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Fleur-de-Links: Thursday, January 25

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CHARLOTTE, NC:  New Orleans Saints players celebrate cornerback P.J. Williams’ (26) interception of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton during a game at Bank of America Stadium.
CHARLOTTE, NC: New Orleans Saints players celebrate cornerback P.J. Williams’ (26) interception of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton during a game at Bank of America Stadium.
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The New Orleans Saints are busy this week with Sean Payton’s coaching staff working the 2018 Pro Bowl in Orlando while Jeff Ireland’s scouting department is combing through the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile. Here’s what’s in the news this week:

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Mickey Loomis: 'Grievances filed' over Nick Fairley's contract, the process is ongoing | Saints | theadvocate.com
MOBILE, Ala. — The New Orleans Saints have filed a grievance with the NFL Management Council to try to recoup some of the four-year, $28 million deal Nick Fairley signed

Sean Payton's Pro Bowl philosophy: Work quickly, enjoy the atmosphere | NOLA.com
The NFC head coach hopes his players relish their time at the annual NFL all-star game.

What's the best way to tackle Alvin Kamara? 'That's something we're still trying to figure out,' say his NFC South foes | Saints | theadvocate.com
ORLANDO – Everyone walks in prepared, thinking they’ll be the ones to figure it out.

Saints' Sean Payton denies bad blood with Buccaneers' Dirk Koetter - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
After a lively Week 17 postgame exchange, Saints coach Sean Payton calls Buccaneers counterpart Dirk Koetter "a great coach and a good friend."

Saints need to be mindful of the present and future when negotiating with Drew Brees | Saints | theadvocate.com
If someone were to offer a hot take on this NFL offseason, it would be that the path to winning no longer centers on having the best quarterback.

Alvin Kamara calls rookie season with Saints 'some of the best times I've had' | NOLA.com
Kamara is one of the top candidates for Offensive Rookie of the Year

After Further Review: Analyzing the market for Kenny Vaccaro - FOX 8, WVUE, fox8live.com, weather, app, news, saints
Kenny Vaccaro ’s future in New Orleans is up in the air. Other than Drew Brees, he’s the club’s most marquee free agent this offseason.

Lagniappe

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield maintains rep at Senior Bowl
There is a line of evaluators stretching to the Mobile city limits at Senior Bowl who need to be convinced that Mayfield can be a better, more level-headed player.

Meet 'genius' who rejected Google for New England's scouting department | masslive.com
Here's a look at New England Patriots engineer Sean Harrington, a behind-the-scenes 'genius' who invented a football software at Tufts and turned down Google for a job with the Pats.

How The Eagles Embarrassed The Vikings | FiveThirtyEight
While Case Keenum collapsed after an early pick-six, Nick Foles picked apart the vaunted Minnesota defense.

Biggest storylines of Senior Bowl, from Baker Mayfield to Shaquem Griffin | NFL | Sporting News
Senior Bowl week is upon us. Every NFL personnel member beside the Patriots and Eagles' will be in Mobile, Ala., to watch and meet the top senior prospects and, in the backrooms, discuss the business of the NFL offseason.

NFC Unsung Heroes: Patrick Robinson, Shaquill Griffin and more - NFL.com
Everyone knows the NFL's superstars, but Matt Harmon digs deep to find one unsung hero from this season for each NFC team.

Early 2018 college football lines: Alabama by *30* over Louisville and more - SBNation.com
Plus Notre Dame vs. Michigan, Washington vs. Auburn, and more.

NFL's best teams never to win a Super Bowl - ranking all 32 franchises
NFL history is littered with teams that dominated the regular season but couldn't close the deal. We rank each franchise's best team never to win the Big One.