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Saints near deal with TE Cook, sources say

[ad_1] The New Orleans Saints are on the verge of filling their most glaring need with the top pass-catching tight end available in free agency this year, Jared Cook.Sources have described a deal between the two sides as close but not finalized -- which Cook himself amplified on Friday.When asked whether he has agreed to a deal with New Orleans, Cook winked and told ESPN's Jamison Hensley, "Maybe," while at
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Saints reach deal with ex-Viking Sherels

[ad_1] METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a deal with longtime Minnesota Vikings punt returner Marcus Sherels, a source confirmed.The agreement was first reported by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, which said it was a one-year deal. Terms have not been disclosed.Sherels, 31, was the Vikings' primary punt returner for the past eight years with an average of 10.6 yards per return and a total of
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Saints sign OL Easton to replace Unger

[ad_1] METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints have a new leading contender for their starting center vacancy.The Saints agreed to a four-year, $24 million contract with former Minnesota Vikings guard/center Nick Easton, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.The agreement comes one day after news broke that the Saints' Pro Bowl center Max Unger is retiring, and the Saints plan to play Easton at center, according to the source. Easton,
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Unger’s surprise retirement leaves void on Saints

[ad_1] METAIRIE, La. -- Three-time Pro Bowl center Max Unger has decided to retire after 10 seasons, leaving a large void in the middle of the New Orleans Saints' offensive line.It's unclear how long the Saints have known about Unger's plan to retire, but they did visit with at least one free-agent guard/center this week in Nick Easton.Unger, who turns 33 next month, was officially placed on the NFL's reserve/retired
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Bridgewater on staying — Saints ‘made football fun’

[ad_1] METAIRIE, La. -- Of course Teddy Bridgewater took time to consider the Miami Dolphins in free agency this week.For one thing, Miami is his hometown. For another, they were the only NFL team with a starting quarterback vacancy.But neither was enough to lure Bridgewater away from the New Orleans Saints, who obviously made quite an impression on the 26-year-old quarterback after acquiring him in a trade late last August."I
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Bridgewater picks Saints over Dolphins

[ad_1] METAIRIE, La. -- Free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has decided to stay with the New Orleans Saints as their backup and potential successor to Drew Brees rather than pursue an immediate starting opportunity with his hometown Miami Dolphins, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini on Thursday.Bridgewater, 26, agreed to a one-year $7.25 million deal that is worth up to $12.5 million with incentives, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.Bridgewater, who is
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Bridgewater opts to remain with Saints

[ad_1] Free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will return to the New Orleans Saints as a backup to Drew Brees, sources told ESPN on Thursday.He will sign a one-year, $7.25 million fully guaranteed contract with the Saints, a league source told ESPN. The deal can grow to $12.5 million with incentives.Bridgewater tweeted "Run it back Turbo.." with a picture of himself in a Saints uniform, alluding to his return to the
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Chiefs agree to deal with DE Okafor

[ad_1] The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a three-year contract with defensive end Alex Okafor, a source told ESPN on Thursday.According to NFL Network, which first reported the news, the deal is worth up to $24 million.Okafor will help the Chiefs' pass rush after the team released linebacker Justin Houston and traded linebacker Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers.Free agency is off and running. Here's what to know:•
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DT Brown leaves Pats to join Saints, source says

[ad_1] The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a three-year contract with former New England Patriots defensive tackle Malcom Brown, a source told ESPN.NFL Network first reported the news and said the deal is worth $15 million.The move comes after Drew Brees restructured his contract to create more than $10 million in salary-cap space for the Saints.The Saints restructured Drew Brees' contract on Thursday, creating more than $10 million in
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Saints restructure Brees’ deal for cap space

[ad_1] METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints created more than $10 million in salary-cap space by restructuring quarterback Drew Brees' contract -- which has become almost an annual ritual for a team that is routinely slammed tight against the cap.Brees, 40, will still earn $23 million in salary and bonuses this year, and he is still scheduled to become a free agent after this season.But as the NFL Network