While “bountygate” has dominated the headlines, I want to talk about another big blunder committed by the Saints. It is the handling of the contract situation with quarterback Drew Brees. I know Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton have done wonders for the team, which include doing the unthinkable by winning the team’s first-ever Super Bowl title after the 2009 season.
The NFL Players Association will do its own investigation of the New Orleans Saints‘ bounty system and asked the league to help set up interviews with the team’s coaches and front-office staff. In a statement released Wednesday, the union vowed to “vigorously protect the rights of all players.”
The New Orleans Saints signed center Brian De La Puente on Wednesday. Not known for his overpowering strength or size, De La Puente is a steady and reliable starter. At 27 years old, De La Puente is not the long term answer at center and we expect the Saints to address the issue during this year’s upcoming draft.
For a number of NFL front offices, Peyton Manning‘s exit-stage-left from the Colts on Wednesday meant a drastic shift in business. We interrupt our regularly scheduled offseason to bring you this special development out of Indianapolis, was about the speed of it.”We were sitting there watching and (the owner) called as soon as they wrapped up and Peyton was walking off the stage with (Colts owner Jim) Irsay,” one junior NFL team executive team told Yahoo! Sports. “(Our general manager) kept assuring him, ‘We’re going to get a meeting with Manning and we’re going to do all our homework.’
The son of Miami Dolphinshead coach Joe Philbin was drunk and had marijuana in his system when he fell into a Wisconsin river and drowned, police said Wednesday. Michael Philbin, 21, had a blood alcohol level of .176, more than twice the legal limit to drive, and also had marijuana at some point before he fell through the ice Jan. 8, according to a statement from Oshkosh police. Police say they found no evidence of foul play or anything suspicious through their investigation, and his death was classified as an accidental drowning. He disappeared after a night out with friends in the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus area, about 50 miles from Green Bay.