Saints News 4/20/13: Ivory Trade Talks Puff Up

C'mon, already! Trade me!!! - Chris Graythen

Toke it or leave it, Saints fans. Now that RFA running back Chris Ivory has officially signed his 2013 contract tender, he'll either play with the Saints or get traded. Smoke screens will ensue out front as negotiations in dimly-lit, smoke-filled back rooms are carrying on even as we speak. Hey! Don't Bogart that trade rumor - pass it along, please.

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TUSK! On The Trading Block

Ivory signs deal with Saints, report says Jets offer trade | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory, a restricted free agent, on Friday signed the one-year tender offer that he received from the team on March 9. The deal paves the way for Ivory to be traded by the Saints, and apparently the New York Jets are interested.

Saints field an offer for Chris Ivory | National Football Post
Brad Biggs - The New York Jets did not make an offer to Chris Ivory as a restricted free agent but they have offered the New Orleans Saints a trade proposal for the running back.

Chris Ivory signs tender with Saints, Jets still in play with possible trade | NJ.com
Conor Orr - Jets still very much interested in a trade.

Would Saints' Chris Ivory remedy the Broncos' needs at RB? - The Denver Post
Jeff Legwold (HansDat Note: Elway, the talking GM. Is he dumb enough to offer more than the Jets? Would he get in a bidding war over TUSK?)

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Draft Digest

Mike Triplett's take on the cornerbacks | NOLA.com
None of the cornerbacks are as intriguing as Tyrann Mathieu.

New Orleans Saints make defense NFL draft priority | NFL.com
Kareem Copeland - The New Orleans Saints had one of the worst defenses in the NFL last season, and coach Sean Payton says the team will be looking closely at defensive prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Saints Nation's 2013 Mock 1st Round NFL Draft, Version 2.0
Juge - This is the second, and last, mock draft I will do.

Undrafted rookies continue to have impact | ProFootballTalk
MF - With all the focus on the seven rounds of draft picks that will start unfolding in five days, it’s easy to forget that, when the draft ends, plenty of NFL careers are born.

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Lagniappe

Film of the NFC South chat | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - Let’s take a look at the team-by-team highlights from Friday’s NFC South chat.

NFC South afternoon update | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - Let's run through some Friday news and notes from around the division.

Around the NFC South | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - Time for a Saturday morning run through the headlines from around the NFC South.

Revised Panthers stadium deal ensures only six more years in Charlotte | ProFootballTalk
MF - The good news is that the Panthers and the City of Charlotte have worked out a revised deal to upgrade the team’s stadium.

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