring a new agent | ProFootballTalk
The decertification of the NFLPA ended all oversight by the union-turned-trade-association of player agents.  The good news for agents inclined to pilfer players from other agents is that no suspension or other consequences would be imposed for pilfering players from other agents.

Agent: We'll Use Short Free Agency Period ''against The Teams'' - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

NFL won the battle, but the players didn't lose: links | NOLA.com
News and notes from around the NFL


NFL releases the list of all free agents | NOLA.com
Teams can start signing free agents on Friday

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Under the Cap: Cap Casualties
Football Outsiders is the internet home for Innovative Statistics and Intelligent Analysis of professional and college football. Our writers, lead by Aaron Schatz, also write Pro Football Prospectus.

Roy Williams, Marion Barber done in Big D | ProFootballTalk
The Dallas Cowboys are saying goodbye to wide receiver Roy Williams and running back Marion Barber. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told Williams and Barber today that they shouldn't show up to training camp because they're going to get cut, ESPNDallas.com is reporting.

Jets first to contact Santonio Holmes | ProFootballTalk
If Santonio Holmes was worried about how much the Jets wanted him back for the 2011 season, he can now rest easy. The Jets were the first team to contact Holmes's agent when the lines of communication opened on Tuesday.

Report: Hasselbeck will not re-sign with Seahawks | ProFootballTalk
Matt Hasselbeck's ten-year run in Seattle is reportedly over. Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times reports that Hasselbeck will not re-sign with the Seahawks.

Nick Barnett of the Green Bay Packers among the NFL players expected to be cut on Thursday - NFL - SI.com
NFL teams can't officially cut players until Thursday, but they're allowed to tell veterans the end is near. Here's a team-by-team list of expected and rumored cuts.

Saints Nation: Rams Hot in Pursuit of Scott Shanle | July

New Orleans Saints free agent linebacker Scott Shanle said he has talked to St. Louis | NOLA.com
Shanle also expects to talk with Saints but plans to explore all options


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