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 06-12-2008, 02:14 PM         #1161
lilt9484 
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Saints defensive end WIll Smith on Wednesday agreed to a six-year, $70 million contract extension that makes him the third-highest paid end in the NFL, his agent said.

A league source said the contract includes $26 million in guaranteed money.

"The Saints really stepped up," said Smith's agent Joel Segal. "They continue to sign their core players as they demonstrate a strong commitment to winning."


Smith's salary, coming one year after the Saints signed fellow defensive end Charles Grant to an extension that could eventually be worth $70 million, trails only Vikings defensive end Jared Allen and Colts end Dwight Freeney.

A first-round draft choice in 2004, the 18th overall selection, Smith was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2006 season when he recorded 10.5 sacks. Last season, with opposing defenses often double-teaming him, Smith had just seven.

"We are excited about getting this long-term contract done with Will," said Saints general manager Mickey Loomis. "We view him as one of our core players and look forward to him having an impact on our defense for years to come."

Smith opted not to attend the Saints voluntary offseason conditioning program this spring while his agent, Joel Segal, sought to secure the extension. Smith didn't come to New Orleans until the team's mandatory minicamp May 30-June 1.

Upon completion of the minicamp, Smith stayed for the last two weeks of organized team activity practices, which conclude on Thursday.

Smith's original contract, worth $20 million, could have paid him just more than $1 million in base salary and up to $1.8 million if he'd hit certain incentives.

Smith has 220 career tackles and 33.5 sacks.




:applause: Colston is next
 06-12-2008, 02:17 PM         #1162
U.G.K. 
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Been a while since i posted in here

fu*k yall n*ggas :)
 06-13-2008, 05:59 PM         #1163
lilt9484 
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Philly fan :finger:

eat a d*ck bi*ch :D
 9 years ago '04        #1164
Plizaya J 1 heat pts
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 U.G.K. said:
Been a while since i posted in here

fu*k yall n*ggas :)
fu*k a facemob
 9 years ago '05        #1165
K.B.  OP
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that boy pierre thomas gonna be down here this weekend for some show they doing at the civic center here. greg stelz gonna be at the show too.
 06-22-2008, 06:41 PM         #1166
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Saints waiting patiently to turn Vilma loose

Since his signing in late February, Jonathan Vilma has been held back by the New Orleans Saints. Come September, they're going to turn the linebacker loose.



After two years of captivity in New York, that's precisely what Vilma needs. After watching their defense keep them out of the playoffs last season, having Vilma roam the field might be exactly what the Saints need.



Nobody's really seen a glimpse of it yet because the Saints were extremely cautious with Vilma throughout the offseason. Coming off knee surgery, the Saints severely limited Vilma's work in team drills during organized team activities and minicamp.



But Vilma's expected to be completely healthy for the start of training camp in late July. He'll take his spot at middle linebacker and the Saints are hoping he'll become the heart of their new-look defense.



That will be a nice change for Vilma, who spent the last two seasons looking and feeling out of place in the 3-4 defensive scheme the Jets went to when coach Eric Mangini took over in 2006. In a 4-3 scheme the two years prior to that, Vilma was viewed as one of the NFL's best young linebackers.



In New Orleans' 4-3 system, Vilma could be a perfect fit.



"I look at it as a new start, a new beginning,'' Vilma told the New Orleans media a few weeks ago. "I think it's an ideal situation. You come in and they obviously want me to play a leadership role and a starting role and being in a defense that I'm comfortable with and just being able to go.''




What we learned from minicamp

Bringing in Vilma wasn't the only major defensive move the Saints made. They also signed free-agent defensive end Bobby McCray from Jacksonville and jumped up in the draft to get defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis. The early results have been impressive.




Some observers of minicamp and organized team activities said McCray might be better than advertised and he and Ellis could help a defensive line that already had plenty of talent become one of the league's elite units.



Will Smith and Charles Grant already were a solid pair of starting defensive ends. But the addition of McCray, who may be used as a pass-rush specialist or a starter if Grant's legal issues keep him off the field, gives the Saints more depth than they've had in recent years.



They also got more width with Ellis. The Saints couldn't stop the run last year, but that's what Ellis does best. He'll be counted on to jam the middle and keep offensive linemen away from Vilma.




Still unresolved

Marques Colston, the team's quiet wide receiver, made some big noise when he skipped the final week of organized team activities. He wants a new contract and deserves one after outperforming his initial deal. That situation probably will be cleared up before long because the Saints have been pretty proactive with contract extensions.



But there are some other big questions at wide receiver, where the team doesn't have much beyond Colston. The Saints can fall back on David Patten and Devery Henderson, but they're really hoping Robert Meachem will make a huge leap after a hugely disappointing rookie season.



Meachem, a first-round pick, was so lost last season that the Saints wouldn't even put him on the field. But the word out of New Orleans recently is that Meachem looks like a completely different player. He showed flashes during the offseason program and, more importantly, showed he now has a clue about the playbook.



There was no doubt Meachem had first-round physical talent last year. Now he might be ready to use it.




Injury analysis

Coming off the second ACL surgery of his career, running back Deuce McAllister gave the Saints some encouragement when he took part (on a limited basis) in minicamp. There are no guarantees and the Saints don't want to put all the hopes for their running game on McAllister, but there's a growing feeling he still may play a significant role.



But it's also time for Reggie Bush to play a much bigger role in the offense. Bush may not ever be an every-down back, but he needs to take some downs away from McAllister.




Don't overlook Campbell

The Saints ranked 28th in rushing offense last year and there's no doubt McAllister's Week 3 injury was a major blow. But there was one other subtle factor in those struggles. The Saints had to play all of last season without tight end Mark Campbell, who went down in training camp with a back injury. Campbell had surgery and has made a complete comeback. That's going to help the running game a lot because Campbell, who doesn't do much as a pass-catcher, is one of the league's better blocking tight ends.



Training camp start date: July 24



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 06-26-2008, 10:27 AM         #1167
U.G.K. 
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 lilt9484 said:
Philly fan :finger:

eat a d*ck bi*ch :D
 Plizaya J said:
fu*k a facemob
Its sucks we dont play each other again this year, would have been another easy W for us :D
 9 years ago '04        #1168
Plizaya J 1 heat pts
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 U.G.K. said:
Its sucks we dont play each other again this year, would have been another easy W for us :D
In past 2 years

Saints 2, Eagles 1 :D

Stay bitter bi*ch
 06-26-2008, 04:59 PM         #1169
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 U.G.K. said:
Its sucks we dont play each other again this year, would have been another easy W for us :D
negro pleez we actually have a defense this year (i hope)
 06-27-2008, 08:57 PM         #1170
U.G.K. 
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 06-28-2008, 09:46 PM         #1171
Sub 0 
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Wassup y'all

I'm new to boxden

Just want to showed love to my favorite team New Orleans Saints :applause:

Brees is goint to lead us to the promise land, hopefully
 9 years ago '05        #1172
K.B.  OP
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damn i wish we was playing philly this year. facemob is a funny n*gga when the eagles lost them games hope we see yall in the playoffs this season tho
 9 years ago '04        #1173
Plizaya J 1 heat pts
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 K.B. said:
damn i wish we was playing philly this year. facemob is a funny n*gga when the eagles lost them games hope we see yall in the playoffs this season tho
i wanna play the whole NFC East, Dallas talkin sh*t now
 07-13-2008, 01:05 PM         #1174
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Key year for Saints, Payton


Published: Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 8:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 12, 2008 at 9:20 p.m.
It’s hard to believe, but the NFL season is quickly approaching.

In less than two weeks, the New Orleans Saints will travel to Jackson, Miss., for the start of 2008 training camp.

At that point, the Saints will be in the midst of intense practices at Milsaps College. A few short weeks later, the Saints will be lining up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2008 season opener.

Ah, yes … football. It’s just a great time of the year.

Until the season opener, Saints fans will be busy.

They will be making out their own depth charts and determining what will be the team’s final record.

It’s indeed a busy time for Saints fans.

But the most pressing issue regarding the Saints has nothing to do with depth charts and final records.

In fact, it has nothing to do with Drew Brees, Reggie Bush or Will Smith.

It’s one important question hanging over the Saints.

Which Saints team will show up for the 2008 season?

In the past two seasons, the Saints had totally different seasons.

In 2006, the Saints defied the odds and advanced to the NFC championship game.

One year later, the Saints failed to live up to lofty expectations and struggled to a 7-9 record.

During that time, the Saints experienced many highs and lows.

That’s why people were wondering which Saints’ team was for real.

Was it the team that made a deep run in the playoffs?

Or was it the team that stumbled to an 0-4 start and finished with a losing record?

There’s a good chance that we will get that answer this season.

The Saints have talent, and there’s no denying it.

Drew Brees is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and Marques Colston has emerged as one of the game’s best young receivers.

Also, Reggie Bush has the potential to be a game breaker.

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about the Saints defense.

In recent seasons, the Saints have struggled on that side of the ball, and many times it has proved to be costly.

Poor play on defense played a significant role in the team’s struggles throughout the 2007 season.

Offensively, the Saints have many of their players coming back, so that’s why the key to the season is on the defensive side of the ball.

The Saints took steps to address that by acquiring linebacker Jonathan Vilma and cornerback Randall Gay and drafting defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis.

Will these acquisitions be enough to help the Saints revert to its 2006 form?

That remains to be seen, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

The Saints tasted success in 2006 and are now hungry for more, especially after the debacle of the 2007 season.

They have the talent to contend for the NFC title, and proved that two years ago.

Now, the Saints need to put last season’s disappointment behind them and concentrate on winning football games.

It’s going to be crucial year for coach Sean Payton and the Saints. Hopefully they will take care of business and make a return trip to the playoffs.
 07-14-2008, 07:59 PM         #1175
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^^^^ nice post any saint news is appreciated props!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Sub 0 again.


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 9 years ago '05        #1176
WestbankThugBoy 23 heat pts23
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nice read! i hope the defense steps it up this year so we can get back to the NFC title game!
 9 years ago '04        #1177
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Training Camp begins tomorrow...the work begins Thursday...
 07-23-2008, 03:30 PM         #1178
DaNewMotivation 
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ITS TIME....
 9 years ago '04        #1179
MiamiDade 55 heat pts55
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pretty soon its going to be the Kansas City Hornets, so who you gon root for then?
 9 years ago '07        #1180
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 Triple6Raidr305 said:
pretty soon its going to be the Kansas City Hornets, so who you gon root for then?
:applause: would love too see a team in kc....thats just my opinion...
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