Fleur-de-Links: April 13, 2012

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This does not bode well for Drew Brees' attendance at OTAs starting Monday: there have been no recent contract talks between Brees, Saints.

RT : owner Tom Benson on Brees: "I talked to Drew Brees this morning. ... He is due in next week. We're close."

Peter King reporting that while he thought it would be a good idea to sell Hornets to Tony Dungy, NBA did not offer franchise to Dungy.

Awesome to hear that mr benson bought the hornets! Great for the city of new Orleans

": check out my guy ! Dude is a LEGIT pilot! When do I get to ride along?"For sure ima take u up for a ride

We Stand As One, for a safer New Orleans! Black n Gold basketball tonight at Brother Martin High School at 6pm.

Brees won't be working out with team Monday

GOD IS COUNTING ON ME FAILING IS NOT AN OPTION....

Watching and talk about owner Tom Benson buying the

Stern says league funded losses on Hornets last year. This year team is a "break even proposition" financially.

tom benson says he'll keep & separate

DJS: "To have the leading sports owner in the state...speaks for itself. I figured if I got the big guy involved, I could raise the price."

Mr. Benson with NBA Commissioner David Stern & Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver via

Stern on Benson "We have found the perfect owner."

lmfao ": Now Who Father Is This? "

MY integrity & WORD is all I ever had I refuse to get down on my knees for any1 I will SHATTER every obstacle in my way & save my team

Can't wait for the black n gold hoops challenge tonight at brother Martin high school. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets available there.

On stage at New Orleans Fest kickoff!!! Amazing city.

Hornets to be sold for $338M to Saints owner Tom Benson, per source. Story up soon on .

I love harder than most, and forget faster than most, I'm quirky like that

Sources saying Tom Benson will be announced this afternoon as new owner of . Gov. Bobby Jindal said to be pleased.

Brees' longterm deal would actually lower current salary cap # to $10-$12 mil range.14.4m now will spike to $16m when reset in 2 wks.

Already got dibbs on being Cato when we re-enact the hunger Games in the Locker room. So don't steal him. U can be peeta

": theres nothing to laugh about you bounty hunting son of a bitch"WHOA,,,we got a potty mouth over here

": open a fox hole in NOLA."u hear this....

Happy Friday the 13th everybody! Hope everyone has a great day and start to their wknd. Oh and see u in a few hrs Nola. Wheels up ✈

LINKS:

NFL.com news: Drew Brees, Wes Welker among franchised stars set to sit out
It would take an unforeseen amount of progress over the weekend for franchised stars like Patriots WR Wes Welker to show up when most teams begin their offseason programs next week.

Life without Sean Payton: how it shakes out - Video | NOLA.com
Now that Joe Vitt has been named interim head coach for next year's Saints season, Kevin Spain talks with Saints beat writer James Varney about how things are shaping up.

Why the New Orleans Saints chose Joe Vitt as interim coach - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
From NBC Sports

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will not show up for team's offseason workout program - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Source says decision is 'very upsetting' to Brees to not be there with teammates

Drew Brees says Joe Vitt is obvious choice to coach New Orleans Saints - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com

Saints Owner Tom Benson Purchases the New Orleans Hornets

Daily Special, April 13, 2012 - Who Dat Social Club

SaintsWin: Analysis, Examination, Opinion

Saints Nation: Was Joe Vitt the Right Decision? | April

Is Joe Vitt/Aaron Kromer combination right one for Saints?
New Orleans clearly going for some measure of continuity in Sean Payton's absence -- even if the head coaching solution is convoluted.

Aaron Kromer Expected To Replace Joe Vitt, Who Is Replacing Sean Payton - SBNation.com

Announcement that Tom Benson is the new owner of the New Orleans Hornets will come this afternoon | NOLA.com
Benson has owned the Saints since 1985

Drew Brees, Saints Haven't Had Recent Contract Talks, According To Report - SBNation.com
The Saints used the franchise tag on Drew Brees, keeping the QB in New Orleans. The two sides will continue to negotiate a longterm contract.

Tulsa defensive end Tyrunn Walker works out for New Orleans Saints
Tulsa defensive end Tyrunn Walker worked out for the New Orleans Saints.

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