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2018 Schedule
13-3, 1st in NFC South
Stephen A. storms off the set after Max's take on Brees (0:49)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints center Max Unger said health was a big reason for his decision to retire after he had been dealing with a long-term lower body injury. “I didn't think I could make it through another season,” said the 10-year veteran, who said his doctor recommended a surgery that would have sidelined him for most of the offseason. Unger made the Pro Bowl this past season but didn't think he was still playing up to his standard, which is a “tough pill to swallow.” And he said he knew from experience that his performance was affected in 2017 when he missed most of the summer because of foot surgery. Unger said he made his decision in the last month or so and let the Saints know in plenty of time before the start of free agency.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints have a new top contender to fill Max Unger's starting center job. They agreed to a four-year, $24 million deal with former Vikings guard/center Nick Easton, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Easton, 26, missed all of last season with a neck injury. But he started 17 games at both guard and center for the Vikings in 2016 and 2017. He should compete with third-year pro Cameron Tom for the Saints' starting center job.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Center Max Unger's decision to retire comes as a big surprise publicly, anyway, considering the 10-year veteran just made his third Pro Bowl in 2018 while anchoring one of the NFL's best offensive lines. It's unclear how long the Saints have known about Unger's plans, though they did meet with at least one free agent G/C this week in Nick Easton. Third-year C/G Cameron Tom and second-year G/C Will Clapp are also in-house candidates. But Unger won't be easily replaced as a player, captain and leader. The only silver lining is the Saints will save $6.95 million in salary-cap space to try and help fill the void.

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Saints C Max Unger has been placed on the reserve/retired list - Field Yates

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints doubled down on defensive tackles by agreeing to a two-year deal with Mario Edwards on Friday after signing Malcom Brown on Thursday. Sources confirmed the agreement with Edwards, which was first reported by the New Orleans Advocate. Edwards, 25, hasn't yet reached his potential yet as the 35th pick in the 2015 draft after spending three years with the Raiders and one with the Giants. But he should provide rotational depth at a position that will be thin while starter Sheldon Rankins recovers from a torn Achilles. The 6-3, 280-pounder also has the versatility to play DE if needed.

Bridgewater spurns Dolphins, sticks with Saints (1:06)
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Cards' Suggs rejected 'handsome' Ravens offer

Veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs said Thursday afternoon that he turned down a "handsome" offer from the Baltimore Ravens and decided at the last minute to sign with the Arizona Cardinals, his hometown team.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints' trade for Teddy Bridgewater last summer paid off. The 26-year-old QB agreed to stay in New Orleans as a backup and potential successor to Drew Brees rather than leave for an immediate starting opportunity with the Dolphins, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini. It remains to be seen how long the 40-year-old Brees plans to keep playing – and how long the Saints will be willing to keep paying both QBs. But both sides obviously liked the fit last season after the Saints traded a third-round pick in exchange for Bridgewater and a sixth-rounder in late August.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints filled one of their biggest needs by agreeing to a three-year deal with former Patriots starting DT Malcom Brown, a source confirmed. The deal was first reported by the NFL Network. Brown (6-2, 320 pounds) should replace free agent Tyeler Davison as the Saints' starting nose tackle, but he also has the versatility to be a penetrating DT. He has 8.5 sacks in four seasons. The Saints have some depth concerns at their other DT spot, where starter Sheldon Rankins is recovering from a torn Achilles and backup David Onyemata could potentially face league discipline for a marijuana possession charge.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

While most teams started free agency with a flurry, the Saints are just getting warmed up – with some major decisions coming in the next few days. They have visits scheduled with top TE Jared Cook, standout edge rusher Ezekiel Ansah and defensive lineman Mario Edwards. And they're still waiting on a decision from backup QB Teddy Bridgewater, who visited the Dolphins on Wednesday. The Saints restructured Drew Brees' contract to carve out some salary-cap room for at least one or two more big moves to come.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints are hosting TE Jared Cook on a free-agent visit, a source confirmed, as first reported by the NFL Network. Cook, 31, is the best pass-catching TE on the market after having a career-best season with the Raiders last year and making his first Pro Bowl (68 catches, 896 receiving yards, six TDs). And TE is arguably the Saints' biggest need after Benjamin Watson retired. The Saints need at least one more reliable pass catcher to pair with WR Michael Thomas.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Details on RB Latavius Murray's new contract with the Saints: 4 years, $14.4 million. He is guaranteed $7.2 million, including a $3.4 million signing bonus (but he's basically guaranteed $7.6 million, which is his total over the first two years). His salary-cap cost for 2019 is $1.85 million.

Team Stats

Passing Yards252.612th
Rushing Yards126.66th
Points For31.53rd
Points Against22.114th