Saints News 5/25/13: First Week of OTAs in the Books

Ralph gave me an excuse to use this photo again. Thank you, Ralph. - Chris Graythen

Today's menu includes: Around the horn coverage of the Harper redo deal, wrapping up the week of OTAs, and this just in - Ralph's live-tweeting his viewing of the Saints win over the Falcons in 2012.

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Hans Petersen@hansdat Protected account 48s

@MilneMalbrough I'm trying to put your Saints-Falcons game live tweet stream in the Fleur-de-Links but can't use any of them that have profanity. The first two are out, but they clean up after that.

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Harper's Redo Roundup

Strong safety Roman Harper signs contract extension with Saints | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - New Orleans Saints strong safety Roman Harper has signed a contract extension that will give the club some salary cap relief for this season, NFL.com reported Friday.

Report: Roman Harper agrees to restructured contract | sportsnola.com
Many thought the arrival of first rounder Kenny Vaccaro signaled bad news for Roman Harper with the New Orleans Saints. Rumors of his demise were greatly exaggerated.

New Orleans Saints are $5.1 million below salary cap | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan - Roman Harper's contract helped shave $3.44 million off 2013 cap.

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OTA Wrap-Up: Payton's Return and Ryan's Arrival

New Orleans Saints OTAs Photo Gallery | neworleanssaints.com
Photos taken from the New Orleans Saints Organized Team Activities at the team's facility. photos taken by Michael C. Hebert.

Saints’ optimism returns with Payton back in the mix | The Advocate
Ted Lewis - The first time the black helicopter meandered over the Saints’ practice field, Sean Payton paid it no mind.

Saints welcome the return of their coach | The Sun Herald
Gary Estwick - Right tackle Zach Strief offered the best way to explain the importance of Sean Payton's return this season to the Saints.

Drew Brees happy for quiet offseason | The Advocate
Gary Estwick - Brees happy off-field story lines are behind Saints.

Rob Ryan brings Gregg Williams-like attitude back to Saints | sportsnola.com
Brian Allee-Walsh - Rob Ryan is the second coming of Gregg Williams, a few pounds heavier perhaps with longer locks but they are one in the same.

Malcolm Jenkins: Rob Ryan 'similar' to Gregg Williams | NFL.com
Marc Sessier - The Saints are switching from a 4-3 defensive scheme to the 3-4 under recently installed coordinator Rob Ryan, meaning everything will be new for his players. Well, almost everything.

Five NFL scheme changes to watch: Defense | NFL.com
Marc Sessier - Here's a look at five clubs around the league that are promising to do things differently on defense in 2013. (HansDat note: Guess who's at the top of the list?)

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Lagniappe

Mickey Loomis Turning in His Best Work Yet | thesaintsnation.com
Juge

Saints Offensive Line: Preview | whodatdish.com
John Hendrix - When you think of offense, especially in terms of fantasy football, the offensive line never shows much in the stats sheet.

New Orleans aims for Super celebration in tricentennial of 2018 | The Advocate
Brian Allee-Walsh - LII plus CCC would equal a rollicking good time in New Orleans come February 2018, regardless of how anyone does the arithmetic.

Saints to host special teams clinic for high school coaches | NOLA.com
Saints to host a full day of classroom instruction by Saints Special Teams Coordinator Greg McMahon for high school coaches.

New Orleans Saint Roman Harper to host annual 'Sainted Weekend' | NOLA.com
Roman Harper hosts his fourth annual "Sainted Weekend" to benefit his Harper's Hope 4*1 Foundation in Prattville, Ala.

Baltimore Ravens star Jacoby Jones to hold annual charity event in New Orleans next Friday | NOLA.com
Katherine Terrell - He will host a celebrity basketball game and youth football camp.

NFL should be careful with calendar | ESPN.com
John Clayton - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's staff is going to take the next week to finalize a revised offseason schedule for 2014. (HansDat note: Dave's for the changes, and John's against them...)

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