Saints News 4/23/13: Saints GM Mickey Loomis Gives Pre-Draft Press Conference

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Says there's been much talk with other teams beyond the Jets over a possible Chris Ivory trade, but no deal is imminent. See tweets below.

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

New Orleans Saints' Mickey Loomis plays coy with draft, but offers some noteworthy tidbits | NOLA.com
Loomis shares some thoughts on Saints' current personnel

Mickey Loomis says no Chris Ivory deal is imminent | ProFootballTalk
The pre-draft press conferences held by NFL general managers are normally short on specifics, but Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis did own up to something on Tuesday afternoon. He admitted that the Saints have engaged in trade talk with the Jets about running back Chris Ivory.

New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis press conference: live updates | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan, Larry Holder, Mike Triplett there to provide updates

SaintsWin: Opinion & Analysis: Hello, Nasty
Part two of the Sean Payton era gets underway on Thursday night, and the Saints' need for acquiring affordable, young talent is as important as it's been under the Payton-led Saints.

Team-by-team cap numbers, from NFL’s calculations | ProFootballTalk
Saints: $1.6 million.

Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro is best bet for New Orleans Saints' pick in NFL draft that's hard to handicap | NOLA.com
Saints columnist Mike Triplett breaks down the 14 players most likely to be gone before the Saints' pick -- and the five guys most likely to land in New Orleans

2013 NFL Draft: Tank Carradine Could Fit with the New Orleans Saints
2013 NFL Draft: Tank Carradine would make a nice backup plan for the New Orleans Saints. Find out why the Saints could draft him at 15.

Video: Mingo not the only LSU LBer that would be good fit for Saints | wwltv.com New Orleans
Many Saints fans are focused squarely on LSU's Barkevious Mingo, but draft analyst Mike Detillier says there's just a 3 percent chance Mingo makes it to pick 15 -- an extreme long shot.

Forecast: Saints should draft for offense in first rd. | wwltv.com New Orleans

I hope the Saints use their first-round pick to take wide receiver Tavon Austin out of West Virginia. I haven’t lost my mind, and, no, I haven’t suffered a serious head injury, why do you ask?

Saints sit in good position to get defensive help in NFL draft | wwltv.com New Orleans

You’ll get zero argument that the Saints need defensive upgrades out of this year’s NFL draft. The question, and where you’ll likely find people disagreeing, is exactly where the upgrade needs to come.

Donovan McNabb: NFL Bounty Scandal ‘Blown Out Of Proportion’ " CBS New York
"You know, this whole bounty thing I think is being way blown out of proportion," McNabb told WFAN radio’s Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on Tuesday. "I think as a quarterback, everyone wants to knock your head off. So if that’s what a bounty is, then I got that ever since Pop Warner. But I think we’re putting too much into it."

Scott Fujita Announces His Retirement
Scott Fujita talks about his decision to retire from football as a New Orleans Saint in Machu Picchu. Video provided by NFL Films.

In Peru, Scott Fujita signs and retires as a Saint | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
The first player to sign with the New Orleans Saints after their return to the city following Hurricane Katrina, linebacker Scott Fujita, s…

Browns notebook: Linebacker Scott Fujita retires as member of New Orleans Saints - Browns - Ohio

The NFL implicated Fujita in the Saints’ bounty scandal last year and suspended him three games, but he fought the accusations every step of the way and was exonerated in the end. Fujita, a member of the NFL Players Association’s executive committee, is known as an outspoken player safety advocate.

Saints Nation: The Saints' 2013 NFL Draft 1st Round Big Board

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Other NFL News

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At a time when the NFL and the NFLPA can't agree on much of anything, it's no surprise that their internal salary-cap calculations differ, too. The NFLPA's numbers are routinely leaked. The NFL's numbers rarely are. We've gotten our hands on the NFL's numbers.

Dee Milliner has had five surgeries | ProFootballTalk
Whether there are legitimate concerns about Dee Milliner's ability to stay healthy or whether it's all part of a smear campaign, the health of the former Alabama cornerback is one of the major topics of conversation in the final days before the NFL draft.

Report: League personnel think Milliner reports part of "smear campaign" to lower draft stock | ProFootballTalk
'Tis the season for misinformation with the NFL draft just three days away and Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner could be the latest prospect to find himself in the crosshairs.

Goodell says he’s close with players he suspended | ProFootballTalk
Most players disapprove of the performance of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, thanks in significant part to the heavy hand he has used in player discipline. But Goodell says he has often built close relationships with players he had to suspend.

Negotiation with potential first overall picks is a thing of the past | ProFootballTalk
When the NFL adopted a true rookie wage scale as part of the 2011 labor deal, the league saw huge-money windfalls to high draft picks go the way of the dodo bird, 8-track tapes, and my real hair.

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