The New Orleans Saints are ready for an overhaul. After going 7-9 last season, the Saints are reportedly shopping “everyone but Drew Brees and Brandin Cooks,” according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. The team has already sent tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks and offensive guard Ben Grubbs to the Kansas City Chiefs since the start of free agency at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
The quick trigger by the Saints front office suggests that last season really didn’t sit well. The Saints missed the playoffs despite playing in perhaps the worst division in the NFL. Their final two losses came by a combined 47 points to the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons, their NFC South rivals.
Kansas City previously cut wide receivers Donnie Avery and A.J. Jenkins, so the team is still thin at a critical position for quarterback Alex Smith, despite the addition of Maclin. No wideout caught a touchdown pass in 2014, a staggering statistic that highlights the Chiefs’ need for a playmaker.
The 30-year-old Bowe could still help a team elsewhere, but likely won’t command anything close to the salary he was due in 2015 before his release.
All the bad feelings of the last six months or so could be gone by the time September rolls around thanks to Baalke’s track record and eye for talent, but it’s hard to see a clear pattern in player movement there so far this spring. The 49ers are his team now, his alone, and that’s a heavy burden to carry.
Chip Kelly threw cold water on those rumors about packaging Sam Bradford and some draft picks for a move up to take Marcus Mariota at his Wednesday afternoon press conference. He’s committed to Sam Bradford, for now anyway. Interestingly enough, the team has not entered into talks with Bradford about a contract extension, who is in the last year of his original six-year rookie contract.
Did Patriots get a steal?
Jabaal Sheard, recently of the Browns, is headed to New England. He signed a two-year, $11 million contract. He was miscast in Cleveland as an outside linebacker when he’s much more natural at defensive end. The Patriots are moving toward a more straight forward four-man front after parting ways with Vince Wilfork.