Saints News, 3/10/14: Giants Expressing Interest In Brian de la Puente

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The Daily News’ Ralph Vacchiano reported on Monday that the Giants had expressed “interest” in signing center Brian de la Puente in free agency. The 6-foot-3, 306-pound de la Puente, 28, has started 44 games for the Saints since 2011, and he is one of 11 New Orleans players due to hit the open market when the free agency signing period begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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Giants might try to lure Saints center Brian de la Puente: report | Black and Gold
The Daily News’ Ralph Vacchiano reported on Monday that the Giants had expressed "interest" in signing de la Puente in free agency. The 6-foot-3, 306-pound de la Puente, 28, has started 44 games for the Saints since 2011, and he is one of 11 New Orleans players due to hit the open market when the free agency signing period begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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NFL News

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