Saints News 4/1/13: Kenyon Coleman Signs With Saints...For Real This Time!

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Mike Florio reported Friday that he had signed, but that wasn't entirely true at that time. It's now official. Coleman mulled over the contract offer over the weekend and signed with the Saints today. In other player news, the Saints re-signed back-up QB Luke McCown after releasing him last preseason.

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Saints agree to one-year deals with defensive end Kenyon Coleman, quarterback Luke McCown
McCown, a 6-4, 217-pound signal-caller entering his 10th NFL season, is a former fourth-round selection of the Cleveland Browns who went to training camp with the Saints in 2012. A native of Jacksonville, Texas who went on to star at Louisiana Tech, McCown has played in 22 career games with nine starts in stints with Cleveland (2004), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2005-08), the Jacksonville Jaguars (2009-11) and the Atlanta Falcons (2012). He has completed 184-of-316 career pass attempts for 2,035 yards with nine touchdowns and 14 interceptions for a passer rating of 68.5.

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McCown was with the Saints in training camp, but spent the regular season with the Falcons last year. He hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL since starting a pair of games for the Jaguars in 2011.

Saints Agree to Terms With DE Kenyon Coleman and QB Luke McCown on One-Year Contacts
Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced the moves Monday

New Orleans Saints bring back QB Luke McCown with a one-year deal | NOLA.com
Veteran passer spent time in New Orleans last offseason

Coleman signs Saints deal, sends it in | ProFootballTalk
We reported on Friday that Coleman will be jumping to New Orleans from Dallas, for his third tour with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. As it turns out, Coleman took the weekend to reflect on the specifics before putting his signature on the deal.

New Orleans Saints' latest moves don't make a splash - but make perfect sense | NOLA.com
Quarterback Luke McCown and defensive end Kenyon Coleman fill two of the team's lingering needs for depth

April Fool’s WTF? Edition - Who Dat Social Club
So, here’s the question: would you be willing to give the Falcons the 15th pick so they could nab Trufant, in exchange for the 30th, 60th, and 92nd picks? (Those are Atlanta’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks…I used this trade value chart to determine the exchange.) No, this is not an April Fool’s joke…my answer would be yes. I don’t care if it’s the Falcons. I’m not worried about the Falcons: whoever they get will simply be a part of the next meltdown. I care only about maximizing this draft’s value for the Saints.

Defensive end Kenyon Coleman signs with New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
The 33-year-old Coleman is viewed as a 3-4 defensive end who's a better run stuffer than pass rusher. In his 11 seasons, Coleman has registered 268 tackles but only 13 ½ sacks.

Curtis Lofton is Excited to Work with Sean Payton and Rob Ryan
New Orleans Saints LB Curtis Lofton says he wants to be more explosive this season

Notebook: Saints putting pieces together for 3-4 defense
Slowly but surely, first-year coordinator Rob Ryan's 3-4 defense is beginning to take shape for the New Orleans Saints.

Eight in the Box: WR status check - NFC South Blog - ESPN
There could be change on the horizon in New Orleans’ wide receiver situation. Veteran Devery Henderson is a free agent, and it appears unlikely the Saints will bring him back. The Saints still have veterans Marques Colston and Lance Moore, but several young players are going to have a chance at significant playing time because the Saints use a lot of three- and four-receiver sets. Joseph Morgan flashed potential at times last season. But the player to keep an eye on is Nick Toon, who missed his rookie season because of injury. Toon might have the inside track on the third receiver job and eventually could develop into a starter.

Carson Palmer to Arizona Cardinals, Matt Flynn to Oakland Raiders moves make sense, but they're not guaranteed fixes - NFL - Peter King - SI.com
7. I think it didn't get noticed at the league meeting, but it should: Saints owner Tom Benson gave a short valedictory address of sorts to the league's Finance Committee members, resigning after more than two decades on the important league committee. He also left two other league committees, the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee. I'm told it has nothing to do with any bitterness over the bounty penalties. It was simply time. At 85, he doesn't want to take time with NFL committee business.

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Other NFL news

ProFootballWeekly.com - Barkley, Smith scouting reports
Nolan Nawrocki breaks down QBs Matt Barkley and Geno Smith, excerpted from Pro Football Weekly's 2013 Draft Preview book.

Raiders expected to trade Carson Palmer to Cardinals soon | ProFootballTalk
With the Raiders finalizing a deal to acquire quarterback Matt Flynn from the Seahawks, the Raiders are now closing in on another deal, to trade quarterback Carson Palmer to the Cardinals.

Laces Out – NFL on FOX Blog
WHEN WILL NFL PLAYERS GET BACK TO WORK?

Romo deal controversy is telling
Controversy surrounds Romo with new deal but the truth is if you have a franchise QB, you overpay him.

Seattle Seahawks trade Matt Flynn to Oakland Raiders for two draft picks - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
The Seattle Seahawks have dealt backup quarterback Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders for late-round picks in the 2014 and 2015 NFL Drafts, FOXSports.com has learned. Seattle Seahawks trade Matt Flynn to Oakland Raiders for two draft picks

Carson Palmer to Arizona Cardinals, Matt Flynn to Oakland Raiders moves make sense, but they're not guaranteed fixes - NFL - Peter King - SI.com
7. I think it didn't get noticed at the league meeting, but it should: Saints owner Tom Benson gave a short valedictory address of sorts to the league's Finance Committee members, resigning after more than two decades on the important league committee. He also left two other league committees, the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee. I'm told it has nothing to do with any bitterness over the bounty penalties. It was simply time. At 85, he doesn't want to take time with NFL committee business.

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Lagniappe

NFL mailbag - Franchise tag shifts risk to players - ESPN
The franchise shifts risks from teams to players, who could see their long-term value drop. Plus, reader questions.

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