Saints News, 3/19/14: Former Saints FB Jed Collins Signs With Detroit Lions

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Jed Collins, who spent the last three seasons in New Orleans, has signed in Detroit today. Collins may know the offense there better than any of his new teammates, as the Lions’ new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi was previously the Saints’ quarterbacks coach. In other news, center Brian de la Puente is visiting the Redskins today and OT Charles Brown is visiting the Giants.

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Lions sign fullback Jed Collins | ProFootballTalk
Jed Collins, who spent the last three seasons in New Orleans, has signed in Detroit today. Collins may know the offense better than any of his new teammates, as the Lions’ new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi was previously the Saints’ quarterbacks coach.

Jed Collins hoping for a new chance with Detroit Lions - ESPN
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- His plan had been to stay in New Orleans. That was what Jed Collins had been told by the Saints. He had spent the past three sea

Brian de la Puente visiting Redskins | ProFootballTalk
The Redskins released last year's starting center Will Montgomery and the prevailing thought has been that Kory Lichtensteiger would be moving from guard to center for the 2014 season. That may not be set in stone, however.

Charles Brown scheduled to visit with Giants | ProFootballTalk
The Giants have been somewhat uncharacteristically busy buyers on the free agent market this offseason and it doesn't look like they're ready to slow down. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that the team has scheduled a visit with tackle Charles Brown.

Saints morning report: Drew Brees on Jimmy Graham, Darren Sproles - ESPN
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NFL Nation Buzz: New Orleans Saints - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
ESPN.com Saints reporter Mike Triplett recaps a busy first week of free agency for New Orleans.

New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees steps down from NFLPA committee - ESPN
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees officially stepped down as a member of the NFL Players Association’s executive committee on Wednesday.

Contract details on Zach Strief, Erik Lorig - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
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New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees stepping away from NFLPA executive committee | NOLA.com
Benjamin Watson, Ryan Clark hold spot on NFLPA executive board

Saints TE Watson, Marrero native Clark lose NFL players union presidency bid | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Both Saints tight end Ben Watson and Ryan Clark, a Marrero native who played football at Archbishop Shaw and LSU prior to making it to the …

Cam Jordan jokes challengers to him might not see field | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Appearing on Wednesday’s edition of NFL AM, defensive end Cameron Jordan was asked what player he’d pick in the first round of May’s draft,…

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NFL News

Patriots propose making extra points harder | ProFootballTalk
NFL extra points are currently the equivalent of a 20-yard field goal, which is an easy chip shot for any professional kicker. If the Patriots get their way, next year extra points will become the equivalent of a 43-yard field goal.

Competition Committee supports expansion of playoffs | ProFootballTalk
The various proposals from the Competition Committee and the teams (eight from the Redskins, four from the Patriots, one from the Eagles, and one from the Colts) during Wednesday's conference call did not contain any reference to expanding the playoffs.

Competition Committee announces new rule, bylaw proposals | ProFootballTalk
The NFL Competition Committee announced 13 new rule proposals, seven new bylaw proposals and one proposed resolution on a conference call on Wednesday. The NFL's owners will vote at next week's league meeting on the potential changes, which we detail below. Rule change proposals: 1.

Competition Commitee proposes adjustment to the replay function | ProFootballTalk
As expected, the NFL's Competition Committee isn't ready to remove the replay function from the stadiums and to send it to the league office or some other centralized function. As expected, the Competition Committee is ready to allow the referee to get some help while conducting the review.

Trade market heating up for Chris Johnson | ProFootballTalk
The Titans want to trade Chris Johnson. Johnson is willing to take less money (but not much less money) to make it happen. For now, it could be working. Per a league source, a trade market is emerging for Johnson. The market arises from real interest in Johnson from multiple teams.

Troy Vincent becomes NFL’s new executive V.P. of football operations | ProFootballTalk
With Ray Anderson, the NFL's former executive V.P. of football operations, now the A.D. at Arizona State, the league needed a replacement. That replacement is former NFL cornerback Troy Vincent.

Steve Tisch believes Goodell will "make a statement" in disciplining Irsay | ProFootballTalk
Plenty of NFL owners will be asked about the Jim Irsay situation when they gather in Orlando for the annual league meetings next week. One got a head start on the process by talking to a guy on the street with a camera, from TMZ.

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