Rise And New Orleans Saints: Top News, Videos And More

The first exhibition game of the NFL season has been lost, and all that means is that the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams will not have a one-game head start on the rest of the league.

The two sides talked extensively over phone and e-mail, cordially, despite the fact there was some bad blood stemming from the way the owners postured late on Thursday, basically accepting their own proposal and declaring the lockout over.

The report, citing unnamed sources from both sides, said the NFLPA is planning a major news conference Monday and that player representatives’ executive committee is flying to Washington for a Monday vote.

With the next NFL labor agreement nearly in place, here’s a look at the top 10 free agents and where they might land. More than 400 free agents will be available if free agency begins Saturday.

The popular series featured during the start of football season seems to have hit a hard knock of it’s own.  While no doubt the NFL lockout had a hand in the decision, it was also from a surprising lack of interest from teams.

Quick-take:  Ladell Betts was signed by the Saints after his release from the Washington Redskins in August of 2010, after the team lost running back Lynell Hamilton (ACL) for the year during joint practices with the New England Patriots.

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