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11-5, 1st in NFC South

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints began their visit with free agent DT Ndamukong Suh on Friday, including a dinner with team brass, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini. Typically Saints free-agent visits start with an afternoon arrival and dinner, then time spent at the team facility the next day. And Suh is a player that the Saints are researching as much as he is researching them, considering the level of investment. We should find out Saturday if they try to lock him down before he leaves town -- or if this is just the first stop on his free-agent tour.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod's deal with Saints is 1 year with the veteran-minimum salary-cap benefit. He gets a signing bonus of $90,000 and a base salary of $1.015 million ($179,000 of which is fully guaranteed). He will only cost $720,000 against the cap.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Details on CB Patrick Robinson's contract with Saints: 4 years, $20 million, $10 million guaranteed, $5 million signing bonus. 2018: $1 million salary (fully guaranteed), $2.25 million salary-cap cost. 2019: $4 million salary ($2M fully guaranteed, $2M guaranteed for injury-only, becomes fully guaranteed on third day of 2019 league year); $100,000 workout bonus; $5.35 million cap cost. 2020: $4.8 million salary; $100,000 workout bonus; up to $1.25M not-likely-to-be-earned incentives based on playing time, interceptions and Pro Bowl; $6.15M cap cost. 2021: $4.9 million salary; $100,000 workout bonus; up to $1.25M not-likely-to-be-earned incentives based on playing time, interceptions and Pro Bowl; $6.25M cap cost.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Some details on the Saints' $3 million salary-cap credit from DT Nick Fairley's contract: The grievances filed by both sides have not been resolved yet, and no hearings have been scheduled yet. But the Saints paid out only half of Fairley's $8 million signing bonus last year before discovering his heart condition, per source. Typically, signing bonus are pro-rated over the life of the contract, so Fairley's signing bonus was originally scheduled to count $2 million per year against the Saints' salary cap. Since they only paid out half of that bonus, they were only charged $1 million per year, and they were credited $1 million each for the three remaining years of Fairley's deal. It remains possible that the Saints' cap could change again in the future, once the grievances are determined.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

New Saints quarterback Tom Savage said it was a “no-brainer” to join a team with Sean Payton and Drew Brees – although he said he “loved” his time in Houston and called it an “incredible experience.” “Just, when the contract ends, it ends, and you look for the best opportunity for yourself and the team.” Savage said “for sure” he has looked at the surges of fellow QBs like Case Keenum and Nick Foles later in their careers as inspiration.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints and Pelicans announced funeral and visitation details for owner Tom Benson, who died Thursday at the age of 90. The funeral mass will be restricted to invited guests because of space restrictions at St. Louis Cathedral on Friday from noon-1 CT – though it will be televised on WLAE-TV. Public visitations will be held at Notre Dame Seminary on Wednesday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. CT and Thursday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. CT. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ochsner Clinic Foundation, Notre Dame Seminary or St. Louis Cathedral are preferred.

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Source: Saints, DE Okafor reach 2-year deal

DE Alex Okafor, who was having a great season with the Saints in 2017 before tearing his Achilles in Week 11, has reached a two-year deal with the team, a source told ESPN.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said that New Orleans Saints and Pelicans late owner Tom Benson's "true legacy is one of philanthropy and love of his community."

Where does Saints' ownership go from here? (0:49)

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Saints OL Senio Kelemete began his press conference by offering his condolences to the Benson family after he heard the news that Saints owner Tom Benson passed away.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Although football news takes a backseat on a sad day at Saints headquarters with the announcement of owner Tom Benson's passing, the work still continues – with a visit lined up with one of the NFL's top free agents, DT Ndamukong Suh, on Friday. ESPN's Dianna Russini confirmed the visit, which was first reported by the NFL Network. Suh would obviously be an “all-in” risk for the Saints at a premium price tag. But he's also the kind of impact player that could help push a Super Bowl contender over the edge.

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2dMike Triplett

Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson dies at 90

Tom Benson, one of only three owners of both an NFL and NBA franchise, died Thursday in New Orleans. Benson, 90, was widely credited with keeping both the Saints and Pelicans in his native city.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints appear to have received a $3 million credit on their salary cap, attributed to returned bonuses from Nick Fairley's contract. It's unclear if that means his grievances have been resolved or if there could be any more future credits to come. That credit left the Saints with nearly $16 million in cap space after Drew Brees' new deal was factored in — but before the new deals for Demario Davis, Patrick Robinson, Tom Savage and Jermon Bushrod were factored in.

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Man gets 30 years for killing Joe McKnight

The man convicted of manslaughter in the 2016 road rage shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

QB Tom Savage's deal with Saints is 1 year, $1.5 million. The only guarantee is a $100,000 signing bonus. He has a base salary of $1.105 million, a workout bonus of $45,000 and roster bonuses of $15,625 per game if he is on the 46-man roster.

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Source: Saints bringing back OL Bushrod

Offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod, a member of the Saints' 2009 Super Bowl team, is returning to the club, according to a source.

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2dMike Sando

Ranking the QBs who won 2018 free agency

With the major 2018 NFL offseason QB movement having run its course even before free agency officially began Wednesday, we consider which passers around the league stand to benefit from the initial wave of roster activity. Three stand out in particular.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints could lose one of their key defensive pieces to a division rival. DE Alex Okafor is making his first free-agent visit to Tampa Bay, a source confirmed (as first reported by Pewter Report) – though the Saints do remain in play to keep him. Okafor, 27, was a huge part of New Orleans' defensive resurgence when he signed a one-year “prove it” deal last year after serving primarily as a backup for four years in Arizona. He started the first 10 games of the season with 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles before tearing his Achilles. He is expected to be fully healthy in time for training camp.

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Source: Texans, Kelemete agree on 3-year deal

Offensive lineman Senio Kelemete, one of the most valuable "sixth men" in the NFL over the past three seasons with the Saints, starting a total of 23 games while spending time at all five offensive line positions, will sign with Houston.

Savage, Siemian on the move (0:34)

Team Stats

Passing Yards261.85th
Rushing Yards129.45th
Points For28.04th
Points Against20.410th