Wednesday, 09 March 2011 17:12

New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, Randall Gay, Cam Newton

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Ed Staton--Louisiana has former LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson No. 1 among collegians eligible for the draft. Linebacker Kelvin is rated No 51, defensive tackle Drake Nevis No. 59 and wide receiver Terrence Toliver No. rates the Saints signing Drew Brees in 2006 as the top free agent signing of all-time in the NFL. Writes the website: "With all due respect to the late-great Reggie White, the signing of Drew Brees was the greatest in the history of NFL free agency.

Here's why: It was a fairly big gamble for the Saints to give Brees a six-year, $60 million in the spring of 2006. The Brees investment paid off immediately: He led the NFL in yards his first season and he took the Saints to the  NFC title game. Over the next five years, Brees averaged more than 4,600 yards and 30 touchdowns and   by the way of an incredibly accurate performance -- he was  named the MVP of the Saints' win in the Super Bowl." The Saints signing safety Darren Sharper is ranked as the 24th best free agent signing of all-time...

Lost and found: Reggie Bush celebrated his 26th birthday at The Bank in Vegas on Sunday -- but not without some drama. Bush and his entourage partied alongside the Chargers' Shaun Phillips and Stephen Cooper, NFL legend Marshall Faulk and NASCAR phenom Denny Hamlin. The athletes dominated the VIP area standing on the banquettes and dancing until Bush realized he had lost his credit card. Everyone pulled out their cellphones as flashlights to make a spotlight. Bush prepared to leave the club cardless until an employee found it buried in the banquettes...

Albert Elias, who represents Saints cornerback Randall Gay on the labor unrest: "The proposed schedule increase to 18 games could be a major holdup in the negotiations. Gay had a concussion last year. We don't if he's going to get that salary. The players have so many injuries, they can't walk when they are 40."...

Cam Newton connected on 50 of 60 passes during the Tuesday Auburn Prop Day, which is a substandard completion percentage for an elite quarterback prospect at an on-campus workout. For comparison, Matt Ryan was 48-of-52 and Sam Bradford went 49-for-59. Two or three of Newton's incompletions hit  his receiver in the hands, but would have been difficult to secure. There were four bad overthrows. "This kid can drive the football," said NFL.Network's Mike Mayock. "He can make every throw." The general consensus is that Newton has made major strides since the Combine...

Peter R. King, the Sports Elevated NFL writer, had a chance to spend some time with Patrick Peterson at the Maxwell event in Atlantic City this weekend. "Very nice kid," said King...Tweet of the week:"The only way there could be a lockout this year is if it is needed. All that leaves our lives does so because the Father deemed it necessary"--Former Saints running back now with the Dolphins...The NFL owners overspent on unnecessary stadiums and now they wants the players to work more for less money to help bring down the debt. That's your entire dispute in one sentence...

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. | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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