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2013 NFL Free Agency: Saints Extend 2nd-Round Tender To De La Puente

In a move that slid under my radar all day, I just realized that the New Orleans Saints have placed the second-round tender on starting center Brian de la Puente, too.


In news that has eluded me all day, the New Orleans Saints have apparently tendered restricted free agent center Brian de la Puente at the second-round level.

While surfing the net tonight checking for new info on any possible tampering, I came across this headline from a SATURDAY AFTERNOON BLOG POST by Sheldon Mickles of

Saints agree with Galette, offer tenders to two other RFAs

and after taking off my shoes to count high enough, I realized that so far I had only reported on ONE RFA getting tendered by the Saints (Tusk!). "Dang!" I thought, "What have I missed???" (invoking the name of Dang Hu Dat always helps me think)

Clicking through on the headline link showed me this money paragraph:

The club announced that defensive end-turned-linebacker Junior Galette agreed to a three-year contract and General Manager Mickey Loomis later confirmed that center Brian de la Puente and running back Chris Ivory were extended second-round tender offers.

Ah ha! There you have it...they also tendered that Portuguese kid at center.

Pat Y. covered this same ground in A QUICKIE STORY FROM THIS MORNING on Again, I'm wondering how this bit avoided me all day long.

So, as an overall FA update, this leaves the Saints with one RFA who has not been tendered yet, LS Justin Drescher, and a whole lot of UFAs who could be getting tampered with right now.

Check the updated FA Tracking Chart below for the "up to the minute" status of all the FAs.

Pos Player FA Status Previous Team Current Team
OT Jermon Bushrod UFA New Orleans Saints -
WR Devery Henderson UFA New Orleans Saints -
QB Chase Daniel UFA New Orleans Saints -
WR/ST Courtney Roby UFA New Orleans Saints -
OT William Robinson UFA New Orleans Saints -
DT Sedrick Ellis UFA New Orleans Saints -
LB Scott Shanle UFA New Orleans Saints -
LB Jonathan Casillas UFA New Orleans Saints -
DE Turk McBride UFA New Orleans Saints -
CB Elbert Mack UFA New Orleans Saints -
RB Chris Ivory RFA New Orleans Saints Saints Extended 2nd Rd Tender
C Brian de la Puenta RFA New Orleans Saints Saints Extended 2nd Rd Tender
DE/OLB Junior Galette RFA New Orleans Saints Agreed to 3-yr. contract w/Saints
LS Justin Drescher RFA New Orleans Saints -
- - - - -

What do you think of all the moves made thus far? Are the Saints sitting pretty, or dead in the water? Have you heard anything about Drescher?