But, either way, this is when we could begin to see the beginning of the end of the Saints as we know them. They’re not going to be the same team they were last season when they went 13-3. They might not even be the same team they were in 2010 when they went 11-5. And they certainly aren’t going to be the same team they were in the magical 2009 season when they won the Super Bowl.
NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora predicted on Thursday’s Total Access that the Saints will lose free agent Marques Colston if he makes it to the open market.
If that happens, the Saints are in trouble. If the Saints sign Brees, they will keep at least two of those three players. There’s a decent chance the team could retain all three by using the franchise tag as leverage against either Colston or Nicks, signing one of them and then slapping the tag on the othert two.
Cindrich says Farrior wants to stay with the Steelers, who have spent the offseason maneuvering to get under the salary cap. The Steelers have restructured the contracts of offensive tackle Willie Colon, linebackers LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons, cornerback Ike Taylor and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and cut cornerback Bryant McFadden and receiver Arnaz Battle.
Peterson tried some light pool running at Vikings headquarters early this week, his father Nelson told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Peterson had targeted Feb. 28 as the date he would begin running, which prompted head coach Leslie Frazier to say the running back needed to “temper his emotions” as he aims to make it back in time for the regular-season opener.
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