May 5, 2008

Notes: Saints Linked to Free Agent RB Alexander

Alexander To Visit: The Saints will visit with free agent runningback Shaun Alexander after the veteran's visit with the Bengals, according to the NFL Network.

The long-time Seattle Seahawk, former University of Alabama product, and Kentucky native fired Seattle to the Super Bowl with a 27 touchdown year just three seasons ago, but since that huge year and a huge contract following, Alexander played in only 20 games and averaged 3.51 yards per carry. Once a slashing, powerful touchdown machine, Alexander has significantly dropped off in production, has looked slower and has fought through injuries the past two seasons.

Alexander, 5'11, 228 pounds, will be 31 in August and was cut by the Seahawks after the draft on April 28. The Seahawks signed Julius Jones and TJ Duckett in the offseason to help replace him.

Alexander's signing would likely signal the end of Deuce McAllister's career, but the Saints' interest in him indicates their worry in McAllister's knee problems.

Its not the first time the Saints have been looking at potential replacements recently. During last season after McAllister's injury the Saints met with free agent veteran RB Corey Dillon, and this past offseason the Saints were interested in free agent RB Michael Turner, who signed in Atlanta.

McAllister's agent, Ben Dogra, works for Alexander's agent, Jim Steiner.

Benson's Company Buys WVUE: A media company owned by the Saints' owner, Tom Benson, has purchased WVUE, a FOX affiliate television station in New Orleans, from Emmis Communications.

Regulatory action will delay the actual transfer for several months.

Louisiana Media Company, LLC, is making the purchase and is owned by Benson. WVUE airs FOX-carried football games including most Saints games.

The move can be seen as a welcome one for Saints fans. Outside the Saints, most of Benson's business interests lie in San Antonio, where he made his fortune in banking and still owns car dealerships. Benson has made large charitable donations to religious and educational organizations in San Antonio.

Bush To Be Deposed: A judge has ordered the re-scheduling of Reggie Bush's deposition in the NCAA's investigation into potential illegal benefits during Bush's USC career. Bush skipped his own deposition in February, after the plaintiff in a related lawsuit fled his own deposition when Bush's bodyguards flashed firearms in a private office.

The case is scheduled to go to trial on March 13, 2009.

Current Southern Cal head coach Pete Carroll could be subpoenaed as part of the lawsuit, where one-time promoter and sports agent Lloyd Lake is suing Bush for backing out of a agreement in which Lake allegedly gave Bush nearly $300,000 in benefits while Bush was a student athlete at USC.

Lake's new deposition date is June 5th or 6th and Bush will be deposed three weeks later, followed by his mother and stepfather.

Notes: A bill in the Louisiana Legislature would officially establish the fleur-di-lis, the symbol on much New Orleans architecture and on the Saints' helmets, as the official Louisiana state symbol. House bill 455 was entered by a congresswoman from Slidell... Former Saints draft pick and quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan is in the middle of a three-man race for the starting job in San Francisco with former #1 overall pick Alex Smith and veteran Shaun Hill... Hornets PG Chris Paul on New Orleans sports fans: "I went to a lot of the Saints games early in the season and the game is crazy to see all the fans. I thought that we need these people at our games, we need this energy. Soon enough, it got like that. It’s been crazy ever since. The people in New Orleans really know how to support a team; we’ve been riding their wave to the playoffs.”

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