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ESPN: Payton Ready To Leave

A (black and) golden era for the Saints may be drawing to a close. ESPN’s Adam Scheffer reported that Sean Payton and the team are taking the first steps towards an amicable split.

Brees Keeps the Keys

A series of recent moves by the Saints front office have led to speculation that the Black n’ Gold are trading everyone from the beer vendor in Section 336 to Breesus himself. Today, GM Mickey Loomis made it clear that Brees is here to stay, as first reported by USA Today.

Saints Look to Re-Sign Jimmy Graham, Re-Awaken Vilma

With August approaching, the countdown to football has emerged from its vegetative free agency period to a rapidly moving hourglass. The New Orleans Saints began training camp late this week. For the first time in a few years, things looked something like normal as Sean Payton fielded softball questions, Breesus was optimistic beyond mortal capacity and Jonathan Vilma was being lauded for his on-field prowess instead of courtroom theatrics.

KeKe to Success? WhoDats Sizing Up LSU's Barkevious Mingo as Draft Nears

For a short time, football is once again upon us this weekend as the NFL Draft begins Thursday. The Saints' first round pick comes at the No. 15 spot, where the Black and Gold have a few needs they could try to fill. But for fans and even some experts, all early signs are pointing toward former LSU star Barkevious Mingo.

Scott Fujita Retires from NFL -as a New Orleans Saints Player

Scott Fujita came back to the Saints, then promptly retired from football Monday morning. Just so there was no shortage of drama to the scene, the transaction was all carried off from 11,000 ft. above sea level in Macchu Picchu.

Sean Payton Allowed to Attend Sunday's Saints Game

After a rough start to the season, the Saints might be able to take a little comfort to knowing their leader won't just be sitting at home playing the bongos on Sunday night. Banished Head Coach Sean Payton was granted permission to attend the night game against the Chargers by the league, the NFL reports. The request was issued to the NFL's higher powers by the Breesus. Saints' Interim Head Coach Joe Vitt and General Manager Mickey Loomis, who are also suspended for another two games, were also included in the attache. Payton hasn't said whether he will attend, but at least we know he's welcome at home in the Dome.

Aaron Kromer Steps Up as New Acting Saints Head Coach

The New Orleans Saints are set to open the season against the Washington Redskins Sunday at Da Dome. For the Who Dat Nation, it'll be an emotional return to football after a long and litigious offseason that was full of Bounty controversy and, at the end, the upending of life caused by Hurricane Isaac. Since it never is around here, not everything will be back to normal.

Saints' Mickey Loomis Isn't a Lurker, State Police Find

The more Nixonian of the offseason allegations against the Saints have been batted down - at least by one investigative branch. Louisiana State Police - with help from the FBI -  found no evidence that GM Mickey Loomis had his Superdome office hard-wired to listen in on opposing teams' coaches, Col. Mike Edmonson said today. The four-month investigation turned up no sign of the accusations that first surfaced in an ESPN report in April. But the Saints aren't done being probed yet. Former FBi director Louis Freeh has yet to release the findings of his Tom Benson-commissioned investigation.

Saints' GM a Snoop, Report Alleges

The Saints' fall from grace continues this afternoon, as yet another allegation of foul play surfaced this afternoon against the team's general manager. ESPN is reporting that Mickey Loomis is being investigated for eavesdropping on opposing coaches via a listening device in his Superdome suite from 2002-2004. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten was told about the allegations, and he in turn told the FBI about them. Looks like they used the "-gate" a bit too soon on the Bounty Bonanza. Full story here.

Goodell Doesn't Budge on Saints' Bounty Banishments

Looks like Sean Payton will have more time to bone up on his Afro-Carribean percussion. Commissioner Roger Goodell decided to uphold all of the penalties he levelled against the Saints in the wake of Bountygate. Payton's year-long suspension officially starts April 16, according to the league, which means he did buy himself an extra two weeks at the helm by challengin the ruling. Assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt and GM Mickey Loomis will also serve their respective suspensions next season. Meanwhile, Goodell remains least likely to appear onstage at next year's inevitable pre-Super Bowl concert.

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