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Sean Payton: New Orleans Saints want to keep Mark Ingram, Jairus Byrd healthy for mini camp


Last night, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was in Dallas attending the NBA matchup between the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans. During the fourth quarter, he caught up with FOX Sports Reporter, Jennifer Hale, to talk about the Saints, free agency, and the draft.

According to Payton, we can fully expect some buzz to happen around the team this week. Free agency officially kicks off on March 10 at 4:00 PM EST, and the team will have major work to do – getting under the salary cap – prior to that period.

Payton went on to say, “The trick is looking at the free agents available and sometimes there are players who are available now, who have been released, that aren’t guys that we’re waiting for Saturday. We’ll have a few players coming in as early as this week.”

You can check out the full article here.

Reading into the notion that Payton wants Mark Ingram back in black and gold is fairly mixed. Ingram is seeking between $4-6 million per year as per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and while it’s not impossible, the market for running backs is growing. This ultimately doesn’t help Ingram as much, as veterans Reggie Bush, DeAngelo Williams, Steven Jackson, and Peyton Hillis were released last week.

On the other side of the spectrum, it’s great to hear about the recovery of Jairus Byrd. He’s a player that the New Orleans Saints missed dearly last season. He’s two weeks away from being 100 percent, as per the report. I don’t see him being rushed into action immediately.

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