Saints News 5/10/13: Saints Wrap Up 2013 Draft Class With John Jenkins Signing

Kevin C. Cox

The defensive tackle from Georgia signed a four-year contract today. S Kenny Vaccaro, OT Terron Armstead, WR Kenny Stills, and DE Rufus Johnson all agreed to contracts yesterday. This makes the Saints the first team to sign all of their draft picks this year.

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New Orleans Saints Sign DT John Jenkins to a Four-Year Contract
With the agreement with Jenkins, all five members of the club’s 2013 draft class are now under contract.

Saints sign Jenkins, wrap up draft class | ProFootballTalk
There's not a trophy for getting all your draft picks signed quickly. In fact, other than a team's negotiator being able to go on vacation sooner, there's not much motivation at all.

New Orleans Saints wrap up rookie contracts by signing DT John Jenkins to a four-year deal | NOLA.com
Every 2013 Saints draft pick is now under contract

Payton to Saints: Put On The Cleats - Who Dat Social Club
As the offseason progresses, and theory begins to morph into action, the experts are breaking dormancy and starting to creep out of the shadows, scattering their bits of analysis where you can step in them in the morning before you’re fully awake. One issue has to do with the Saints and their run game: seems they want one. At least, Payton wants one, and he’s mandated that it be a lot better this year. The question, though, is why?

The Saints' safety surplus, Archie Manning, Jeremy Hill, Trent Mackey and more highlight the week | NOLA.com
The week's best quotes and observations from NOLA.com Sports stories.

Sean Payton: New Orleans Saints will stress run game - NFL.com
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Saints' Kenny Vaccaro first first-round pick to sign
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says first-round pick Kenny Vaccaro and three other draft choices have signed four-year contracts on the eve of the first rookie camp

Four out of five Saints rookies sign on dotted line | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
Don't expect much of a rookie contract holdout this summer.

Saints fans get close, players give back at charity game | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — Other than coming home from the hospital and a visit to the doctor, 5-week-old Jake Froeba hadn’t been out of the house in his y…

Five things to watch at Saints rookie minicamp | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
With four weeks of their offseason program for veterans already in the books, the New Orleans Saints coaches will get their first look at t…

Rufus Johnson treasures a bond with his ill father as his NFL journey begins | NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints' sixth-round draft pick comes from Tarleton State

Should Saints Be Interested in Charles Woodson Now That He Wants to Play For a Rebuilding Team? - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Payton Says Saints Will Stress Run Game In 2013 " Saints Gab
"Sean talked about that when he came back," Thomas said Wednesday before the Black and Gold Hoops Challenge at Rummel High School in Metairie. "When we had our first team meeting, he talked about that. He said we definitely need to get back to that ground game. "There’s going to be more focus this year on that ground game than any year. He said we’ve got to get back to running the ball, having 100-yard games non-stop. I can’t wait. I’m excited and I know everybody else is excited."

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