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Veteran Guard Patrick Omameh Resigns with the Saints

The Saints re-signed veteran offensive guard Patrick Omameh on Thursday, Amie Just of the New Orleans Times Picayune/Advocate reports.

The terms of his contract are not yet known.

Omameh played in 14 games last season, playing in several spots on the offensive line. He flexed out to tackle to start one game to fill in for an injured Terron Armstead.

He briefly filled in for Larry Warford at left guard against the Colts due to injury and also the sixth offensive lineman for the Saints’ jumbo packages on occasion.

Of all Saints’ offensive line backups, he was third in snap counts, seeing time on 14.7% of New Orleans’ offensive snaps. Most of his snaps were at the tackle position, despite being listed as a guard.

Jameis Winston Joins the Saints; Excited to Learn Under Drew Brees

Drew Brees has a new backup quarterback, as the team has officially inked former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and first overall pick in the draft Jameis Winston to a one-year deal.

Winston led the NFL with 5,109 passing yards in 2019, he also became the first quarterback in league history to throw for at least 30 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions in the same season.

He was replaced by new Bucs QB future Hall of Famer Tom Brady, who left New England to join Tampa Bay, pushing the free agent Winston out of a job.

Reports said that the Steelers were interested in signing Winston to backup Ben Roethlisberger, but the new Saints QB said that being able to learn from Brees was a deciding factor.

“Being a part of the New Orleans Saints — being a part with Drew Brees, Taysom Hill, Sean Payton, coach Joe Lombardi, coach Pete Carmichael Jr. — when you think about that room, that’s like a Harvard education in quarterback school,” Winston said Tuesday during an appearance on “Chalk Talk” with Charlie Ward on Instagram Live.

“So I wanted to put my ego aside — put the money to the side — to think about my family, think about my career.

“And there was no better position than to be in the same room with someone that I’ve really looked up to, that I’ve admired since I’ve been playing this game, in Drew Brees.”

Saints Set to Sign QB Taysom Hill to a Two-Year Deal

While the Saints are closing in on a deal with quarterback Jameis Winston, they doubled down on their investment in current backup Taysom Hill, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports.

The Saints are signing Hill to a two-year deal, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, which will take the place of the one-year, $4.641 million tender they had previously offered him as a restricted free agent. The deal is worth $21 million, including $16 million fully guaranteed at signing, plus $1 million more in performance incentives.

Hill, 29, did not sign an offer sheet with any other NFL teams before last week’s deadline for restricted free agents, which gave the Saints exclusive negotiating rights. Depending on how they structure the new deal, they could create some extra salary-cap space to help make room for Winston.

Regardless of Winston’s pending arrival, Saints coach Sean Payton has made it clear that he believes the versatile Hill could potentially succeed Drew Brees as New Orleans’ starting quarterback. But in the meantime, part of the reason the Saints are interested in adding a veteran QB like Winston is so that they can continue to use Hill in his vital role as a QB/RB/WR/TE/FB/special-teams standout.

“Taysom’s earned this opportunity to be our 2 [at quarterback],” Payton told WWL Radio last month after former Saints backup Teddy Bridgewater signed with the rival Carolina Panthers. “But he also has earned the opportunity to play and help us win football games as a ‘one.’ And what I mean by that — whether you call him a receiver, a tight end, a specialist, also a quarterback — yeah, he’s gonna play.”

Top 10 All-Time New Orleans Saints Draft Picks

Through the years the Saints have had plenty of great draft picks that have gone on to do great things for the franchise.

Then again, there’s been plenty of picks that have been wasted as well on players that never amounted to much in the NFL.

With the draft coming up this week, we thought it would be fun to take a turn at the “Top 10 All-Time Saints Draft Picks” – make sure you comment on our list and leave your picks as well!

10. Chuck Muncie 1976

The Saints running back was the 3rd overall pick, and he put up solid numbers until he left the team in 1984. In the 110 games with the Saints he rushed for 6702 and 71 scores, and pulled in another 263 passes for 2323 yards and 3 scores.

9. George Rogers 1981

Another running back comes in at the nine spot, that being 1st overall pick in 1981 George Rogers. The back didn’t put up Hall of Fame numbers in his career, but solid numbers rushing for 7176 career yards with 54 scores until he left in 1987.

8. Wes Chandler 1978

The stunning wide out was the third overall pick in 1978, and over the course of his 10 years he played in 150 games, pulling in 8966 yards worth of passes and 56 touchdowns. He was a game-breaker at the receiver spot.

7. Dave Waymer 1980

The Saints in the second round in 1980 selected Dave Waymer from Notre Dame, a ball hawking defensive back who put up 48 picks for the Saints until his retirement in 1992. Not bad for a second-round pick that many teams felt was too slow.

6. Alvin Kamara 2017

The current explosive Saints running back was the 67th pick in the draft in 2017, and has more than proved his worth in 3 seasons. He’s putting up still about five yards a carry, and in three seasons has found the end zone an amazing 37 times.

5. Marques Colston 2006

One of the best wide outs in the history of the team, Colston was the 252nd pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He was a starter right away and never was out of the lineup. In his career he played in 146 games, putting up 711 catches for 9759 yards and 72 scores.

4. Rickey Jackson 1981

Taken in the third round and ending up in the Hall of Fame was quite a story for Jackson, who outplayed just about everyone in the 81 draft. He put up great numbers in his Saints career, piling up 8 picks and 128 sacks, truly a game changer at the linebacker spot.

3. Deuce McAllister 2001

The 23rd pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, Deuce McAllister was an excellent player in his eight seasons with the Saints. He ran for 6,096 yards and 49 touchdowns, pulling in 234 passes for 1720 yards and five scores for the Saints. In 2003 he ran for 1641 yards and eight scores.

2. Morton Anderson 1982

You can argue this pick, but no matter what you say Anderson was one of the best and maybe the best kicker in the history of the game. He made 302 of his 389 field goal attempts, and was 412-for-418 on extra points. Yes he went on to play for the Falcons, Chiefs, Vikings and Giants, but everyone remembers his time in New Orleans.

1. Archie Manning 1971

In 11 seasons with the Saints, Archie Manning threw for 3,176 yards and 23 touchdowns. The best part is he didn’t have a ton of folks around him to help him, and made a lot of plays on his own. Give Manning what Drew Brees has right now – it would be interesting.

GM Loomis Appreciates the Team-Friendly Deal QB Brees Gave the Saints

Drew Brees expressed his generosity and exercised philanthropy this week when he and his family announced they were donating $5 million to COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts in Louisiana.

But the Saints quarterback’s selflessness isn’t merely an off-field hobby.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis recently preached about Brees’ desire to re-sign with New Orleans this offseason on a team-friendly deal, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

“We needed to know what Drew was going to count on our (salary) cap this year, what resources are we using because then that gives us the ability to do some other things,” Loomis told the team’s website. “To Drew’s credit, his No. 1 goal was to make sure we had an opportunity to improve our roster, keep our roster together and be as competitive as we can be. I’m certainly appreciative of how he’s handled that contract the last couple times because again the most important thing to him is we have a competitive team.”

Brees was slated to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, like Tom Brady and Ryan Tannehill, both of whom cashed in on deals worth up to $29.5 million per year. But the Saints QB announced in February that he would be returning to the Saints for his age-41 season, without having already agreed to a deal.

The future Hall of Famer’s deal came in on March 17 at two years for $50 million, like (but not exactly like) Brady’s deal with his new team in Tampa Bay, with much of the money coming via prorated bonuses. New Orleans got a hometown discount from Brees, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported at the time, who took less money than he could have received on the open market so that the Saints could make competitive playoff runs during his two-year pact, i.e. spend elsewhere.

Drew Brees Announces He’s Returning to the Saints in 2020

It wasn’t long ago that Drew Brees stated that if he was to return to the game in 2020 that he would only do it for the Saints.

Tuesday he made the news official, he is coming back for a 20th season, and he’s going to do it again for New Orleans.

The veteran future Hall of Fame QB broke the news on Instagram Tuesday of his return.

The team will have to figure out what they are going to pay Brees, as his current contract voids before the 2020 league year begins.

The quarterback is scheduled to account for $15.9 million of the Saints’ cap as a result of past restructures and prorated pay to fit Brees’ salary.

There’s no doubt that he is going to account for a lot of the Saints cap, but that’s to be expected as he and the team figure out what’s best for both sides.

The Saints also now will need to figure out who is going to be Brees’ backup at the QB spot. It likely spells the end for Teddy Bridgewater, and Taysom Hill is a restricted free agent, but has already said he wants to be a franchise quarterback somewhere.

Could this be the last ride for Brees and the Saints? That remains to be seen, but for now fans should be happy that he’s coming back to make another run in 2020.

Can the Saints Figure Out a Way to Keep Taysom Hill (and Happy) Past 2020?

Taysom Hill was the best Saints player on the field the day of their final game of the season, a wild card home loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Saints fans have grown to love Hill for the many things he brings to the teams offense, but to think long term that he’s going to be in that position forever is a pipe dream.

Make no mistake, Hill has his eyes on one thing – playing quarterback and being a franchise quarterback for some team in the near future.

“I definitely view myself as a franchise quarterback,” Hill said to the Associated Press’ Rob Maaddi.

“I think as you look at the other questions: Is it New Orleans? Is it somewhere else? As you go into free agency, this is the time that you start to find out how people view you.

“We haven’t gotten into free agency long enough to really know how these guys view me and we’ll just handle it as it comes.”

Hill is a restricted free agent this spring, meaning that any offer a team makes him can be matched by the Saints, but if a team thinks he’s ready to be a franchise quarterback, the price tag that a team will give him almost for sure will be way out of the Saints range.

This free agency period for quarterbacks is going to be the most historical in NFL history, with the likes of possibly Tom Brady, Philip Rivers and even Dak Prescott entering free agency without a contract.

Hill says he would love to be the Saints franchise QB of the future, but that comes down to how much longer Drew Brees wants to keep playing.

“I have loved every second of my time (in New Orleans). So do I want to leave? The fact of the matter is no, I don’t,” Hill said.

“But as you look at free agency, you have to find the right opportunity for you. You have to find the situation to take care of your family. I want to play quarterback in this league, and if New Orleans don’t view me that way, well then I have to leave. That’s really where we’re at.”

Drew Brees Declares That He’ll Only Play for the Saints

If your team needs a quarterback and thinks they just might be able to land Saints potential free agent Drew Brees, think again.

The future Hall of Famer isn’t going anywhere, as he went on record Friday at the Pro Bowl saying to NFL.com that he has no interest in playing for another team.

“I have never been in the situation where I was mulling over the thought of [returning],” Brees said.

“To me, each one of these contracts, I don’t know how many it’s been with the Saints, I’ve played with them 14 years, it’s not a matter of if it gets done, it’s when. At this stage of my career, it’s not a given that I’m coming back every year, but when that time comes, I’ll always be a Saint.”

The 41-year-old is set to return for a 20th season in 2020, and will once again try to lead the Saints back to the Super Bowl.