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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said he thinks this is deepest defensive draft he's seen as Saints head coach – which is good, since he said it's "no secret" that the Saints' top goal this year is to improve their defense. … As for the possible Malcolm Butler trade, Payton said, "It's nothing new. Look, he's with New England, and I don't think anything's changed. I don't see anything being imminent."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

It's official. I selected Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey with the No. 8 pick of the NFL Nation mock draft. Gives the Panthers a dynamic young player that will take the pressure off Cam Newton to run.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees on New Orleans' WWL Radio: "That was big news today with Adrian Peterson becoming a Saint. Obviously, I've had a ton of a respect for this guy for a long time as has just about everybody in our league and our locker room. I know he's going to come in with a chip on his shoulder, ready to show what he can do and I'm sure he'll embrace the opportunity."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Get used to this look -- Adrian Peterson in a black-and-gold No. 28. Peterson changed his profile pic on Twitter to show himself in a Saints jersey.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints RB Mark Ingram on the arrival of Adrian Peterson: "I'm all about winning, man. So if that's what helps us win I'm all for it." Ingram said on a conference call with New Orleans media that sharing the backfield is "nothing new" for him and, "I'm never gonna shy away from competition." He has followed Peterson since his freshman year at Oklahoma and said the opportunity to play with him and pick his brain is "special."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

According to the NFL, reinstated linebacker Daryl Washington will be allowed to rejoin the team at its practice facility, and participate in meetings, conditioning and other team activities. He won't be permitted to participate in preseason activities until his "clinical resources" in Phoenix have been arranged. "Prior to the start of the regular season, the NFL will review Washington's progress," read the NFL's statement. "Based on his compliance and engagement with his program and resources, he will be permitted to participate in all regular season activities beginning in Week 1. He will be evaluated later in the season for full reinstatement."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the Cardinals said they will address LB Daryl Washington's reinstatement "at the appropriate time," which will be sometime after the draft. "Considering we have been prohibited from having any contact with him over the last three years, it would be premature today to discuss a potential return to the team," said the Cardinals' statement.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was reinstated by the NFL on a conditional basis on Tuesday. He's been suspended without pay since May 2014 for violating the league's substance abuse policy multiple times.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Blast from past: NFL conditionally reinstated Arizona LB Daryl Washington, and he plans to play in 2017, per source.