Nov 21, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Demario Davis (56) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints sign LB Demario Davis to extension

The New Orleans Saints signed veteran linebacker Demario Davis to a one-year extension through 2024, ESPN reported Friday.

Davis, 33, can earn an additional $18 million over the next three seasons under his revised deal, per the report.

Davis started 16 games and contributed 105 tackles and three sacks in his fourth season with the Saints (10th in the NFL) in 2021.

An All-Pro first-team selection in 2019, he has 1,027 tackles, 29.5 sacks, six fumble recoveries and two interceptions in 160 games (146 starts) with the New York Jets (2012-15, 2017), Cleveland Browns (2016) and Saints (2018-21).

Davis can earn $2 million in incentives in each of the next three seasons and will earn a $10 million salary and a $2 million roster bonus in 2024, per the report.

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Houston Texans running back David Johnson (31) takes a hit from Tennessee Titans linebacker Dylan Cole (53) during the second quarter at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.

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Report: Veteran RB David Johnson visits Saints

Free agent running back David Johnson visited the New Orleans Saints on Monday, multiple outlets reported.

Johnson, 30, spent the past two seasons with the Houston Texans after five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.

He played in 13 games (four starts) in 2021, rushing for 228 yards and adding 32 catches for 225 yards and a score.

Johnson has rushed for 4,047 yards and 39 touchdowns and has 2,758 receiving yards and 18 TDs in 87 games (63 starts) since Arizona drafted him in the third round in 2015.

The Saints have a need in the backfield, where starter Alvin Kamara’s primary backups are 32-year-old Mark Ingram II and undrafted third-year back Tony Jones Jr.

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Feb 3, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during AFC practice for the Pro Bowl at Las Vegas Ballpark.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints renewing efforts to sign S Tyrann Mathieu

The New Orleans Saints are planning an “aggressive push” to sign free agent Tyrann Mathieu after failing to land a safety in the draft, ESPN reported Sunday.

Mathieu, who was born and raised in New Orleans, visited with the Saints in early April.

The three-time All-Pro, who turns 30 on May 13, started 16 games for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2021 and posted 76 tackles, three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), three fumble recoveries and one sack.

A third-round pick out of LSU in 2013, Mathieu has 26 interceptions (three pick-sixes) and 10 sacks in 129 contests (120 starts) with the Arizona Cardinals (2013-17), Houston Texans (2018) and Chiefs. He won Super Bowl LIV in his first season with Kansas City.

The Saints selected only five players in the 2022 NFL Draft: wide receiver Chris Olave and offensive tackle Trevor Penning in the first round, cornerback Alontae Taylor in the second round, linebacker D’Marco Jackson in the fifth round and defensive tackle Jordan Jackson in the sixth.

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Jan 30, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) reacts after a play against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter of the AFC Championship Game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent S Tyrann Mathieu visits hometown Saints

Free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu is at least considering coming home again, visiting with his hometown New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

NFL Network reported that no deal is imminent, characterizing it as more of a casual visit while the three-time All-Pro was in town to visit friends and family.

It is noteworthy, however, as this is believed to be Mathieu’s first team visit this offseason.

Mathieu, who turns 30 next month, started 16 games for the Kansas City Chiefs last season and posted 76 tackles, three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), three fumble recoveries and one sack.

A third-round pick out of LSU in 2013, Mathieu has 26 interceptions (three pick-sixes) and 10 sacks in 129 contests (120 starts) with the Arizona Cardinals (2013-17), Houston Texans (2018) and Chiefs. He won Super Bowl LIV in his first season with Kansas City.

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Jan 2, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) reacts after the game against the New York Giants during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Saints signing veteran QB Andy Dalton

The New Orleans Saints are signing veteran quarterback Andy Dalton to a one-year deal, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

ESPN said the contract was worth up to $6 million, including $3 million guaranteed.

Dalton played in eight games (six starts) with the Chicago Bears last season, completing 149 of 236 passes for 1,515 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Dalton, 34, will provide experience and insurance behind projected starter Jameis Winston, who inked a two-year, $28 million deal earlier this month. Saints head coach Dennis Allen also confirmed that part-time signal-caller Taysom Hill will become a full-time tight end moving forward.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Dalton has passed for 35,279 yards, 226 touchdowns and 135 interceptions in 152 games (148 starts) with the Cincinnati Bengals (2011-19), Dallas Cowboys (2020) and Bears.

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Jan 2, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) gestures as he calls a play in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Saints focusing on TE duties for versatile Taysom Hill

The New Orleans Saints want jack-of-all-trades Taysom Hill to master one position in 2022: tight end.

First-year head coach Dennis Allen confirmed that plan Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings in Palm Beach, Fla., according to NewOrleans.Football.

Hill, 31, has played tight end, quarterback, running back and wide receiver during his five seasons with the team. He has also played more than 800 snaps on special teams.

In 65 games with the Saints since 2017, Hill has accumulated 2,025 passing yards, 1,183 rushing yards and 388 receiving yards. He has 16 touchdown runs, eight touchdown passes and seven touchdown catches.

Hill signed a four-year, $40 million contract extension last November.

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Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) looks for an open receiver against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints had second meeting with Deshaun Watson

The Saints met with Deshaun Watson for a second time Wednesday night, NewOrleans.Football reported Thursday.

That’s one more reported meeting than the Houston Texans quarterback has had with the Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers or any other suitors. He first spoke with the Saints on Monday night.

New Orleans has created nearly $30 million in cap space by recently restructuring several veterans’ contracts, per ESPN.

Watson, 26, carries a $35 million cap hit on his current contract, which also includes a no-trade clause.

A fresh start is coveted by Watson, who did not play last season after demanding a trade. He was inactive every week, with the potential for criminal charges hanging over his head as more than 20 women accused him of sexual misconduct. He could face discipline from the NFL even without a conviction with precedent in noteworthy cases including the six-game ban Ben Roethlisberger received in 2010.

Watson remains the subject of civil lawsuits despite the grand jury’s decision in Harris County, Texas, declining to indict him on nine criminal complaints.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell repeatedly has said only that the league is closely monitoring the events related to the Watson case while conducting its own investigation.

Watson passed for a career-high 4,823 yards with 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2020 following a landmark contract extension with the Texans worth $156 million over four years.

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Sep 19, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Juwan Johnson (83) during the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints TE Juwan Johnson signs 1-year extension

The New Orleans Saints signed tight end Juwan Johnson to a one-year extension, NewOrleans.Football reported.

Johnson, 25, entered the offseason as an exclusive rights free agent.

He caught 13 passes for 159 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games (two starts) last season.

Johnson originally joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon in 2020. He converted from wide receiver to tight end and caught four passes for 39 yards in seven games (four starts) that season.

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Dec 2, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram II (14) and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (55) during the first half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Saints RB Mark Ingram (knee) out for finale

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram II was ruled out of Sunday’s regular-season finale against the host Atlanta Falcons because of a knee injury.

Ingram had been questionable in advance of Sunday’s game, which the Saints need to win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. New Orleans also would need the Los Angeles Rams to defeat the San Francisco 49ers to make the playoffs.

Ingram did not play in last week’s game against the Carolina Panthers. He has rushed for 554 yards on 160 carries with two touchdowns for the Houston Texans and Saints this season. He has 260 yards on 68 carries in seven games (three starts) since returning to the Saints for a Week 8 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

New Orleans did activate right tackle Ryan Ramczyk (knee) to the active roster. Defensive end Marcus Davenport (ankle) also was ruled active after he was listed as questionable this week.

–Field Level Media