The New Orleans Saints’ new defensive coordinator unwittingly walked into a minor disaster when he accepted the job two months ago. I’m sure the Saints warned him about the NFL’s bounty investigation when they recruited him for the gig in January. But I’m not sure even those involved knew the scandal would be this massive or far-reaching. Now Spagnuolo’s challenge in improving the league’s 24th-ranked defense looks decidedly more daunting. He might have to go to battle this season with a roster and staff depleted by suspensions.
Both of these players were to learn from future Hall of Famer Darren Sharper while #42 was in a Black and Gold Uniform. But the one thing that neither Harper nor Jenkins have gotten a grasp for is picking off the football. Back in 2009 Darren Sharper had nine interceptions while helping lead the Saints to their first-ever Super Bowl. Since that very same 2009 season, Harper and Jenkins have just four total interceptions combined.
A short, personal message to Mr. Peyton Manning: “Dear Peyton — Pick whomever you like. But please make it quick.” Signed: “By everybody except the New Orleans Saints, who now refer to you as ‘The Great Distraction.’” Reportedly 12 NFL teams have reached out to the man now known as “The Greatest Free Agent of All Time,” although Reggie White was pretty good. However, unless NFL Commish Roger Goodell pulls a David Stern-type imaginative move, only one team can have him.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly have the inside track to land Jackson, a league source recently told the Chicago Sun-Times, while the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins are thought to be among the serious contenders for Jackson’s services. A return to the San Diego Chargers has not been ruled out for Jackson — who has 272 receptions for 4,754 yards with 37 touchdowns in seven seasons with the Chargers — but team sources told the Sun-Times that his market price could be too rich for the Chargers.
The Detroit Lions have gotten a “significant” amount of salary cap relief before Tuesday’s start of free agency, as defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, quarterback Matthew Stafford and wideout Nate Burleson all reportedly have agreed to restructure their respective contracts. Suh has restructured the final three years of his contract, Suh’s agent told Fox Sports Detroit on Monday , who added that the new deal already has been reached.
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