Morning report: Super Bowl bid submitted


New Orleans organizers officially submitted their preliminary bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl, according to The Times-Picayune’s Jeff Duncan. New Orleans is one of three finalists to host the game, along with Indianapolis and Minnesota. The game will be awarded during the NFL meetings from May 19-21.

If New Orleans wins, it will become the first city to host 11 Super Bowls, and it will be used to kick off the city’s 300th birthday.

Haralson back: The Advocate’s Ramon Vargas caught up with linebacker Parys Haralson, who re-signed with the Saints this week. Haralson was a very solid addition for the Saints last year after they acquired him in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. But Haralson admitted he wasn’t sure how things would work out when he became an unrestricted free agent for the first time just months after tearing a pectoral muscle.

Smith analysis: ESPN.com Patriots reporter Mike Reiss did an excellent job of breaking down former Saints defensive end Will Smith after reviewing film of three of his games from 2012. Smith visited with the Patriots this week and could be a good fit as a rotational player who brings a power-rushing element.