Sean Payton: ‘No truth’ to Drew Brees trade rumors

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Following the shocking deal that sent Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks, the rumor that seems to have taken over the NFL landscape is that the New Orleans Saints are going to find a way to deal their franchise quarterback, Drew Brees. Let’s find out what the Saints’ NFL odds look like at Mybookie.ag.

Brees is the leader of the Saints, and it was his decision to come to the Rams in the 2010 season that eventually got New Orleans to their first Super Bowl to play and even defeat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 for their first and to date only Super Bowl championship.

Now with their best receiver gone, will the team actually get rid of their franchise quarterback?

Don’t count on it. The latest rumor that the Saints are tearing down is that are plotting a way to swing a deal for reigning Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota in the draft, a new quarterback to take over for Brees, who they would then look to deal.

Again, don’t bet on it.

“Won’t happen,” Payton said, putting the Mariota rumors to bed. Payton isn’t the only one stomping on the rumors of a deal to send away Brees – GM Mickey Loomis also is totally on board to keep Bress.

Loomis told USA TODAY Sports that Brees isn’t going anywhere. “I saw where we were going to trade him to the Jets, from a New York writer,” Payton said. “So you just wad that up, and throw it in the garbage.”

The team is trying to get help for Brees now that Graham is gone, as the team went out and inked free agent running back C.J. Spiller, the former Buffalo Bills running back who has great speed and can open up the field for the Saints, a player they haven’t had since Reggie Bush was in his prime.

The team also went out and snagged cornerback Brandon Browner in free agency, a move that should help out the offense considering they had the 31st ranked defense a season ago.

The team did get a player that should help out when they dealt Graham, that being center Max Unger. He’s going to be a benefit on the offensive line, a line that let too many defenders touch Brees a season ago.

“We talk about the spot 2 yards behind center as the most important piece of property in football,” Payton said about Unger. “If we can occupy that spot, we’re going to win. If that interior pocket gets muddied, it’s tough (for Brees) to play that position.”

So don’t get rid of those Brees jerseys just yet Saints fans – it looks like #9 isn’t going anywhere.

Falcons vs Saints NFL Week 16 Inactives

Falcons: G Jon Asamoah, QB Sean Renfree, S Charles Godfrey, CB Ricardo Allen, LB Tyler Starr, DE Stansly Maponga, LB James Anderson.

Saints
: WR Seantavius Jones, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, S Jamarca Sanford, RB Travaris Cadet, ILB Moises Fokou, NT Lawrence Virgil, OT Terron Armstead.

Falcons at Saints NFL Week 16 Capsule

FALCONS SAINTS
SERIES LEADER 47-43
STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 4-9 Payton: 12-3
LAST WEEK L 27-20 vs. Steelers W 31-15 at Bears
LAST GAME 9/7/14: Saints 34 at Falcons 37 (OT). Atlanta K Matt Bryant kicks game-winning 52-yard field goal in overtime. Falcons QB Matt Ryan passes for 448 yards & 3 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/8/13: Saints 23, Falcons 17. New Orleans QB Drew Brees throws for 357 yards & 2 TDs. Saints WR Marques Colston catches 5 passes for 68 yards & TD.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (Atl.), 108 (NO). XM: 226 (NO).

STATS

PASSING Ryan: 356-541-4112 (2C)-27-12-96.0 Brees: 402-574-4358 (1C)-31 (2C)-12-101.4 (3C)
RUSHING
  1. Jackson: 186-698-3.8-6
Ingram: 199-869-4.4-7
RECEIVING
  1. Jones: 93 (1C)-1428 (1C)-15.4-6
  2. Graham (TE): 73-782-10.7-9
OFFENSE 382.9 422.6 (1C)
TAKE/GIVE +4 -7
DEFENSE 409.9 390.1
SACKS Biermann: 3.5 Galette: 9
INTs Ishmael: 4 (T2C) 4 tied: 2
PUNTING Bosher: 45.5 Morstead: 45.8
KICKING Bryant: 112 (37/37 PAT; 25/28 FG)
  1. Graham: 98 (41/42 PAT; 19/22 FG)

NOTES

FALCONS: In Week 1 win vs. NO, QB MATT RYAN completed 31 of 43 (72.1 pct.) for 448 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 128.8 rating. Named NFC Off. Player of Week. Has 4,112 pass yards, 4th consecutive 4,000-yard season. Has 4 of 5 4,000-yard seasons in team history…RB STEVEN JACKSON has 7 TDs in past 8 meetings. Has 100+ yards or TD in 5 of past 7. RB JACQUIZZ RODGERS had TD in Week 1…WR JULIO JONES had 7 catches for 116 yards in last meeting. In his past 2, has 21 catches for 448 yards (224 per game) & 2 TDs. WR RODDY WHITE had TD catch in last game vs. NO. WR-PR DEVIN HESTER has 64-yard PR-TD & 55-yard rec. TD in career vs. NO. WR HARRY DOUGLAS aims for 4th in row with 100+ yards or TD…CB DESMOND TRUFANT leads team with 14 PD. LB PAUL WORRILOW leads team with 127 tackles. In past 2 vs. NO, has 24 tackles. CB ROBERT MC CLAIN had INT in last meeting. S KEMAL ISHMAEL leads team with 4 INTs…SAINTS: QB DREW BREES has won 7 of 8 starts at home vs. Atl. with 103.8 rating. Last week, completed 29 of 36 (80.6 pct.) for 375 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 137.8 rating. Has 4,358 yards, his NFL-record 9th consecutive 4,000-yard season. Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 43,091 yards & 314 TDs…RB MARK INGRAM rushed for 2 TDs in Week 1. Has 869 rush yards and needs 131 for 1st career 1,000-yard season. RB PIERRE THOMAS had 5 catches for 83 yards last week. RB KHIRY ROBINSON had rush TD in last meeting…TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 7 TDs in past 8 meetings. Has 4 TDs in past 3 vs. Atl. at home. Has 16 TDs in past 16 at home. Since 2011, leads NFL TEs with 343 catches, 4,289 yards & 45 TDs. WR MARQUES COLSTON aims for 4th in row at home vs. Atl. with TD. Had 5 catches for 110 yards in Week 1. TE JOSH HILL had 2 TDs last week. WR KENNY STILLS is 2nd on team with 781 rec. yards (Graham, 782)…LB JUNIOR GALETTE has 15 sacks in past 18, incl. 2 sacks & FF last week. Has 13 sacks in past 15 at home. DE CAMERON JORDAN has 11 sacks in past 14 at home. S PIERRE WARREN had 2 INTs last week.

Falcons vs Saints Wednesday Injury Report

ATLANTA FALCONS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday G Jon Asamoah (back), WR Harry Douglas (foot), WR Julio Jones (hip), S William Moore (foot), WR Roddy White (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Josh Wilson (hand)
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
(New Orleans conducted a walk-through on Wednesday. The Wednesday practice report is an estimation.)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Terron Armstead (neck), DE Akiem Hicks (ankle), S Jamarca Sanford (hamstring)

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Saints vs Bears NFL Week 15 Game Capsule

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-8) AT CHICAGO BEARS (5-8)

SERIES

SAINTS BEARS
MON. RECORD 17-19 28-35
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 13-13
STREAKS Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Payton: 2-3 Trestman: 0-1
LAST WEEK L 41-10 vs. Panthers L 41-28 vs. Cowboys
LAST GAME 10/6/13: Saints 26 at Bears 18. New Orleans QB Drew Brees throws for 288 yards & 2 TDs, both to RB Pierre Thomas. Saints TE Jimmy Graham catches 10 passes for 135 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/6/13
BROADCAST ESPN (7:30 PM CT): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (NO), 92 (Chi.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (NO), 226 (Chi.).

STATS

PASSING Brees: 373-538-3983 (1C)-28 (2C)-12-98.8 (3C) Cutler: 330-494-3446-26 (3C)-15-91.7
RUSHING Ingram: 182-810-4.5-6 Forté: 214-854-4.0-6
RECEIVING
  1. Graham (TE): 68-695-10.2-9
Forté (RB): 86 (2C)-724-8.4-3
OFFENSE 421.0 (1C) 342.8
TAKE/GIVE -9 -6
DEFENSE 398.7 377.8
SACKS Galette: 7 Young: 8.5
INTs Vaccaro, White: 2 3 tied: 3
PUNTING Morstead: 46.0 O’Donnell (R): 43.3
KICKING
  1. Graham: 91 (37/38 PAT; 18/20 FG)
Gould: 55 (28/29 PAT; 9/12 FG)

NOTES

SAINTS: In past 2 meetings, QB DREW BREES has completed 55 of 72 (76.4 pct.) for 558 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.2 rating. Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 42,716 yards & 311 TDs. Has won 9 of past 11 starts on MNF with 118.6 rating with 32 TDs vs. 6 INTs…Since Week 8, RB MARK INGRAM ranks 2nd in NFL with 651 rush yards…TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 10 catches for 135 yards in last meeting. Has 10 TDs in past 7 on MNF. Aims for 8th in row on MNF with TD catch. Since 2011, leads NFL TEs with 338 catches, 4,202 yards & 45 TDs. WR MARQUES COLSTON has 4 TDs in 4 career meetings (incl. playoffs)…LB JUNIOR GALETTE has 13 sacks in past 17. In 9/18/11 meeting, had 2 sacks. DE CAMERON JORDAN has 5 sacks in past 7. Has 18.5 sacks in past 28. Had FR in last meeting. S KENNY VACCARO had 1st career sack in last meeting. LB DAVID HAWTHORNE had sack in last game vs. Chi…BEARS: In last meeting, QB JAY CUTLER completed 24 of 33 (72.7 pct.) for 358 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.1 rating. Needs 554 yards to be 1st Chi. QB with 4,000-yard season…RB MATT FORTÉ has 261 scrimmage yards (130.5 per game) in past 2 vs. NO. In past 9 at home, has 1,293 scrimmage yards (143.7 per game) & 10 TDs (6 rush, 4 rec.). Only player with 800+ rush (854) & 700+ rec. (724) yards…WR ALSHON JEFFERY had 10 catches for 218 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for 5th in row with TD (5 TDs in past 4). TE MARTELLUS BENNETT has 20 catches for 193 yards (96.5 per game) & TD in past 2. Leads NFL TEs with career-high 77 catches…DE JARED ALLEN has 2.5 sacks, FF & FR in past 2. Since 2004, leads NFL with 133.5 sacks. DE WILLIE YOUNG has career-high 8.5 sacks. DT STEPHEN PAEA has 6 sacks, 3rd most by NFC DT. Since 2012, CB TIM JENNINGS is 2nd in NFL w/ 13 INTs & ties for 3rd w/ 3 INT-TDs.

Saints Bench Second-Year Safety Kenny Vaccaro

The Saints are benching talented second-year safety Kenny Vaccaro, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports via Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.

This per a source informed of the team’s plans. He’s made plenty of big plays this season and Rapoport notes that he’s received “several” game balls.

But Vaccaro’s overaggressive style has typified a defense that has lacked discipline and given up a ton of long gains.

The move away from Vaccaro comes on a day where Payton met with at least 10 veterans for “review.” Rapoport described the atmosphere as “very tense.” The team also waived wide receiver Joe Morgan.