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Saints Fantasy All Stars from 2012


5183526The Saints failed to make the playoffs during the 2012 season – but that doesn’t mean some of the team’s player didn’t help NFL fans’ fantasy football teams win it all. Here’s a look at some of this year’s Saints players who surely made an impact.

  • QB Drew Brees racked up 467.58 fantasy football points for Yahoo! Sports players during the year. Week-to-week, the Saints signal caller remained a reliable start, minus his game at Atlanta during week 13 in which he threw 5 interceptions. His high point, however, came during week 4 when he accounted for 41.84 fantasy points in a loss to Green Bay. Overall, Brees finished the season with 43 TD passes, 19 interceptions and 5,177 yards in the air – also his third season that he’s thrown for 5K yards+.

  • TE Jimmy Graham continued to thrive on big plays in 2012 – racking up a total of 200.7 points during the 2012 campaign. While not as reliable in 2011, Graham could still be counted on – accounting for 33.10 Yahoo! fantasy points in week 10 VS. Atlanta.
  • RB Darren Sproles provided a multitude of fantasy contributions (whether in passing, rushing or specials teams) in 2012 – accounting for a total of 224.90 Yahoo! Fantasy Football points. Every game he was available in, he excelled. At max, he hauled in 27.40 Yahoo! fantasy points during week 2 in an effort against Carolina. His weakest point? 9.75 in week 5’s game against San Diego. From weeks 9 to 11, Sproles was out due to injury.
  • WR Marques Colston: At 6′ 4″, Colston remains one of Drew Brees’ favorite targets in the passing game, especially when it concerns the endzone. During the 2012 campaign, Colston caught 83 passes for 1154 yards and 10 TDs. The effort translated into a total of 221.90 Yahoo! Fantasy football points. During week 5, Colston accounted for 38.60 fantasy points VS San Diego.
  • WR Lance Moore: 2012 was a breakout year for longtime Saints receiver Lance Moore – a year in which he recorded 65 catches for 1041 yards and 6 touchdowns. In Yahoo! Fantasy Football, that translated into 184.85 fantasy points. Moore’s high point came during week 1 when he scored 24.00 Yahoo! Fantasy points.

Bounty Hunting: Just How Prevalent is it in the NFL?


Okay, so it’s not exactly Star Wars bounty hunting made famous by Boba Fett. It’s probably not even close. But are the New Orleans Saints being made the bad poster boys of a long heralded NFL tradition that most likely spans into plenty of corners of the National Football League? By some indications, that would appear to be the case.

In case you’re not aware of what’s being discussed (I’m sure the Star Wars picture doesn’t help), in an investigation spanning two years, the NFL released a report implicating 22 to 27 players of the New Orleans Saints in a “pay per hit” scandal on Friday. It’s a system that supposedly thrived under now former Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams. Saints defensive players (and even Williams) would throw money into a pool and particular players would be rewarded the cash after carrying out successful game plays including interceptions, fumbles, sacks and so on. Not bad, right? A little extra motivation and plus it makes things fun.

Here’s where it went too far and where the bounty factor comes into play: Players would also receive cash for successfully knocking opponents out of the game. Ouch right?

In a brutally tough league, it should be apparent that the goal of knocking players out of games is a common factor. Remember just this past season when Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said he’d intentionally target Tony Romo’s already mangled ribs in an upcoming divisional match between the Cowboys and Redskins?

But doing it for cash? That’s probably news to many and sounds quite ugly. But the standard practice of performance based pay amongst players appears common throughout the NFL. Former Saints safety Darren Sharper recently admitted such practices were in place when he first entered the league with the Green Bay Packers in the late 1990’s. “It’s something that’s happened since the beginning of time,” Sharper stated when recently being interviewed by the NFL Network (You can watch the full interview here here).

However, Sharper adamantly denied there was ever any intent to purposely hurt opponents. He even pointed towards the absurdity of the idea, stating that potential league fines would far outweigh any payment a player would receive for a knock out hit.

Sharper explained it this way, “No one put a bounty in for hurting guys. It was all about if you make a first interception in this game or if you get a sack, you know, the guys in the locker room would say okay, we’ll put a couple hundred dollars here, a couple hundred dollars there to pay that guy for making a good play during the game.”

Despite Sharper’s denial, Williams himself admitted to breaking the rules although he didn’t specifically refer to the idea of injuring other players (Williams now serves as Defensive Coordinator for the St. Louis Rams). Williams also said he knew the practice was wrong while participating in it.

“I want to express my sincere regret and apology to the NFL, Mr. Benson, and the New Orleans Saints fans for my participation in the ‘pay for performance’ program while I was with the Saints. It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it. Instead of getting caught up in it, I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry. I have learned a hard lesson and I guarantee that I will never participate in or allow this kind of activity to happen again.” -Former Saints/Current Rams Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams

In the NFL, It Appears to be Common

Meanwhile, player reaction to the practice’s revelation could be described as “unsurprised” to say the least. “I’m not pissed. It’s football,” stated former Vikings Quarterback Brett Favre when discussing the scandal with Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Favre continued, “I don’t think anything less of those guys. Said or unsaid, guys do it anyway. If they can drill you and get you out, they will.” You’ll remember that Favre famously faced the Saints in the 2009 NFC Championship game and received a pretty bad ankle injury (although he stayed in the game).

Here’s a look at some other player reactions via Twitter:

“This ‘bounty’ program happens all around the league…not surprising.” -Former Patriots Offensive Lineman Damien Woody

“Why is this a big deal now? Bounties been going on forever. A “Bounty” left me with a torn PCL and LCL in my knee …” -Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawn Merriman

“Roger Goodell says  bounty program involved payments for injuring opposing players. Who was the rat that told” -Former Eagles Cornerback Mark McMillian

“Not a big deal to me, no different than incentives n a contract” -Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco

However, there were those who came down harder on the scandal:

“No place in NFL for bounties. Physical play is an attribute but malicious intent should be removed.” -Jay Feely, Arizona Cardinals placekicker

“Bonuses given to Saints players if they injured opponents and knocked them out of the game. Any coach associated with this should be fired.” -Former Bengals QB Boomer Esiason

Does bounty hunting in the NFL Equate to Cheating?

If you’re thinking that the Saints Lombardi trophy from the 2009 should be revoked, think again: As bad as the bounty issue is, it doesn’t necessarily equate to cheating. Bounty or no bounty, game plans stay the same and players will continue to make hard hits (it’s the nature of the game).

Let’s recall the 2007 incident involving the New England Patriots popularly dubbed “Spygate.” In it, Patriots staff members were found guilty of taping signals by Jets defensive coaches. The incident led to hefty fines from the NFL and the Patriots’ loss of a first round draft pick. How does it differ from the Bounty scandal? Physical injuries weren’t an issue (obviously). However, stealing the Jets’ game plan was. Let’s be clear: Theft of a game plan is cheating. However, hard hits? Not so much. In the end, the Patriots were punished accordingly (as the Saints will be as well).

You can expect the NFL’s punishment upon the Saints to be even harsher. Perhaps even heavier fines, suspensions and the loss of draft choices. Since assuming his post as NFL commissioner in 2006, Roger Goodell has made player safety his top priority.

Let’s be clear: physical injuries in the NFL can ruin careers and effect players’ lives in the longterm. It’s an issue that should be addressed with the utmost seriousness. However, the idea of hard hits is ingrained in the NFL’s culture amongst both players, coaches and fans.  The NFL itself has long glorified hard hits in media produced through NFL Films. Roger Goodell’s challenge is to change the NFL’s culture. It’s quite a big task indeed.

Is making the Saints the bad poster boys of a widespread NFL practice fair? Probably not, but they’re the ones who happened to get caught. Aside from the Saints, other teams that could be implicated in the scandal include the Redskins, Bills and Jaguars (also where Gregg Williams previously served).

What effect if any has the bounty issue had on the Saint’s defensive play over the past three seasons? Did implementing a bounty actually help improve the D-Line? Well within the past couple seasons, the Saints’ defense could be described as anything but “hard hitting,” despite a prolific offense.

Are the Saints doomed in 2012?

Let’s again recall the Patriots in the aftermath of hefty penalties from Spygate: Winning 15 regular season games straight, 2 playoff victories (despite an embarrassing defeat in Super Bowl XLII).

If you happen to be a Saints fan, here’s your best hope: As awkward as it may sound, the organization has a chance to shape up and use adversity from the issue to motivate them for next year. After recently franchising quarterback Drew Brees, the organization should focus on finally getting him a longterm deal, accept whatever penalties it may receive and move on from the past.


Reflections on NFL Free Agency Thus Far..


Note: Article will likely be updated as more news occurs.

(WookiePost) – With the NFL lockout having dragged on as long as it did, it’s no real surprise that a shortened free agency has hit with a bang, producing a plethora of trades, signing, and releases. Here’s an analysis of some of the biggest moves so far..

Ochocinco to Patriots: As expected, the New England Patriots signed a veteran wide receiver. Albeit a flashy one, the move gives Tom Brady another target to throw to. Last year, Chad had a pretty lackluster season compared to his previous 6 Pro-Bowl caliber ones. However, with the move, Ochocinco gets his wish to compete on a championship-caliber team. The Patriots had tried to bring in Torry Holt last year, but things didn’t work out when Holt became injured before the regular season began.

(Two of the largest moves in free agency involve two former Eagles quarters).

Kevin Kolb Goes to Arizona: Larry Fitzgerald has his quarterback in Kevin Kolb. The former Eagles quarter just signed a 5 year/63 million dollar deal with the Arizona Cardinals. Kolb started for the Eagles last season but lost his spot after Michael Vick played exceptionally well after Kolb became injured in during the Eagle’s first game. However, when Vick got injured, Kolb filled back in at the quarterback position, playing well at times. That wasn’t enough though, Vick later reclaimed the starting QB spot and continued to play great football, Vick earning his 4th trip to the Pro Bowl and winning the prestigious Comeback Player of the Year award.

The Arizona Cardinals were a bad, bad football team last year, earning a 5-11 record without a solid quarterback. It’s really no surprise the Cardinals sunk so low after two playoff seasons (one in which they made the Super Bowl). Their team’s leader Kurt Warner had retired and Matt Leinart wasn’t working out. Kolb must now fill Warner’s shoes, and those are big shoes (Warner is a 2 time league MVP and future hall of famer). Meanwhile, Kolb has a pretty solid, actually scratch that, VERY, VERY solid wide receiver to throw to in Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald put up good numbers last year despite the Cardinal’s lack of strength at the quarterback position.

McNabb to the Vikings – After an injury plagued season for former Vikings QB Brett Favre, the Vikings drafted Florida State QB Christian Ponder. However, like lots of teams do, the Vikings quickly sought a veteran QB to mentor the rookie. The Redskins have shipped McNabb to the Vikings. McNabb didn’t have the greatest year with the Redskins last year, but don’t give McNabb all the blame, it’s not like the Redskins gave him much to work with.

Look for Donovan to start, and keeping starting as long as he plays well or until he is injured, eventually paving the way for rookie Christian Ponder to become the team’s future.

Tavaris Jackson to Seattle – In what sounds like a boneheaded move, the Seattle Seahawks have signed former Vikings QB Tavaris Jackson, and it’s expected that Jackson will become Seattle’s starting QB after they traded Matt Hasselback to the Tennessee Titans. Jackson over Hasselback? Common Man! Perhaps the Seahawks are planning another QB signing (if they’re smart, which doesn’t sound like they are). They also have Charlie Whitehurst on their roster (another unproven veteran). Earlier reports involving a Matt Leinart/Pete Carroll reunion turned out to be false. Despite sounding negative, this is great news for Jackson, who will get a great opportunity to try to prove himself once again.

Sydney Rice to Seattle – Former Vikings wideout Sydney Rice prospered during the 2009 season with Brett Favre as his QB, posting 1312 yards, 8 TD’s, and making the Pro Bowl. However, he was injured during most of last year (following hip surgery. The fact is that Brett Favre at QB went a long way towards helping Rice improve at his position. It’ll be interesting to see if Rice can put up large numbers in 2011, especially with Tavaris Jackson possibly being his QB (yet again..). If you were a wide receiver, who’d you rather play with, McNabb or Tavaris Jackson? (just something to think about). Perhaps the Vikings should have tried harder to keep the free agent Rice.

Albert Haynesworth to the Pats – This is a trade that really, really makes since and here’s why: The Patriots have proven success taking in somewhat troubled players (think Randy moss, even though that didn’t work long term). The entire Patriot teams’ mentality is far to strong to be hindered by any of Haynesworth’s possible antics. In New England, the defensive tackle will have the opportunity to resurrect his career and play for a serious contender. Besides, the Patriots got a pretty good deal on this one.

Reggie Bush to Miami – The Saints have sent running back Reggie Bush to South Beach, where (like LeBron) he’ll have a chance to display his talent. Reggie Bush never really lived up to the hype in New Orleans. However, he was injured quite a bit. That’s not to say he isn’t a great player. He had some amazing games with the Saints (when he was healthy), especially as a return player, plus he’s already got the pressure of winning a Super Bowl off his back. Reggie Bush will now have a chance to become a more prominent player in Miami. The Dolphins’ backfield (maybe not for too long) features aging running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams (also a former Saint).

Where Will Plaxico Go? It’s with the Jets!– It’s been reported that former Giants Super Bowl hero wide receiver Plaxico Burress will likely sign with one of two of his former teams, either the New York Football Giants or the Steelers. Honestly, it doesn’t make too much sense for the Giants to sign him, the Giants already have Smith, Nicks, Manningham (3 great wideouts). So, right now, i’d give the Steelers the upper-hand as being more likely to receive Plaxico’s services. However, if one of those teams don’t get him, i’d throw St. Louis and Chicago into the mix. UPDATE: Plexico is returning to NYC. However, this time not with the Giants, he’s with the Jets. With the move, the Jets aren’t expected to keep wide receiver Braylon Edwards. The move gives Jets QB Mark Sanchez a new deep threat along with Santonio Holmes.

Hasselback to Tennessee – Former Seahawks QB Matt Hasselback has been shipped to the Tennessee Titans. It’s a similar move to the McNabb/Vikings trade, yet I’d suspect Hasselback has less a chance to become and remain a starter than McNabb. I’d expect Jake Locker to get some starts at least by mid season.

Leinart Re-signs with Texans – Perhaps it sounds like Matt’s content being a backup in the league. Once highly touted and for a short time the Cardinal’s starter, the former Cardinals QB was eventually replaced by Kurt Warner, who lead the Cardinals to the playoffs twice (one of which was to the Super Bowl. After Warner retired, Leinart didn’t really work out for the Cardinals, so he signed with the Texans last season. With Matt Schaub playing great football as the Texan’s starter, it’s unlikely that Leinart will see action, yet again (unless there’s an injury).

Jets Re-sign Santonio Holmes – This is a move that makes sense for the Jets. However, it’s interesting to see what the Jets will do with Braylon Edwards. Holmes started out last season suspended, but returned to put up respectable numbers. Look for the former Super Bowl MVP to put up larger numbers next year.

Vince Young Goes to Philly – The Eagles just picked up former Titans QB Vince Young who will settle into a role as Vick’s backup. The news makes sense for the Eagles, who were desperately in need of a reliable backup following Kevin Kolb’s trade to Arizona. It’s more important for the Eagles to have a more solid backup QB than other teams, considering Vick’s play-style leaves him prone to possible injuries. The move will also give to QB a chance to learn under a solid system lead by head coach Andy Reid.

Cowboys Release Roy Williams, he signs with Chicago – In a not so surprising move, the Dallas Cowboys have released wideout Roy Williams. The once highly touted Williams never really worked out in Dallas (who received him from a trade with Detroit in 2009). Perhaps the Cowboys should have kept T.O. after all (whose put up decent numbers under hard circumstances with two different teams). Meanwhile, the Cowboys will try to make the young Dez Bryant into an elite NFL receiver. UPDATE: Williams has now signed with Chicago, a team that way in desperate need of a decent target for Cutler. However, even with Williams, Chicago still lacks depth at the position. Williams never really lived up to the hype following his 2006 pro-bowl season with the Detroit Lions.

Cowboys Release Marion Barber, he signs with Chicago – Barber had a lackluster year with the Cowboys in 2010. However, it’s important to note that the entire Cowboys team struggled in 2010. Felix Jones is now the go to guy in the backfield for Dallas. It shouldn’t take too long for Barber to find another team though. As far the Cowboys, it will be interesting to see watch QB Tony Romo (who spend majority of last season injured). UPDATE: Marion Barber has signed a deal with the Chicago Bears. He’s the second Cowboy (the other is Roy Williams) to go to Chicago. In Chicago, Barber will backup Matt Forte, who rushed for 1,069 yards and 6 TD’s last season.

Eagles Sign Nnamdi Asomugha – All the sudden, the Eagles find themselves loaded at the cornerback position with Asomugha, the newly traded Domique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eagles veteran Asante Samuel. Will the Eagles keep Samuel? Asomugha going to Philadelphia came as a bit of a surprise. The Jets and Cowboys were at one point thought to be the main suitors.

There’s still lots of news to be made in NFL free agency. In the mean time, start planning your fantasy football teams!

Replacing A Legend With A Legend: From Favre to Rodgers


Replacing a legend isn’t always easy.  Just ask former Dallas Cowboys Star Quarterback Troy Aikman.  The Cowboys struggled with finding a reliable leader under center until putting in Tony Romo just a few years back.  And perhaps after winning the latest Super Bowl and such a crazy past few years after Favre’s tumultous departure from Green Bay, Packers fans may want to forget the guy who won a Super Bowl for them nearly 14 years ago.  However, the fact remains that Favre and the Packers will likely repair their tumultous relationship in the coming years and most Packers fans will once again embrace their legend.  Perhaps some will forgive but never forgot.  Before the relationship between Favre and the Packers organization is fixed, it’s likely that Favre still has some demons to battle in his personal life.

Meanwhile, in the past few years Rodgers has been incredible.  He’s the only quarterback to pass over 4,000 yards in back to back seasons his first 2 years as a starter.  He deserved to go to the Pro Bowl this year but was snubbed.  However, i’m sure the guy is much happier being Super Bowl MVP.  That being said, let’s not forget that Rodgers likely benefited highly as Favre’s understudy.  Let’s give the old man Favre just a little credit for Rodger’s development into an elite quarterback.  The Packers organization did a great job as well.  After all, this is all very familiar territory.  Just remember how to 49’ers transitioned from Joe Montana to Steve Young almost 20 years ago.

Vick VS. Brady: Which QB Should Be Crowned NFL MVP?


Photo from Associated Press

With the regular NFL season nearly complete, debate has certainly heated up as to whether Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles or Tom Brady of the New England Patriots should be awarded NFL MVP.

So far in this season, Vick’s stats are as followed: 2755 passing yards, 20 passing TD’s, and an overall QB rating of 103.6.  He also has thrown only 5 interceptions.  That’s not to forget his 613 rushing yards with 8 rushing TD’s as well.  That means he’s accounted for a total of 28 TD’s thus far this season.  Meanwhile, Tom Brady has been spectacular as well, accounting for a total of 3561 passing yards and 31 passing TD’s.  His QB rating is an amazing 109.9.  Unlike Vick, Brady’s rushing stats aren’t even worth mentioning as they account for essentially nothing.  Keep in mind that Vick has also essentially missed 4 games this season due to an injury against the Redskins.  Who know’s how much better his stats be if he had been able to play then? Vick, however, came back and continued his jaw-dropping play.  Vick’s play has been incredible and it should be kept in mind that he started this season as a backup, got back into a starting position, and became a pass first, rush last kind of guy who’s actually an incredibly accurate passer, a lot more so than his days in Atlanta.

Photo from Associated Press

Brady has soldiered on, proving he doesn’t really need Randy Moss, then again who really does right now? Brady’s ability to make any player that is brought onto his team into a star should be taken into account as well.  However, it’s Michael Vick’s determination to improve his play skill and his versatility that make the Eagle’s Quarterback the favorite in my mind to win NFL MVP.  Remember that this is a player like no other.

At the end of the day, the question is, “Which QB can lead his team deeper in the playoffs?” Brady’s been there, done that, and might have the upper hand, but it could be Vick’s time to shine.  As Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints proved last year, one of these guys would much rather be named Super Bowl MVP than NFL MVP.

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: The Vikings Attempt a Turnaround


 

Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss catches a TD against the Jets (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

 

Before the start of the 2010 NFL season, some of the most hyped up teams such as the Dallas Cowboys & San Francisco 49’ers have begun with really disappointing starts.  It’s also interesting to note that no team in the NFL is perfect right now, it’s the first time since 1970 that no team has gone 4-0.  Since it’s still early in the season, there’s some time for a few teams that don’t have good records right now to get on a roll and began a turnaround that could perhaps, lead them to the playoffs.  Here’s an analysis of of the most likely team in the NFC to complete a turnaround and get to the playoffs:

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (1-3):

The Good:

With Sidney Rice still being out, the Vikings, who were short on a deep pass threat pulled off one of the biggest trades in NFL history, acquiring 7x pro-bowl receiver Randy Moss.  While the Vikings struggled throughout the first half in their most recent game against the New York Jets, the offense began to tick during the second half when Brett Favre completed his first touchdown pass of the game to Moss while Harvin caught 2.  Adrian Peterson is one of the most talented running backs in the league and as long as he stays healthy, the Vikings should have a good balance between the pass and run game.  The Vikings defense also currently ranks 5th in the league.  With a lineup full of all-stars including Favre, Peterson, Moss, Rice, Harvin, and Shiancoe, look for the offense to get attempt to get back on track this Sunday at home against a struggling Dallas team.  Despite losing 3 out 4 games, all 3 losses have been close ones.  It’s also interesting to mention that the Packers, who were once thought to win the NFC North could struggle within the next few weeks due to injuries.

The Bad:

Quarterback Brett Favre has struggled this season with tendonitis in his throwing arm while his surgically repaired ankle has been less of an issue.  With 7 interceptions this year, he has already matched the total he had last season.  However, it’s significant to mention that in the Vikings game against the Jets, Favre three touchdowns, that’s more than he’d thrown in the first 3 games of the season(which was 2).  Cornerback Cedric Griffin, a key player on defense recently sustained an injury to his right knee and will be out for the remainder of the season.

The Ugly:

The NFL is currently investigating whether Vikings Quarterback Brett Favre gave a former Jets sideline reporter unwanted advances via voicemail and text message.  While it’s too soon to see how all this will pan out(whether the NFL takes action against Favre), it’s definitely an unwanted distraction for Favre and the rest of his teammates.

A Tribute to 20 of the Greatest New Orleans Saints


While many great people have been involved with the Saints organization since its inception, there are some coaches and players in the franchise’s history that just seem extraordinary.  Here’s a countdown tribute to the top 20 greatest New Orleans Saints.  (thus far..)

1.)Drew Brees (QB 2006-Present)

Since signing with the team before the start of the 2006 NFL season, quarterback Drew Brees has not only put up some exceptional statistics, but has lead his team to the playoffs twice and on the second time, won the Super Bowl, a first in Saints franchise history.  During his tenure in New Orleans, Brees has been named to the Pro Bowl 3x and Super Bowl MVP.  Before playing for the Saints, Brees played for the San Diego Chargers.  After becoming a free agent after the 2005 season, Brees visited with both the Dolphins and the Saints.  Nick Saban, who was Dolphins head coach at the time didn’t trust that Brees could come back from arthroscopic surgery which lead Brees to ultimately sign with the Saints.  The rest is history..

2.)Rickey Jackson (LB 1981-1993)

Rickey Jackson is the only player for the Saints to have been named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame thus far.  As a linebacker, Jackson made up part of the Saints famed Dome Patrol during the late 80s/early 90s.  After his tenure with the Saints, Jackson went on to play with the 49ers, earning a Super Bowl Ring in 1995.

3.)Sean Payton (Head Coach 2006-Present)

Head Coach Sean Payton is known for his gutsy calls and as an offensive guru.  During his first season with the team in 2006, Payton lead the Saints to the NFC Championship and 3 seasons later to winning the team’s first Super Bowl.

4.)Deuce McAllister (RB 2001-2009)

Deuce McAllister was drafted out of Ole Miss by the Saints in the first round of the 2001 draft.  During his 8 seasons with the team he rushed for over 6,000 yards and made 2 Pro Bowl appearances.  He holds the franchise record for most career rushing yards and touchdowns.

5.)Joe Horn (WR 2000-2006)

During his time in New Orleans, wide receiver Joe Horn became known for his flashy celebration antics, thus giving way to the nickname “Hollywood”.  Before his tenure with the Saints, Horn played 4 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.  In his 7 seasons with the team Horn was a highly productive receiver, having 4 Pro Bowl appearances.  Horn also spent one season playing for divisional rival Atlanta before retiring with the Saints in 2010.

6.)Archie Manning (QB 1971-1982)

Although today he’s probably known best as the father of super star Super Bowl MVP’s Peyton and Eli Manning, Quarterback Archie Manning was known as a super star during his time with the Saints.  Despite poor protection on the field, Manning managed to lead the league in pass attempts and completions in 1972.  In 1978 he was named NFC Player of the Year and also made 2 Pro Bowls with the team.

7.)Morten Andersen (K 1982-1994)

In Saint’s history, kicker Morten Andersen is the Saints leading scorer with 1,318 points over 13 seasons with the team.  A 6-time pro bowler, with the Saints, Andersen holds many distinctive league records.

8.)Bobby Hebert (QB 1985-1992)

A Louisiana native, Bobby Hebert became known as the “cajun-cannon” during his time as a quarterback.  Hebert lead the Saints to their first playoff appearance in 1991 and another in 1992.  In 1999 Hebert was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame.

9.)Jim Mora (Head Coach 1986-1996)

Before Mora’s arrival as Saints Head Coach in 1986, the Saints were known as a strictly losing team.  Mora brought the attitude of winning to the Saints.  During his time as head coach Mora brought the Saints to the playoffs 4 times.  Despite all these times being losing efforts, Mora became the winningest head coach in Saints history.

10.)Marques Colston (WR 2006-Present)

Marques Colston was drafted in the 7th round of the NFL draft but quickly became one of quarterback Drew Brees’ favorite targets in 2006.  He’s helped lead the Saints receiving corps over the past 4 seasons and holds the NFL record for most receptions in a player’s first 2 years.

11.)Dalton Hilliard (WR 1986-1993)

Hilliard played college football at LSU and became one of the most productive Saints running backs during the late 80’s/early 90’s.  In 1989 he rushed for 1,262 yards and 18 touchdowns, thus earning his only Pro Bowl appearance.

12.)Willie Roaf (Tackle 1993-2001)

Linebacker Willie Roaf has the distinction of being the most awarded linebacker in Saints history, having made the pro bowl 7x during his time with the Saints.  He was named to the NFL’s all decade team in the 1990’s and 2000’s.  He played with the Kansas City Chiefs before retiring in 2005.

13.)Eric Martin (WR 1985-1993)

During his time with the Saints from 1985 to 1993, Eric Martin became one of the best regarded receivers in Saints history with most receptions, touchdowns, and receiving yards.  Martin was selected to the Pro Bowl once and also played for the Kansas City Chiefs before retiring in 1994.

14.)Sam Mills (LB 1986-1994)

As a linebacker for the Saints during the late 80s/early 90’s, Sam Mills formed an integral part of the Saint’s defense known as the “Dome Patrol”.  He earned 4 Pro Bowl appearances during his tenure with the Saints.

15.)Vaughan Johnson (LB 1986-1993)

Like Sam Mills, linebacker Vaughaun Johnson also formed an integral part of the Saint’s “Dome Patrol”.  he was named to the Pro Bowl 4x.

16.)Pat Swilling (LB 1986-1992)

A consistent Pro Bowler with the Saints, Pat Swilling earned the distinction as NFL defensive player of the year in 1991.  He was yet another member of the Saint’s “Dome Patrol”.  Swilling later entered into politics, becoming a delegate in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

17.)Will Smith (DE 2004-Present)

Throughout the 2000’s, defensive end Will Smith has become an important leader of the Saints defense.  In 2001 Smith had a career high 13 sacks.  Smith was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2006.

18.)Michael Lewis (WR/PR 2001-2006)

Shortly before his time with the Saints, Michael Lewis worked as a Budweiser truck driver.  Although he never played college football, Lewis dabbled with semi-professional leagues before finally signing with the Saints in 2001.  He quickly made a name for himself as a return specialist and was named to a Pro Bowl for his special teams skills in 2002.

19.)Reggie Bush (RB 2006-Present)

Reggie Bush is probably regarded as the most well-known draft pick of the New Orleans Saints due to his prolific play at running back during his college tenure at USC.  Bush has become known for large breakout plays on the outside and as reliable receiver as well as being a running back.  One of Bush’s biggest games came as New Orleans faced the Cardinals in the playoffs of the 2009 season.  Bush registered 85 yard of rushing, a touchdown, and an 83 yard punt return for another touchdown.

20.)John Carney (K 2001-2006, 2009)

John Carney was known as a reliable placekicker during his tenure with the Saints.  After a 2 season absence, Carney returned to the Saints active roster in time for the 2009 season.  Although later replaced by Garrett Hartley in time for the Saint’s first Super Bowl Appearance, Carney stayed with the team as a kicking coach to the young Hartley and is credited with much of Hartley’s growth as a kicker through the Saint’s playoff games and Super Bowl appearance.