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Peyton’s nemesis joins the Broncos

Peyton’s nemesis joins the Broncos

profootballtalk.com Updated Mar 22, 2012
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 Br
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  • Saints fans not bailing out over bounty fiasco

    Saints fans not bailing out over bounty fiasco

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2012
    As 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…
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  • Source: Saints continue to mull coaching decisions

    Source: Saints continue to mull coaching decisions

    CNNSI.com Mar 22, 2012
    NEW 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…
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  • Chris Kluwe: Ban Jonathan Vilma for life

    Chris Kluwe: Ban Jonathan Vilma for life

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2012
    Earlier 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 pre
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  • Report: Spagnuolo among Saints coach options

    Report: Spagnuolo among Saints coach options

    ESPN.com Mar 22, 2012
    Sean 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…
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  • Successful season could be bad news for Payton, Loomis

    Successful season could be bad news for Payton, Loomis

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2012
    Based 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, it
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  • Bunkley deal cap-friendly for Saints

    Bunkley deal cap-friendly for Saints

    ESPN.com Mar 22, 2012
    I’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 i
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  • Joe Horn blasts Roger Goodell over Saints’ punishment

    Joe Horn blasts Roger Goodell over Saints’ punishment

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2012
    When 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 yester
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  • Senator calls hearing on bounties

    Senator calls hearing on bounties

    Five 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.) has
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  • Saints scandal featured on 'OTL'

    Saints scandal featured on 'OTL'

    ESPN.com Mar 22, 2012
    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 will
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  • Jeremy Shockey gets Sean Payton to vouch for him in this snitch…

    Jeremy Shockey gets Sean Payton to vouch for him in this snitch business

    Normally, 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…
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  • Leading Off: Seeing Good in the Tebow Trade

    Leading Off: Seeing Good in the Tebow Trade

    nytimes.com Mar 22, 2012
    Some sportswriters accentuated the positive in their reactions to the Tim Tebow trade.
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  • What's next for the Saints?

    What's next for the Saints?

    ESPN.com nytimes.com Mar 22, 2012
    NFL 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 le
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  • Bucs clear some cap space, add a tackle

    Bucs clear some cap space, add a tackle

    The 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 the
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  • Another consequence for Saints

    Another consequence for Saints

    ESPN.com Mar 22, 2012
    NFC 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.
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  • Costas applauds punishment of Saints

    Costas applauds punishment of Saints

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2012
    The 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…
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  • Brees, Saints need to work out a deal, now

    Brees, Saints need to work out a deal, now

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2012
    Saints 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 W
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  • Around the NFC South: Bounty edition

    Around the NFC South: Bounty edition

    ESPN.com Mar 22, 2012
    On 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…
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  • Sean Payton Meets Enemy: It's Us

    Sean Payton Meets Enemy: It's Us

    nytimes.com Mar 22, 2012
    Casual 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.
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  • New York Jets To Drew Brees: Quit Your Damn Whining Already

    New York Jets To Drew Brees: Quit Your Damn Whining Already

    deadspin.com Mar 22, 2012
    It 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…
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  • Video - Rumor Central: Jonathan Stewart 01:06

    Rumor Central: Jonathan Stewart

    Mar 22
    ESPN Insider Chris Sprow discusses the Panthers' chances of trading Jonathan Stewart.
  • Video - Saints fans stunned by penalties 02:04

    Saints fans stunned by penalties

    Mar 22
    In the wake of the severe punishments handed down by the NFL over the teams' bounty system, New Orleans Saints fans are…
  • Video - Sapp Calls Shockey Saints Snitch 04:32

    Sapp Calls Shockey Saints Snitch

    Mar 22
    Israel Gutierrez, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss Warren Sapp's tweet about Jeremy Shockey and the Saints bounty scandal.
  • Video - Is The Sean Payton Penalty Too Harsh? 07:03

    Is The Sean Payton Penalty Too Harsh?

    Mar 22
    Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss the NFL's punishments for the Saints' bounty program.

Sports Columnists

  • 2012 NFL free agency -- Broncos, former New Orleans Saint Tracy Porter agr…

    Mar 22
    The Denver Broncos and cornerback Tracy Porter have reached agreement on a one-year deal.
  • Source -- Cincinnati Bengals, Adam 'Pacman' Jones reach agreement

    Mar 22
    The Cincinnati Bengals and cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones have reached an agreement for him to stay in Cincinnati, a source said.