Fleur-de-Links: March 14, 2012

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TWEETS:

And with Ravens G Ben Grubbs visiting New Orleans, Eagles free-agent G is now scheduled to visit Baltimore.

Congrats to and Meachem. Great players and even better teammates. Gonna miss those guys.

Spending the day touring the nations Capitol...DC....going to check out the museums...Air and Space on the top of my list

Who is joining us at tonight? Honey Island Swamp Band + The Soulabilly Swamp Boogie Band will be performing starting at 5!

What's up new orleans?! Make sure u join my team as we stand as one.

Come check out this Saturday . RT if your coming out!

Loving the banter between Heath Evans and Carl Nicks right now on the NFL Network!

If it were easy, I wouldn't want it

RT : LG Ben Grubbs is in play for the , a source says. Not sure how strong Washington's push to sign him will be, tho

Chargers announced they signed former Ravens outside linebacker Jarret Johnson to four-year contract.

Yes. I believe it will get done today. Both sides interested. RT : think a deal w grubbs is gonna happen for Nola?

Agreed. Brees' price just went up RT : Megatron deal at $19 mill per will have huge impact on Brees and Mario Williams deals.

Wonder what JaMarcus Russell, drafted one spot ahead of Calvin Johnson, thinks of the richest deal in NFL history.

": Lions signed Calvin Johnson to a 7 year, $132 million dollar deal. Wow!!!" Dat bag

Eagles today announced they have traded T Winston Justice and a 6th round draft choice to the Colts for a 6th round draft choice.

Drew Brees will be a guest on "The Tonight Show with " tonight/10:35 pm CT

Brees will also be a guest on the tomorrow...

Alright up and at em... Time to get my day started! My bed holds me hostage every morning and I have to plan my escape ...wish me luck

Brees didn't directly say he wouldn't play w/the franchise tag but he strongly implied he wouldn't. That's pretty clear in his comments.

Things must be rough at Joseph A Bank these days if they're having to charge $4.00 for your 2nd & 3rd suits.

Jus finished Plyo workout..weights I own you next..💪

And a huge congratulations to my brother Robert Meachem on signing w the Chargers. Well deserved bruh. We shall miss you. Go ball out!

SAINTS:

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Saints looking to replace Nicks with Ravens G Grubbs "
As they prepare to lose free-agent All-Pro guard Carl Nicks, the Saints are making a strong push for Ravens guard Ben Grubbs, according to league sources.

Chargers try to rebound, add Meachem - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
And now the speedster is going to be Philip Rivers’ newest toy.

Union wants NFL to hold back punishing Saints - New Orleans Saints - SunHerald.com
NEW YORK -- The players’ union wants the NFL to delay announcing any punishment to the New Orleans Saints for their bounty program until it can conduct its own investigation.

New Orleans Saints 2012 Free Agency Tracker - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Keep up with who the Saints sign and who they don't keep

Carl Nicks signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints guard Carl Nicks has reportedly signed a five-year, $47.5 million deal with NFC South rival Tampa Bay. The deal includes $31 million guaranteed. Nicks went to Tampa for a visit last night and signed this morning.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees making media rounds today - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"I've played under the franchise tag before back in 2005 (with the San Diego Chargers)," Brees said. "That ended with 13 anchors in my right shoulder and a 24 percent chance of playing football again. That didn't really work out too well for me. I've talked to the Saints about this many times. I think they definitely know my desire to have a long-term deal. I think they certainly hopefully want me to have that, as well. We will continue discussions and hopefully get a long-term deal done."

Maybe Sinners fits better than Saints: A letter to the editor | NOLA.com

Bounties are flat out wrong: A letter to the editor | NOLA.com
To hear and read people making the Saints out to be the victims of the NFL as the result of the bounty scandal is disgraceful

Former players costing Saints, Falcons - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
Offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb, who was released in training camp last season, is counting $4.8 million against this year’s cap. The Saints absorbed a $2.525 million hit for Stinchcomb last year, but carried the remainder over to this season.

Drew Brees discusses bounties, contract negotiations | The Dan Patrick Show | Official Home
Brees weighed in on the Saints’ bounties: "The whole thing is disappointing and certainly alarming. The thing that I want to make sure people know. The perception that we have this locker room full of hitmen is not the case at all."

Losing guard Carl Nicks is price of success for New Orleans Saints - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
No need to pin blame on Drew Brees, Mickey Loomis

New Orleans Saints currently hosting G Ben Grubbs - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
As expected, Baltimore Ravens free agent guard Ben Grubbs visit with the New Orleans Saints is underway, according to a league source. It remained unclear if an offer had been made, although Grubb's visit comes within hours of Saints guard Carl Nicks signing a blockbuster deal with division rival Tampa Bay.

Free agency early winners and losers – Audibles
• Losers: New Orleans Saints Bringing back Drew Brees and, more surprisingly, Colston will ease the pain and keep the Saints in the mix, both in the division and in the NFC. Still, losing Nicks and Meachem (and likely Tracy Porter) in free agency could at least briefly stagger New Orleans. Had the Saints been able to get Brees under contract, they could have used the franchise tag to bring back Nicks.

LAGNIAPPE:

Nicks: Bucs can have best guard combo - NFC South Blog - ESPN
"Me and him together is going to be just as good, if not even better than me and Jahri were,’’ Nicks said. "We’re both physical. We both like to maul people, finish the blocks.’’

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Re-signing Grubbs a tall order for Ravens "
The Ravens had what they thought was a competitive offer on the table for Grubbs about a week before free agency. They were willing to take him close to the five-year, $32 million deal (around $6.5M annually) they gave stud guard Marshal Yanda a year ago.

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