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Fleur-de-Links: June 2, 2011


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Nnamdi Asomugha: Looking at Who Has the Inside Track to Land Him? : The XLog
8) New Orleans Saints - The travesty that happened in the playoffs, when Marshawn Lynch made every member of the defense miss twice, is one of the reasons that New Orleans will go after Asomugha. He can bring veteran leadership to a secondary that needs it. The Saints secondary fell off completely without Darren Sharper. Patrick Robinson and Johnny Patrick need to be mentored by Asomugha and not Randall Gay or Tracy Porter. The Saints aren’t too far off from the form that got them to their first Super Bowl championship. The key weakness is the secondary.

Why it makes sense for Nnamdi - Asomugha was born in Lafayette, Louisiana but was raised in Los Angeles. I don’t know if he still has ties to Louisiana or New Orleans specifically, but it may factor into the decision. Drew Brees could also help influence Asomugha in heading to New Orleans.Brees runs one of the most high-powered offenses and could sell Asomugha on the fact that he could be the missing piece that will help them repeat what they did a few years ago.

Reggie Bush films reality show, lifts weights with high schoolers | ProFootballTalk
Few players have had their activities more heavily scrutinized this offseason than Reggie Bush, who stepped into a social media firestorm when he tweeted that he was enjoying the rest and relaxation provided by the lockout.

New Orleans Saints' Reggie Bush filming reality television show - ESPN
Reggie Bush of Danville is out of town, but someone is taking his place: Reggie Bush.

Darren Sharper Promotes Softball Event, Plays Lockout Waiting Game

Potential lost season could hamper Saints safety Darren Sharper's hopes for Canton call

Saints Hoping Enough Has Been Done To Improve D-Line In 2011 | Who Dat Dish
Saints Hoping Enough Has Been Done To Improve D-Line In 2011

Sharper looking at NFL lockout from all angles | Saints | — Baton Rouge, LA

Darren Sharper eager for return to New Orleans Saints, which may be difficult |
Malcolm Jenkins' emergence, NFL lockout make it uncertain

New Orleans Saints mailbag: Malcolm Jenkins to answer your questions |
Special guest edition begins next week

Soon to be stars: Jimmy Graham - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Jimmy Graham entered the NFL last season with just one year of college football experience -- he played basketball during his undergrad years at Miami and took up football during his first year of graduate work -- but he far exceeded expectations as a rookie.



League, NFLPA* issue joint statement on not-so-secret talks | ProFootballTalk
What initially appeared to be a clandestine meeting of a subset of owners but then became a secret NFL-NFLPA* negotiating session eventually has become an off-site mediation gathering prompted by U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan (pictured).

Goodell, Smith, players meet - New Orleans Saints -
The NFL and its players concluded three straight days of mediation on Thursday, and now head to an appeals court in St. Louis.

Team checklist: Atlanta Falcons | ProFootballTalk
We've handled post-lockout to-do lists for the NFC East and AFC East.  With some newfound progress in labor talks, we better pick up the pace on our team checklists or it may actually be post-lockout before we're done. We hope. Now up: Last year's No. 1 seed in the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons.

Labor talks continuing Thursday, mediator in the mix | ProFootballTalk
News out of Chicago regarding the clandestine meeting between NFL and NFLPA* representatives continues to leak, and most of it sounds positive for everyone hoping for progress in labor talks.

Hines Ward: Only way to protect players is "flag football" | ProFootballTalk
Wearing a few goofy dance outfits hasn't suddenly turned Hines Ward soft.  Like his Steelers teammates, he expressed displeasure about the recent rule that will fine teams for excessive player safety violations.

Tim Tebow’s book is out | ProFootballTalk
The autobiography of any 23-year-old is going to feel incomplete at best, even for someone that has accomplished as much as Tim Tebow. That's why it's no surprise the release of Tebow's book on Tuesday didn't exactly create a bunch of salacious headlines ala Rex Ryan or the new tome on ESPN.

Reports: De Smith attended not-so-secret meeting with owners | ProFootballTalk
Per Schefter and Mortensen, the two sides met into the evening in an effort to bridge some of their various and sharp differences. The meeting was so secretive that some owners didn’t even know it was happening. Though a potential agreement continues to be a long way away, there’s some hope that the foundation could be in place for a deal to be reached later this month.