Saints Claim Former Patriots LB Jonathan Freeny Off Waivers

The Saints Thursday claimed former New England Patriots linebacker Jonathan Freeny off of waivers a source confirmed to Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The move was first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates.

The Saints made room for Freeny by cutting cornerback Sterling Moore.

Freeny’s addition come on the heels of A.J. Klein’s injury. Klein hasn’t practiced this week after injuring his groin in the Saints loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Saints Fan Files Lawsuit Over New Orleans Players Kneeling for National Anthem

One of the major storylines in the NFL this season has been player protests and players not standing for the national anthem.

A fan in New Orleans, who is a Saints season-ticket holder, is now suing the team over players took a knee during the national anthem.

The season-ticket holder, Lee Dragna, claims that actions of some players, who are taking a knee to raise awareness for police brutality and racial inequality, prevented he and his family from enjoying Saints games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Dragna filed his lawsuit at the 24th Judicial Court in Jefferson Parish and he’s seeking a refund for his season tickets and attorney’s fees.

Dragna admitted in the lawsuit that the players’ protest was to raise awareness for police brutality. The lawsuit said that “Apparently, these players were following the lead of Colin Kaepernick by disrespecting the flag, the Anthem; the USA and those who have served and are serving the USA in our military.”

In the lawsuit, Dragna said that he and other fans “do not find these protests entertaining.” In fact, Dragna said in the lawsuit the only game he attended this season was the season opener on Oct. 17 against the New England Patriots.

It will be interesting to see what a judge thinks about the case, and if it will simply be thrown out, or if there’s anything that can be done to try to make the ticket holder happy.

These cases usually go nowhere, but in the end it’s another case where a fan isn’t happy about politics that have infested the NFL.

The lawsuit said that “Many other fans and businesses have boycotted the Saints. One State Legislator has called for an end to State funding for the Saints.”

In the end, Dragna wants a refund because, he said in the lawsuit “If petitioner had known that Saints football players would use Saints football games as a platform for protests he would not have purchased the Saints season tickets.”

Bears vs Saints Wednesday Injury Report

CHICAGO BEARS at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
CHICAGO BEARS
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday G Kyle Long (ankle), CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring), DE Roy Robertson-Harris (hamstring), LB John Timu (ankle, knee), WR Markus Wheaton (groin)
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Bryce Callahan (neck), RB Benny Cunningham (hamstring), C Hroniss Grasu (hand), DE Mitch Unrein (quadricep)
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Terron Armstead (shoulder), WR Michael Thomas (knee), G Larry Warford (abdomen)
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR Willie Snead (hamstring)

Saints Acquire Long Snapper Jon Dorenbos From the Eagles

Men’s Journal

The Saints made a deal with the Eagles, as they acquired long snapper Jon Dorenbos for a 2019 seventh-round pick.

Dorenbos, 37, signed with the Eagles late in 2006. He twice went to the Pro Bowl and played in a franchise-record 162 consecutive games. It’s the sixth-most games played in franchise history. He also became a fan favorite off the field, popular for his magic and inspirational story to reach the NFL. Dorenbos won the Eagles’ Ed Block Courage Award in 2008 and was nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2016.

“Jon is one of the most inspiring people I have ever known,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. “He gave everything that he had to this organization for more than a decade, but his legacy in Philadelphia goes far beyond his performance on the field, his Pro Bowl selections or the consecutive games streak. His true impact is measured by the number of people in this city that he connected with, the lives he has been able to change and the courage he displays every day after battling such tremendous adversity as a child. Jon’s enthusiasm and positive outlook are contagious; he’s one of the most genuine, caring people you could ever meet. I speak on behalf of the entire organization when I say we are incredibly proud to have called him an Eagle and our doors are always open to him in the future.”

Saints Looking for a Trading Partner Around the League for CB Delvin Breaux

USA Today Sports

The Saints finally seem to be fed up with cornerback Delvin Breaux and the ongoing injury issues, as reports say the team is looking for a trading partner for the corner.

Breaux has had injury issues over the last three seasons, and has been out of practice the last two weeks with a leg contusion.

He wrapped up last season with a shoulder injury which landed him on injured reserve last season. He also had a broken fibula which he suffered in week one.

Saints Claim Offensive Tackle Jerry Ugokwe Off Waivers From the Colts

The Saints have claimed offensive tackle Jerry Ugokwe off of waivers from the Indianapolis Colts, Joel Erickson of the Advocate reports.

New Orleans waived veteran lineman Martin Wallace with an injury designation to make room for the move. If he’s not claimed after 24 hours, Wallace will be placed on injured reserve.

Saints Agree to One-Year Deal with OL Orlando Franklin

Veteran ofensive lineman Orlando Franklin, a second-round pick in 2011, agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Saints on Thursday, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The 29-year-old Franklin played left guard for the Chargers the past two seasons, but they cut him in May after bulking up their offensive line in the draft.

Franklin spent his first four seasons with the Denver Broncos, playing three years and right tackle and one at left guard.

Saints GM Mickey Loomis Wont’ Say Much About Deals for Brees, Vaccaro and Snead

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A trio of key Saints have looming contract concerns as the 2017 training camp opens, Joel Erickson of the Advocate reports.

Both quarterback Drew Brees and safety Kenny Vaccaro are playing on the last year of their deals, and productive wide receiver Willie Snead is playing on the $615,000 tender he was offered as an exclusive-rights free agent this offseason.

All three players have expressed a desire in the past to sign long-term deals with New Orleans, but Saints general manager Mickey Loomis kept his cards hidden on the trio of players during his press conference on Wednesday.

“I’d rather not discuss any individual contract until something gets done,” Loomis said.

Snead, who switched agents to work with the high-powered Drew Rosenhaus, signed his tender earlier this week, and Loomis left the waters muddy on whether or not there’s a chance a deal could get done in camp.

“You never know,” Loomis said. “We’ll see how that goes along, and if there’s an announcement to be made, we’ll get it to you.”