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.

TE Coby Fleener Looking Forward to Year Two in the Saints System

After making reference to missed assignments during his first season with the Saints, tight end Coby Fleener was asked how deep the problem went since it’s impossible for outsiders to gauge, Nick Underhill of the Advocate reports.

“That’s a good thing,” he cracked.

Fleener struggled some of that during training camp and early in the season, but he doesn’t think missed assignments were anything that plagued his season. And he’s confident the issue, as well as other aspects of his game, will improve after having already spent a full season in New Orleans.

Signed to a five-year, $36 million contract last offseason, Fleener was supposed to serve as another dynamic playmaker in an offense full of them. At times he was. Mostly, he was just solid, catching 50 passes for 631 yards with three touchdowns.

“I think anytime you’re trying to learn a new offense, trying to learn a language, trying to learn something of that nature, going through it under pressure, going through it for a year really helps,” he said.

Drew Brees Says He Probably Wouldn’t Worry Her Wife If He Got a Concussion

Drew Brees took a pass when asked for his thoughts on Gisele Bundchen’s recent comments that her husband, Tom Brady, had a concussion last year that wasn’t reported, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

The New Orleans Saints quarterback, however, did admit that he probably wouldn’t even tell his own wife, Brittany, if he was dinged or got his bell rung after a game.

“I wouldn’t want her to worry,” Brees told The Dan Patrick Show.

Brees agreed that the idea of self-reporting concussions is a “gray area,” because players don’t always know when they suffered a concussion and because they might be too competitive to take themselves out of a game.

Brees shared a story he has often told in the past about how he didn’t take himself out of a game after suffering the only documented concussion of his career while with the San Diego Chargers in 2004.

“I knew that something was not right. I knew that I was concussed,” Brees said. “But I didn’t take myself out of the game. I mean, I stayed in the game and played as long as I could until finally a coach pulled me aside and was like, ‘I’m looking out for you here, and you’re not gonna play anymore.’ …

“And that’s why it’s hard to change that mentality for guys. When you’re in the heat of the moment, heat of the battle and it’s competitive, you do not want to pull yourself out. That’s why the concussion protocols are in place where you’ve got the independent neurological consultants and the trainers and the referees. Everybody’s supposed to be looking.”