In news that has eluded me all day, the New Orleans Saints have apparently tendered restricted free agent center Brian de la Puente at the second-round level.
While surfing the net tonight checking for new info on any possible tampering, I came across this headline from a SATURDAY AFTERNOON BLOG POST by Sheldon Mickles of theadvocate.com:
Saints agree with Galette, offer tenders to two other RFAs
and after taking off my shoes to count high enough, I realized that so far I had only reported on ONE RFA getting tendered by the Saints (Tusk!). "Dang!" I thought, "What have I missed???" (invoking the name of Dang Hu Dat always helps me think)
Clicking through on the headline link showed me this money paragraph:
The club announced that defensive end-turned-linebacker Junior Galette agreed to a three-year contract and General Manager Mickey Loomis later confirmed that center Brian de la Puente and running back Chris Ivory were extended second-round tender offers.
Ah ha! There you have it...they also tendered that Portuguese kid at center.
Pat Y. covered this same ground in A QUICKIE STORY FROM THIS MORNING on espn.com. Again, I'm wondering how this bit avoided me all day long.
So, as an overall FA update, this leaves the Saints with one RFA who has not been tendered yet, LS Justin Drescher, and a whole lot of UFAs who could be getting tampered with right now.
Check the updated FA Tracking Chart below for the "up to the minute" status of all the FAs.
|Pos||Player||FA Status||Previous Team||Current Team|
|OT||Jermon Bushrod||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|WR||Devery Henderson||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|QB||Chase Daniel||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|WR/ST||Courtney Roby||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|OT||William Robinson||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|DT||Sedrick Ellis||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|LB||Scott Shanle||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|LB||Jonathan Casillas||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|DE||Turk McBride||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|CB||Elbert Mack||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|RB||Chris Ivory||RFA||New Orleans Saints||Saints Extended 2nd Rd Tender
|C||Brian de la Puenta||RFA||New Orleans Saints||Saints Extended 2nd Rd Tender|
|DE/OLB||Junior Galette||RFA||New Orleans Saints||Agreed to 3-yr. contract w/Saints
|LS||Justin Drescher||RFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
What do you think of all the moves made thus far? Are the Saints sitting pretty, or dead in the water? Have you heard anything about Drescher?