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7-9, 3rd in NFC South
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2dPro Football Focus

Roster rankings: Saints in bottom half

New Orleans has added pieces on defense, but the results have yet to come. It doesn't help that Delvin Breaux took a major step back in his second season back in the NFL.

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Loss of Fairley a blow to Saints (0:49)
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3dDan Graziano

Predicting next big-money QB deals: Drew Brees

Even at 38, Drew Brees doesn't appear to be slowing down. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him get another lucrative one-year extension before the season starts.

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Can the Saints win the Super Bowl this season? (1:24)

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75 days until the NFL season: Drew Brees is 75 touchdown passes away from breaking Peyton Manning's all-time record.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints have now signed all of their draft picks after inking a four-year deal with OT Ryan Ramczyk, whom they picked 32nd overall in Round 1 out of Wisconsin. Ramczyk has been limited this summer because of hip surgery, but he is expected to be full speed in training camp. The Saints' original plan for Ramczyk was to move him to right tackle. But he could emerge as a candidate to replace starting LT Terron Armstead, who is expected to miss 4-6 months with a shoulder injury.

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Where does Drew Brees rank among NFL QBs?

ESPN's Mike Triplett discusses the Saints' offensive line woes with Matt Moscona and also says the Saints should keep Drew Brees for as long as he remains a Top 10 QB.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

It appears Derek Carr will be the next NFL quarterback to raise the salary bar, with ESPN reporting he is close to a deal worth $25 million per year. That shouldn't dramatically affect Drew Brees' next contract, since he is already in that financial ballpark – and since he and the Saints appear to be operating in the mode of one-year deals instead of long-term extensions. Brees, 38, signed a one-year extension worth $24.25 million during Week 1 of last season after the Saints balked at a long-term commitment. It's quite possible the same thing will happen again this year – or maybe they'll even be content to wait until after the season -- since Brees has made it clear that he wants to stay in New Orleans and neither side appears to be pressing to get a new deal done.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Willie Snead has switched agents from Jim Miller to Drew Rosenhaus. Snead remains unsigned as an exclusive rights free agent (just two years of NFL service), but he has been participating in the Saints' offseason after signing a waiver. Snead, 24, can't talk with other teams as an ERFA. He has been discussing a long-term deal with the Saints but could also decide to wait until he becomes a restricted free agent next year – or even an unrestricted free agent in 2019 – to increase his market value.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints signed center Chris Watt, who was a third-round pick of the Chargers in 2014. The 6-3, 310-pounder played in 17 games with eight starts in his first two seasons before missing 2016 with a knee injury. The Saints expect starting center Max Unger to return from foot surgery in time for Week 1. But they'll need offensive line depth, in general, after LT Terron Armstead suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder. LG Andrus Peat could potentially slide over to replace Armstead, leaving a void at guard.

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Armstead to undergo surgery for torn labrum (1:42)
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13dMike Triplett

Saints LT Armstead (labrum) needs surgery

Terron Armstead, 25, is one of the best young tackles in the NFL, and he signed a contract extension worth $13 million per year.

Team Stats

Passing Yards317.11st
Rushing Yards108.916th
Points For29.32nd
Points Against28.431st

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