Saints News 5/2/13: Darren Sharper Likes Saints' First-Round Selection Of Kenny Vaccaro

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In a Mike Triplett article, D-Sharp says he's heard coaches and scouts from around the league say Kenny Vaccaro is "the real deal." Former NFL safety Matt Bowen says Vaccaro to the Saints was his "favorite pick of the night." In other news, Sean Payton to receive honorary doctorate of public service from Eastern Illinois University. Suck on that, Roger!

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New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro doesn't need interceptions or blazing 40 times to dazzle NFL scouts | NOLA.com
"I talked to a couple coaches and scouts around the league, and they think he's the real deal," said Sharper, who now analyzes the league for the NFL Network. "A versatile safety who can play either position, and also go down on the slot and make some plays."

EIU will give Saints' Payton honorary doctorate | wwltv.com New Orleans
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton will receive an honorary Ph.D. from Eastern Illinois University during the school's spring commencement Saturday.

Saints' position battles, analyzing John Jenkins, reader comments and more highlight 'Black and Gold Today' | NOLA.com
A look at the players battling for Saints' playing time, plus a look at the Saints' 2013 NFL draft picks make up today's show.

Spots Still Available For Saints Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf
Event will take place on Monday, May 20, at Chateau Golf and Country Club

NFL Free Agency: Charles Woodson and Names Saints Could Still Pursue - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The 2013 NFL draft is over, but believe it or not, NFL free agency continues all the way up until the kickoff of the 2013 NFL season. For the New Orleans Saints, this means the team has plenty of options to choose from if head coach Sean Payton and Co. feel like adding more talent to the roster.

Saints Nation Podcast: Saints' Draft Review aka Safety Dance

Next in line for contract extensions? - NFC South Blog - ESPN
New Orleans Saints. They’ve worked their way through a difficult salary-cap situation this offseason, but it might be time to take care of the most underpaid guy on the team. Tight end Jimmy Graham is heading into the last year of his contract.

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Report: Jets QB Geno Smith gets criticized for texting during team visits - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
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Branden Albert trade talks dead; Chiefs seek new deal - NFL.com
The Kansas City Chiefs attempted to work out a deal with the Miami Dolphins for left tackle Branden Albert. They couldn't work it out, so the Chiefs now will try to lock Albert up with a new contract.

McCoy challenges "old man" Vick to race, and gets smoked | ProFootballTalk
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Reggie Wayne plans 1,000-yard season at age 35 | ProFootballTalk
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Nate Kaeding decides to hang up his cleats | ProFootballTalk
Kicker Nate Kaeding signed a one-year deal with the Buccaneers this offseason, but apparently won't be joining them after all. Kaeding told Pat Harty of the Iowa City Press-Citizen that a recent groin injury caused him to decide to retire.

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