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As the saying goes, if you can beat them, join them. Or something. Cornerback Tracy Porter, whose interception return for a touchdown iced the Saints’ 31-17 victory over the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, has agreed to terms with Peyton Manning’s Denver BrUpvote Share Tweet
Saints fans not bailing out over bounty fiascoAs NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell continues to ponder the potential penalties to be imposed on the players involved in the bounty scandal, either by funding the pool or earning pieces of it, some think that Goodell may go easy in order to avoid a full-b…Upvote Share Tweet
Source: Saints continue to mull coaching decisionsCNNSI.com Updated Mar 22, 2012NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation says there are three strong candidates on the Saints staff to step in as interim coach: defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and offensive line coach Aa…Upvote Share TweetEarlier on Thursday we brought you some negative comments from retired wide receiver Joe Horn about the penalties handed down to Saints coach Sean Payton and others by commissioner Roger Goodell. As you’d imagine, he doesn’t speak for all past and preUpvote Share TweetSean Payton's many motivational ploys included a life-size poster of an exit door on the locker room wall at Saints headquarters. It served as a not-so-subtle reminder that finding the way out of the organization was easy for those who failed to buy int…Upvote Share TweetBased on reports emerging after the bounty mess first arose but before Wednesday’s unprecedented sanctions, Saints owner Tom Benson supports coach Sean Payton and G.M. Mickey Loomis. But if Benson ultimately chooses to make a change at either job, itUpvote Share TweetI’ve got the details of the five-year contract defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley signed with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday. The deal averages $4.5 million a season and includes a $4.5 million signing bonus. But the structure is very cap friendly iUpvote Share Tweet
Joe Horn blasts Roger Goodell over Saints’ punishmentWhen Joe Horn played for the Saints, he was fined $30,000 for using a phone as a prop during a touchdown celebration. That seemed like a harsh punishment, but it’s a slap on the wrist compared to the yearlong ban that Saints coach Sean Payton got yesterUpvote Share TweetFive years ago, former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter tried unsuccessfully to get Congress engaged in the Spygate controversy. Now, another Senator plans to push for Congressional exploration of the Saints’ bounty fiasco. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) hasUpvote Share Tweet
Saints scandal featured on 'OTL'If you want to hear more on the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal, you might want to tune in to ESPN at 3 p.m. ET. There will be a special edition of “Outside The Lines" focusing on the Saints’ situation. I don’t know details of exactly what willUpvote Share TweetNormally, you wouldn't want as a character witness a guy who was just suspended by the NFL for an entire year. But these are not normal times in the NFL. Jeremy Shockey, in an effort to combat allegations by Warren Sapp that he was the man inside the Sa…Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Updated Mar 22, 2012Some sportswriters accentuated the positive in their reactions to the Tim Tebow trade.Upvote Share TweetNFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced heavy penalties (suspensions, a heavy fine and the forfeiture of draft picks) against the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday. But this story is far from over. Let’s take a look at what else might happen. What’s leUpvote Share TweetThe Buccaneers have been big spenders through free agency thus far and they now have a bit more money to burn. They announced Wednesday that they’ve released defensive ends Tim Crowder and Nick Reed from the roster, creating some cap space to use in theUpvote Share Tweet
Another consequence for SaintsNFC North colleague Kevin Seifert brought up an excellent point about an additional consequence of the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal. You can almost certainly cross the Saints off the list of teams to play the season-opening Wednesday night (Sept.Upvote Share Tweet
Costas applauds punishment of SaintsThe halftime essays from Bob Costas have become a staple Sunday Night Football on NBC. This year, the handiwork of Costas and Aaron Cohen (who has the misfortune of sitting next to me in the viewing room at 30 Rock every Sunday) has secured a nominatio…Upvote Share TweetSaints quarterback Drew Brees has the team by the balls. And he knows it. But he’s also sliding into the role of victim in the wake of the news that his head coach will be suspended for a full season, as of April 1. “I am speechless,” Brees said WUpvote Share TweetOn this Thursday morning, the punishment of the New Orleans Saints for the bounty program continues to dominate the news stories and opinion pieces around the NFC South. As a matter of fact, there are virtually no non-Saints headlines across the divisio…Upvote Share Tweet
Sean Payton Meets Enemy: It's Usnytimes.com Updated Mar 22, 2012Casual fans are where the league's growth comes from. Roger Goodell could not afford to leave the impression that the N.F.L. was lawless.Upvote Share Tweet
New York Jets To Drew Brees: Quit Your Damn Whining Alreadydeadspin.com Updated Mar 22, 2012It was a dandy of a day for whoever was running the official NFL team Twitter feeds. First, the person manning @Redskins offered up a bit of unsolicited advice regarding the "awkwardness" of Tim Tebow being traded to the Jets. (You know, becau…Upvote Share Tweet
Rumor Central: Jonathan StewartMar 22ESPN Insider Chris Sprow discusses the Panthers' chances of trading Jonathan Stewart.
Saints fans stunned by penaltiesMar 22In the wake of the severe punishments handed down by the NFL over the teams' bounty system, New Orleans Saints fans areâ€¦
Sapp Calls Shockey Saints SnitchMar 22Israel Gutierrez, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss Warren Sapp's tweet about Jeremy Shockey and the Saints bounty scandal.
Is The Sean Payton Penalty Too Harsh?Mar 22Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss the NFL's punishments for the Saints' bounty program.
2012 NFL free agency -- Broncos, former New Orleans Saint Tracy Porter agr…Mar 22The Denver Broncos and cornerback Tracy Porter have reached agreement on a one-year deal.
Source -- Cincinnati Bengals, Adam 'Pacman' Jones reach agreementMar 22The Cincinnati Bengals and cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones have reached an agreement for him to stay in Cincinnati, a source said.