Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:29

New Orleans Saints; Brees, NFL Lockout, Reggie Bush, LSU, Wonderlic

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Ed StatonDrew Brees

NFLPA leader Drew Brees said the union will be fine with organized player workouts this offseason if the lockout lasts a while.

Brees and fullback Heath Evans are planning organized group workouts in May.

"Drew's goal is to maintain a sense of normalcy in a very abnormal situation," said Evans. "Nobody commands more respect with the league Drew's built in New Orleans. What he asks for, he'll get. If that's asking a local university or park to shut its doors for us two hours a day a week during May, he can get that accomplished,."

The players could be putting themselves at some risk of losing money if they get hurt during those drills. The workouts would just include lifting weights, training and possibly passing drills.

If Brees get this done, the rest of the league may follow his lead.



Reggie Bush

When a new collective bargaining agreement is in place, the Saints will offer running back Reggie Bush a deal that would lock him up for a few more seasons and include a base salary close to $2-$3 million.

Bush has said he wants to work out a deal with the Saints so he can stay in New Orleans, but it isn't known if  he will accept that offer., He is due to make $11.8 million this season, but he has durability concerns. He has missed numerous games over the past four seasons because of injuries,

If he returns, he will share playing time with Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory.

NFL Draft

The Saints have a chance to add what probably be a seventh-round draft pick when the NFL holds its annual meeting in New Orleans next week,

The league's complicated system for determining picks is based in large part on how many free agents teams lost and gained last year. The Saints weren't a major player in free agency and did a good job of keeping key players from leaving via free agency.

Teams can trade their own draft choices, but not compensatory picks.


The Saints had the biggest presence at LSU's Pro Day on Monday. Coach Sean Payton, GM Mickey Loomis and director of college scouting Eick Reiprish were there along with the entire coaching staff and several members of the scouting staff. All 32 NFL teams had coaches and scouts at the workouts.

Loomis visits a handful of pro days each year, based on the number of players at the school. A visit to LSU is always on his list.

"We bring our whole staff to Baton Rouge every year because of the proximity and the relationship we have with LSU," said Loomis. "We have a lot of respect for this program and they've a lot of really good players who have played in the NFL. It's a chance for us to get out of the office and get some information on draft eligible players."

"This definitely gives you a glimpse of what the NFL is going to be like," said Tigers defensive tackle Drake Nevis, who along with cornerback Patrick Peterson and wide receiver Terrence Toliver had good workouts :

"You're going to have to come to work every day. They show you how much hard work it is in the drills, They show how you have to work and the type of effort you have to have to give, with very little break between drills."

Peterson put on a show as he did at the Combine and the Broncos, who have the No. 2 over-all pick, have scheduled a private workout for Peterson on a date to be determined.

The scouts said Tigers inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard is an ideal candidate to play inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

Toliver, who had a pulled hamstring at the Combine, improved his draft status, caught everything thrown his way and put on a gutsy performance.


The Wonderlic is supposed to be confidential and mostly irrelevant to a player's pro prospects.People are curious to see the results, so here are  the numbers for the notable quarterbacks: Greg McElroy, 43; Blaine Gabbert. 42; Christian Pounder, 35' Ricky Stanzi, 30; Andy Dalton, 29; Ryan Mallet, 26; Cam Newton, 21; and Jake Locker, 20. Dan Marino and Jim Kelly both scored 15 on the test. They seemed to read defenses just fine. A score below 20 gives teams some concerns. (Order you LSU baseball and Alex Box Stadium shirts at Louisiana Sports

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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