Saints News 2/22/13: Saints Say No Franchise Tag For OT Jermon Bushrod

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The Saints' Pro Bowl left tackle and Drew Brees blind side protector will be allowed to test the market.

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

Report: No franchise tag for Jermon Bushrod | ProFootballTalk
The Saints are trying to create cap space right now and putting Bushrod down for $9.66 million would just require more work on that front. Given the plentiful options at tackle this offseason, Bushrod would probably sign a tender for that amount. The Saints, on the other hand, can probably see what kind of market Bushrod generates before deciding whether he’s worth the price others are willing to pay.

New Orleans Saints won't use franchise tag on tackle Jermon Bushrod, report says | NOLA.com
Bushrod has said numerous times he's simply looking for a fair deal and wants to re-sign with the Saints as he calls New Orleans his home.

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Rob Ryan and Saints are a 'great fit' | NOLA.com
"It didn't surprise me one bit that he'd get a job. It's a great fit for Sean Payton down there in New Orleans. Rob will do a great job for him. Knowing both of those guys fairly well, I think the match is a good one."

Rex Ryan knew his brother Rob would be a defensive coordinator after being canned by Dallas | NOLA.com
"I'm not surprised he is a defensive coordinator in the league," Rex Ryan said of Rob at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday. "The only thing that I would say is I thought he would get a job in five minutes. But I don't think that happened. That was his quote and I was like, 'Oh boy."

New Orleans Saints DE Junior Galette fired up for Rob Ryan's new 3-4 defensive scheme | NOLA.com
"Any transition (to outside linebacker) I would have to make would be smooth," Galette said. "God blessed me with the ability to move around, and I would be blessed to make that transition. I don't want to end up playing 26 percent of the snaps like I did last year.

Buffalo Bills Coach Doug Marrone said Sean Payton has had a big influence on his career | NOLA.com
"It helped quite a bit because in New Orleans we started over," Marrone said. "Whereas when I was in New York (as an assistant with the Jets from 2002-2005) it wasn't that way. Herm (Edwards) had been there for a year. Then having the access to be able to talk to Mickey, Sean and everyone else in the organization was outstanding for me. That has helped me transition quite a bit."

Jared Cook's position designation could help determine Jimmy Graham's own payday - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: The Titans call Jared Cook a tight end, but he often lines up as a receiver. The difference could mean millions of dollars.

Saints set to have 5 selections in April | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Barring trades or the awarding of compensatory picks, the New Orleans Saints will have five selections in the NFL draft set for April 25-27…

The Saints' top 5 defensive fixes and the free agents who can help | NOLA.com
Dallas Cowboys standout Anthony Spencer and San Francisco 49ers backup Ricky Jean-Francois are among the notable possibilities.

Saints Nation: Saints' 2013 Draft Board

Speedster Darren Sproles Looks To Be More Patient On The Field
New Orleans Saints veteran RB wants to work on allowing plays to develop more before he breaks loose

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NFL Combine, the Draft, Salary Caps

Left tackles top draft wish lists - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Like all the top college prospects invited to this week’s NFL Scouting Combine, Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel is hungry to become the No. 1 overall pick in April’s draft. Left tackles top draft wish lists

Laces Out – NFL on FOX Blog
STATE BREAKDOWN OF NFL PROSPECTS AT COMBINE

Five players who could blow up at NFL Scouting Combine
INDIANAPOLIS -- So what do you plan on doing at this scouting combine, Margus Hunt? 'Just blow it up,' said the hulking 6-foot-8, 280-pound defensive end from Estonia. Looking for this combine's rock stars?

Sharrif Floyd not ready to look back - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Most projections have him going in the middle of the first round. Coincidentally, the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints, who both have major needs at defensive tackle, are sitting right in the middle of the first round.

Atlanta Falcons likely to release Michael Turner, sources - ESPN

The Atlanta Falcons are likely to release running back Michael Turner, who is scheduled to make $6.9 million next season, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Friday.

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Lagniappe

NFL eyes "signing day" for free agency | ProFootballTalk
As the NFL attempts to reconfigure its offseason calendar in order to generate even more interest in the sport during periods when the sport isn’t being, you know, played, the foundation for one important change already has been laid.

NFL says proposed calendar change is unrelated to 18-game season | ProFootballTalk
The league’s idea for changing the offseason includes moving the Combine back to March, moving the start of free agency back to April, moving the draft back to May, and having all 32 teams start training camp on the same day in either late July or early August. The league may have trouble selling that plan to the NFL Players Association, particularly the part about moving back free agency, which would give players less time to negotiate contracts and less time to move their families if they sign with another team.

NFLPA not expected to go along with new calendar plan | ProFootballTalk
In a development that surprises exactly no one, the NFLPA seems opposed to something proposed by the NFL. While that sentence can be copied and pasted into nearly every story about things the league and union discuss, this time it’s in regards to the suggestion that the league could adjust the ...

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