Fleur-de-Links: March 12, 2012

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TWEETS:

League officials meeting on Saints discipline Tues and Wed. Decision possible by end of week. Hard penalties expected

NFL is taking away millions of dolllar of salary-cap space from Cowboys and Redskins for how they front-loaded deals during uncapped year.

Cowboys lose $10 million in cap space, Redskins lose $36 million in space. Can split it over 2012 and 2013 any way they want. More at ESPN.

All that money goes to 28 other teams -- $1.6 million each -- except for Saints and Raiders, who don't get any but don't lose any.

24 hours...

Landed what's up Miami

": 3 surgeries on my right thumb haven't saved me from the diaper changing either. "haha

Peyton Manning will meet w Dolphins coach Joe Philbin & Titans coach Mike Munchak during next 3 days, scheduled away from team facilities.

Looking forward to going to Monroe at the end of the month. Great cause!! Makes me feel great knowing I can brighten someone's day!

I'm bout ta hop in this sauna and go for a run while moms n pops throwin it down

Another day, another chance to smile, another to laugh, another day to live... Enjoy your day today

Raising money for the Brees Dream Foundation. Play in my tourney pool on yahoo. Boilermakers are in!!

Great day on the range yesterday.... Finally had a chance to zero in my 50 cal

Me and just finished addressing the students.

Just talked to a group of amazing young men at O.Perry Walker High School here in New Orleans, lets go fellas! The world is yours!

If you can see it you can Achieve it!

Today might be a Jimmy Johns day...

I am eating my Jimmy Johns as we speak...#9 is so delicious!!!

I'm just pandering. Figure if I push all the right buttons, he might follow me on Twitter and/or ship me a hoagie. Or something.

are $7-8 million under the salary cap, per : ...

Free agent Carl Nicks: "I plan to be the highest paid guard in the NFL. ... So more than Logan Mankins got, I guess."

Early morning workouts..

you going to be a saint on tues bro

What a day! We went to "Ski Dubai" which is an inside SnowPark in the middle of the desert. After, we went to the Atlantis water park!

We're about to head out on a night time desert safari to ride camels, dune buggy, and go to a traditional Arabic festival under the stars!

I don't get it.... I'm getting my ass kicked by 12 year old at call of duty.... I'm getting a headset tomorrow.... Done deal

One of these days I'll have a beautiful wife to come home to after a road trip or a long day like this. That'll be special.

I'm playing tourney pick'em on yahoo - raising money for my foundation. Sign up to play my pool!

Only in Miami...Calle Ocho

Can't wait for this season mannnnn

I'm going to miss my dawgs!!!

I ain't trying to hear that big homie

I know but that's how it's looking

u know.. I might not be coming back

SAINTS:

New Orleans Saints guard Carl Nicks says he hopes to stay but doesn't expect it - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Nicks says Saints still haven't offered him contract on eve of free agency

New Orleans Saints reportedly punished for minor salary-cap infraction - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys will be more severely punished

Petition: Espn.com: Replace Pat Yasinskas as ESPN NFC South Blogger | Change.org
SATCH NOTE: Click the link to sign the petition. Can we get one of these for Florio?

moosedenied " Blog Archive " Coming Back Richer
"Yeah, but what has Drew done for us lately?"

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Decision on ‘bounty’ penalties expected by end of week "
League officials will spend Tuesday and Wednesday in discussion to determine the appropriate penalties for the New Orleans Saints in connection with the "pay for performance" system, according to league sources.

The Saints' Bounties Are Nothing New—to Video Games, Anyway
When something happens in real life sports, my first instinct is to see if I can replicate it in a video game. It's partly why they exist, after all. But the New Orleans Saints' infamous "bounty" system, which paid premiums to players who delivered devastating hits, would seem to be beyond the means of a game like Madden NFL 12.

New Orleans Saints coordinator Steve Spagnuolo gets chaotic welcome - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Newly arrived defensive coordinator could see his roster remade by free agency exits, bounty scandal suspensions

Saints fans question alleged bounty program - New Orleans Saints - SunHerald.com
"I don’t really think they said, ‘You break this guy’s leg and you get $100,’" said Carl Smith, a longtime Saints fan and New Orleans native now living in the Kiln. "If you do a bad play, you are going to get a fine. Everything is on caught on film. If it was going on, I don’t think it was as bad as they were making it out to be.

Top 10 Wide Receivers in Free Agency - NYTimes.com
3. Marques Colston (NO, 28)

Saints Nation: Free Agency Period Starts Tomorrow! | March

Peter King’s Cactus League Vacation Ruined By Awful, Awful Football | Kissing Suzy Kolber
When we last left low-ego Allagash gash Peter King, he was tracking down soy baron Brett Favre to let his hero bitterly complain about how the Saints stole

NFL Free Agency 2012: Four Bold Predictions - NFL Spin Zone - A General NFL Blog providing you all the NFL News, Rumors, Updates, and National Football League News.
2. Carl Nicks will become the highest paid guard in NFL history

Ten Best Free Agent Signings Of All-Time - NFL Spin Zone - A General NFL Blog providing you all the NFL News, Rumors, Updates, and National Football League News.
1. Drew Brees – QB

NFL Free Agency Preview 2012: New Orleans Saints - NFL Spin Zone - A General NFL Blog providing you all the NFL News, Rumors, Updates, and National Football League News.
The Saints, just like every team in the NFL, they will look into free agency for players to help fill the voids left by their own players whom they can

New Orleans Saints once again eyeing best options at defensive tackle - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Veteran defensive tackles Aubrayo Franklin and Shaun Rogers are both unrestricted free agents after spending one year with the Saints

Algiers schools hosting a rally to motivate middle school boys, featuring politicians, Saints player | NOLA.com

New Orleans Saints free agency spotlight: Defensive tackles - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Last in a five-part series on target positions for the Saints

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, Coach Sean Payton meeting with NFL, according to league's website - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Pair has been meeting with the league all weekend

LAGNIAPPE:

NFL.com news: NFL takes millions in cap space away from Cowboys, 'Skins
The NFL has taken away millions in salary cap space from both teams after the two NFC East clubs pushed spending into the uncapped year to save money under the cap in 2011 and '12.

St. Louis Rams reportedly expect to learn Gregg Williams' fate this week - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
No word on whether that means NFL will announce New Orleans Saints penalties

Bucs center Jeff Faine likely to be released | Tampa Bay Buccaneers blog: Bucs Beat | tampabay.com & Tampa Bay Times
Veteran center Jeff Faine, one of the Bucs' most respected locker-room leaders, is likely to be released, perhaps before the start of the NFL's 2012 league year at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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