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Saints News 4/2/13: Saints Owner Tom Benson Steps Down From NFL Committees

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Benson is stepping down from roles with the league’s Finance Committee, Audit Committee and Compensation Committees to "focus on other endeavors." Says Bountyfarce fiasco had nothing to do with his decision. Nevertheless, I'd like to think he flipped the bird to Goodell and the other owners as he walked out of the room, but that probably didn't happen.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Nice bargain rate. RT @<a href="https://twitter.com/caplannfl">caplannfl</a>: New <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> OLB Victor Butler's 2-year, $3 M deal includes $1.5 M fully guaranteed, source confirms.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/319120255916072960">April 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"@<a href="https://twitter.com/t_spak">t_spak</a>:in your eyes what injury was worse Kevin wares or Joe theismans"...both are gruesome. Wouldn't pick either one over the other.</p>&mdash; Darren Sharper (@sharper42) <a href="https://twitter.com/sharper42/status/319157688607051776">April 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind.</p>&mdash; Darren Sharper (@sharper42) <a href="https://twitter.com/sharper42/status/319155432071512064">April 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.</p>&mdash; Darren Sharper (@sharper42) <a href="https://twitter.com/sharper42/status/319155478078832640">April 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Just back from KC to the news that Palmer-to-AZ is done. And that may be it for the major movement on the quarterback market.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/319139902870667265">April 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Excited to attend Josh's Legacy Benefit next weekend April 12 &amp; 13 in MonroeRaising awareness for Cystic Fibrosis<a href="http://t.co/z1hIBdptri" title="http://www.joshslegacy.com/">joshslegacy.com</a></p>&mdash; Jedidiah Collins (@JedCollins45) <a href="https://twitter.com/JedCollins45/status/319129993173147649">April 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Had a checkup with the dentist. Going pretty well. Still sucks</p>&mdash; Joseph Morgan(@jmthegreat) <a href="https://twitter.com/jmthegreat/status/319128488919564289">April 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Following up <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> deal w/ Butler, also tracked down recent deal with Junior Galette (3yrs, $7.5mil) ... <a href="http://t.co/79uOVFQWZW" title="http://s.nola.com/kgVCsIK">s.nola.com/kgVCsIK</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/319126425884061697">April 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I'm impatient I want what I want now not then not there not soon right flippin now.</p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94/status/319125606388355075">April 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>No Tracy Porter return. He signs with former Saint secondary coach Dennis Allen in Oakland. Wonder if they amp up run at Nnamdi now?</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/319116378302971904">April 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>.@<a href="https://twitter.com/curtislofton50">curtislofton50</a> says he wants to be more explosive this season <a href="http://t.co/R0991isTmA" title="http://bit.ly/13LvXRr">bit.ly/13LvXRr</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/319074639215202304">April 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Rise and grind! Everyone have great day and find something that challenges either physical, emotional, or spiritually!</p>&mdash; Curtis Lofton (@CurtisLofton50) <a href="https://twitter.com/CurtisLofton50/status/319072949304975361">April 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>We (the media) contribute to the downfall of young QBs by making snap judgements of their ability too soon.Takes 3 yrs to determine ability</p>&mdash; Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/BuckyBrooks/status/319060397447593984">April 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>To all my folks down in NOLA: Please show some love to @<a href="https://twitter.com/calcoachg">calcoachg</a> &amp; the @<a href="https://twitter.com/cal">cal</a> Golden Bears this weekend in the Final Four!!!! <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23GoBears">#GoBears</a></p>&mdash; Scott Fujita (@scottfujita99) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottfujita99/status/318934766034505728">April 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/scottfujita99">scottfujita99</a> whoa whoa whoa guys lol. I'll let that pass cause she's cute</p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/status/318923674013007872">April 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

Tom Benson stepped down from NFL committees to focus on other interests | NOLA.com
Benson valued his time working with other owners

Saints owner Tom Benson steps down from three league committees | ProFootballTalk
Benson is stepping down from roles with the league’s Finance Committee, Audit Committee and Compensation Committees to focus on other endeavors. Benson wants to focus on other ventures in New Orleans including Benson Tower and the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans.

NFC South: The over $5 million club - NFC South Blog - ESPN
No NFC South player will take up a larger share of his team’s salary cap in 2013 than New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees.

Podcast: Can the Saints shop for bargain free agents and still improve? | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA

Five to watch: NFL draft prospects most likely to land with New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
Saints have been filling needs in free agency but still need more dynamic athletes on defense

NFL offseason workouts underway
New Orleans Saints First day April 15 OTA workouts May 21-23, May 28-30, June 10-13 Mandatory minicamp June 4-6

Saints agree to terms with Coleman, McCown | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
The New Orleans Saints filled more spots on the depth chart Monday when they agreed to contract terms with a pair of unrestricted free agen…

Saints Nation: When Are the Saints Going to Trade Chris Ivory?
I started out by writing a post called "when are the Saints going to trade Ingram", but after thinking about it there is no way they will trade Ingram.

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Other NFL News

NFL launches investment program for current, former players | ProFootballTalk
The league has announced that 23 players (13 active, 10 former) will participate in a three-day "Investment for Impact" event at Notre Dame University. The program, development by Brady Quinn and Jeff Faine along with NFL Player Engagement, will be aimed at helping guide players toward quality investment opportunities that also have a positive effect on their surroundings.

Carson Palmer deal done, for next to nothing | ProFootballTalk
The Cardinals added another quarterback Tuesday, and they didn't have to give up much to get him. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Cards completed the deal with the Raiders in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2014.

Chiefs have narrowed options for No. 1 pick to just four players | ProFootballTalk
According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Chiefs are now considering just four players as possible options for the top pick on April 25. True to form this time of year, general manager John Dorsey had no intention of saying who those players are.

Oakland Raiders, Tracy Porter agree to deal - ESPN
"I am going to Oakland," Porter said in a text message. "They presented the best opportunity for me to get my career back on track after what transpired last season with the Denver Broncos," he said in another text.

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Lagniappe

Plaxico’s Virginia Beach home will be auctioned to satisfy judgment | ProFootballTalk
Receiver Plaxico Burress found his way back into the NFL late last season, and he currently is on the Steelers' offseason roster. But he apparently lacks the liquidity to pay his debts. Or maybe he just doesn't want to.

Steve, Michel Gleason to be honored by actress Jane Seymour, Open Hearts Foundation | NOLA.com
Event is next week in Malibu, Calif.