Saints Unravel: Carl Nicks a Buc, Brees angry, Meachem a Charger, Bountygate uncertain
Written by  // Wednesday, 14 March 2012 12:40 //

brees-panthersAnd the mighty New Orleans Saints offense begins to unravel.

First and ongoing there is the matter of BountyGate which puts the team and fans into limbo-land.

Then, All-Pro Carl Nicks signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday to become the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history.


Perhaps worse, Drew Brees appeared on Mike and Mike this morning and said he's not at all happy with the placing the Franchise tag on him. He had the tag at San Diego, was injured had 25 percent chance of playing again... He wants a long-term deal with a lot of money up front so the Saints won't treat him like the Colts did Peyton Manning.

On Tuesday, the Saints lost unrestricted free agent receiver Robert Meachem to the Chargers.

Meachem and the Chargers agreed to a contract which multiple sources said was for four years and $25.9 million. The Bills picked up Meachem in a private plane Tuesday afternoon and attempted to get him to sign, but the Chargers swooped in at the last minute and convinced Meachem to head to San Diego.

The Saints drafted Meachem, 27 in the first round of the 2007 draft. The Chargers lost their best receiver, Vincent Jackson to the Bucs on Tuesday.

Nicks arrived in Tampa for a visit late Tuesday evening. First visits often are everything in free agency even though it wasn't with Meachem. It appears the Bucs beat the Eagles to the punch in the market's top guard.

The Saints seem resigned that they are going to lose Nicks, and have a fallback option to sign free agent guard Ben Grubbs, formerly with the Ravens.

There's no word on any other Saints free agents planning to visit the Saints. The Saints are showing interest in weakside linebackers.

The Saints signed receiver Marques Colston on Tuesday for a five-year deal worth $40 million with $19 million guaranteed. Colston and Nicks were the two highest free agents the Saints wanted to sign.

So far, the Saints have had their ups and downs in free agency.

SOME hither: Former women's soccer player Mo Isom got her tryout with the LSU football team as a kicker, but didn't make the team. She was the homecoming queen for 2011. Coach Les Miles said at LSU the kicker is responsible for making tackles, and Isom couldn't handle that assignment...

WWL's Bobby Hebert, a former Saints quarterback, said the every quarterback, team leader, coaches and general manager knows something of their team's defensive schemes despite some players saying they weren't aware of any Saints getting paid to in injure opposing players...Quote of the week: "The Baltimore Colts are releasing Peyton Manning." -- NBC anchor Brian Williams...Another quote of the week: "If I'm hurt against the Saints the last couple of years, I'm suing the Saints" -- Former 49ers quarterback Steve Young and now an ESPN analyst...

by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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