Saints News, 4/29/14: NBA Owner's Lifetime Ban Sets Precedent For Owners In All Sports

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Mike Florio at PFT writes, "Every owner of every major-league franchise, in the NBA or elsewhere, now knows that views like those espoused by (Donald) Sterling will result in swift and decisive action. How could Commissioner Roger Goodell do anything less with an NFL owner, now that Silver has set the precedent in a different sport?" That's a very good question. Would Roger handle a situation like that the same way? I'll bet he hopes we never have to find out. In related news, Saints/Pelicans owner Tom Benson writes that he fully supports Adam Silver's decisions.

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Saints News

New Orleans Saints' Jairus Byrd no longer NFL's highest-paid safety after Seattle Seahawks, Earl Thomas agree on extension | NOLA.com
The Associated Press reported Thomas and the Seahawks agreed Monday on a $40 million, four year contract extension with just over $27.7 million guaranteed, according to two people with knowledge of the agreement.

Mark Ingram won't have option exercised by New Orleans Saints - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints do not intend to exercise their 2015 team option on running back Mark Ingram's contract, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Report: Saints won’t pick up option on Mark Ingram | ProFootballTalk
Ingram was selected by the Saints with the 28th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. As per terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, all draft picks sign four-year contracts with first-round selections having a team option for a fifth season. The deadline for teams to pick up that fifth-year option for players from the 2011 draft is May 3.

5 to watch when the Saints pick in the first round | wwltv.com New Orleans
Predicting what the Saints will do throughout the entire NFL draft is next to impossible, but we do have an idea about who might be on their radar in the first round.

Ranking New Orleans Saints 2014 NFL draft needs: No. 11 QB - ESPN
A position-by-position look at the New Orleans Saints' draft needs, ranked in order of importance from 1-12: Current depth chart: Drew Brees, signed

Unofficial guide to first- and second-day draft prospects Saints have visited with, worked out | Black and Gold
With the May 8-10 draft a little more than a week away, below is an unofficial guide to players who the Saints have either hosted for visits or worked out and who could be taken in the first two days (or first three rounds) of the event.

Ranking New Orleans Saints draft needs: No. 10 RB/FB - ESPN
A position-by-position look at the New Orleans Saints' draft needs, ranked in order of importance from 1-12: Current depth chart: RB Pierre Thomas,

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NFL News

Sterling’s lifetime ban sends clear message to all owners | ProFootballTalk
Silver’s action nevertheless puts all current and future NFL owners on clear and unambiguous notice.  If you harbor hatred and bigotry in your heart and if it somehow finds a way to make itself to the public eye, game over.

NFL denies Hard Knocks field has been cut to three teams | ProFootballTalk
Under standards the NFL passed last year, the Bills, Bears, Cardinals, Giants, Jaguars, Raiders, Rams, and Steelers can be compelled to do the show.

Panthers need tackles and receivers, but want a "blue goose" | ProFootballTalk
Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman, in case you've not heard him speak, did not grow up in the Carolinas. But the Boston-born Gettleman has caught his fanbase's attention with some smart patchwork and some new catch-phrases, and introduced another one Tuesday.

Gronk: Too soon to tell if I’ll be ready for opener | ProFootballTalk
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski spent last offseason answering questions about whether he'd be ready to go for the season opener, so he's familiar with the line of questioning he'll be facing for the rest of this offseason.

Roby pleads guilty to reduced charge | ProFootballTalk
The pre-draft legal issue for cornerback Bradley Roby has been resolved almost as quickly as it arose. On Tuesday morning, Roby resolved a citation for operating a vehicle while under the influence by pleading guilty to having "physical control" of a vehicle while under the influence.

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