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Saints News, 3/13/14: Saints To Spend Part of 2014 Training Camp In West Virginia

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“No different than we do every year, we evaluate all areas of our operations and look for ways to improve,” said Payton. “By splitting training camp between New Orleans and The Greenbrier, we will have a great opportunity to further enhance our training camp in 2014. We all understand the importance of training camp and ultimately, that’s to get the team ready for the regular season. As far as the time we will spend at The Greenbrier, it offers a tremendous opportunity to our team in a more moderate summer climate.”

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton say <a href="https://twitter.com/The_Greenbrier">@The_Greenbrier</a> will provide a more moderate summer climate for training camp: <a href="http://t.co/UwXDApssQ8">http://t.co/UwXDApssQ8</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/444174858780676098">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Times, locations &amp; dates for <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> training camp practices will be released at a later date pending the finalization of the 2014 schedule</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/444162982256586752">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/SeanPayton">@SeanPayton</a> thanks for setting up a Greenbrier stay. Short drive for me. See you there!!!</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/444171421347229697">March 13, 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> announce split training camp between Metairie and Greenbrier resort In West Virginia <a href="http://t.co/5ZxK9KiwFM">http://t.co/5ZxK9KiwFM</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/444203863818526720">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>This is The Greenbrier. <a href="http://t.co/OReLro1JkK">pic.twitter.com/OReLro1JkK</a></p>&mdash; Jason Saul (@jasonmsaul) <a href="https://twitter.com/jasonmsaul/statuses/444164695524532224">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Dolphins today again reached out to Zach Strief,the best remaining free agent RT.They would like him to visit.Will play out over coming days</p>&mdash; Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) <a href="https://twitter.com/flasportsbuzz/statuses/444198217778212864">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Tribute video to <a href="https://twitter.com/DarrenSproles">@DarrenSproles</a>: <a href="http://t.co/pVZiSJfmaL">http://t.co/pVZiSJfmaL</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/igHpnx6rim">pic.twitter.com/igHpnx6rim</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/444191553385271296">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/DarrenSproles">@DarrenSproles</a> with the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>:&#10;5,546 all-purpose yards &#10;232 receptions &#10;22 TDs &#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ThankYouSproles&amp;src=hash">#ThankYouSproles</a> <a href="http://t.co/ACAL0pBfLP">pic.twitter.com/ACAL0pBfLP</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/444187977090998272">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Loomis on Sproles: &quot;He did everything that was asked of him in the running game, passing game and return game and did all of it well.&quot;</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/444185537595715584">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton on Sproles: going to miss him but we will also fondly remember his time as a member of Saints &amp; we thank him for his professionalism</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/444185902193983488">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton on Sproles: &quot;Darren is one of the smartest football players I’ve ever been around."</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/444184923818041344">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Who Dat? It’s <a href="https://twitter.com/jairusbyrd">@jairusbyrd</a> making plays for the <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a>! <a href="http://t.co/utzMnCDRsx">pic.twitter.com/utzMnCDRsx</a></p>&mdash; EA SPORTS Madden NFL (@EAMaddenNFL) <a href="https://twitter.com/EAMaddenNFL/statuses/444164105369554945">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Steve Smith on facing Panthers: There&#39;s going to be blood and guts everywhere <a href="http://t.co/Pcj7fA45Mn">http://t.co/Pcj7fA45Mn</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/444181309171458048">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Steve Smiff really REALLY needs you to know how intense he is. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23tryingtoohard&amp;src=hash">#tryingtoohard</a></p>&mdash; Biff Jerky (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/444177072634998784">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RT <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet">@RapSheet</a>: CB Tracy Porter has agreed to terms to join the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Redskins&amp;src=hash">#Redskins</a>, pending a physical, per source.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/444172618711592961">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Currently sending Game Worn jersey to <a href="https://twitter.com/RobertFouquet">@RobertFouquet</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WHODAT&amp;src=hash">#WHODAT</a> <a href="http://t.co/kSjoOYGKhG">pic.twitter.com/kSjoOYGKhG</a></p>&mdash; SACKMAN (@JuniorG93) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93/statuses/444171433950728193">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>In other news, Darren Sharper to remain behind bars in L.A. following Arizona rapes indictment <a href="http://t.co/Vpnsgqj2ce">http://t.co/Vpnsgqj2ce</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/444170902536589312">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Darren Sproles and LeSean McCoy on field at same time for <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Eagles&amp;src=hash">#Eagles</a>? It could (and should) happen. Inside Slant: <a href="http://t.co/7Qw2GtVZa4">http://t.co/7Qw2GtVZa4</a></p>&mdash; Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeifertESPN/statuses/444166206702907392">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>How did Saints fit a six-year, $54 million contract under the salary cap? The 2014 cap number is only $3.13 million.</p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/444168936028794880">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/DarrenSproles">@DarrenSproles</a> love ya bra learned A lot from you before I ever stepped foot In the NFL forever will be an inspiration to me</p>&mdash; Travaris Cadet (@TravarisCadet39) <a href="https://twitter.com/TravarisCadet39/statuses/444165910161793024">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>More info on the plan for <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> 2014 Training Camp presented <a href="https://twitter.com/Verizon">@Verizon</a> <a href="http://t.co/gIHSSqgS5k">http://t.co/gIHSSqgS5k</a> <a href="http://t.co/xDr7iB08CY">pic.twitter.com/xDr7iB08CY</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/444164306867724288">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Interesting <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> today with <a href="https://twitter.com/BenGrubbs66">@BenGrubbs66</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/MrAnthonyMorrow">@MrAnthonyMorrow</a> comparing NFL vs NBA <a href="http://t.co/2MZoku2cWl">http://t.co/2MZoku2cWl</a> <a href="http://t.co/0P8yfGxEMV">pic.twitter.com/0P8yfGxEMV</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/444160463043952640">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Chip Kelly on his new weapon Darren Sproles. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Eagles&amp;src=hash">#Eagles</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%235thRdDraftPick&amp;src=hash">#5thRdDraftPick</a> <a href="http://t.co/KRwjcfQgbf">pic.twitter.com/KRwjcfQgbf</a></p>&mdash; Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) <a href="https://twitter.com/mikejurecki/statuses/444155864144818176">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Just finished that morning SHREDmill grind!! Little recovery before this pool workout later!! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23GoAllDay&amp;src=hash">#GoAllDay</a></p>&mdash; Mark Ingram (@MarkIngram22) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkIngram22/statuses/444155565091348481">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>W/ Byrd signing the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23saints&amp;src=hash">#saints</a> have now handed out (at the time) the richest contracts in NFL history at the QB, S, G, and likely TE positions</p>&mdash; Sean Fazende (@SeanFazende) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanFazende/statuses/444152996512149504">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Revis to Patriots...makes sense. Belichick likes to target players he respects...or has had a difficult time playing against</p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/statuses/444149576576942080">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Now it&#39;s official: Panthers announced they released WR Steve Smith. Free agent.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/statuses/444135414509875200">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Steve Smith gave Panthers list of 5 teams as trade partners--Dallas, NE, Baltimore, San Diego, Tampa Bay, per source.&#10;<a href="http://t.co/OQC6IRnXgO">http://t.co/OQC6IRnXgO</a></p>&mdash; Joe Person (@josephperson) <a href="https://twitter.com/josephperson/statuses/444122972928761856">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Lots of change this offseason, can&#39;t wait to see how our 2014 <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> team shapes up&#10;&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDat&amp;src=hash">#WhoDat</a></p>&mdash; Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead/statuses/444134921053798400">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Saints to split 2014 Training Camp locations between New Orleans and the Greenbrier in West Virginia
2014 Training Camp, presented by Verizon, will be spent between the team’s practice facility in New Orleans and The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV.

New Orleans Saints announce split training camp - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints announced that they will spend part of this year’s training camp at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Saints splitting time in training camp between Louisiana and West Virginia | ProFootballTalk
West Virginia's unique, sprawling geography results in a strange blend of fan loyalties.  In one area of the state, the Redskins rule.  Elsewhere, it's the Panthers.  Toward southern Ohio, the Bengals become the preferred franchise.

Saints finagle $3.13 million 2014 cap number for Byrd | ProFootballTalk
The Saints combined an $11 million signing bonus with a fully-guaranteed (as of March 21, 2014) 2015 roster bonus of $6 million.  Coupled with a fully-guaranteed base salary of $1.3 million for 2014, Byrd gets $18.3 million fully guaranteed at signing.

Double Coverage: Breaking down Jairus Byrd - ESPN
None other than Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas himself nailed it on Tuesday night when he tweeted the words, "Copy cat league ..#NFL"

Analyzing Kiper 3.0: Saints - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper switched his pick for the New Orleans Saints in his Mock Draft 3.0 , giving them Auburn pass-rusher Dee Ford, a defensive

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Darren Sproles traded to Philly for 5th round pick

Darren Sproles to Eagles via trade from Saints - ESPN
Running back Darren Sproles, who Wednesday expressed a desire to be released by the New Orleans Saints, was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a fifth-round pick on Thursday.

Sproles trade: Better than nothing - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
I'm still not in love with the New Orleans Saints' decision to part ways with running back Darren Sproles. And if they're hoping to avoid regret, then

Darren Sproles Traded to the Eagles

Darren Sproles Traded to the Eagles
Darren Sproles Traded to the Eagles

Saints get fifth-round pick for Sproles | ProFootballTalk
PFT has learned, via a league source, that the Eagles will send a fifth-round pick to New Orleans in exchange for running back Darren Sproles. The team had two fifth-round picks in this year’s draft after acquiring one in exchange for Sopoaga last October. It’s not clear whether their original pick or New England’s will be heading to the Saints.

Saints deal Sproles to Eagles for a 5th-round pick | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Surrounded by talk that at least 10 teams in the NFL were interested in trading for him, Saints running back Darren Sproles has been dealt …

Eagles Acquire RB Darren Sproles
After opening free agency with the fortification of special teams and the addition of safety Malcolm Jenkins, the Eagles made a splash on offense Thursday morning with the acquisition of running back Darren Sproles from the New Orleans Saints.

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NFL News

Steve Smith on facing Panthers: There’s going to be blood and guts everywhere | ProFootballTalk
"I want to make sure that whatever team I go to, they’re going to get the best, in shape 35-year-old guy they can get. If that happens to run through Bank of America Stadium, put your goggles on cause there’s going to be blood and guts everywhere," Smith said.

Vince Wilfork wants out of New England | ProFootballTalk
As big a deal as the Patriots made last night, they might be on the verge of having a bigger hole. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Wilfork has asked the team for his release, after 10 seasons. The team approached him once about restructuring his contract, but that didn't go far.

Justin Tuck goes to Oakland after asking Giants for more | ProFootballTalk
Justin Tuck kept giving the Giants chances, but they refused to throw more money at him. So he's headed across country. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Tuck gave the Giants a chance to sweeten their offer, and when they declined, he accepted a two-year, $11 million deal from the Raiders.

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Video

VIDEO: Thank You Darren Sproles
Tribute video to RB Darren Sproles (New Orleans Saints video)