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Fleur-de-Links: January 4, 2013

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Saints LB Chris Chamberlain on pace to be ready for workouts after ACL tear.

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The Saints had the 2nd-highest home market TV ratings at 45.5 for the 2012 reg. season. Packers were No. 1 (46.6)

Funny how people think that because you're a pro athlete that you don't know or can't comment on issues outside of your sport.

How many squares do you see?

THESE. LOOK. AWESOME. ": Here's a bunch of concept New Orleans Pelicans logos. "

No. Nor will I. RT : Did anyone ever report who the unnamed player was who outed Steve Spagnolo?

Panthers coaching pretty uneasy as Rivera situations drags out. were told they would know their fate by Mon ...

The QB room picture before the game in Dallas!

Congrats on Joe Montana's progeny choosing to QB at Tulane.

Not a good sign for Jaguars HC Mike Mularkey: Jacksonville's assistant coaches given permission today to speak to other teams about jobs.

street closures near Superdome to begin Saturday |

Jadeveon Clowney Senior HS Highlights pretty serious. kid should be allowed to go to draft. 3yr rule dumb: via

I can confirm LSU CB Tharold Simon will enter the NFL Draft.

Tulane officially announces signing of Nick Montana, son of NFL great Joe Montana. That's a big get for the Greeen Wave for multiple reasons

The biggest reason (in my eyes), is that it shows the school is allowing Curtis to go after JUCO guys finally.

Montana: "I was very impressed w/ Coach Johnson & the coaching staff & I really liked the system & the direction the program is heading."

Bad attempt at humor on earlier SportsCenter. I know better & I’m sorry. Apologies to Andy Reid. Back to football news. Lots to cover

'Bout to go get myself a bitchin' tattoo of Brittany Brees in a Chase Daniel(s) jersey holding a Sean Payton mask over her face.


New Year, New Saints:

Saints LB Chris Chamberlain on pace to be ready for workouts after ACL tear | New Orleans
Nearly four and a half months after tearing an ACL, Chris Chamberlain believes he’s on pace to be ready for New Orleans’ offseason workout program.

Saints' Johnson makes progress in his NFL career | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE, La. -- It's a good thing Tom Johnson is better at rushing quarterbacks than selling cars.

Handwerger: Which Saints will likely stay and which will go | New Orleans
When the new league year begins at on March 12 at 3 p.m., three Saints players will be restricted, two will be exclusive rights players and six others just hope they get roses from general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton.

Grades for every New Orleans Saints player based on 2013 value |
Saints columnist Mike Triplett grades each player based on how they measure up against other players at their position in the NFL today

New Orleans Saints sign wide receiver Preston Parker to a futures contract |
He played for Tampa Bay in 2010, 2011

New Orleans Saints Sign WR Preston Parker and DE Jay Richardson to Reserve/Futures Contracts
Richardson, 6-6, 280 is a four-year NFL veteran who was originally picked by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He’s appeared in 55 career games with 22 starts, posting 117 tackles (87 solo), seven sacks and two pass defenses in three seasons with the Raiders and one with the Seattle Seahawks. Before joining the Raiders, Richardson appeared in 39 games for Ohio State and posted career totals of 52 stops, seven sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and nine pass defenses.

Which players made the grade for New Orleans Saints in 2012? | coverage teams assigns grades to every player

NFL analysts help dissect key personnel issues facing New Orleans Saints |
Despite major concerns about lack of defensive talent, optimism remains for Saints' future

NFL mock draft 2013: First round - NFL - Sporting News
New Orleans Saints (7-9): Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

Mock Draft 2.0: Manti Te'o will not be selected in the top 10 - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
15. New Orleans Saints: Eric Reid, FS, LSU

Saints could keep most of their unrestricted free agents, including Bushrod | New Orleans
When the new league year begins at 3 p.m., 10 Saints players will officially count themselves as unrestricted free agents, three will be restricted, two will be exclusive rights players and six others just hope they get roses from general manager Mic

Podcast: What can the Saints learn from the AFC Wildcard teams? | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA

Saints Nation: Saints Headed Toward a Mass Exodus?

New Orleans Saints believe they will be able to handle cap issues |
Saints expected to be about $16 million over the 2013 salary cap


Bountyfarce - Sean Payton still not reinstated:

Forecast: Goodell is ruining the 2013 New Orleans Saints | New Orleans
Every Saints fan knows Roger Goodell ruined the 2012 football season by suspending Sean Payton. Did you know he’s ruining the 2013 Saints season as well?

Will New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton have to revamp his coaching staff? |

Saints question of the day



Jimmy Taylor will be guest of honor at Hall of Fame luncheon Super Bowl week |
To many, he's remembered as Mr. Grunt and Groan

This Date in Saints History: January 4th
1994—Owner Tom Benson announces a front office restructuring later known as "general manager by committee" with Jim Miller becoming Executive V.P. of Administration, Bill Kuharich is Vice President of Football Operations, and Jim Mora is named Vice President/Head Coach.

Chip Kelly expects NFL decision to happen quickly | ProFootballTalk
Oregon head coach Chip Kelly is easily one of the hottest names on the market for NFL teams in search of their next head coach. Now that the Ducks season is over with a 35-17 win over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl Thursday night, Kelly will turn his attention on whether to make the move to the ...

Chiefs announce that G.M. Scott Pioli has been fired | ProFootballTalk
Scott Pioli has been fired as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs. "After several productive conversations, we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities," Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said in a statement released by the team.

Report: Chiefs and Andy Reid agree to deal | ProFootballTalk
Make that six head coaching vacancies. What has seemed inevitable in recent days is now (almost) official, as ESPN's Chris Mortensen has now reported that Andy Reid has agreed to a deal to become the next head coach of the Chiefs.

10 questions entering the NFL playoffs | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
With 10 NFL playoff games over the next three weekends to determine the participants for the 10th Super Bowl to be played in New Orleans, i…

Podcast: Saints wrapup, NFC wildcard preview | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
NFC Wild Card weekend starts on Saturday. Do you know where you favorite team is? The Saints aren't in the playoffs this season, but what a…

WR Lance Moore Named New Orleans Saints 2012 Man of the Year
The New Orleans Saints have nominated WR Lance Moore for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award