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Saints News, 3/10/14: Giants Expressing Interest In Brian de la Puente

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The Daily News’ Ralph Vacchiano reported on Monday that the Giants had expressed “interest” in signing center Brian de la Puente in free agency. The 6-foot-3, 306-pound de la Puente, 28, has started 44 games for the Saints since 2011, and he is one of 11 New Orleans players due to hit the open market when the free agency signing period begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Brian de la Puente is getting some interest from Giants. Starting to think Saints will make bigger effort to retain Strief.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/443067305048952832">March 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> not likely to sign S Louis Delmas, per source, but some good FA options available to fill one of top needs <a href="http://t.co/L6p3KTiuCE">http://t.co/L6p3KTiuCE</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/443069956960178176">March 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>These offseason random test can’t be random anymore they get me every year</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/statuses/443073339104694272">March 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I mean how awkward is it to have someone you don’t know to come to your place and ask you 2 pee in a cup</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/statuses/443074354222747648">March 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>That <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Shredmill&amp;src=hash">#Shredmill</a> was crucial today <a href="https://twitter.com/TonyVillani">@TonyVillani</a>!! <a href="https://twitter.com/MikePouncey">@MikePouncey</a> has to pay for missing!!</p>&mdash; Mark Ingram (@MarkIngram22) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkIngram22/statuses/443075231180419072">March 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Wisdom is the daughter of experience. - Leonardo Da Vinci.</p>&mdash; Nick Toon (@Nick2oon) <a href="https://twitter.com/Nick2oon/statuses/443085796921581568">March 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I can&#39;t believe the money Everson Griffen got. 17.5 sacks in 4 years gets you $8 mil a year? Cam Jordan will want Jimmy Graham money :(</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/443120814486208513">March 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The Falcons have signed offensive lineman Mike Johnson to a one-year extension: <a href="http://t.co/ss9JLgbKA2">http://t.co/ss9JLgbKA2</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23RiseUp&amp;src=hash">#RiseUp</a></p>&mdash; Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) <a href="https://twitter.com/Atlanta_Falcons/statuses/443125260033208320">March 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Two teams offered DE Michael Bennett more money but he opted to re-sign with SEA for 4 years, $28.5 million, including $10 million in 2014.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/statuses/443121160029360129">March 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Source says two clubs (one presumably being the Bears) were willing to outbid Seattle for Michael Bennett, but he wanted to stay with champs</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/443120820647260160">March 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hope your Monday is better than mine! <a href="http://t.co/6eRwsx0dDe">pic.twitter.com/6eRwsx0dDe</a></p>&mdash; Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReggieBush/statuses/443112459620986880">March 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports">@wwltvsports</a> cap space</p>&mdash; Angry Who Dat (@angrywhodat) <a href="https://twitter.com/angrywhodat/statuses/443110785200291840">March 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Some free-agent RBs not getting much play. But am told free-agent RB Darren McFadden has generated &quot;significant interest.&quot;</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/statuses/443100283665924098">March 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/JohnDeShazier">@JohnDeShazier</a> talks about the latest <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> news &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonSmith014">@JasonSmith014</a> co-hosts today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast <a href="http://t.co/OA4C5lFKkp">http://t.co/OA4C5lFKkp</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/443071126554828800">March 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Thanks for all the birthday wishes...&#10;Feeling the love <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDatNation&amp;src=hash">#WhoDatNation</a> &#10;Don&#39;t forget.... <a href="http://t.co/g5vXvtn8B3">http://t.co/g5vXvtn8B3</a> <a href="http://t.co/zgscV6InHI">pic.twitter.com/zgscV6InHI</a></p>&mdash; Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead/statuses/443061872489537536">March 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Get to Know <a href="https://twitter.com/Saintsations">@Saintsations</a>&#39; Chastity <a href="http://t.co/awcOBVdeMD">http://t.co/awcOBVdeMD</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/443055929919950848">March 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>One GM today on free-agent RBs: &quot;That position needs its own union. We treat our equipment people better than we treat our running backs.&quot;</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/statuses/443046290180800512">March 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The Daily News’ Ralph Vacchiano reported on Monday that the Giants had expressed "interest" in signing de la Puente in free agency. The 6-foot-3, 306-pound de la Puente, 28, has started 44 games for the Saints since 2011, and he is one of 11 New Orleans players due to hit the open market when the free agency signing period begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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