The uncertainty is driving Saints fans into purple, green and gold conniptions. Everyone knows Brees is going to remain a Saint. That much is a given. It’s strictly a matter of “how” he remains a Saint — on his terms, or the team’s. And therein lies the intrigue. That the negotiations have gone this long is somewhat surprising, considering the public sentiment on both sides to reach a deal.
In the special, Graham, whose background as an abandoned child has been well-documented since joining the Saints, helps mentor a 14-year-old New Orleans boy named Ashton Randall who comes from a broken home. As a result, Graham is looking to help others who have faced similar obstacles by starting a foundation for foster children or partner with a foundation that already does.
When watching the New Orleans Saints last season, we got a small glimpse of what I thought was the start of an excellent NFL career in rookie linebacker Martez Wilson, a former University of Illinois star and a third-round selection by the Saints in last year’s draft. Wilson, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound strongside linebacker, recorded only 10 tackles and a quarterback sack in limited action on the field, but now he is ready to show the football world what he has to offer in 2012.
Despite missing the playoffs, the Eagles ended the year with four straight wins and the defense allowed an average of 11.5 points per game over that time. And if Asante Samuel returns to join Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie at cornerback the defense — and the secondary, in particular — should be even better. But there’s no guarantee Samuel will be in Philly when training camps open in late July. In fact, he could be traded this spring.
It’s hard to imagine anyone as excited over the start of free agency on March 13 as Matt Flynn, the Packers backup quarterback who’s about to become somebody’s starter. “I’m a confident person, but the element of the unknown makes you wish March 13 was tomorrow,” Flynn told Sports Illustrated this week. “I’ve loved being a Packer, and it’s not 100 percent sure I’m leaving Green Bay, but as a competitor and football player, that’s what you play the game for — to be a starter in the league. Hopefully some teams will be interested in me and I can find a good opportunity. I want to lead a team and I’m excited about it. But I can’t talk to teams now. I don’t know if I’m on their radar. It’s going to be a long month leading up to that time — waiting and wondering.