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7-9, 3rd in NFC South

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Redskins running back Tim Hightower visited Washington today, but no deal is in the works as of now, per a source. Hightower played with the Redskins in 2011, before injuring his knee and missing the next three seasons. He spent the last two years with New Orleans. The Redskins have five running backs under contract. They could add another back in the draft or as an undrafted free agent. The Redskins have used this period to meet with veteran backs before, notably Pierre Thomas two years ago. In much the same way, Hightower likely would be viewed as an insurance option down the road.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints had a private workout with Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs this week, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. As previously reported, the Saints also had a private workout with Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes that included coach Sean Payton on Tuesday. They will probably do the same with many of the top QB prospects in this year's draft class. Dobbs (6-3, 216 pounds) is a mid- to late-round prospect, but ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said recently that he might be the most underrated QB in this year's class.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dolphins signed former Saints OT Avery Young, an undrafted rookie last year from Auburn who spent all of training camp and the entire season on the non-football injury list with an undisclosed ailment. The 6-foot-6, 305-pounder could also potentially play guard. He is the brother of Bears outside linebacker Willie Young.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Free agent RB Tim Hightower is visiting the Redskins on Wednesday, per source – considering a possible reunion after he played there in 2011 before suffering a torn ACL. Hightower, 30, was out of the NFL for three-plus seasons after that because of an undiagnosed infection. But he has made a remarkable recovery with the Saints over the past two years, combining for 923 rushing yards, 329 receiving yards and nine touchdowns as a backup to Mark Ingram. Returning to the Saints is still an option for Hightower, per source. He also visited the 49ers last week and may take one more visit.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Free agent G/C Tim Lelito is visiting the Titans on Wednesday after arriving on Tuesday, per source (as first reported by the NFL Network). Lelito, who visited the Lions last week, has been a solid and versatile part-time starter for the Saints, starting a total of 24 games at guard and center since being undrafted out of Grand Valley State in 2013. But he hasn't been able to lock down a full-time job yet. It's unclear if he's still in the Saints' plans -- especially after they signed former Lions G Larry Warford on the opening day of free agency.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton and other Saints staff were in Lubbock on Tuesday for a private workout with Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes and other Red Raiders players. The Saints could consider Mahomes as a possible successor to Drew Brees with the No. 32 pick in Round 1, the No. 42 pick in Round 2 or possibly the third round if he slips. Mahomes is one of the most intriguing QB prospects in the draft because of the astronomical numbers he posted in college and comparisons like those that ESPN analyst Todd McShay has made to gunslingers like Brett Favre and Johnny Manziel. He'll need some developing after playing in an "air raid" offense, but sitting behind Brees could allow time for that.

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2dMike Sando

Exec: Saints will be fine on offense

Brandin Cooks is a great young talent, but as an NFL executive points out, the Saints need far more help at cornerback than wide receiver, making Cooks expendable.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints have agreed to a 2-year deal with former Chargers LB Manti Te'o, per source, which ESPN's Dan Graziano reported was coming. The 26-year-old is coming back from a season-ending torn Achilles suffered last September. But when healthy, he has started 34 of 38 career games while serving as a middle linebacker, signal caller and co-captain. It will be interesting to see how the Saints plan to use him along with recently-signed MLB A.J. Klein and last year's starting MLB Craig Robertson -- both of whom have the versatility to move around.

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

I am told by a source that free-agent LB Mantei Te'o is close to a deal with the Saints, could sign Tuesday.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

A Saints-Patriots deal for CB Malcolm Butler is still very much in play, but a source described it as a process that could still go either way. The first factor is Butler and the Saints agreeing on a long-term contract. Nothing else can happen if they're not on the same page there, but last week's visit was a good sign of their mutual interest.

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4dMike Triplett

Sources: Daniel visits Saints, to meet with Jets

The Saints hosted quarterback Chase Daniel on a free-agent visit Sunday, a source tells ESPN's Adam Caplan. The free agent will meet with the Jets on Monday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan CB Channing Stribling is meeting with the Saints prior to his Pro Day on Friday and has a visit set up with Carolina on April 7.

Saints advancing talks to acquire Butler (0:46)
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6dMike Triplett

Payton heaps praise on potential pickup Butler

Saints coach Sean Payton didn't offer new insight into negotiations for a possible Malcolm Butler deal, but he did compliment the cornerback for his "amazing" story.

Team Stats

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