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Saints Interested in a Contract Extension with CB Janoris Jenkins?

The Saints may be interested in working out a contract extension with cornerback Janoris Jenkins according to Rod Walker of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The Saints claimed Jenkins off waivers from the New York Giants in Week 15 after Jenkins made an insensitive post on social media.

He was already on thin ice with the Giants but was still the only bright spot in their miserable secondary. Despite his falling out with the Giants, Jenkins still finished with five interceptions — tied for second most in the league-and played well on limited snaps with the Saints.

Jenkins helped keep Vikings receiver Stephon Diggs in check in Sunday’s 26-20 loss in the wildcard round of the playoffs. Diggs, who Jenkins shadowed in man-to-man coverage, finished with just two catches for 36 yards and was targeted five times.

No longer the shutdown corner he was with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams early in his NFL career and later with the Giants, the 31-year-old Jenkins is still one of the more competent corners in the league.

By claiming him off waivers, the Saints are on the hook for the $11 million Jenkins is owed on the final year of his current contract in 2020. An extension could significantly lower that cap number. If the Saints do decide to keep Jenkins, impending free agent Eli Apple will likely be deemed expendable.

Saints Coach Sean Payton Recalls the Team’s Final Drive and Clock Management

With their season in the balance, the Saints took over from their own 30-yard line with one timeout remaining, 1:55 on the clock and needing at least three points to tie the Vikings before the end of regulation.

The primary objective was to get into field goal range on the drive, hopefully with enough time left to take some realistic shots at the end zone. The Saints ended up getting those three points with two seconds to spare, but they also finished regulation without using their final remaining timeout.

The game went to overtime, the Vikings won the coin toss and ended the Saints season with a 75-yard touchdown drive on the extra period’s opening possession.

Meeting with reporters Tuesday, Saints coach Sean Payton explained his thought process during his team’s final drive of the season, Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune/Advocate reports.

“Well, No. 1, we valued the last timeout,” Payton said.

The Saints held onto it during their final sequence of plays in case they would need it at the end. Quarterback Drew Brees completed his first five passes on the drive, moving the Saints within kicker Wil Lutz’s field goal range, but only one of those plays stopped the clock.

By the time Brees spiked the ball after a 14-yard pass to Jared Cook moved the Saints to the Vikings 26-yard-line, New Orleans had already used up 1:34, leaving only 21 seconds. And that was also when they faced their toughest decision of the drive.

The Saints were penalized for a false start on the spike, as the offense was not fully set before Brees took the snap. In addition to the five yards, the penalty also cost the Saints a 10-second runoff, because it occurred inside the two-minute warning.

New Orleans could have avoided the 10-second runoff by using their timeout, but Payton said after discussing it with Brees both preferred to have 11 seconds with a timeout to having 21 seconds without one to ensure they’d have a chance at a kick.

“(The timeout) just gives you so much more freedom relative to play-calling,” Payton said. “We knew the field goal, No. 1, was paramount. The challenge though, is when you get down to what we had left on the clock, you’re going to see a much different type of defense in the end zone.

“I would have liked to have not had to make that decision (after the penalty), and when we’re clocking the football we need to obviously be set. … There was nothing earth shattering about what we chose to do there. There were some plays you would’ve liked to have had differently, but getting into that situation without a timeout is just a little bit trickier.”

Inactives for the Vikings-Saints NFC Wild Card Game

Here are today’s inactives for the NFC Wild Card Game in New Orleans between the Vikings and Saints.

Vikings: CB Mackensie Alexander, OT Aviante Collins, DE Hercules Mata’afa, OG Dru Samia, WR Laquon Treadwell, OT Oli Udoh, DE Eddie Yarbrough

Saints: CB Eli Apple, FS D.J. Swearinger, OL Ethan Greenidge, FB Zach Line, DE Noah Spence, LB Manti Te’o, C Will Clapp

Video: Saints and Vikings to Battle in Sunday’s NFC Wild Card Game

The Vikings and Saints go to war in the NFC Wild Card game on Sunday, here’s a preview from the NFL:

Saints Workout Former Steelers Troubled Wide Out Antonio Brown

It was a wild day for the Saints, as the team worked out former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Brown, who was traded by the Steelers to the Raiders, who cut him and then he inked with the Patriots, has been the source of all kinds of controversy all season.

Here’s the layout of the day, which ended with Sean Payton saying that they (as of now) don’t have any intentions of inking Brown.

Video: Saints Looking for 13th Win as They Take on the Panthers in Week 17

The Saints are still looking for home field in the NFC, while the Panthers are looking to play the spoiler in Sunday’s NFC South battle.

Here’s a preview:

Sean Payton Says Drew Brees’ Knee is ‘Fine’ Despite Inflammation

Saints head coach Sean Payton doesn’t seem too worried about Drew Brees’ knee, saying that the QB is “fine” despite popping up on the injury report with knee inflammation according to Katherine Terrell of The Athletic.

Payton added that the Saints just listed him on the injury report in case he had to put a sleeve on for practice. Brees is good to go for the team’s Week 17 matchup against the Panthers.

The offense is still battling for better playoff seeding and is expected to be full go. The bigger question is whether or not Brees and the passing game will have to put the ball in the air very often against the Panthers’ run-funnel defense.

Video: Thomas Sets NFL Record, Saints Top Titans 38-28

The Saints hope of the #1 seed in the NFC are still alive, as it was a record setting day for Michael Thomas in a 38-28 win in Tennessee.

Here’s the highlights: