New Orleans Saints and NFL: Top News and Video Clips

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"Brandon Marshall‘s physical skills are undeniable. But the off-field distractions and occasional on-field lapses make him more mercurial diva than dominating downfield threat. His wife was accused of stabbing him last April, and in December, Marshall was temporarily detained for refusing to pay a cab fare. Then there are the issues with teammates and the random observations about his pregame preparations. (Then, when the games don’t matter, Marshall goes off. Of course he does.)"

"New Orleans has played host to countless special events. There have been mega music festivals, championship sporting games and, of course, Mardi Gras. But tourism officials who traveled to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI earlier this month say they expect next year’s Super Bowl, which will take place in the Big Easy, will be unlike anything the city has ever seen."

"The New Orleans Saints will more than likely use the franchise tag this offseason for the first time since 2007. However, they are expected to use it closer to the March 5 deadline because they will be trying hard to sign impending free-agent QB Drew Brees to a long-term deal rather than tagging him."

"A person familiar with the contract talks between the Buffalo Bills and Stevie Johnson said the two sides remain “far apart,” and added that the receiver doesn’t expect the team to use its franchise tag to retain him.The person spoke with The Associated Press on Sunday on the condition of anonymity because talks are ongoing. Johnson and the Bills exchanged offers last week, and the two sides are scheduled to meet at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this week. Johnson has led the Bills in receiving in each of the past two seasons and is eligible to become a free agent next month. Starting Monday, NFL teams can begin using a franchise tag to retain the rights to their prospective free agents."

"1. Andrew Luck, Stanford (Jr.) 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, Proj. 1 Positives: Considered the best quarterback prospect since John Elway with all the tools and enough talent to build a team around for the next 15 years. He’s the prototype with size, athleticism, smarts, and drive. … He wants to be a winner. He’s a franchise player and has the attitude, in a good way. … A tremendous leader."

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