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Saints News, 5/16/14: Saints Sign Three Draft Picks

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On Friday, the day their rookie minicamp began, the Saints announced that they signed three of the six players they acquired in the draft: strong safety Vinnie Sunseri, outside linebacker Ronald Powell and tackle Tavon Rooks. All three signed four-year contracts.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> sign three draft picks to four-year contracts <a href="http://t.co/IxZ2WFVaTA">http://t.co/IxZ2WFVaTA</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/467389158810349568">May 16, 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> ink draft picks S Vinnie Sunseri, LB Ronald Powell and T Tavon Rooks to four-year deals, team announced this afternoon.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/467389834584006656">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Saints have signed S Vinnie Sunseri, OLB Ronald Powell &amp; T Tavon Rooks to 4 year deals</p>&mdash; Steve Geller (@SteveGellerWWL) <a href="https://twitter.com/SteveGellerWWL/statuses/467390861802606592">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>List of firearms <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Panthers&amp;src=hash">#Panthers</a> DE Greg Hardy turned over to police. <a href="http://t.co/vpuEQ5hXT5">pic.twitter.com/vpuEQ5hXT5</a></p>&mdash; David Newton (@DNewtonespn) <a href="https://twitter.com/DNewtonespn/statuses/467365828821020672">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NFLPA warns agents about Saints-backed bill <a href="http://t.co/KXqQllBNjV">http://t.co/KXqQllBNjV</a></p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/467377214145970177">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Tavon Rooks is first of the &quot;rooks&quot; to sign. See what I did there? Sorry, terrible.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/467374702269579264">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Check back later today for photos from first day of <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> rookie minicamp</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/467369783600504832">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Saints sign Sunseri, Powell and Rooks to four-year contracts | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Like many other NFL teams, the Saints have gotten a head start on signing the players they selected in last weekend’s draft. On Friday, the…

Saints sign three draft picks | ProFootballTalk
Sunseri declared for the draft despite tearing his ACL during the 2013 season at Alabama and healed enough to run well at the school’s pro day. Sunseri could challenge for time on defense, although he was also an excellent special teams player in college and should be an immediate contributor there for New Orleans. Powell was a highly touted recruit when he arrived at Florida, but tore the same ACL twice during his time in Gainesville. He could earn time as a pass rusher on Rob Ryan’s defense with a strong camp.

WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports - Saints Sign Three Draft Picks
Fifth-round picks Vinnie Sunseri (safety-Alabama) and linebacker Ronald Powell (linebacker-Florida) and sixth-round selection Tavon Rooks (tackle-Kansas State)each signed four year deals.

New Orleans Saints mailbag: Offensive line concerns? - ESPN
Thanks for all of your New Orleans Saints questions on Twitter this week. Send ‘em my way anytime @MikeTriplett:

NFLPA warns agents about players signing with Saints | wwltv.com New Orleans
In an email to agents Friday, obtained by USA TODAY Sports, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith wrote the union is actively involved in an effort to defeat legislation backed by the Saints that would "substantially reduce workers' compensation benefits for players injured at any time other than during the 17 weeks of the regular season."

NFLPA warns players' agents about New Orleans Saints-sponsored workers compesnation legislation, report says | NOLA.com
Bills aims to calculate workers' compensation benefits for professional athletes based only on weekly earnings at the time of the injury

NFLPA warns agents about players signing with New Orleans Saints
Union warns agents about potential consequences of having their players sign with Saints.

Intel on Khairi Fortt | The Saints Nation

Saints links: Heading to Super Bowl? - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay produced a 2015 mock draft that he admits is "way too early." But I found it especially noteworthy since he has the New Orleans Saints picking 31st.

Khiry Robinson should inspire tryout players - ESPN

"At that point in time, it was just all about having faith," Robinson said in Philly. "So I didn't get drafted, I didn't get picked up, you know. But it all worked out for me. I just kept my head high, kept my faith and kept working hard. And I'm here today to help the team win. I'm happy for that."

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Former NFL Players Behaving Badly

Ex-N.F.L. Star Who Spoke Out for Women Is Accused of Being a Rapist - NYTimes.com
Darren Sharper, who won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints, is scheduled to be in a courtroom Friday in California, one of five states where he is facing accusations of sexual assault.

Darren Sharper's defense attorneys given more evidence at Los Angeles hearing | NOLA.com
Darren Sharper's Los Angeles defense attorneys were unable to win his release on bond Friday, but were successful in their efforts to see more of the evidence prosecutors have amassed in his California rape case.

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NFL News

Ron Rivera knows "interesting offseason" makes for tough season | ProFootballTalk
Franchise-tagged defensive end Greg Hardy's arrest on domestic violence charges are the most salacious of the headlines in Charlotte. But they're far for the only issue the Panthers are dealing with this offseason.

Rams not concerned over Michael Sam reality show | ProFootballTalk
An unnamed teammate of Rams defensive end Michael Sam may have concerns about Sam's reality show on Oprah's network.  The team itself, however, doesn't share those concerns.  Yet.

NFL knew about Michael Sam’s documentary before draft, teams didn’t | ProFootballTalk
The folks at 345 Park Avenue may have some explaining to do to one of the 32 men who own 345 Park Avenue. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the NFL knew that Michael Sam had struck a deal for a documentary to be televised on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network before the draft.

Hernandez contractual clause may not help Patriots get money back | ProFootballTalk
With Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez facing double murder charges from an incident occurring before he signed a long-term deal that paid a $12.5 million signing bonus, the team surely will do whatever it can to try to recover as much of the money as possible.

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Video

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