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Saints News, 3/11/15: CB Brandon Browner To Visit New Orleans Today

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From NOLA.com: The 30-year-old Browner, who was with the Patriots in 2014, reportedly refused to take a pay cut to lower his $4.8 million cap hit. The Patriots then reportedly declined to pick up his $2 million option, making him a free agent. The 6-foot-4, 221 pound Browner has played in 45 career games with 142 tackles, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 11 interceptions. He has also twice been suspended for violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. IN OTHER SAINTS NEWS, Marques Colston, David Hawthorne, and Broderick Bunkley all took pay cuts to remain with Saints.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Brandon Browner in New Orleans on Wednesday <a href="http://t.co/UJFLLnkagw">http://t.co/UJFLLnkagw</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/575638003101511680">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Brandon Browner is in New Orleans for a visit. Washington, Baltimore, Cleveland, Jacksonville also interested.</p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/575635095962390528">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Actually, more than a visit for RB Ryan Mathews with he Eagles. He&#39;s expected to sign with the team, source says.</p>&mdash; Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeGarafolo/status/575632693402079235">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Wow, gotta commend Colston, Hawthorne and Bunkley for those pay cuts. Big sacrifice to stay here. Much appreciated. Loomis is a wizard.</p>&mdash; Ryan Berger (@BoatRich) <a href="https://twitter.com/BoatRich/status/575629112439611392">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Marques Colston drops base salary by more than $5 million <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/2j4xNDofZa">http://t.co/2j4xNDofZa</a></p>&mdash; Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) <a href="https://twitter.com/nick_underhill/status/575628484170637312">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Former Patriots CB Brandon Browner is in New Orleans visiting Saints. Also scheduled to visit Redskins next.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/575626742154575873">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>ICYMI: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> GM Mickey Loomis: Jimmy Graham traded to help fix defense <a href="http://t.co/j5SFdotNh2">http://t.co/j5SFdotNh2</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/575626713142542338">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>ICYMI: My take: Whether Jimmy Graham trade was bold or desperate, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> felt they had to sever ties with status quo <a href="http://t.co/Ml8bxgHBui">http://t.co/Ml8bxgHBui</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/575626584088051712">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Looks like <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> have decided to keep LB David Hawthorne with reduced contract. Base salaries reduced, per latest NFLPA figures ...</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/575624747679088640">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hawthorne&#39;s base salaries down from $2mil/$4mil over next 2 years to $1.19/$1.75. ... Not sure yet if he gets any of $2.5mil roster bonus.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/575625225380978688">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> WR Marques Colston&#39;s base salaries also dropped next two years, but waiting for full details on his new deal. May include bonuses.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/575625430910300160">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>One point I haven&#39;t seen made: I think kicker stability need is heightened without Jimmy. Will settle for more field goals in red zone</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/575608358155218944">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Not saying the Saints change kicker situation in terms of players. Just saying the need for job winner to be reliable is even higher</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/575609187796918272">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Huge discount RT <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell">@Kat_Terrell</a>: Colston&#39;s base base salary went from $6.9 million to $1.445 million according to NFLPA.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/575607095904505856">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/TheSaintsBeat">@TheSaintsBeat</a>: LB David Hawthorne&#39;s future w/ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> appears to be safe after a pay cut in renegotiated deal: <a href="http://t.co/akPLjH3hxc">http://t.co/akPLjH3hxc</a>"</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/575603473137430528">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Health of our military families is important, and the PCFSN is partnering with UltimateMe to help – register now! <a href="http://t.co/MItfufaksc">http://t.co/MItfufaksc</a></p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/status/575523499936186368">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Cover of Wednesday&#39;s Philadelphia Daily News.... <a href="http://t.co/5A0oCs3fYc">pic.twitter.com/5A0oCs3fYc</a></p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/575503039567675392">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Thank you <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham">@TheJimmyGraham</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/CurtisLofton50">@CurtisLofton50</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas">@Pierre_Thomas</a> VIDEO: <a href="http://t.co/H3y7xjbJ1Z">http://t.co/H3y7xjbJ1Z</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/bk3Y63ftXy">pic.twitter.com/bk3Y63ftXy</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/575461001925001216">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Did you guys watch this video that <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@saints</a> just posted as a thanks to PT, Graham and Lofton? <a href="http://t.co/2Tvid7tjb1">http://t.co/2Tvid7tjb1</a> Man. Hard to watch.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/575493936531120128">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Lewis: &quot;I don&#39;t want to be like Sproles, Thomas, Jimmy or Jenkins, etc. I am a team guy. I care about this team probably more than any...</p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/status/575641169058656256">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>...player to ever wear a uniform, trust me. I sacrifice and put my health on the line last season. I just want to know, I am going to...</p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/status/575641295080677377">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>...be here the remainder of my contract. I deserve that.&quot;</p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/status/575641353444421632">March 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

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David Hawthorne takes reduced salary to remain with Saints - Black and Gold

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Curtis Lofton to visit Raiders | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders landed a linebacker on Tuesday when they agreed to a deal with former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith, but they aren't done looking for help at the position. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that the team will host former Saints and Falcons linebacker Curtis Lofton for a visit.

A rundown of all 32 teams’ moves on the first day of the league year | ProFootballTalk
After one of the craziest days in NFL history, here's a look at what all 32 teams did at the start of the league year: Baltimore: Traded Haloti Ngata and a seventh-round pick to Detroit for a fourth-round pick and a fifth-round pick.

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The first day of the NFL's 2015 league year opened with the most unusual and intense scene imaginable: Three blockbuster trades

Reggie Bush taking first visit to San Francisco | ProFootballTalk
The 49ers have some backs on hand they want to try with Frank Gore gone. But they're still looking for some outside help. According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, former Saints and Lions running back Reggie Bush is visiting the 49ers today.