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TWEETS:

Jonathan Vilma
someone jus asked me if I went to lsu, I almost threw up...CANES 4 life!!!

NFLPlayerNews
NFL files charge against NFLPA with labor board: The NFL has filed an unfair la...

jonathan goodwin
Wow RT @: Member of "Never missed a Super Bowl" club passes away

Scott Shanle
"@: Raiders hire Rod Woodson as defensive backs coach: "......awesome to be a raiders db!

Leigh Torrence Jr
Happy Valentines Day Folks!!!

Jimmy Wilkerson
by scottshanle
Happy valentines day to everyone out there.

The schedule is usually released mid-April RT @ @ When will we know who the Saints play in the preseason?

Jeff Duncan
Overwhelmed by the reaction to my "Defend New Orleans" column: I'd estimate 90 pct of the reaction has been positive.

deuce mcallister
"@: Why don't people concentrate on being loving ALL YEAR ROUND?? Instead of making it a money-making holiday "~wht she said

Adam Schefter
RT @: The best analysis/solution on NFL rookie wages I've seen yet. @ on NFL Live @ 4 ET

deuce mcallister
Happy Valentines Day to all that indulge in this paganistic day

New Orleans Saints
The NFL Combine is 10 days away. Here is a list of this year's participants

Jonathan Vilma
Happy valentines day!!....i guess

 

SAINTS:

BostonHerald.com - Blogs: Rap Sheet" Blog Archive " Unrestricted free agent FB Heath Evans wouldn’t mind a return to Foxboro
"There’s only two places I’m going to play. That’s the New England Patriots. And that’s the New Orleans Saints," Evans said. "I refuse to lose. I refuse to play for a head coach I’m not absolutely in love with, and these two head coaches (Belichick and the Saints’ Sean Payton) I’d run through a brick wall for. And that’s that."

Putting on the blitz | HoumaToday.com
Today, we are in a unique position watching the NFL.

2011 NFL Combine
The 2011 NFL Scouting Combine will be held February 24 – March 1. More than 300 top prospects for the 2011 NFL Draft will be invited to participate at the combine in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This event is a vital step in athletes achieving their NFL dreams. NFL.com and NFL Network will have full coverage of the event.

New Orleans Saints reader comment: Those we cherish might not share our ferocity for city | NOLA.com
Highlighting comments from our readers

 

CBA TALKS:

Sources: Panthers owner disses Manning, Brees - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
"We signed a [expletive] deal last time and we’re going to stick together and take back our league and [expletive] do something about it," Richardson said, as reported by Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports.

Did Jerry Richardson go out of of bounds? - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who generally despises being in the spotlight, suddenly has it glaring upon him. According to several repor

Panthers owner Richardson allegedly criticizes intelligence of players - NFL - Sporting News

The Rookie Sacrifice: NFL, NFLPA proposals unveiled | National Football Post
The Rookie Sacrifice: NFL, NFLPA proposals unveiled

Fun with Richardson-Manning flap - NFC South Blog - ESPN
My AFC South colleague Paul Kuharsky is asking his readers to have a little fun and share their thoughts on Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson a

Agents, rookies won’t boycott Scouting Combine | ProFootballTalk
In a Monday conference call with NFLPA-certified agents, the union and the agents agreed that incoming rookies won’t be asked to boycott next week’s Scouting Combine.

RFA tenders could be league’s next big power move | ProFootballTalk
"The uncertainty is unsettling," said agent Scott Smith of X-A-M Sports, which represents Boss and Falcons running back Jason Snelling, another unrestricted-turned-restricted free agent. "Not only do players not know when and if there will be free agency, a good number of them don’t even know what their free agency status currently is."

Evidence that union plans to decertify comes from an unlikely source | ProFootballTalk
It's becoming more and more likely that the NFL will lock out the players on March 4.  It's unclear whether the union will in response to a lockout decertify and file an antitrust lawsuit after the NFL imposes rules for free agency, the salary cap, and the draft across 32 ostensibly separate busine...

 

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

NFC South teams not very special - NFC South Blog - ESPN
There aren’t a lot of definite ways to rank special-teams play. But the guy who does the best job in that department is Rick Gosselin of the Dal

Raiders hire Rod Woodson as defensive backs coach | ProFootballTalk
One of the best defensive backs in NFL history is about to start coaching the defensive backs of the Oakland Raiders. Hall of Famer Rod Woodson has been hired as Oakland's defensive backs coach, the Raiders announced today.

Under Armour gives Cam Newton biggest deal ever for NFL rookie | ProFootballTalk
Darren Rovell of CNBC reports that Newton has signed a shoe and apparel deal with Under Armour that will be the largest deal ever given to an incoming NFL rookie, topping the $1 million a year deal Reggie Bush got from Adidas in 2006.

Falcons add depth to coaching staff - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The Atlanta Falcons have a new quarterbacks coach. More importantly perhaps, they have a new backup offensive coordinator. They reportedly have hired