Saints News, 2/12/14: Cap-Casualty Roster Cuts Coming Soon?

Sean Gardner

Word on the internets is that the Saints will begin cutting players soon, possibly starting today, in an effort to bring their player costs below the salary cap. Many expect Will Smith and Roman Harper to be the first to be released and some are saying league sources tell them it will happen today. As of this posting no official word has yet come down confirming any cuts, but may come later today.

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Saints News

New Orleans Saints to cut Will Smith, Roman Harper - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints are expected to make roster cuts as soon as Wednesday with veterans Will Smith and Roman Harper being among the likely casualties, according to a league source.

Will Smith, Roman Harper could be dumped very soon by the Saints | ProFootballTalk
As the Saints try to deal with an aging defense and an untenable cap situation, several players who have been key components of the franchise's recent success could soon be out the door. Per a league source, linebacker Will Smith and safety Roman Harper could both be cut, as soon as Wednesday.

Saints Players To Be 'Chopped' Today?
Saints Players To Be 'Chopped' Today?

Linebacker Keyunta Dawson agrees to one-year deal with New Orleans Saints, source says | NOLA.com
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Free-agent spotlight: RT Zach Strief - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
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Jimmy Graham's value to the New Orleans Saints - NFL - ESPN
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Saints reporter Mike Triplett says New Orleans faces a difficult time in February and March because of salary-cap issues and contract negotiati

Jonathan Vilma owed fans clarification on shower remarks: Commentary | Black and Gold

Junior Galette: 2013 season in review
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QB factions: From elite to unknown, and everything in between - NFL.com
Oftentimes, you will see Brees lumped in with Rodgers, Brady and Peyton. I don't think that's accurate. The 2012 campaign counts against Brees, as he struggled some without Sean Payton (posting an NFL-high 19 interceptions) and New Orleans missed the playoffs. But his numbers, wins and feel put him at this worthy slot. I actually think Brees is in his own category -- right after the elite trio and right before Roethlisberger.

Podcast: Should the Saints Draft Michael Sam and The Browns Hired Bill Kuharich

Zach Strief: 2013 season in review
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Video bio, photos and Q&A with 2013 New Orleans Saintsation Lindsey

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NOLA News

Ray Nagin, former New Orleans mayor, convicted of federal corruption charges | NOLA.com
Ray Nagin, the former two-term mayor of New Orleans indicted after he left office, was convicted Wednesday of 20 federal corruption charges, stemming from illegal dealings with city vendors dating back to 2004. A jury delivered the verdict just before 1 p.m. after six hours of deliberations that followed a nine-day trial. Nagin, 57, joins a list of Louisiana elected officials convicted of misdeeds while in office, but he is New Orleans' first mayor to be convicted of public corruption charges. Under federal sentencing rules, he could be facing a 20-year prison term, possibly more, lawyers have said. In a case relying heavily on the testimony of businessmen-turned-convicts -- and a paper trail showing money changing hands and lucrative city contracts getting doled out -- prosecutors described a public official "on the take." Nagin was an opportunist who pursued businessmen under pressure to get government work, targeting them to line his own pockets, prosecutors said. (Get up-to-the-minute updates from the federal courthouse.) Nagin's defense attorney, Robert Jenkins, characterized those contractors -- some of whom suffer from their own legal and financial problems -- as scheming to use Nagin without his knowledge, and now eager to testify to help their...

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NFL News

Detroit Lions' Joe Lombardi showcased creativity through game planning in New Orleans | MLive.com
While in New Orleans, Lombardi said he learned maximizing the talents of your personnel is more important than scheme.

Abe Woodson, legendary kick returner, dies at 79 | ProFootballTalk
Abe Woodson, one of the greatest kick returners in football history, has died at the age of 79. A five-time Pro Bowler for the San Francisco 49ers, Woodson led the NFL in kickoff return average in 1959, 1962 and 1963, and led the league in punt return average in 1960.

It’ll be a buyer’s market for free-agent receivers | ProFootballTalk
As teams begin to plan their eventual 53-man rosters, there are currently 53 receivers scheduled to be available in free agency. That's the number of unrestricted and restricted free agents at the position who'll be available as of March 11, barring a new contract with their current teams.

Broncos extend John Elway’s deal, name him G.M. | ProFootballTalk
John Elway has been building the Broncos up for years, and he'll continue to with a new title. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Broncos have extended Elway's contract with the team through 2017, and have given him the title of General Manager

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