Fleur-de-Links: February 23, 2012

TWEETS:

League source confirms that will play in preseason Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 5:

Drew Bree's said his agent Ton Condon and Saint GM Mickey Loomis have been talking contract, says "there's progress being made."

Jimmy Johns New Orleans is rockin right now. Gotta break that record of 2400 sandwiches in 4 hours. Be there soon.....

Great seeing all the Who Dats and Jimmy Johns lovers at the store. That was pretty insane. Keep it rollin!

Golf with me, bro! RT: : 80 degrees? Sure I'll take it. Need some ideas for outdoor things in Dallas!

Definitely look'n forward to this Heat vs. Knicks game tonite...who y'all got??

Being talented isn't enough. The greatest compliment is being a hard worker

Record for most sandwiches made during customer appreciation day is 2200. Our goal is 2400. One every 6 sec w/ 3 stations and 20 employees

We are 9 minutes away from mayhem. $1 subs from 11-3 pm only at 4301 Veterans Jimmy Johns in New Orleans. At some point i will sneak in...

Duhhhh RT : to ! Missing Nola yet?

man there u go again trying to eat shrimp. That's all u ever order, but I'm down if they have some good catfish for me

Where my Saint's fans? I'm representing the Saints with the United Way's Team NFL Reading program. Sign up now. --

I need 1000 folks to pledge to volunteer, mentor, tutor or simply read to a kid. Let's lower the drop out rate.

3rd Annual A Sainted Weekend sponsored by Harper's Hope 4*1 Foundation & Black Elk Energy. July 14-16th in Prattville.

Mobile, Prattville, Dixon Mills ... here I come

BREAKING NEWS: will be on hand as a judge at Hogs. Hear he will be treating teams like Kellen Winslow whose dish he dislikes!

Thanks NOLA for that great Mardi Gras experince, time too get back to that serious trainin life...

I love cruising thru New Orleans right after Mardi Gras. Beads in the street, hanging from light poles, trees, street car lines, everywhere!

Can't wait to stop by my Jimmy Johns @ 4301 Veterans in New Orleans for Customer Appreciation Day. $1 subs from 11-3 pm. See you there......

Shawn Marion's free throws

Guilty pleasures

LINKS:

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees remains 'very optimistic' deal will get done soon - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Brees said he doesn't fear that two sides are 'very far apart'

Drew Brees: 'No doubt' on deal - NFC South Blog - ESPN
I know a lot of people in New Orleans are more than a little nervous these days. It’s understandable because quarterback Drew Brees remains unsi

Tracy Porter could find a new home with the St. Louis Rams
Cornerback Tracy Porter may not be back with the New Orleans Saints next season as he is set to become a free agent this year, and with the pending con

Players who will be at the NFL combine this weekend - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News
Get the latest New Orleans Saints football news, schedules, rumors, pictures and more. Comment on the news and join the Saints forum at NOLA.com.

Luke Kuechly ready to showcase new speed - NFC South Blog - ESPN
BRADENTON, Fla. - Look at any mock draft or any list of player rankings and you’ll find Boston College’s Luke Kuechly ranked near the top...

Saints Nation: Pro Football Focus Scores for Saints Players in 2011 (Defense & Special Teams) | February

Brees Dream Foundation, Whole Foods team up for Feb. 29 fundraiser | NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints QB working with United Nations world food program

New Orleans Saints will play in preseason Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 5: Updated - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Game in Canton, Ohio, would coincide with Willie Roaf's induction into Pro Football Hall of Fame

Around the NFC South - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Time for a look at the Thursday morning headlines from around the NFC South. The Buccaneers reportedly have hired Ron Cooper as their defensive backs

Keeping an eye on Indy - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Most of the NFL world is in Indianapolis for the scouting combine. We’ll be keeping tabs on things up there from a distance. Tampa Bay coach Gr

Another round of Gruden's QB Camp - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The NFC South may not have nearly as much of a vested interest in this as it did last year, but Gruden’s QB Camp is returning for a third season

Saints joining Roaf at Hall of Fame - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Willie Roaf is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August and the New Orleans Saints are joining him. The Saints reportedly will open their p

Report: Saints volunteer for Hall of Fame game | ProFootballTalk
The New Orleans connection is obvious, given that former Saints tackle Willie Roaf will be inducted that weekend. And with plenty of players likely to leave the team via free agency, the extra practice and non-game game time will help get the Saints ready to come out of the gates with the kind of start that can be parlayed into home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, enabling them to force the road to New Orleans through, well, New Orleans.

Free agency starts at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 13 | ProFootballTalk
Between the usual habit of free agency launching at 12:01 a.m. ET and the complications associated with Leap Year, I had assumed that free agency would begin on the third Wednesday from now, at midnight. Actually, free agency begins at 4:00 p.m. ET on the third Tuesday from now.

John Fox says he’s very comfortable with Tim Tebow | ProFootballTalk
John Fox reiterated in a press conference at the Scouting Combine today that he wants to bring in two new quarterbacks. But he insisted that he doesn't lack confidence in Tim Tebow. "At the end of the day, we’re very comfortable with Tim," Fox said.

Cardinals continue to leave door wide open for Manning | ProFootballTalk
Kevin Kolb's status with the Cardinals in 2012 is uncertain. If Kolb was definitely returning to the team next year, Cardinals G.M. Rod Graves and coach Ken Whisenhunt would declare from the mountaintops that he's their starting quarterback and will be back with the team.

Polian talks up Reggie Wayne | ProFootballTalk
Peyton Manning won't be the only guy waving to Indy in the rear-view mirror this year. Receiver Reggie Wayne likely will be doing the same. The man who drafted Manning and Wayne thinks Wayne should find a high demand for his services.

Rex: Guarantee was "huge mistake" before "terrible season" | ProFootballTalk
Most coaches step to the podium at the Scouting Combine and just wait for questions. Rex Ryan makes a short speech. In last year's speech, he guaranteed the Jets would make the Super Bowl. (Again.) In this year's speech, Rex regretted last year's speech.

Dolphins fans lobby for team to get Manning | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins fans want the team to acquire Peyton Manning, and they’re using a billboard and website to campaign. Th…

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