We’re now in the stretch of the offseason where nothing is happening in terms of New Orleans Saints news. Yesterday was interesting as we learned Will Smith would be making the switch to linebacker. Today doesn’t hold any surprises like that, but there are a few items worth glancing over.
Let’s take a look.
Per NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal:
Payton is setting a tone that looks to get past all things “Bountygate,” rather than use his exile as a motivating factor.
“I think the early returns on Sean Payton’s enthusiasm and verve for the New Orleans Saints job are extremely positive,” Peter King of SI.com wrote Monday. “He’s Mr. Positive, from what I hear, instead of Mr. Bitter.”
That assessment dovetails with everything coming out of the Saints’ facility. Punter Thomas Morstead told the Times-Picayune recently that Payton had some “negative” energy that was pent up on his first day back at work, and then moved on.
Per NOLA.com’s Larry Holder:
The Saints waived defensive end Braylon Broughton to make room for defensive tackle Isaako Aaitui on the roster. Broughton (6-6, 272) spent last season on the Saints’ practice squad as a rookie.
Per NOLA.com’s Nakia Hogan:
Beginning Tuesday, Payton, who missed the entire 2012 season while serving a suspension for his role in the Saints’ infamous bounty scandal, will put the Saints through a series of organized team activities. The Saints will hold OTA practice sessions on Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday, May 28-30, June 10-13. The practices are closed to the public.
“This is kind of your first chance to feel some of the rewards that you are getting from the work that you put in,” Saints right tackle Zach Strief said of the OTAs. “So that’ll be good. And I’m certainly excited to be getting Sean back out on the field with us.
“You can sail a boat without a captain, but sometimes you don’t know exactly where you are going. Having him back is kind of redirecting us and getting us back on the right path. Everything we have seen so far has proven that.”