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7-9, 3rd in NFC South
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Saints got a bargain in James Laurinaitis

A defense that needed serious help got a trusty veteran for a reasonable price. Laurinaitis is due just $8.25 million over three years, and only $1.8 million is guaranteed. Friendly contracts (Insider)

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Saints ain't playing good defense

New Orleans needs a defensive overhaul heading into this season. No matter what way you slice it, the defense was severely lacking all season for the Saints.

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Brunell not anticipating Brees to decline this season (0:50)

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The Saints placed veteran cornerback Kyle Wilson on injured reserve with an unspecified injury and signed veteran DT C.J. Wilson. The Saints still have good depth at both corner and safety, but they'll run thin soon if the injuries continue. They also placed backup safety Jamarca Sanford on I.R. earlier in the week. Wilson is a six-year NFL veteran with the Packers, Raiders and Lions.

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Payton's playing career took him all over

The height of Saints head coach Sean Payton's playing career came during the NFL's 1987 strike, when he played in three games for the "Spare Bears" replacement team in Chicago. All together, Payton played professionally for four leagues in three countries. Ranking all 32 NFL coaches as players

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Athletes taking to new sports during offseason (1:31)
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Rachel Nichols relishes 'Parade Day' in sports (1:52)
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Cameron Jordan doesn't have much help

Jordan is an excellent pass-rusher, but New Orleans' defense doesn't have much else, leaving the Saints ahead of only the Browns in Bill Barnwell's rankings. Ranking defensive triplets

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Saints release full 2016 training camp schedule

The Saints will open camp on July 28 at The Greenbrier in West Virginia and return home for the final week of camp after the second preseason game.

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When will the Saints' window close?

The Sean Payton-Drew Brees combo has only won three NFC South titles in 10 tries, but with both, the Saints are always in the mix. But how long will this era last? Dan Graziano discusses.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints placed veteran safety Jamarca Sanford on injured reserve and replaced him with third-year DT Lawrence Virgil. Sanford has been sidelined throughout the summer with an unspecified injury. Sanford has been a solid contributor as a backup safety and special teamer. But the Saints still have good depth there after adding backup safeties Roman Harper, Vonn Bell and Erik Harris this offseason. Virgil spent time with the Saints as an undrafted rookie in 2014 but was released last summer.

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Tom Dempsey always linked to rulebook

The Saints kicker is known for his 63-yard field goal -- which stood as a record for 43 years -- and for being born with half a right foot. His custom boot led to an oddly specific rule change in 1977. Seifert: Rule origins

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints S Alden Darby said Roman Harper has tried to buy him dinner for giving him jersey No. 41, but Darby has refused. He said he told him, "You're Roman Harper" and said even if Harper didn't ask, he would have insisted he take back his old number. Darby said he's just happy to have a locker and an opportunity with his third NFL team since going undrafted out of Arizona State in 2014.

Team Stats

Passing Yards310.61st
Rushing Yards93.224th
Points For25.58th
Points Against29.832nd

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