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Saints News 4/9/13: Center Brian de la Puente Re-Signs With Saints

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The two-year starter has been a solid piece to the offensive line after taking the job about a month into the 2011 season when veteran Olin Kreutz left the team.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>No surprise. <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> center Brian de la Puente signed his RFA tender. RB Chris Ivory still hasn't.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/321697206728024065">April 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>It was just a formality, but C Brian de la Puente signed his RFA tender. He's officially onboard w/ the <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a>.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/321689491721027584">April 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Just FYI: <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> safety Jim Leonhard will have a base salary of $840,000 in 2013.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/321702341273337856">April 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>So the decision now on Judge Brody is to determine whether the CBA covers the concussion lawsuits. Estimates are she'll rule in 3-6 months.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/321700010318258176">April 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>League says that in broad terms, the CBA covers brain injury. Plaintiffs say that it was never spelled out explicitly or bargained on.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/321700457946947584">April 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>If case goes forward, discovery should be next. Some believe that would push NFL to settle. If it goes to trial? Heard it'd be around 2017.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/321701052757975041">April 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Come see us play B-ball for charity May 8 get your tix <a href="http://t.co/VcfMtbXlET" title="http://bghoops.eventbrite.com">bghoops.eventbrite.com</a> <a href="http://t.co/0iQETLUrGJ" title="http://youtu.be/93upoHK8GIc">youtu.be/93upoHK8GIc</a></p>&mdash; Chris Ivory (@ivory_29) <a href="https://twitter.com/ivory_29/status/321697316950134786">April 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Kinda cool being back in Norman Ok. Oh the college days <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23boomersooner">#boomersooner</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23WhoDatNation">#WhoDatNation</a> I've missed this place <a href="http://t.co/Jg65KDXrW0" title="http://twitter.com/GHartley5/status/321692648945635329/photo/1">twitter.com/GHartley5/stat…</a></p>&mdash; Garrett Hartley (@GHartley5) <a href="https://twitter.com/GHartley5/status/321692648945635329">April 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Can't wait for FB season! Wel come see us play B-ball for charity May 8 get your tix <a href="http://t.co/Sfj9jJwyVL" title="http://bghoops.eventbrite.com">bghoops.eventbrite.com</a> <a href="http://t.co/cAdUFSEpr8" title="http://youtu.be/93upoHK8GIc">youtu.be/93upoHK8GIc</a></p>&mdash; Isa Abdul-Quddus (@iamisa1) <a href="https://twitter.com/iamisa1/status/321691249734197249">April 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>This is a great program to support from our friend @<a href="https://twitter.com/rickcrozier">rickcrozier</a> "Make the Bank Pay" and JayFest join forces (cont) <a href="http://t.co/gxjZZnjfnv" title="http://tl.gd/n_1rjm4no">tl.gd/n_1rjm4no</a></p>&mdash; Greg Bensel (@GregBensel) <a href="https://twitter.com/GregBensel/status/321703406093881344">April 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Happy taco Tuesday everybody. Just leaving workouts and looking forthe best tacos in New Orleans. <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23TacoTuesday">#TacoTuesday</a></p>&mdash; Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham/status/321654587020951552">April 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

Saints Re-Sign Restricted Free Agent C Brian de la Puente
Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced the move on Tuesday

Center Brian de la Puente signs RFA tender with New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints center Brian de la Puente signed his one-year restricted free agent tender, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. De la Puente was issued a second-round tender, which is a one-year, $2.023 million contract.

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The Saints have the pieces in place to unleash a fairly potent 3-4 rush, starting with Junior Galette and free-agent addition Victor Butler. Mingo could join that mix (which also includes Jonathan Vilma) as a pass-rushing hammer.

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Saints question of the day

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Former Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson will visit with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, according to a source. Johnson is widely known as one of the top-three tackle prospects heading into April's NFL draft, but it would be a surprise if Johnson fell to the Saints at No. 15 overall.

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New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper joins "NFL Total Access" to discuss how new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will impact the Saints defense. He doesn't sound like a guy who is about to be released.

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