Brodrick Bunkley The Latest Saint To Restructure Contract

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Well, so much for the idea that Bunkley was about to be cut. ESPN estimates the Saints are still around $2.9 million over the salary cap after this move. Read on below for more plus today's collection of other Saints and NFL news.

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New Orleans Saints add Brodrick Bunkley to list of restructured contracts | NOLA.com
Bunkley had been scheduled to count $4.7 million against the salary cap. According to ESPN, Bunkley's new deal drops his cap number to $2.5 million in 2013. Bunkley was slated to make $3.7 million in base salary. The Saints cut his base salary to $750,000 and turned the other $3 million into signing bonus that will be spread through the next four seasons. ESPN also estimated the Saints are around $2.9 million over the salary cap with this move.

New Orleans Saints hold off on using franchise tag this offseason | NOLA.com
As expected, the New Orleans Saints stayed away from using the franchise tag on any of their players as Monday afternoon's deadline has come and gone. The Saints have only used the franchise tag twice since Sean Payton arrived in New Orleans by tagging Drew Brees in 2012 and Charles Grant in 2007.

Breaking down QB situation for every NFL team
Outlook: Brees should rebound from what, for him, was a disappointing 2012 campaign now that Sean Payton has been reinstated as head coach. Daniel is headed toward free agency, but there probably won’t be a huge market for his services. One possibility is Chicago, where former Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer has become the new offensive coordinator.

Free agency primer: Ranking the quarterbacks - NFL.com
8. Chase Daniel, New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints 2013 Free Agency Tracker | NOLA.com
Keep track of who's in and who's out on the Saints roster in 2013

Remi Ayodele, formerly of New Orleans Saints, blasts Anthony Hargrove over bounty claim - ESPN
Former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Remi Ayodele blasted Anthony Hargrove on Sunday, after his former teammate claimed that it was Ayodele who said give me my money in a video clip after a hit on Brett Favre in the 2009 NFC title game.

Remi Ayodele fires back at Anthony Hargrove's claim stemming from New Orleans Saints bounty scandal | NOLA.com
Remi Ayodele denies saying the infamous quote from the Saints bounty scandal

Benson makes Forbes billionaire list with $1.2 billion fortune | NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson is the only Louisiana resident to make the Forbes list of the world's 1,426 billionaires, unveiled on Monday. With an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion, Benson, who also now owns the Hornets, soon-to-be Pelicans National Basketball Association team along with car dealerships, real estate including the Benson Tower next to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Fox television affiliate WVUE-Channel 8, ranks 1,175 in the world and 377 of the 442 billionaires in the United States.

NOLA.com's NFL mock drafts 1.0 have New Orleans Saints taking Jarvis Jones | NOLA.com
We will release a new version every week

RB Chris Ivory expects restricted free agent tender from New Orleans Saints, source says | NOLA.com
The Saints will likely tender Chris Ivory with a second-round tender or no compensation

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MtnExile (aka. Himself) emerges from his North Carolina cave after long hibernation

By Special Request of Herself - Who Dat Social Club
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here, and frankly I was enjoying the time off.

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NFL Draft, Free Agency, Contracts

Report: 49ers won't keep Randy Moss; WR sends good-bye tweet - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Pro Football Talk cites a source saying that the San Francisco 49ers made it clear at the NFL Scouting Combine that they will “steer clear” of the veteran receiver and do not expect to re-sign him for the 2013 season. Report: 49ers wont keep Randy Moss; WR sends good-bye tweet

WR Sinkfield runs blazing 4.19 40-yard dash
UNI's Terrell Sinkfield turned heads at the U of M pro day by running a blistering 40-yard dash.

Cowboys franchise Anthony Spencer | ProFootballTalk
Although reports as recently as this morning said Spencer was expecting not to get the tag, the Cowboys have apparently decided they can’t afford to lose him.

Spencer tag could spark unprecedented battle | ProFootballTalk
At a time when more and more tight ends are claiming that they have been receivers for purposes of the franchise tag, Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer could be raising a similar argument.

Kraft insists Brady deal won’t be re-done | ProFootballTalk
The backlash surely was stronger than the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady had anticipated. Via carefully leaked partial details, Brady's new contract was sold as a team-first gesture by a player who had opted to take less. Initially, it worked.

Joe Flacco's Ravens contract includes $52M guaranteed - NFL.com
Two numbers in the agreement jump out immediately. The first is the guaranteed money -- $52 million (New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been the benchmark for guaranteed earnings with $60 million from the megadeal he signed last July, including $40 million in the first year; Brady also gets around $60 million guaranteed in the extension he signed last week.) Second, Flacco's salary-cap number in 2013 is $6.8 million. This obviously is a team-friendly figure that will give the Ravens much more flexibility this offseason than previously thought.

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Ray Rice speaks out against bullying

Female Kicker Underwhelms at NFL Combine
As Lauren Silberman took to the field on Sunday to make history as the first woman to try out as an NFL kicker, I cued up Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman” in my head. Even if she didn’t make it on a team, which no one expected she would, I fully expected her to represent for women everywhere, to at least show that she deserved to be there. Sure I got a little uneasy as I watched her take 20 seconds to tee up the ball, but that didn’t stop me from mentally singing for Lauren

NFL wants to know if fans will pay $25 to attend the Combine | ProFootballTalk
The NFL allowed about 300 fans to attend Scouting Combine workouts for free this year. But that may not be the case for long. Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports that fans who attended the Scouting Combine last weekend were emailed a survey that included the following question: "If in future...

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