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Saints News, 2/25/14: Saints Holding Early Discussions with Several Potential Free Agents

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According to league sources, the Saints have not only approached OT Zach Strief regarding a new contract, but have also been in contact with the agents of LB Parys Haralson, WR Joe Morgan, WR Robert Meachem, and S Rafael Bush.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>No surprise here, but RFA Rafael Bush has talked with <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23saints&amp;src=hash">#saints</a> about prolonging his stay in <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23nola&amp;src=hash">#nola</a>, one way or another <a href="http://t.co/K22xmX3L5s">http://t.co/K22xmX3L5s</a></p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/statuses/438419614997823488">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Teams calling the Bucs to inquire about Darrelle Revis, and some rival execs believe he is ripe to be dealt at start of league year ...</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/statuses/438418033988874240">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>TB has not shopped Revis at all, and sources said no firm offers coming in yet. but inquires could ramp up in coming weeks. full story ahead</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/statuses/438418323920134145">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Given his age and huge salary, not sure Bucs could get too much for him, but its worth monitoring as March 11 approaches</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/statuses/438418737088430081">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Big news w/ Jordan Gross retiring. Puts Panthers in a huge hole at left tackle.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/438412494898348034">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>VIDEO: <a href="https://twitter.com/Saintsations">@Saintsations</a> in Sports Illustrated <a href="http://t.co/iXWQGMWL19">http://t.co/iXWQGMWL19</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/438408355669762048">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I read all of <a href="https://twitter.com/sfujita55">@sfujita55</a>&#39;s work. His take on Mike Sam, Jason Collins the NFL &amp; the NBA, may be his best, so far: <a href="http://t.co/FLFfwmDhzX">http://t.co/FLFfwmDhzX</a>&#10;-SG</p>&mdash; steve gleason (@TeamGleason) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGleason/statuses/438401867958472704">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Catching these ☀️ rays!!! Needed this in the worst way.</p>&mdash; Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) <a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16/statuses/438398352343175168">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jack Burkman is going to need a Delorian, not some bogus bill, if he wants to prevent gay athletes from being in the locker room</p>&mdash; Michael Sam (@MikeSamFootball) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeSamFootball/statuses/438396364188577792">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Source: Salary cap will exceed $132 million this year, possibly by a few million <a href="http://t.co/39b6yqsz3c">http://t.co/39b6yqsz3c</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/438385684811096065">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied">@moosedenied</a> I wouldn&#39;t necessarily say that about Jenkins.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/438380773637226496">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Add Joe Morgan to the list of mutual interests with <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> in possibly striking a new contract <a href="http://t.co/c8maCyKYzG">http://t.co/c8maCyKYzG</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/438380112627503104">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Mickey Loomis chats with <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnDeShazier">@JohnDeShazier</a> on today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast <a href="http://t.co/tWPbwBggdK">http://t.co/tWPbwBggdK</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOLA&amp;src=hash">#NOLA</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/438373689449394176">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Fins GM Hickey expressed desire to bring J. Martin back at combine meeting. Philbin blamed Martin&#39;s agents for probs: <a href="http://t.co/vTrmz8EdFn">http://t.co/vTrmz8EdFn</a></p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/statuses/438369537634078721">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bottom line, Martin&#39;s representatives told the Dolphins a return there wouldn&#39;t work. Martin wants to play elsewhere. Trade seems unlikely</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/statuses/438369798138118144">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>So releasing Martin might be the only solution here. Forcing him back into that locker room would be beyond odd.</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/statuses/438370387974688768">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I&#39;m hurting today boss still gone get another workout in today</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/statuses/438367987285114880">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Discipline&amp;src=hash">#Discipline</a>... <a href="http://t.co/O0Fn5ivTeS">pic.twitter.com/O0Fn5ivTeS</a></p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/statuses/438366142231375872">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p> RT <a href="https://twitter.com/MattDeavers99">@MattDeavers99</a>: Met <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41">@Harp41</a>. Thanks bruh! <a href="http://t.co/VBnpR5IR2x">pic.twitter.com/VBnpR5IR2x</a></p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/statuses/438365598729269248">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>If this football thing doesn&#39;t work out gotta have a back up plan lol. Think I can deliver your news?? <a href="http://t.co/F2xzbQJVZa">pic.twitter.com/F2xzbQJVZa</a></p>&mdash; Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) <a href="https://twitter.com/MalcolmJenkins/statuses/438364460009283584">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hanging out with <a href="https://twitter.com/ShebaTurk">@ShebaTurk</a> on the set <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLTV">@WWLTV</a> !! Talking about <a href="https://twitter.com/RockAveBowTies">@RockAveBowTies</a> and Mardi Gras! <a href="http://t.co/s8UbLU75Ie">pic.twitter.com/s8UbLU75Ie</a></p>&mdash; Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) <a href="https://twitter.com/MalcolmJenkins/statuses/438361861772152832">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Haaaaa!!! "<a href="https://twitter.com/spiceadams">@spiceadams</a>: .<a href="https://twitter.com/BleacherReport">@BleacherReport</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/nfl">@nfl</a> they should&#39;ve hollered at me!! Check me out when I ran! <a href="http://t.co/lJEtrbFh9k">pic.twitter.com/lJEtrbFh9k</a>"</p>&mdash; Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) <a href="https://twitter.com/sfujita55/statuses/438361073213644800">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>People are terrified by the return of the Pelicans&#39; King Cake Baby mascot (VIDEO): <a href="http://t.co/Bui9udnWrW">http://t.co/Bui9udnWrW</a> <a href="http://t.co/fQaVLivvyN">pic.twitter.com/fQaVLivvyN</a></p>&mdash; Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/YahooSports/statuses/438360506701979648">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Check out our behind the scenes video from our recent Sports Illustrated photo shoot!... <a href="http://t.co/DD3vOrWMNw">http://t.co/DD3vOrWMNw</a></p>&mdash; Saintsations (@Saintsations) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saintsations/statuses/438354898204102657">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>ON THIS DAY: Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) TKOs Sonny Liston in the 7th round to win the heavyweight title in 1964 <a href="http://t.co/8JpiSHlubl">pic.twitter.com/8JpiSHlubl</a></p>&mdash; NBC Sports (@NBCSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCSports/statuses/438327772076068864">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Shoutout to Command Master Chief <a href="https://twitter.com/Dmtj30">@Dmtj30</a>(myuncle)&amp; Command Master Chief Welch for givin me a tour of a Destroyer!<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23USA&amp;src=hash">#USA</a> <a href="http://t.co/QplA4HRaxc">http://t.co/QplA4HRaxc</a></p>&mdash; Curtis Lofton (@CurtisLofton50) <a href="https://twitter.com/CurtisLofton50/statuses/438330648194187264">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Cartoonist <a href="https://twitter.com/Mega_Ashra">@Mega_Ashra</a> just made the internet cry: <a href="http://t.co/9XVTadffkj">pic.twitter.com/9XVTadffkj</a></p>&mdash; Unvirtuous Abbey (@UnvirtuousAbbey) <a href="https://twitter.com/UnvirtuousAbbey/statuses/438180661212741632">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>5&#39;11&quot; Drew Brees wins Super Bowl, collective &quot;meh&quot; from talking heads. Russell Wilson wins...&quot;OMG HE&#39;S AN INSPIRATION FOR SMALL GUYS!&quot;</p>&mdash; Sean Orleans (@hakimdropsball) <a href="https://twitter.com/hakimdropsball/statuses/438307831708921857">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/wherring54">@wherring54</a> oh you know it.. Me and <a href="https://twitter.com/THEREELGOAT">@THEREELGOAT</a> have been for awhile</p>&mdash; Garrett Hartley (@GHartley5) <a href="https://twitter.com/GHartley5/statuses/438305470667702272">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

New Orleans Saints holding early discussions with several potential free agents, sources say | NOLA.com
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Tickets on sale this week

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Haralson’s camp and the Saints have had an initial discussion about a deal that would keep the 30-year-old Mississippi native in New Orleans for 2014, according to more than one league source. The team recently had similar discussions with wide receiver Robert Meachem and tackle Zach Strief.

Restricted free agent Rafael Bush talks with Saints about prolonging future with team | Black and Gold
In news that’s not at all surprising, the Saints have had a preliminary discussion with Rafael Bush‘s camp about prolonging the safety’s stay in New Orleans, a league source said Tuesday.

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Mickey Loomis talks up Saints-Tulane pipeline | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
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NFL News

Source: Cap will be higher than $132 million | ProFootballTalk
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The Pro Bowl has been on life support, and it's been stateside before. Now, it appears there's a chance it won't be back in Hawaii next season. According to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, a league source said the NFL was "strongly considering" moving the Pro Bowl to Arizona to ...

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As the dust settles on the Ted Wells report, the question becomes whether tackle Jonathan Martin will play again in the NFL -- and if so for whom?Before Martin can play for anyone other than the Dolphins, the Dolphins have to trade him or waive him.

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