The contract status of tight end Jimmy Graham will be the No. 1 topic throughout the offseason concerning the New Orleans Saints. The Saints organization is well aware of this.

Here's the response from Saints coach Sean Payton when asked Monday about his message to Saints fans in regards to salary cap restraints, especially as it refers to Graham:

"We have smart fans. They're smart enough to understand that, just like we have in years past, we're going to make the decisions as best we can for our club moving forward and they're going to be able to read closely between the lines and understand that we're going to be in good shape.

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Seattle -- Veterans Drew Brees and Malcolm Jenkins addressed the window of opportunity for the New Orleans Saints after the team's 23-15 loss to Seattle in the NFC divisional playoff game Saturday night.

Both players spoke at length about how next year's roster will possess new faces as some of the more familiar faces move on either by their choice or by the Saints'.

"It's always tough to sit up here now that we know the 2013 season is over because No.

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Seattle -- The New Orleans Saints' 2013 season ended in mind-numbing fashion Saturday night.

New Orleans' offense was stagnant in the windy, rainy conditions for too long, while Seattle's offense mustered just enough life as the Saints fell to the Seahawks 23-15 in an NFC divisional playoff game at CenturyLink Field.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch shook the stadium with his two touchdown runs and 140 rushing yards on 28 carries. His 31-yard TD burst with 3:51 remaining wasn't exactly like the "Beast Mode" run of the NFC wild-card game against New Orleans two years ago, but he did level Corey White with a stiff-arm to stamp an explanation point on the run.

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NEW ORLEANS - Over BP's objections, a federal appeals court on Friday upheld a judge's approval of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents who claim the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money.

BP has argued that U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier and court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau have misinterpreted settlement terms in ways that would force the London-based oil giant to pay for billions of dollars in inflated or bogus claims by businesses.

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Seattle - If Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon already didn't have a full appreciation of how much the Seattle Seahawks mean to their Pacific Northwest fan base, it certainly became obvious to him earlier this week.

As Moon waited to board a flight to Los Angeles on Alaskan Air, the ticket agent made a surprising and generous announcement for anyone donning the #3 jersey of Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson.

"I was getting on my airplane to come down here (Los Angeles) and they announced that if you had on a Russell Wilson jersey you had a chance to get MVP pre-boarding," Moon recalled with a chuckle on Friday afternoon.

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When the New Orleans Saints visited Seattle in Week 13, I participated in a "Five Questions, Five Answers" series, previewing the game for The Seattle Times. This time, I asked Bob Condotta, the Times' Seahawks beat reporter, to reciprocate with a preview of the Seahawks. Bob can also be found on Twitter at @BCondotta.

1. Sean Payton reportedly felt the Seahawks ran up the score inthe clubs' Dec. 2 meeting. Do you think there's bad blood between the Saintsand Seahawks


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Gerry V checks in with a quick fire podcast for Jan. 8, 2014.

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Gerry V has been a sports commentator and NBA analyst for 21 years. Fans can catch him as the news anchor for FOX 8 TV's "Morning Edition" weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m. and "Afternoon Edition" from 12 to 1 p.m. Check out "I'm Just Sayin" Mon-Fri at 6:40 a.m. on Fox 8 "Morning Edition." Follow him on Twitter @gvtalk.

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Three days before the New Orleans Saints face theSeattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional Playoff game, Port of New OrleansPresident and CEO Gary LaGrange has thrown down the gauntlet to Port of SeattleCEO Tay Yoshitani.

"We're so confident in our boys in black and gold,"LaGrange said in a press release issued this morning, "we're betting Louisianaseafood with the Port of Seattle on this game."

Should the Saints prove victorious, as LaGrangepredicts, Yoshitani has agreed to hand over a "Washington seafood sampler"consisting of crab, salmon and halibut.

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A few weeks ago, multiple players in the New Orleans Saints locker room said the road to the Super Bowl would go through Seattle.

Looks like their prediction is right.

The Saints aren't taking this rematch lightly after a 34-7 blowout loss to the Seahawks in early December. They painted the Seahawks logo on their practice fields to simulate the environment.

The other big topic of discussion this week? Cornerback Keenan Lewis, who returned to practice after leaving Saturday's game with a head injury.

So come talk about the playoffs, Saints fans. Send in your questions via the comment section below, and I'll do my best to answer them for the next hour.

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