April 14, 2008

McAllister Restructures Contract Before Roster Bonus

It's been a difficult situation all offseason long.

The team's most popular player and the heart of its runningback has two fresh knee surgeries and a large contract looming. Deuce McAllister, lost in week three of last season, is rehabbing his second major knee injury in three years and is also recuperating from surgery to continue treatment on the first.

The two sides already delayed the decision by one month when they pushed back a March 15 signing bonus. And on the eve of that new deadline, and despite McAllister being out of the country on vacation, the runningback's contract has been restructured, according to McAllister's side.

The new contract likely means that McAllister will remain with the Saints in 2008 despite his injuries. Details of the new contact, which likely converts future monies to performance-based conditions, are not yet available. The NFL Network reported that Deuce's 2005 contract has been restructured.

April 7, 2008

Saints Ink Veteran Defensive Back Glenn

Former Jet, Texan, Cowboy and Jaguar joins Saints heading into his 15th year

The Saints have signed one of the most productive and experienced defensive backs currently active in the NFL.

That is, to say, that he will be 36 in July and entering his 15th NFL season.

Fifth among active players in interceptions, Glenn played for Saints defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs in Dallas in 2004. Before that, he played for the Texans and Jets. He started his career in 1994 as a first round pick of New York.

Glenn, 5'9, 183 pounds, played in Jacksonville last year, and played against the Saints in the Superdome, when he recorded five solo tackle and two assisted tackles. Glenn was inactive for both the Jaguars' playoff games because of an ankle injury. He was cut by the Cowboys on September 1, 2007 and signed two days later by Jacksonville. He spent most of the season on the Jaguars' inactive list as a healthy sit. He had undergone a minor knee scope in July as a Cowboy.

Because of the timing of the signing, it is likely that the Saints wanted to sign Glenn eventually but were informed that another team also had interest. In the home stretch of their draft preparations, most teams are not signing free agents at this time.

March 31, 2008

No compensatory picks for Saints

The Saints did not receive a compensatory draft pick in the 2008 draft.

March 16, 2008

Notes: Saints Procrastinate on Deuce Tax

$1 million roster bonus pushed back one month; more notes from around franchise

The Saints had a difficult and potentially costly decision ahead of them. So like the rest of us, they've put off paying their taxes.

Their Deuce McAllister tax, that is.

The Saints, with McAllister's consent, pushed back a $1 million roster bonus a March 15 one month.

McAllister is rehabbing his second major knee injury and surgery in three years, this latest one suffered in the opposite knee in week three of the 2007 season.

In addition to surgery on his left knee to repair a torn ACL, he underwent microfracture surgery on the right knee to promote tissue regeneration.

McAllister is currently unable to run or cut at full speed, and the Saints would like more information on his progress and expected availability. The Saints are considering options for his contract, including asking McAllister for a contract restructuring.

After the roster bonus, the 29-yard old runningback is scheduled to earn $3.6 million in base salary, $100k in workout bonus as part of the eight year, $50.1 million deal he signed in 2005. That deal included $12.5 million in signing and option bonuses, including this year's $1 million payment, now due to McAllister on April 15.

The Saints are hoping to get more feedback about McAllister's knee rehabilitation progress before returning to the negotiating table.

McAllister is the franchise's most popular player, a Mississippi native, remarkable philanthropist and soft-spoken team leader. On the field, McAllister has been when healthy a versatile, powerful and productive runningback as good as the franchise has ever seen.

McAllister played a key role on the Saints' first even divisional playoff victory, rushing for 143 yards against the Eagles and scoring two touchdowns, including the game-winner on an 11-yard catch and run.

Offseason Program Starts Up: The Saints are regathering from around the country in Metairie for the start of the team's offseason conditioning program on Monday. The three month program concludes with the start of Organized Team Activities (OTA's), which leads into the minicamps.

The Saints have two minicamps scheduled, one for rookies after the draft on May 9-11 and a mandatory camp for all players from May 30 to June 1.

Sean Payton will have a press conference at 2pm on Monday, March 17.

Notes: Former Saint QB John Fourcade has been named head coach of the Fairbanks (yes, Fairbanks, Alaska) Grizzlies of the IFL - Intense Football League, an indoor football variant with two teams in Alaska, one in Lake Charles, Louisiana and five in Texas. Fourcase was named the replacement head coach of the Grizzlies after their week one loss, and lost his first game 61-75 to the Roughriders from Katy, Texas. Fourcade owns a restaurant in New Orleans and an Arena League 2 team in Biloxi, Mississippi... Mark Brunell hasn't decided which number to wear for the Saints this season. He traditionally has worn #8, and while the Saints have not officially retired any jersey numbers, no Saint player has worn #8 except for Archie Manning... The Louisiana Legislature is moving to have the State purchase - essentially refinance - the Superdome's municipal bonds, in an effort to lower their interest rate. Interest due by the Superdome Commission on their bonds is three times higher than was expected...

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