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Saints News 3/2/13: Flacco Passes Brees As NFL's Highest-Paid Player

Your daily collection of Saints/NFL-related news, opinion and whatnot. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Flacco reportedly passes Brees as highest paid player in NFL.

Here's a pic from the most recent Flacco vs. Brees game, from 2010.
Here's a pic from the most recent Flacco vs. Brees game, from 2010.
Larry French


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Well... it WAS an Upset Alert!</p>&mdash; Matt Yoder (@myoder84) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Same QB I saw in person vs. Villanova in 2007. Amazing. RT @<a href="">kjonesnfl</a>: Congrats @<a href="">teamflacco</a> now the highest paid player on the <a href="">#NFL</a> !</p>&mdash; Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="">#FlashbackFriday</a> When @<a href="">drewbrees</a> bought snowballs at camp last year, nobody was more excited than @<a href="">mark_ingram28</a> <a href="" title="">…</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Our @<a href="">nhlblackhawks</a> are out here ona mission!! I know the Madhouse is goin crazy right now!! <a href="">#ChiTown</a> <a href="">#WinningStreak</a> <a href="">#Blackhawks</a></p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Feelin inspired, donde esta mi vida? Como se dice leggo?!!</p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Nola sunset. <a href="" title="">…</a></p>&mdash; JAHRI EVANS (@J_7TRE_E) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>And back to bed??? glass of Syrah went to the balcony hit the Dougie and it didn feel right tonight</p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>since when does dancin not feel right.hit the uncle Bernie and my back hurt hahaha my stanky leg felt clean lol my 2 chains felt chainless </p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>You should've seen Pope Benedict XVI's face when he was denied the 15% employee discount at the Vatican Cafeteria this morning.</p>&mdash; Sister Roberta (@Sister_Roberta) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Because it's awesome? ;) RT @<a href="">liprap</a>: Why is "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" in my head?</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Morning <a href="">#Ladies</a> And All My Beautiful God Loving Followers <a href="">#WHODAT</a> <a href="">#NULA</a> <a href="" title="">…</a></p>&mdash; JUNIOR GALETTE (@JuniorG93) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Caught off guard lmaoooo lemme stop and start my day <a href="">#WorkoutTime</a> <a href="" title="">…</a></p>&mdash; JUNIOR GALETTE (@JuniorG93) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Happy Texas Independence Day!</p>&mdash; David Thomas (@DavidThomas_85) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>March 2, 1836. Happy Independence Day, Texas. <a href="" title="">…</a></p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Should be a nice little Saturday lol</p>&mdash; Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>TODAY 1pm in Baton Rouge<a href="">#WhoDat</a> <a href="">#Saints</a> <a href="" title="">…</a></p>&mdash; Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Information on how you can support the New Orleans Musicians Clinic <a href="">#rt7half</a> <a href="" title=""></a></p>&mdash; skooks (@skooks) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Barkevious sure does seem to be steady sliding right on down to 15. <a href="">#yes</a></p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I didn't believe this couple of weeks ago, but do now: LB/DE Paul Kruger looks like he's going to blow past $9m per, could get over $10m per</p>&mdash; Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Man breaks into Popeye's, eats 16 slices of pie, takes nap on floor, gets woken up by arresting officers: <a href="" title=""></a></p>&mdash; Deadspin (@Deadspin) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Broke into Popeye's and ate no chicken or red beans?</p>&mdash; Jacob Roland (@JABC0) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Also, my Empire Strikes Back sticker album.<a href="" title=""></a> <a href="">#mumshouse</a></p>&mdash; Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>And my Encyclopaedia of Horror.<a href="" title=""></a> <a href="">#mumshouse</a></p>&mdash; Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>RT "@<a href="">unclerush</a>: You can never tell from what direction your gift will be coming, so you must stay open to all possibilities."</p>&mdash; JAHRI EVANS (@J_7TRE_E) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>See everybody tonight for the @<a href="">ican_foundation</a> fundraiser!! Online ticket sales close ina few hours... don't miss out!</p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="">March 2, 2013</a></blockquote>


Saints Stuff

Saints show finesse in cost-cutting | The Sun Herald
Gary Estwick - Months before the 2013 season starts, the Saints have found a way to tighten their financial belt without loosing their britches.

Evaluating the Defense |
Andrew Doyle - This week I'm going to be talking about the elephant in the room, the defense.

New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Hornets Help Kickoff Lemonade Day Louisiana |
Members of the Saintsations, Honeybees and Saints mascots Gumbo and Sir Saint were in attendance at the announcement on Friday.


Free Agency Targets?

Free agency primer: Ranking the top pass rushers |
Chris Wesseling breaks down the options from Michael Johnson to Cliff Avril to Paul Kruger.

Free agency primer: Ranking top interior D-linemen |
Marc Sessler breaks down the options from Henry Melton to Richard Seymour.


Flacco vs. Brees

Joe Flacco passes Drew Brees as NFL's highest-paid player |
Associated Press - (HansDat note: Oh, snap!) Super Bowl-winning QB, Ravens agree to deal in excess of $120 million.

With Flacco deal done, no talks yet for next wave of quarterback contracts | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio - So what about the next three who are widely presumed to be on deck?



Falcons' moves also about Matt Ryan - NFC South Blog |
I know there is a lot of talk from Atlanta Falcons fans about how the release of Michael Turner, John Abraham and Dunta Robinson could mean Atlanta is going after Dwight Freeney and Steven Jackson.

N.F.L. Will Use IPads to Expand In-Game Concussion Testing |
Judy Battista (HansDat note: Reports of the iPad concussion test consisting of banging the player on the head with the iPad and asking "Did you feel that?" are reportedly false.)

Brandon Carr calls himself 'team player' in re-doing contract | National Football Post
Brad Biggs - We’re not sure how team-oriented it is. Carr didn’t lose any money in the deal. (HansDat note: Now THIS is SSP.)

KSK Mock Draft: New Combine Events | Kissing Suzy Kolber
Unsilent Majority - That’s why we’re going to draft new tests, drills and/or measurements to liven things up a bit and tell us more about these potential NFLers.

Vontae Davis Observes Tampering, Later Claims It Was Hackers | Kissing Suzy Kolber
Christmas Ape

NFL Quarterbacks on Facebook: Super Bowl Wrap-Up | Total Pro Sports
I thought I had already posted this in an FDL, but maybe I didn't. So here it is. (maybe again)