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Fleur-de-Links, May 22: New Orleans is thisclose to hosting 2024 Super Bowl

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New Orleans is the only bidder, but the NFL owners still have to vote.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - A detailed shot of the Vince Lombardi Trophy held by New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton after his team defeated the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV at Sun Life Stadium.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - A detailed shot of the Vince Lombardi Trophy held by New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton after his team defeated the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV at Sun Life Stadium.
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Word on the Street

Super Bowl LVIII: New Orleans only city bidding on 2024 game; here's how process will work | theadvocate.com
Two cypress boxes sit on a small table inside the door of Jay Cicero’s office. These aren’t any boxes. Adorned with paintings, brass plates and intricate engravings, they house the hopes and dreams of New Orleans’ last two Super Bowl bids.

Alvin Kamara open to any role coaches give him during Mark Ingram's suspension | NOLA.com
Kamara averaged 12.6 touches per game in 2017 while Ingram averaged 18

Signing Jay Bromley, Michael Ola gave Saints veterans at positions that can be 'hard to find' | Saints | theadvocate.com
New Orleans used its rookie minicamp in part to land veterans at positions where veteran help is few and far between once the games begin.

Former Saint Michael Mauti caught in numbers game | theadvocate.com
Fan favorite Michael Mauti's release came as something of a surprise last week, particularly since it happened only a month after the veteran linebacker re-signed a contract with his hometown

Bucs DC Smith: Hargreaves The Starter At Outside Corner | Pewter Report
Earlier this week, Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith and defensive backs coach Jon Hoke addressed where CB Vernon Hargreaves will start in 2018.

What will Jerry Richardson’s legacy be in the Carolinas? | Cat Scratch Reader
It may have more to do with sweet biscuits than NFL football.

Lagniappe

"There are 437,514 possible defensive alignments that the offensive line must deal with" | FootballScoop
The NFL Draft evaluation process always seem to be full of questions and other things that seem really trivial to most, but somehow front office personnel find a way to make them matter and put a lot of stock into how they’re answered.

Would a Healthy Andrew Luck Even Make the Colts Playoff Contenders? | Bleacher Report
The Indianapolis Colts can't make the playoffs without Andrew Luck —that's pretty clear.

A Look Back at the Draft | by NFL Rookies Class of 2018
NFL draftees discuss their biggest moments on the field in college, their football idols, and who they’re most excited to play against.

Kaepernick collusion case proving that teams viewed him as a starting quarterback | ProFootballTalk
Remember when quarterback Colin Kaepernick initially went unsigned after becoming a free agent in March 2017?

OTA MVPs: Players Who Shined the Most in Early Workouts | Bleacher Report
Spring revitalizes the NFL . A new sense of hope buds after the previous season's performance. Every organization adds pieces to replenish their rosters as coaches and front office personnel express excitement about all of the new possibilities...

Report: Tom Brady Won't Attend Patriots OTAs Monday | Bleacher Report
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reportedly won't be in attendance for the team's voluntary organized team activities Monday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL .com.