Saints News, 3/26/14: NFL Votes To Extend Goal Post Uprights By Five Feet

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The goal post uprights will be extended five feet, from 30 to 35 feet above the cross bar. The successful proposal, submitted by the New England Patriots, will help officials be more definitive in their rulings on field-goal attempts that sail over the top of the uprights. The league cited this change as a major reason for recently outlawing goal post dunking, since the uprights will now be heavier and more prone to leaning. In other news, the Saints re-signed QB Luke McCown. Also, Drew Brees and his family are expecting the arrival of a baby girl. Looks like his all-boys streak is coming to an end. Congrats to Drew and Brittany.

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Saints News

Jimmy Graham of New Orleans Saints inspired new goalpost dunk flag, says Jeff Fisher - ESPN
Jeff Fisher said Wednesday it was a significant in-game delay caused by one of Saints tight end Jimmy Graham's dunks that was at the root of the decision to add the goalpost celebration to the list that will draw unsportsmanlike conduct.

Sean Payton sure New Orleans Saints, Jimmy Graham will reach deal - ESPN
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said Wednesday at the NFL owners meeting that it's a matter of time before the team reaches a long-term contract extension with Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham.

Sean Payton explains thinking on Darren Sproles trade - ESPN
Sean Payton said the decisions to trade running back Darren Sproles and re-sign running back Pierre Thomas should not be viewed as signs that the New

New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton: Antiquated system in TE/WR debate - ESPN
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton seemed to agree with the notion that Jimmy Graham shouldn’t be labeled strictly as a tight end. The Saints

New Orleans Saints re-sign backup QB Luke McCown - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints agreed to terms Wednesday on a one-year deal with veteran backup quarterback Luke McCown. Terms were not disclosed. The deal m

Payton: Plan at center still unfolding - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints could still "very well" re-sign center Brian de la Puente or another veteran in free agency, coach Sean Payton said

Tim Lelito will be given shot to earn Saints’ starting job at center, Payton says | Black and Gold
"I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a player signed," Payton also said. "Tim Lelito would be a guy that’s in the mix as someone competing for that opportunity, but … we’ll see who it is he’s competing against."

New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton figures anxious moments will pay off with Jimmy Graham like they did with Jairus Byrd | NOLA.com
Payton is confident a deal will occur with Graham eventually this offseason

Luke McCown, New Orleans Saints agree to terms on 1-year contract
Veteran served as Drew Brees' backup

John DeShazier: Sean Payton breaks down Saints offseason moves
Grading your own players is important part of the process, Payton says

Highlights from Sean Payton’s press conference at the NFL Annual Meeting
Sean Payton discussed the New Orleans Saints offseason, Jimmy Graham and Rob Ryan on Wednesday

New Orleans Saints to host special teams clinic for high school coaches
The event will take place Friday, May 30, 2014

Payton envisions Graham deal before grievance deadline | ProFootballTalk
The NFL continues to be a deadline driven business, and the looming deadline for Jimmy Graham's grievance regarding his franchise-tag designation continues to be the deadline that will drive a likely long-term deal for him.

Estwick: Graham needs new routine after NFL slams his dunk | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
Sorry Jimmy. Time for a new touchdown celebration.

Drew Brees and wife expecting a baby girl | Celebrities | The Sun Herald
WWL-TV is reporting Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife Brittany are expecting their fourth child, and it's a girl.

Sean Payton on Jimmy Graham: Franchise-tag system is 'antiquated' - CBSSports.com
Sean Payton was asked about Jimmy Graham wanting wideout money and called the franchise-tag system "antiquated."

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NFL News

John DeShazier: NFL votes to extend length of uprights
League will experiment with length of PATs during preseason

Potential disruptions to a game went into league's reasoning to penalize goalpost dunks | NOLA.com
Jimmy Graham's TD celebration would cost the Saints a 15-yard penalty under new enforcement of the rules

After dunk ban, NFL approves taller field-goal uprights | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
ORLANDO, Fla. — After it was revealed the NFL would outlaw dunking a football over the crossbar of a field goal, the league on Wednesday an…

Five rules changes get NFL owners’ approval at league meeting | ProFootballTalk
The NFL's owners voted to change five NFL rules, while also voting down three proposals and tabling five proposals until next year. Here are the results of the votes on rules changes, bylaw changes and resolution changes brought forward by the NFL Competition Committee: Rule change proposals: ...

'No Fun League' lives up to its name - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
The "No Fun League" strikes again. The goal-post dunk will now be prohibited by the NFL -- a deflating rule change that might only be c

NaVorro Bowman rule passes, reviewing everything fails | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has changed the rules about what can and cannot be reviewed on instant replay. But the league has decided not to allow coaches to challenge any call they want.

NFL wants to crack down on on-field taunting | ProFootballTalk
Officials monitoring players taunting each other has been in the league's rule book, as a point of emphasis. It's now moving from the back of the book to the front of the book. "We’re going to raise the standard on the field," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said.

Report: Bears came in at last minute with Jared Allen offer | ProFootballTalk
The Bears surprised the NFL by landing defensive end Jared Allen this morning, and he said there's a reason they were able to keep it on the down low.

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton on New Orleans Saints' offseason
Sean Payton talks about the New Orleans Saints' offseason at the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video

VIDEO: Sean Payton on how Rob Ryan improved the defense
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton talks about defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's first year with the team at the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Sean Payton on Jimmy Graham's contract situation
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton talks about TE Jimmy Graham's contract situation at the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: NFL explains reasoning for new dunking rule
Atlanta Falcons president and the NFL's competition committee chairman Rich McKay explains the league's reasoning for making dunking on the goalpost a penalty starting next season (New Orleans Saints video)

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