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Saints News, 4/10/14: Rafael Bush Wins Appeal On $21K Fine

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WOW! A Saints player actually wins an appeal! What's the world coming to? The $21K fine came as a result of a hit on WR Percy Harvin in the playoff game against the Seahawks. In other news, the Saints are now $3.6 million under the cap after all of their latest moves, according to the NFLPA.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> now have $3.6 million in cap space, according to NFLPA, after latest round of moves all processed. Details on Bush contract to come.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/454342929835130881">April 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>VIDEO: Highlights from <a href="https://twitter.com/LSUfball">@LSUFBall</a>&#39;s Pro Day yesterday: <a href="http://t.co/9VuD1ff39K">http://t.co/9VuD1ff39K</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23LSU&amp;src=hash">#LSU</a> <a href="http://t.co/getdQtPkyF">pic.twitter.com/getdQtPkyF</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/454339609925660672">April 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Rafael Bush two-year Saints deal: $3.8M, $850K full guarantee of 2014 $1.85M base salary, $350K deferred to March 31, 2015; $1.95M 2015 sal.</p>&mdash; Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) <a href="https://twitter.com/RavensInsider/statuses/454331625665744896">April 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Rafael Bush $3.8 million deal for Saints includes up to $750,000 escalator for Pro Bowl, interceptions for 2015. Max value $4.55 million</p>&mdash; Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) <a href="https://twitter.com/RavensInsider/statuses/454331898303873024">April 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>With Bush&#39;s deal on the books, NFLPA has <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> at $3,590,141 under the salary cap.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/454332338420211712">April 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RT <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet">@RapSheet</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Wyoming&amp;src=hash">#Wyoming</a> speedy WR Robert Herron visited the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> yesterday and is there today for a pre-draft visit, source says.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/454330824242917376">April 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="http://t.co/EfI163GDq9">http://t.co/EfI163GDq9</a> RT <a href="https://twitter.com/ReidG75">@ReidG75</a>: If the Saints find a way to land Beckham, we&#39;re looking at Reggie-Bush-2006-Draft levels of hysteria.</p>&mdash; Biff Jerky (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/454327316559441920">April 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> spend extra time with receivers Beckham, Landry after LSU pro day <a href="http://t.co/2dFgwE7OvT">http://t.co/2dFgwE7OvT</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/454326603485413376">April 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>S/O to all my followers that show love and support!! I love and appreciate ya!!</p>&mdash; Mark Ingram (@MarkIngram22) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkIngram22/statuses/454325605426024448">April 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>For those asking why Bailey&#39;s $250k roster bonus would be considered &quot;not likely to be earned,&quot;my understanding is that it&#39;s because ...</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/454322420107997184">April 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>... Bailey only played in 5 games last year, and bonus would require him to be active for 6 games this year.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/454322523711492096">April 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> will still have to pay the bonus if Bailey plays 6-plus games. It just isn&#39;t being charged against the current cap for now.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/454322718465593344">April 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;<a href="https://twitter.com/VilmaSidstedt">@VilmaSidstedt</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51">@JonVilma51</a> whoop.. Have the same first name as your last name! awesome &quot; you are pretty awesome bc of that</p>&mdash; Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51/statuses/454321877255995392">April 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sean Payton and <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnDeShazier">@JohnDeShazier</a> on today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a>: <a href="http://t.co/dfjYGbA8LP">http://t.co/dfjYGbA8LP</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/454318862629343232">April 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/justinfox88">@justinfox88</a>: Looks like I&#39;m representing my boy this year <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93">@JuniorG93</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Whodat&amp;src=hash">#Whodat</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Bodybag&amp;src=hash">#Bodybag</a> <a href="http://t.co/JwIgICGivR">pic.twitter.com/JwIgICGivR</a>"Wow!! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NICEEEE&amp;src=hash">#NICEEEE</a></p>&mdash; SACKMAN (@JuniorG93) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93/statuses/454317950166528000">April 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I need NEW haters, I think the old ones starting to like me </p>&mdash; Mark Ingram (@MarkIngram22) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkIngram22/statuses/454314301416022016">April 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> S Rafael Bush wins appeal on fine (finally) <a href="http://t.co/xMH34qXrdY">http://t.co/xMH34qXrdY</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/454286617893560320">April 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Day 1 at the office... One brick at a time</p>&mdash; jairus byrd (@jairusbyrd) <a href="https://twitter.com/jairusbyrd/statuses/454344583791382528">April 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Grindin with my dawgs <a href="https://twitter.com/jairusbyrd">@jairusbyrd</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Rsweeting_6">@Rsweeting_6</a> and klew</p>&mdash; Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) <a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4/statuses/454311270921932800">April 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Saints' Bush wins appeal of fine for hit on Seahawks' Harvin in playoffs | wwltv.com New Orleans
Saints safety Rafael Bush won his appeal of a $21,000 fine for a hit on Seattle receiver Percy Harvin in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs, his agent Brian Anderson said Thursday.

Bush wins appeal on fine (finally) - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Although it took more than two months, New Orleans Saints safety Rafael Bush won his appeal of a $21,000 fine he received for his playoff hit against Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin.

Rafael Bush gets another bonus, as Harvin fine overturned | ProFootballTalk
Not only does Saints safety Rafael Bush have a new contract, he has a little extra change in his pocket. Bush just tweeted out word that he won an appeal of a $21,000 fine from the league.

Saints $3.6 million under salary cap after Bunkley, Bailey, Bush deals | Black and Gold

Graham has three years to challenge his franchise-tag designation | ProFootballTalk
The more I know about the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the more I realize there's plenty more to know that I don't already, you know, know. The lengthy document creates multiple avenues for resolving disputes.

Pro Football Talk says it erred reporting Jimmy Graham only has until April 22 to file WR grievance: Saints notes | Black and Gold

New Orleans Saints' Mickey Loomis: No deadline for Jimmy Graham deal - ESPN
BATON ROUGE, La. -- New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis shot down the notion Wednesday that the Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham will aim to strike a new deal by the middle of this month.

Mickey Loomis "optimistic" about Graham deal, but says no April 22 deadline to get it done | ProFootballTalk

"I don’t have an answer for that," Loomis said, via ESPN.com. "That’s a two-way street. You know, you guys [in the media] have been through this lots of times. I think all of us would rather have things done sooner rather than later, but it doesn’t always happen that way. So we’ll keep going, we’ll keep at it in the process. Obviously we want to have Jimmy Graham on our team when training camp begins, and I am sure he wants to be with us. So we’ll just keep plugging away at the process. He’s got a great agent. And all his people, they know what they’re doing, and so do we. Hopefully we’ll come to a conclusion at some point."

Beckham, Landry meet with Saints - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints' trip to LSU’s pro day didn’t end with the on-field workouts Wednesday. LSU receiver Odell Beck

Saints 2014 preseason schedule: Five things to know about the Rams
Saints will open the preseason in St. Louis

Saints 2014 preseason schedule: Five things to know about the Titans
Saints will play Tennessee in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Saints 2014 preseason schedule: Five things to know about the Colts
The Saints will play the Colts on Aug. 23 in a nationally televised game

Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford studied New Orleans Saints' film in preparation for offseason | MLive.com
The NFL's collective bargaining agreement prohibits players and coaches from having official interaction during the offseason, so Stafford took it upon himself to study some Saints film as the Lions prepare to transition to a new offensive scheme under Jim Caldwell and Joe Lombardi.

WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports - Saints Release Preseason Schedule
The New Orleans Saints have announced what four opponents they will face in the NFL preseason Week of Aug 9 Date TBA at St Louis Rams Week of Aug 16 Date TBA vs Tennessee Titans Saturday Aug 23 at Indianapolis Colts Thursday Aug 28 vs Baltimore

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Video

Video: Payton talks Saints, LSU Pro Day | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Saints coach Sean Payton talks to the media about some of the team's latest moves and what's it like going to LSU's Pro Day. Click here to …

VIDEO: Zach Mettenberger on his LSU Pro Day performance
LSU QB Zach Mettenberger talks about the LSU Pro Day and the New Orleans Saints on April 10, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Odell Beckham Jr. on desire to play in Superdome
LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr. talks about the LSU Pro Day and the New Orleans Saints on April 10, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Saying goodbye to Saintsation Maggie
After four seasons with the squad Maggie's time with the Saintsations has come to an end. She sat down with Jared Sampson to talk about her favorite memories as a Saintsation.