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Old 04-26-2007, 10:23 PM    (permalink
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With the way Loomis front-loaded that contract, I just don't see how they could match it personally. Maybe it's just talk, but we'll see.
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Thats the word around town, anyway. I don't really expect him to be a Colt either.
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Trying to find exact details. I do believe that it could just be posturing by the Colts to wait it out to the last minute.

With the way the deal is structured I see it very difficult for them to match with their cap situation right now.
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Well for anyone concerned, the Colts official website has David listed as a Saint now in this article.

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A few I found browsing different forums, don't know if anyone has made a Meachem one yet.

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Here is my Saints Off-Season Review write up. (it's a long read but pretty in depth)

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This off-season Saints head coach Sean Payton faced the difficult task of trying to improve a team that went to the NFC Championship game. In order to make the move to the next level the Saints need to become a consistently contending team of Super Bowl caliber, which is no easy task but with the 2006 Coach of the year Payton, and Executive of the year GM Mickey Loomis the Saints should be in good hands. How exactly would Payton, and Loomis approach the off-season? Let’s summarize their moves to date.

The first priority for Payton and company was to keep the team structure intact, by re-signing almost all of the Saints own free agents, something that a lot of good teams manage to do. Charles Grant (DE), Scott Shanle (OLB), Hollis Thomas (DT), Billy Miller (TE), Jon Stinchcomb (OT), Terrance Copper (WR), Jay Bellamy (S), Rodney Leisle (DT), Antwan Lake (DT), Dejuan Groce (CB) were all re-signed.. Now most of these players are not exactly the Cornerstones of the franchise, however they were key contributors that were solid role players on a team that went to the NFC Championship game. Because of this the Saints ensure continuity, chemistry, and maintain the stability of their franchise by avoiding major roster turnover, and also avoided creating new holes on their team. They will return 20 of 22 opening day starters, and the entire coaching staff from last season.

Now of course the Saints didn’t stop there they needed to continue adding talent, and experience to the solid base they had established this year. The first outside Free agent signing was Linebacker, Brian Simmons from the Bengals. Simmons is a 10 year veteran who is expected to take over for Mark Simoneau at the MLB spot. Simmons is Defensive leader who leads by example with his hard work ethic, he not only adds experience and veteran leadership but a good locker room presence. The Saints then added Tight End, Eric Johnson who previously played with the 49ers. If Johnson stays healthy he brings a legitimate receiving threat to work the middle of the field from an inline position, and gives QB Drew Brees a possible safety valve on passing downs. Another notable Defensive signing was the addition of former Bengals safety Kevin Kaesviharn. He is expected to push the current safeties, and be the 3rd safety. Kaesviharn is a solid coverage presence and has a knack for being around the ball (finished with 6 interceptions last season more than any Saints Defensive back) he should provide great depth and insurance for SS, Roman Harper who is coming off of a torn ACL.

The Saints first trade of the off-season was sending over a 6th round pick for Dolphins kicker Olindo Mare. Mare is an experienced kicker with a booming leg, he led the league in Touchbacks last year with 24.The acquisition of Mare will definitely help the Saints by limiting opposing teams field position on kickoffs, and will save an extra roster spot. Wanting to add a veteran presence to a young WR corps. the Saints signed David Patten an experienced veteran receiver who won 3 SB rings with the Patriots. He might only be a situational player, however his experience will definitely aid in mentoring the younger receivers on the roster.

Possibly the Saints biggest moves came 1 week before the Draft where they managed to address the biggest need on the team, and lock up a top Defensive player on their. Defensive End, Charles Grant was re-signed for 7 years/63 million. The Saints did overspend on Grant but what they did was needed to lock up an important player on their Defense. The next biggest move was acquiring Cornerback, Jason David a Restricted Free Agent from the Colts for a 4th round pick. This was a great move as the Saints acquired a possible starting CB for only a 4th round selection which they had 3 of. David at 24 years old is still very young and has the quickness, and deep speed to play to mirror Wrs down the field. (4.4 forty speed, and 3.93 short shuttle)

With the Saints moves in Free agency it allowed them great flexibility in the Draft to simply take the best available talents. With the 27th pick in the NFL Draft the Saints selected WR, Robert Meachem from Tennessee. This pick initially surprised most people, as they expected a Defensive player. However Meachem was graded out as the best available player on the Saints board. Meachem could possibly step in as the Saints #2 WR, and with his quickness, and deep speed could be an excellent compliment opposite of Marques Colston. In the 3rd round the Saints picked up two small school prospects. Kent State CB, Usama Young, and Akron OG, Andy Alleman. Young might have been considered a reach at that spot but he is a smart, athletic player. A 4 year starter who was quickly rising up Draft boards after a stellar pro day impressing scouts. Young should atleast be able to push for a Nickel, Dime role in the Defense as he develops. Alleman is a quick, athletic linemen who moves well in space and perfectly fits the Saints blocking scheme. He should be able to push current LG Jamar Nesbit.

On Day 2 the Saints surprised most by trading up for Ohio St. Running Back, Antonio Pittman. After a while to digest the move it makes sense. Pittman was clearly a great talent, and value in the 4th round and should provide excellent depth at the RB spot as insurance against possible injuries to a grueling position. The Saints followed that pick up by selecting Jermon Bushrod, OT from Townson. Bushrod is a raw but promising tackle prospect who should provide solid depth at Tackle, and possibly at Guard as well. Another small school CB, David Jones from Wingate was selected. Jones is another athletic specimen, with great ball skills intercepting 15 passes in his college career, he also has return potential. In the 7th round the Saints closed up the Draft by selecting Marvin Mitchell, ILB Tennessee. Mitchell a is a powerful, run stuffing LB who may be able to push for a reserve LB spot. The Saints also brought in a slew of intriguing Undrafted FA’s some of which include Tyler Palko, Wade Koehl, Jake Kuresa, Rhema McKnight, Pat MacDonald, Peter Dyakowski, Walter Thomas, Joe Porter, Keith Greer, Brett Bergstrom.

Overall many where underwhelmed by the Saints Draft, however given time I believe it can turn out to be a solid class. I thought the Saints did a great job of adding Offensive Line depth, adding athletic young Corners a position that has needed youth for a while, and building overall depth..We may not be able to see the contributions from this Draft Class immediately as most of the players will most likely be developed through fundamentally sound coaching. However they have very good potential and I trust the Saints coaching staff the same guys who prepared Marques Colston from Hofsta, and Jahri Evans from Bloomsburg to come in and become starters last season.

The only considerable losses in the form of starters were WR, Joe Horn, and TE Ernie Conwell. Both of these players were plagued by injuries last season, and were aging. Conwell played in only 7 games last season and finished the year on IR, while Horn struggled with a groin injury most of the season missing 6 games, and the entire playoffs. There is no doubt the team will miss the emotional leadership, and veteran poise that Horn a fan favorite for many years brought to the team. However you have to keep in mind that Horn is now 35 years old, and has seen his production drop through out the past few seasons as he has started to lose a step in his stride, and he did not see eye to eye with the new coaching staff. The other Saints losses include. Omar Stoutmire. Danny Clark. Terrence Melton. Curtis Deloatch. Bryan Scott, Montrae Holland, Mitch Berger and John Carney. Most of these players were backups and special teams players.

In closing I thought the Saints did a great job of adding veteran contributors, young talent, and keeping their own players. While minimizing crucial losses. No they didn’t land the premier big money Free agents like a Nate Clements, or an Adalius Thomas, and they didn’t Draft many high profile hot prospects. What they did was continue to build to their team structure that Sean Payton established, by adding high character, hard working, motivated, experienced players that will help the team win.
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Yay for the saints!!,

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That was a fantastic write-up, Auron. Great job, sir.
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That was a fantastic write-up, Auron. Great job, sir.
Thanks for reading sir.

Completed the Saints post Draft off-season tracker. (trying to find a complete list of UDFAs)


Saints Off-Season

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  • Re-signed (OLB) Scott Shanle. 4 yr/12 mil
  • Re-signed(DE) Charles Grant. 7 yr/63 mil
  • Re-signed (DT) Hollis Thomas. 4 yr/12 mil
  • Re-signed (TE) Billy Miller. 1 yr
  • Re-signed (OT) Jonathan Stinchcomb. 2 yr/7 mil
  • Tendered RFA's (WR) T. Copper & (DT) R. Leisle. 1 yr
  • Signed (LB) Brian Simmons (Bengals). 3 yr
  • Signed (TE) Eric Johnson (49ers). 1yr/2 mil
  • Signed (S) Kevin Kaesviharn (Bengals).
  • Re-signed (CB) Dejuan Groce.
  • Re-signed (WR) Terrance Copper.
  • Re-signed (S) Jay Bellamy.
  • Re-signed (DT) Rodney Leisle
  • Re-signed (DT) Antwan Lake.
  • Signed (WR) David Patten. (Redskins)
  • Signed (LB) Troy Evans. (Texans)
  • Signed (LB) Trev Faulk. (Rams)
  • Signed (CB) RFA, Jason David (Colts)


    Trades
  • Acquired (K) Olindo Mare from Miami for a 6th round pick.

    Releases & Departures
  • Released (TE) Ernie Conwell.
  • Released (WR) Joe Horn. (Falcons)
  • Released (K) John Carney.
  • Released (P) Mitch Berger
  • (S) Omar Stoutmire. (Redskins)
  • (LB) Danny Clark. (Texans)
  • (LB) Terrence Melton. (Panthers)
  • (CB) Curtis Deloatch. (Panthers)
  • (S) Bryan Scott. (Titans)
  • (OG) Montrae Holland (Broncos)

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i read that yall signed Walter Thomas. the big guy that I brought up a couple of pages back. any truth to this??
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i read that yall signed Walter Thomas. the big guy that I brought up a couple of pages back. any truth to this??
Yes, it was reported in the UDFA thread.
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Yes, it was reported in the UDFA thread.
thats greatness. i think he could be awesome, especially with the other big boy Thomas helping him learn everything.
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thats greatness. i think he could be awesome, especially with the other big boy Thomas helping him learn everything.
Yeah, Walter Thomas can either be a boom player for us or nothing at all. If he doesn't pan out then oh well.. he's just a UDFA, but if he can step up and man the DT position alongside Hollis Thomas... then that would be fantastic. We'll see come training camp.
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I really liked the Walter Thomas selection. Hopefully he works out for us because that'd be a huge help.
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So far, how do you grade out the Saints draft as well as UDFA signings?
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Tyler Palko can be a good back up and I really like him
Rhema McNight is really a good WR but it'll be hard for him with Colston, Meachem, Henderson, ...
And I love Walter Thomas, and I really think that he can be a starter this year.

the rest I don't know, I don't think the RB and the S will be there in September but we'll see ...
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Tyler Palko can be a good back up and I really like him
Rhema McNight is really a good WR but it'll be hard for him with Colston, Meachem, Henderson, ...
And I love Walter Thomas, and I really think that he can be a starter this year.

the rest I don't know, I don't think the RB and the S will be there in September but we'll see ...
don't forget Bush in the WR list. he lines up in slot a lot.

i give the Saints B grade. i love the signing of Meachem, i hope he can play to his full potential eventually. he could be a great compliment to Colston.

it looks like Peyton for big physical corners with Young and Jones. I don't know how i feel about the Pittman pick but i guess it does give Peyton another weapon. just thing if Pittman and Bush are in the backfield. that would kinda be scary.

i love the Walter Thomas pick up. i think he can be a gigantic run stuffer and premier pass rusher from the middle. he is as agile as guys 80-100lbs lighter than him and strong as an ox.
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Yeah, Walter Thomas really intrigues me. I don't think he'll start this year, but give him two or three years as a project and he could be really good. You almost never see a guy that big with that much athleticism.

Young and Jones are both project CB's too (well maybe not Young so much but I think he'll need some work before he sees the field). David Jones was a ballhawk in college, but he played at Wingate so you never know how that translates to the NFL.

If he lives up to potential he'll be good but otherwise I see him as a career backup, maybe situational player.
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I haven't been able to post in a while because I've been really sick the past few days.

Haven't really evaluated the Draft in detail quite yet, I'm hesitant to give out a grade before we see the prospects on the field but if I had to right now I'd say it would be in the solid B range, definitely could and should change by years end.

I believe that the Saints Rookie Mini-Camps start tomorrow May, 12th. Pretty sure they're closed to the public.
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but they are probably aired on NFLN. some of it atleast.

i retract my statement then. didn't know it was closed to media. it NFLN considered media when talking about football.
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Haven't really evaluated the Draft in detail quite yet, I'm hesitant to give out a grade before we see the prospects on the field but if I had to right now I'd say it would be in the solid B range, definitely could and should change by years end.

I believe that the Saints Rookie Mini-Camps start tomorrow May, 12th. Pretty sure they're closed to the public.
Yeah, me too. I liked it, though... but I'm not going to quick to give out grades.

And, I'm MAD excited to get some reports about our minicamp... can't wait. Closed to the public AND media, though.
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did a falcons fan actually create the Official Saint Draft Discussion thread??
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did a falcons fan actually create the Official Saint Draft Discussion thread??
Actually that was when the board was changing over, and our user names got messed up temporarily.

Was just wondering are you a Steelers fan who follows the Saints a bit, or a fan of both teams like Diab?
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