New Orleans Saintsowner Tom Benson isn’t backing off his support of his general manager and coach, even as his team is accused by the NFL of maintaining a bounty program to injure opponents. While Benson cooperates with NFL officials in their investigation of the bounty program that spanned the last three seasons, he is standing behind general manager Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton — even though the league says they knew about the bounties
Whether former New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita played a role in the team’s bounty program is a potentially pivotal point as the sport ponders what to make of the case. Fujita left the Saints to join the Cleveland Brown after winning the Super Bowl in 2010 and shortly thereafter was nominated to the Players Association’s executive board. As Sports Illustrated‘s Peter King points out, Fujita was one of the players during last year’s CBA negotiations pushing the health and safety issues.
Randy Moss reportedly performed very well in his Tuesday workout with the Saints. It does not appear that New Orleans has offered the wide receiver a contract and he reportedly could be working out elsewhere in the coming days. But the Saints now have a gauge on what kind of shape the 35-year-old is in and it sounds like they’re impressed. If they lose Marques Colston or Robert Meachem in free agency, the Saints then may decide to make an offer to Moss.
Seattle’s presumed interest lines up with what NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora and NFL Network’s Albert Breer have reported in recent days. Other suitors might include the Dolphins, Jets, Redskins and Cardinals, and La Canfora reported that the Chiefs and even the Broncos have been mentioned as possible destinations for the five-time All-Pro. The million-dollar question is whether Manning can pass a physical and actually return to form, but Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney told NFL Network on Tuesday that even if the quarterback isn’t 100 percent, he’s worth the risk.
This year’s class was no different. Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe was among the biggest stories in Indy, literally and figuratively. He put on a show of strength and athleticism at a gargantuan 346 pounds by running a 4.98 40, posting a combine-high 44 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, and outperforming other defensive lineman weighing 40 pounds less in the agility tests. His movement skills during positional drills were also quite impressive.
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