Saints News 3/13/13: Saints to Visit With Free Agent CB Keenan Lewis Today

Jared Wickerham

The New Orleans native is visiting the Saints sometime today. CB Derek Cox will visit tomorrow.

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Saints free agency

Steelers free-agent CB Keenan Lewis says he will visit with New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
New Orleans native one of the better free-agent cornerbacks on the market

Saints starting to check out secondary options | ProFootballTalk
The Saints slow approach to free agency seems to be picking up a bit. Their first priority, it seems, is addressing the secondary of the worst defense (statistically) in league history.

Saints eye cornerbacks Keenan Lewis, Derek Cox in free agency
A pair of veteran free agent cornerbacks will visit with the New Orleans Saints. One of them does not have to go very far to do so.

New Orleans Saints will host Jaguars CB Derek Cox on Thursday, source says | NOLA.com
Cox, 26, has been a full-time starter for all four of his NFL seasons, though he has missed some time with a series of nagging injuries over the past two years. Cox (6-1, 195) is a big, physical cornerback who would give the Saints a size dimension they don't currently have at the position. He's been a solid, underrated starter for the Jaguars. Last month, NFL Films and NFL Matchup producer Greg Cosell identified him as an under-the-radar corner he liked when discussing possible free agent fits for the Saints' rebuilding defense. Cox has 12 career interceptions since being drafted in the third round out of William & Mary in 2009, including four last year in just 12 games played. He also forced a fumble last year. But he missed four games last year, 10 games in 2011 and three games in 2010 with groin, hamstring, back and rib injuries.

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton reiterates team taking slow approach in free agency | NOLA.com
Payton said Wednesday morning he understands how fans can be in a bit of a panic seeing the high-priced free agents fly off the board in the first hours the period opens as the Saints sit tight making no moves. Payton pointed out how the Saints have a history of finding their best values where there's a need for the team. Payton also said it's important for the Saints to let the market settle for the first couple of days after the free-for-all and use their money wisely considering the Saints pried themselves under the salary cap Tuesday.

New Orleans Saints agree on four-year deal with long snapper Justin Drescher | NOLA.com
Drescher was the only Saints restricted free agent not issued a tender. But it should come as no surprise the Saints came to terms with Drescher quickly during free agency as he's been dependable on special teams. Terms of the contract weren't available. Drescher had this to say via Twitter: "Back for 4 more years! Thanks for all well wishes and support #Whodatnation Y'all are the best fans in the game! #WhoDat"

Saints taking it slowly so far | ProFootballTalk
Surely, the organization knows what it needs to do. But like plenty of other teams, the Saints are deciding not to get caught up in the annual spending spree that marks the first few days of free agency. Though a flurry of moves can generate interest and sell tickets and in Miami buy votes for a stadium referendum, rarely do the champs of the offseason become the champs of the real season.

Handwerger: Hold off on judging Saints early in free agency | wwltv.com New Orleans
If Twitter is anything close to what public opinion is, it was apparent Tuesday night, hours after NFL free agency began, that the Saints were losing that battle.

New Orleans Saints Agree To Terms With LS Justin Drescher On A Four-Year Contract
Justin Drescher was first signed by New Orleans as a rookie free agent in November of 2010

New Orleans Saints tackle Charles Brown is ready if he's called upon to play left tackle | NOLA.com
"I expect them to (sign an offensive tackle), but if it doesn't happen it doesn't happen," Brown said Wednesday. "It doesn't matter. I'm just about to work. That's all I can do. "All I know is Bushrod in gone."

Quick Out, March 13, 2013 - Who Dat Social Club
So, here’s something new. I’m going to start writing short posts on a single subject—sorta like my own version of Twitter, but better because I don’t have to deal with Twitter.

Estwick: Loyalty of Smith and Vilma didn't come cheap | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
NEW ORLEANS -- Will Smith's tweet Tuesday afternoon was short, yet powerful.

Vilma, Smith restructure; Bushrod, Daniel gone | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
With free agency approaching and his team still over the salary cap last week, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said he envisioned havi…

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Free agent moves around the league

Cleveland Browns sign LB Quentin Groves to 2-year deal - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Browns sign LB Quentin Groves to 2-year deal Cleveland Browns sign LB Quentin Groves to 2-year deal

Report: Miami Dolphins reach agreement with free-agent WR Mike Wallace - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Wide receiver Mike Wallace has agreed to contract terms with the Miami Dolphins, the NFL Network reported. Report: Miami Dolphins reach agreement with free-agent WR Mike Wallace

Glenn Dorsey agrees to deal with 49ers | ProFootballTalk
Faced with losses along their own defensive front, the 49ers have found a replacement. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the 49ers have agreed to a contract with former Chiefs defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.

Detroit Lions sign Glover Quin to five-year deal - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Detroit Lions sign Glover Quin to five-year deal

Jacksonville Jaguars release Laurent Robinson - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Jacksonville Jaguars release Laurent Robinson

Tennessee Titans sign Shonn Greene to a three-year contract - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
The Titans have reportedly agreed with running back Shonn Greene on a three-year, $10 million contract, according to ESPN. Tennessee Titans sign Shonn Greene to a three-year contract

Arizona sign Rashard Mendenhall to one-year deal - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Rashard Mendenhall has inked a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona sign Rashard Mendenhall to one-year deal

Latest NFL free agency news: Safety Dashon Goldson agrees to five-year deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers | NOLA.com
He played last season for the 49ers under a franchise tag

Latest NFL free agency: Former Saint Reggie Bush signs with Detroit | NOLA.com
Bush rushed for more than 2,000 yards over the last two seasons.

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Lagniappe

This Week in Saints History: March 13-19
1995—Superdome commission approves $14.5 million in bonds to go towards construction of a new Saints practice facility in Metairie.

Bucktown All-Stars and Park Row to Perform at Wednesday at the Square
Concert starts at 5 pm CT

Steve Gleason blocks Falcons punt - NFL Videos
The Saints reopened the Superdome on Monday Night Football in 2006, and they scored their first touchdown in dramatic fashion as Steve Gleason blocks the Falcons punt and Curtis DeLoatch recovers it in the end zone.

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