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Saints News: 5.04.08

The Times-Pic released this article today. The main point of the article is that even though the draft was sped up this year, its still too damn long.

In 2007, it took the 32 teams 18 hours, five minutes to draft. This year the proceedings finished in a neat 14 hours, 26 minutes.

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...The NFL would have you believe that getting through the first round of this year's selection process in precisely 3 1/2 hours was an enormous accomplishment. And compared to the mind-numbing 6-hour, 8-minute first round of 2007, this year's first 31 picks were done quickly.

But consider this: The NBA conducts its entire two-round draft in three hours or less. And because of the league's rookie wage scale, every first-round draft pick essentially already has come to contract terms.

The article also gave us a bunch of random tid bits from around the league. The most important of which is this.

League sources indicate the Saints' pursuit of Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey did not end when a draft-day deal between the clubs could not be reached. Coach Sean Payton believes Shockey is a perfect fit for the Saints' offense, and he still desperately wants the player to be wearing a black-and-gold uniform this season. Shockey has informed the Giants of his unhappiness, and apparently unwillingness, to play again in New York. Don't be surprised if the trade is finalized in the coming weeks. According to New York's Newsday, Shockey has four years remaining on his five-year, $26.3 million contract extension, including $1.9 million due this season. . . .

Oh man. Here we go again. This is obviously not over. Guess we'll have to wait and see. The rest of the random thoughts.

Now that the two-year deal to hold the draft in New York's Radio City Music Hall has expired, the league is expected to take the show on the road. The Los Angeles Times reported this week that L.A. is attempting to be the new host city, the venue being the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. "There seems to be a great deal of interest from various cities to do it," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. "We think Radio City has been terrific, and obviously being in the media capital is a terrific thing for us. But it's something that we continue to evaluate, and we haven't come to any conclusion on it. There are a lot of cities that think it can be terrific, and we do too, so it's something that we're seriously evaluating." The NFL has not announced a city as a host for next year's draft. . . .

The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that the Cowboys protected themselves in the Pacman Jones deal by back-loading the four-year, $13.3 million contract. Jones received no signing bonus, though he will get a $700,000 salary advance on his 2008 earnings if he's reinstated. Jones is scheduled to get salaries of $1 million in 2009, $3 million in 2010 and $7.25 million in 2011. There are roster bonuses of $250,000 and $255,000 in 2009 and 2010, a $345,000 reporting bonus in 2010 and $250,000 workout bonuses in 2009 and 2010. If Jones is not reinstated, the Cowboys get back the draft picks they gave to the Titans. If Jones is suspended again after being reinstated, Dallas will get a future fifth-round choice from Tennessee. . . .

According to the Florida Times Union, NFL Players Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw earned $10 million last year, plus another $10 million in deferred income. Maybe Gene could make a donation to the old timers who get the short end of the pension fund stick.

Ouch! The Times-Pic is feeling frisky today.

The Baton Rouge Advocate has a personal look at Tracy Porter. Check it out.

Two nights after his last final, Porter couldn’t wipe the smile off his face. But it wasn’t only because he had completed the semester.

“I’m extremely happy about that,” Porter said of being chosen by the Saints with the 40th overall pick. “I haven’t been to a lot of their games, but I watch all of them on television.”

Porter, who is from Port Allen, LA, will be coming home and reunited with another West Baton Rouge native.

But before he can even think about that, Porter knows there’s a lot of work to do. He was reminded of what’s expected of him when he got a phone call and text messages from one of his new teammates — fellow West Baton Rouge Parish resident Randall Gay.

Gay, a former Brusly High and LSU standout, signed with the Saints this offseason after spending his first four NFL seasons with the New England Patriots.

With the Saints needing help at cornerback, who knows what may happen. They may actually wind up with two starters from West Baton Rouge.

“That would be something, two guys from West Baton Rouge holding down the islands,” Porter said with a laugh. “That would be a great time for us, we’d definitely both love that.”

The newly acquired Saints were given their new numbers. Here they are, from the New Orleans Saints Website.

Player Position #
Sedrick Ellis
DT 90
Tracy Porter
CB 22
DeMario Pressley
DT 72
Carl Nicks
OT 77
Taylor Mehlhaff
K 5
Adrian Arrington
WR 87
Todd Blythe WR 14
Evan Moore WR 15
Jason Boone OT 79
Nate McManus G 63
Akim Millington T


Kevin Tuminello C 61
JoLonn Dunbar LB 56
Luke Sanders LB 59
Jeremy Geathers DE 97
Lynell Hamilton RB 30
T.C. Ostrander QB 6
Waylon Prather P 4
David Roach S 37
Rocky Schwartz S 38
Ryan Senser Long Snapper 49
Olaniyi Sobomehin FB 33

Arrington taking Hollywood's old number. Interesting. Evan Moore and Lance Moore at 15 and 16 respectively.