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Mar

31

New Orleans Saints are being deliberate, patient during offseason

By Mike Triplett, The Times-Picayune

March 31, 2010, 6:03AM

After the most thrilling season in franchise history, the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints have followed up with perhaps their quietest offseason.

The Saints have not added a player to their roster since the free-agent signing period began nearly four weeks ago, joining only the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers in that exclusive club.

Although that might be a little boring for fans who’ve grown tired of replaying that Super Bowl XLIV DVD over and over again, General Manager Mickey Loomis insists it hasn’t been a source of frustration for the defending champions.

After all, they’re not exactly in a rebuilding mode.

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Mar

31

New Orleans Saints’ 2010 preseason schedule announced

By James Varney, The Times-Picayune

March 31, 2010, 2:05PM

The New Orleans Saints will play the New England Patriots, the San Diego Chargers, the Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans in the 2010 preseason, according to a schedule the NFL released Wednesday afternoon.

The defending Super Bowl champions will first travel to New England at a date and time to be determined, and then host the Texans, the first time the Saints will play on home turf since beating Minnesota in overtime in the NFC Championship to send New Orleans to Super Bowl XLIV.

The Saints third preseason game is also in the Superdome and will be televised by CBS on Friday, August 27, at 8 p.m. That game against the Chargers will pit Saints quarterback Drew Brees against his former NFL team.

The Saints conclude their preseason slate in Nashville against the Titans at a date and time to be determined. The NFL’s regular season will begin on Thursday, Sept. 9 in the Superdome but the Saints’ opening opponent has still not been announced by the league.

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Mar

31

Saints path to Super Bowl.

Another well made recap video. Saints path to Super Bowl XLIV

Mar

30

House panel approves license plate for New Orleans Saints fans

BATON ROUGE — Design of a license plate that will allow New Orleans Saints fans to show pride in their Super Bowl championship team cleared its first legislative hurdle today and now goes to the full House for debate.

The House Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works gave unanimous approval to House Bill 1165 by Rep. Jeff Arnold, D-Algiers, that creates the tag, to be designed in conjuction with the team.

The tag that will cost drivers a premium fee of $25 a year, a $3.50 administrative fee for the Office of Motor Vehicles and the regular cost of a tag which is based on the value of the  vehicle.

The $25 annual fee, Arnold said, will be rebated to the parishes where the tags are bought with the revenues donated to recreational programs.

Randy Haynie, a lobbyist for the Saints, told the panel that the bill has the approval of the  team and the National Football League.

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Mar

29

“Who dat” license plate could be coming to Louisiana

Posted by Mike Florio on March 29, 2010 3:55 PM ET
While playing MSNBC in the background as part of my effort to be remotely versed in political issues and current events in the event Sid Rosenberg of WQAM radio in Miami opts to throw me a curve ball with a non-football question, David Schuster mentioned a bill in the Louisiana Legislature that would authorize a license plate dedicated to the Saints.The rectangular slab of tin would bear a fleur-de-lis, the Louisiana state seal, and the phrase “Who Dat Nation.”

Since it apparently would not include the word “Saints” or any other NFL-owned trademark, the league would likely not be entitled to a cut.  Which seems a bit unfair, given all the license plates that incarcerated NFL players have made over the past several years.

Story from NBC Sports

Mar

29

New Orleans Saints restricted free agent defensive end Jeff Charleston signs tender

By Mike Triplett, The Times-Picayune

March 29, 2010, 2:12PM

Restricted free agent defensive end Jeff Charleston signed his one-year contract tender from the New Orleans Saints late last week, agent Blake Aaron Baratz confirmed, meaning he is no longer free to sign with another team.

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Mar

28

Pierre Thomas won’t skip workouts

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 26, 2010 12:55 PM ET

Thumbnail image for P. Thomas.jpgSaints running back Pierre Thomas was one of the most underpaid backs in football last year, making the league minimum while he led the Saints backfield in rushing.

He is hoping for a long-term extension this offseason, but he won’t skip OTAs in an effort to get paid.

“It’s a business and it’s up to them,” Thomas said.  “You know, I’m putting my resume out there, showing them what I can do.”

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Mar

27

Another Picture of Pierre Thomas working hard….

At Ben and Jerry’s in Metairie : )

Mar

27

New Orleans Saints video mailbag, 3/26/10

New Orleans Saints video mailbag, 3/26/10

Mar

25

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas primed for starring role

By Mike Triplett, The Times-Picayune

March 25, 2010, 10:20PM

Pierre Thomas described the loss of fellow tailback Mike Bell as a “tough one” for the New Orleans Saints.

But just like he vowed last year at this time, after the Saints parted ways with beloved power runner Deuce McAllister, Thomas insisted he’s ready to bulk up and fill whatever void the Saints ask him to fill.

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