June 29, 2007

Notes: Team in Great Salary Cap Shape

ESPN reports the Saints have $11.271 million in salary cap room before signing Robert Meachem. With only $992,630 remaining in the rookie salary cap pool for 2007, the Saints will have $10.278 million remaining assuming that Meachem's rookie contract has a 2007 cap value up to the team's limit.

Because the Saints have signed up six of their seven picks as of last week, and the NFL caps team's rookie spending, negotiations for year one base salary and first year signing bonus are pretty much done for Russ Ball, Mickey Loomis, and Meachem's agent Jeff Griffin.

Negotiations will reportedly not start until two weeks before training camp, when the Saints are counting on other first round pick signings to help box in the total contract numbers.

Two new receivers: NFL Europa is now dead (ceasing operations immediately, as announced this week), but two more of its 2007 veterans are joining the Saints. The team will already be welcoming back its own allocations, S Chris Reis, DT McKinley Boykin and DE Willie Evans. Now the team has signed receivers Tramain Hall and Aaron Hosack.

Hall, a 5'10, 190 pound former NC State product, played with Reis and Boykin for Cologne this past spring and camped with Tennessee last fall. Former Minnesota Gopher 6'5, 230 pound Hosack was All-Europa for Frankfurt in 2006 and played the past three springs for the Galaxy. Meanwhile, he bounced around with the Vikings but never caught on in the regular season.

Both join a depth chart that is for the most part spoken for already, with Meachem, Marques Colston, Devery Henderson and Terrance Copper probably already wrapping up roster spots. Henderson and Copper have each come on strong in the spring to defend their jobs. WR Lance Moore is speedy and may already have the inside path to the kick/punt return job.

Notes: Former Saints GM Randy Mueller has been given an extension by the Miami Dolphins... Backup tackle Zach Strief's "Dream Big" Foundation First Annual Football Camp will benefit his high school, Milford High in Milford Ohio... Saints director of college scouting Rick Reiprish ran the workout of Morgan State defensive tackle Robert Armstrong, who will be available in the supplemental draft on July 12. Teams can spend their 2008 draft picks early, on a handful of players ineligible for their 2007 collegiate seasons, but who were not in last April's draft...


Training Camp Schedule:

Friday, July 27
8:50-11:00 a.m., Upper Fields
4:20-6:00 p.m., Lower Field

Saturday, July 28
8:50-11:00 a.m., Stadium
4:20-6:00 p.m., Lower Field

Sunday, July 29
8:50-11:00 a.m., Upper Fields
4:20-6:00 p.m., Lower Field

Monday, July 30
8:50-10:30 a.m., Stadium (walk-thru)
3:40-6:00 p.m., Upper Fields

Tuesday, July 31
8:50-11:00 a.m., Lower Field
4:20-6:00 p.m., Upper Fields

Wednesday, August 1
8:50-10:30 a.m., Stadium (walk-thru)
3:40-6:00 p.m., Lower Field

Thursday, August 2
8:50-11:00 a.m., Upper Fields
4:20-6:00 p.m., Lower Field

Friday, August 3
3:40-6:00 p.m., Upper Fields

Saturday, August 4
Travel day, no practice

Sunday, August 5
Hall of Fame Game - Saints vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Canton Ohio

Monday, August 6
Players off, no practice

Tuesday, August 7
8:50-10:30 a.m., Stadium (walk-thru)
3:40-6:00 p.m., Lower Field

Wednesday, August 8
8:50-11:00 a.m., Upper Fields
4:20-6:00 p.m., Lower Field

Thursday, August 9
3:40-6:00 p.m., Upper Fields

Friday, August 10
Saints vs. Buffalo Bills, Louisiana Superdome

Saturday, August 11
Players off, no practice

Sunday, August 12
3:40-6:00 p.m., Upper Fields

Monday, August 13
8:50-11:00 a.m., Upper Fields
4:20-6:00 p.m., Lower Field

Tuesday, August 14
8:50-10:30 a.m., Stadium (walk-thru)
3:40-6:00 p.m., Upper Fields

Wednesday, August 15
8:50-11:00 a.m., Upper Fields
4:20-6:00 p.m., Lower Field

Thursday, August 16
3:40-6:00 p.m., Upper Fields **(FINAL TRAINING CAMP PRACTICE)**

Friday, August 17
Travel day, no practice

Saturday, August 18
Saints at Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati, Ohio

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