Top Saints News

  • Saints' Michael Ola: Re-signs with Saints

    Ola (ankle) re-signed with the Saints on a one-year contract Tuesday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

    The swing tackle ultimately found his way to injured reserve in December after suffering a high-ankle sprain; however, he appears fully recovered from the injury. Ola is expected to provide some depth along the offensive line in his second season with the Saints.

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  • Saints' Mark Ingram: Prefers to stay in New Orleans

    Ingram has already had discussions about re-signing with the Saints, Mark Inabinett of AL.com reports. "I've been talking to the Saints," Ingram said. "It's kind of like a thing where they say they want me back, I say, 'I want to be back,' it's just can we compromise on the value?"

    Ingram has a good thing going in the Bayou splitting work with Alvin Kamara behind an impressive offensive line, but it's hard to argue against a 29-year-old running back prioritizing guaranteed money above all else. While his recent comments suggest there's a chance he re-signs before the start of free agency, the more likely scenario involves Ingram testing out the open market, with the option to come back to New Orleans if he's disappointed by the money offered elsewhere. Given their tight cap situation, the Saints may be inclined to bring in a rookie or a cheaper veteran to complement Kamara in the backfield, rather than paying Ingram close to market value.

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  • Saints' Ben Watson: Could move to broadcasting

    Watson (appendix) is drawing interest from ESPN for a job on television, Michael McCarthy of The Sporting News reports.

    A generous broadcasting offer could tilt the 38-year-old tight end toward retirement if he's on the fence, though he'd likely still have opportunities if he waited another year or two. Watson started four of 16 games for the Saints in 2018, hauling in 35 of 46 targets for 400 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 32 snaps per game. Appendicitis held him out of the NFC Championship Game, but he should be healthy soon enough, if he isn't already. Watson presumably doesn't have any interest in playing for a team besides New Orleans.

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  • Saints' Alex Okafor: To hit open market

    Despite agreeing to a two-year contract with New Orleans last offseason, Okafor is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the league year March 13, Herbie Toepe of NFL.com reports.

    At the time Okafor signed, he was coming back from an Achilles injury that prematurely ended his 2017 season. As part of the deal, Okafor's representatives reportedly bargained for a clause in Okafor's contract that allowed the defensive end to become an unrestricted free agent if he totaled at least three sacks in 2018. Since Okafor ultimately recorded four sacks, he was able to trigger the clause, which now sets the 28-year-old up for a potential pay raise on the open market this offseason.

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  • Saints' Keith Kirkwood: Calf injury wasn't serious

    Kirkwood (calf) returned to workouts within days of the Saints' season-ending playoff loss to the Rams, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    Kirkwood showed promise as a rookie in 2018, catching 13 passes for 209 yards and two scores. Four of those receptions were for more than 20 yards, and he added another touchdown in the Saints' divisional-round victory over Philadelphia. The undrafted Temple product unfortunately strained his calf during that game against the Eagles, though, and he was consequently unable to practice all week ahead of the NFC Championship Game against Los Angeles. However, Kirkwood's quick return to workouts suggests the aforementioned strain won't affect his availability for New Orleans' offseason workout program this spring.

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  • Saints' Cameron Tom: Sticking with Saints

    Tom re-signed with the Saints on Monday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    Tom played 11 games with the Saints in 2018, missing limited time in mid-October due to a knee injury. The 23-year-old Southern Mississippi product will provide New Orleans with valuable depth at center in 2019.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 126.6
(6th)
260.9
(15th)
379.2
(8th)
Def. 80.2
(2nd)
288.9
(31st)
349.1
(14th)