Saints News 3/22/13: Saints Showing Interest in Free Agent OT Bryant McKinnie

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The 34-year-old, 6-foot-8, 354-pound veteran tackle didn't start in any regular season games in 2012, but started in all four Ravens playoff wins.

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New Orleans Saints show interest in Ravens free agent tackle Bryant McKinnie | NOLA.com
McKinnie, who turns 34 in September, has said in previous interviews how the Ravens are trying to keep him as the team is coming off its Super Bowl XLVII win in New Orleans. The 6-foot-8, 354-pound veteran tackle didn't start any regular season game in 2012, but started in all four Ravens playoff wins.

Former Tulane quarterback Ryan Griffin works out for the New Orleans Saints Friday | NOLA.com
“I went there this morning at 8 (a.m.),” Griffin said. “I met with Coach Carmichael for a while. We didn’t really talk a whole lot of football necessarily. We talked about 30 minutes. I filled out the paperwork. I got dressed and I threw to a receiver from Boston College and so we went outside and warmed up. He ran a 40 – he is a freak of nature – 4.38. I just got warm and then we threw a couple routes followed by 30, 40 balls and it went really well. I got a good response.”

New Orleans Saints backup quarterback position remains unsettled | NOLA.com
Saints have reached out to McCown but not Canfield, sources said

Saints Nation: Saints Need a Defensive Playmaker, Version 3.0
This is the third offseason in a row I am clamoring for a difference maker on defense.

New Orleans Saints: Mark Ingram Needs to Emerge
Why the New Orleans Saints need to give more carries to Mark Ingram in 2013.

Lance Moore is Eager for the 2013 Season to Begin
New Orleans Saints WR Lance Moore has begun his offseason training routine

Eight in the Box: FA winners or losers? - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Despite a tight salary-cap situation, the Saints have been winners so far.

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NFL Free Agency

"Old fart" Urlacher looking for a place to win | ProFootballTalk
Playing in a 4-3 defense isn’t a prerequisite. "I think I could learn a 3-4," Urlacher said, before addressing the possibility of trying to replace Ray Lewis in Baltimore with a "no thanks."

Trio of teams after Dumervil, Freeney | ProFootballTalk
Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, the Steelers, Ravens, and Broncos remain in play for both players. Currently, Dumervil’s decision is expected to come down to Baltimore and Denver. Whichever of that duo doesn’t get Dumervil becomes likely to land Freeney, with the Steelers as the possible alternative destination.

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Lagniappe

Expert: Superdome outage due to device malfunction - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
A partial power outage during this years Super Bowl occurred because a relay device with a design defect malfunctioned, an outside expert confirmed Thursday. Expert: Superdome outage due to device malfunction

Ravens will still play on September 5, but where? | ProFootballTalk
"The Ravens will open the season on the road on Thursday night, September 5, in our annual NFL Kickoff Game on NBC," the NFL has announced. "We are exploring potential fan activities in Baltimore around the Kickoff Game, including a pre-game concert."

Harbaugh worries that Kaepernick’s arms are getting too muscular | ProFootballTalk
"If you’re just talking about weightlifting and upper-body strength, yes, I think there is that fear," Harbaugh told Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. "It’s something we’ve talked about. ‘I don’t want you getting too jacked-up, Colin.’ I want some speed, quickness."

David Wilson blasts the "stupid" helmet rule | ProFootballTalk
"I’m one of the examples of ‘Don’t do this,’" Wilson said. "Charles was like, ‘Congratulations, you’re on the technique tape.’"

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McKay says helmet rule "absolutely not" about litigation avoidance | ProFootballTalk
Plenty of fans think that the move to make pro football safer comes from a desire to protect the coffers against future litigation filed by the players of today.

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