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New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Coach: Sean Payton
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense5th185.0 (2nd)249.0 (12th)
Defense1st80.0 (1st)176.0 (4th)
Saints facing deadline on Mark Ingram
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The Saints have until May 3 to pick up the fifth-year option on running back Mark Ingram. The option would cost the team about $5.2 million in base salary for 2015.

"I'm not sure if they will pick up the fifth-year option," Ingram told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "I'm just working one day at a time and I'm just glad I'm on a team that's a championship contender."

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Jimmy Graham not participating in offseason workouts
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Saints coach Sean Payton said tight end Jimmy Graham is not participating in the team's offseason workouts due to ongoing contract talks, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Payton said "it's pretty normal" for a player in Graham's situation to sit out.

The team put the franchise tag on Graham, but there's optimism the sides will strike a longterm deal before training camp.

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Terron Armstead almost healed from hand surgery
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Saints left tackle Terron Armstead, who underwent offseason hand surgery, said he's at 92 percent, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He played in four games as a rookie and projects as the 2014 starter.

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Drew Brees believes Jimmy Graham stalemate to end soon
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Saints quarterback Drew Brees is "very confident" the team will reach a longterm deal soon with tight end Jimmy Graham, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The Saints slapped the franchise tag on Graham, who wants to be paid like a wideout and not a tight end.

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Champ Bailey has shot at starting job
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

New Saints cornerback Champ Bailey will compete for the starting spot opposite Keenan Lewis, reports ESPN.com. Bailey, 35, will battle youngsters Corey White, Patrick Robinson and others.

A 12-time Pro Bowler, Bailey said he's "not trying to prove anything to anybody but myself and my teammates. That's all I've got to do.”

A foot injury limited Bailey to five games with the Broncos last year.

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