In some respects, the visit is a curious one as Tatupu and Saints middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma are essentially mirrors. Each player is 29 years old, although Vilma was a first round pick out of Miami in 2004 and Tatupu, a USC product, came out the following year in round two. Over their careers, Vilma has made 834 tackles, forced 11 fumbles and made 11 interceptions. Tatupu has recorded 550 tackles with 7 forced fumbles and 10 picks.
Let’s couch this hypothetical upfront: Brees could re-sign with the Saints before Monday, allowing the team to potentially tag all-pro G Carl Nicks or WR Marques Colston instead; if Brees is tagged, he could also get hit with the exclusive version of the tag, which doesn’t allow other teams to even negotiate with him. Brees also said prior to the Super Bowl that he expected to be re-signed soon and should be a Saint for the rest of his career.
Moss as a Patriot in 2010 basically talked his way out of town, complaining about his lack of a long-term contract in a press conference, battling with offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien at halftime of his final game with New England, in Week 4 of that season, and reportedly taxing the patience of quarterback Tom Brady with his constant need for game plan targeting and star-treatment coddling. Brady was growing weary of having to worry about keeping Moss’s mood ring a happy color, and Belichick responded by removing that concern from his QB’s daily checklist.
Although the New Orleans Saints would suffer a huge loss if impending free-agent WR Marques Colston were to sign elsewhere in the offseason, the team does have a history of finding offensive weapons through late rounds of the NFL Draft and with undrafted rookie free agents. The Saints also have other needs, so they may not be able to afford Colston’s asking price.
The NFL preseason lock-out disputes were called a feud between millionaires and billionaires. But it turns out millionaires can beef with each other too. Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White took to Twitter when he heard that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will make $20 million per season by the end of his contract. “How in the hell can u pay a man this much money that cant run tackle or catch,” White wrote.
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