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.”

NFC South Podcast: Episode 1 The Shortest Review

The New Orleans Saints boasted one of the top NFC South and NFL offenses last season. Drew Brees threw for more than 5,000 yards at 70% with a 101.7 quarterback rating. Michael Thomas and Brandin Cooks both had more than 1,100 yards receiving with 17 touchdowns combined. But on the defensive side of the ball, the Saints were consistently embarrassed. In an attempt to fill these holes, the front office signed Nick Fairley and Manti Te’o. They also drafted Marshon Lattimore. These changes haven’t paid off just yet. They lose their first preseason game to the Cleveland Browns and Deshone Kizer looked like a veteran. The Saints must improve their defense or they don’t have a chance at winning the NFC South.

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

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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.”

Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe Placed on IR; to Be Released When Healthy

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The Saints placed veteran linebacker Dannell Ellerbe on injured reserve due to a foot injury according to Ian Rapaport of NFL.com.

Rapoport adds that Ellerbe is expected to be released with an injury settlement once he is healthy.

Ellerbe was once a productive player for both the Baltimore Ravens and the Miami Dolphins but his recent career has been wrecked by injuries, as he has played in only 16 games since 2013.

The 31-year-old may have difficulty finding work once he is cleared for contact despite what his agent is telling the media.

DT Nick Fairley Out for 2017 with an Enlarged Heart

The Saints were dealt a big blow today as defensive tackle Nick Fairley has been ruled out for the 2017 season with an enlarged heart. Here’s the report on Fairley from the AP earlier on Monday.

Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley is coming off one of his best NFL seasons and it might have been his last.

At the very least, he won’t be playing for New Orleans in 2017.

General manager Mickey Loomis said Monday that Fairley has been placed on the team’s reserve list with a non-football illness designation, meaning the 2016 starter is out for this season.

The 6-foot-4, 308-pound Fairley had a career-best 6½ sacks for the Saints last season, after which he signed a four-year extension worth up to $28 million.

However, symptoms related to an enlarged heart caused Fairley to miss offseason practices and minicamp while he saw specialists to determine whether playing football would be an undue health risk.