Oct 20, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Andrew Dowell (50) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Saints re-sign LB Andrew Dowell

The New Orleans Saints re-signed linebacker Andrew Dowell.

Terms of the deal announced Monday were not disclosed.

Dowell, 26, appeared in all 17 games last season and recorded seven tackles and two forced fumbles.

Undrafted out of Michigan State in 2019, Dowell has 22 tackles in 34 games while primarily playing special teams for the Saints.

–Field Level Media

Feb 2, 2023; Henderson, NV, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws the ball during the Pro Bowl Skills competition at the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr calls signing with Saints ‘dream come true’

Quarterback Derek Carr called signing with the Saints a “dream-come-true moment” during his introductory press conference on Saturday in New Orleans.

The former Raiders signal-caller put pen to paper on a four-year contract worth a reported $150 million. The deal is said to include $70 million guaranteed, including $60 million at signing.

“Thank you so much. This really is a dream-come-true moment for me,” Carr said. “The warmth and the love that I’ve felt … has been unbelievable.”

Saints head coach Dennis Allen was the head coach of the Raiders when they drafted Carr in 2014. Carr said Allen was a big reason why he opted to sign with New Orleans.

“How I feel about this man, hopefully me sitting here tells you what I think about him,” Carr said of Allen. “He trusted me with the keys to an organization. . . . We’re just getting started, though. All that’s in the past.”

The Saints began last season with Jameis Winston as their starter but used Taysom Hill and Andy Dalton on the way to a 7-10 season.

In his nine seasons with the Raiders, Carr played for six head coaches, went 63-79 as a starter and led the team to the playoffs twice without a win. He didn’t play in the 2016 season postseason game due to a broken leg.

“I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t say thank you to them,” Carr said of the Raiders. “I had nine great years there. A lot of great memories.”

Carr, who turns 32 later this month, set franchise records of 35,222 yards and 217 touchdowns. He is a four-time Pro Bowl selection, including this season when he passed for 3,522 yards, 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Dec 9, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan looks on at the game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Phoenix Suns during the first half at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Cameron Jordan wins appeal of fine for alleged fake injury

The NFL has rescinded a $50,000 fine against the New Orleans Saints’ Cameron Jordan for allegedly faking an injury after the defensive end won his appeal, ESPN reported Thursday.

The league had issued a memo in early December notifying teams it will enforce harsh penalties for faking injuries.

The Saints were playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Dec. 5 and leading 16-3 in the fourth quarter when Jordan attempted to sack quarterback Tom Brady on third-and-17. Jordan fell to the ground, got up, appeared to look to his sideline and went to one knee, appearing to point to his leg. He left the field with team trainers as the Bucs punted on fourth down.

Jordan was examined in the injury tent and returned four plays into Tampa Bay’s next offensive possession. Jordan said later that he could not push off on his left foot.

He said he rehabbed his swollen foot during the team’s bye week and had an MRI before playing a week later against the Atlanta Falcons. He said the MRI showed the injury.

New Orleans has appealed the fines against Jordan, the organization ($350,000), head coach Dennis Allen ($100,000) and Saints co-defensive coordinator Ryan Neilsen ($50,000) for a $550,000 total.

Jordan texted ESPN and questioned the process, suggesting any incident be fully investigated before announcing a fine. He also wondered why it took the NFL so long to decide, as his appeal was not heard until late December.

Cincinnati Bengals safety Jessie Bates III was also fined for his alleged fake injury during a Week 13 win over Kansas City, according to NFL Network.

Bates was fined $50,000 and said at the time he would appeal, according to NFL Network. The Bengals’ organization was fined $350,000 and head coach Zac Taylor $150,000.

–Field Level Media

Sep 25, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  New Orleans Saints wide receiver Jarvis Landry (5) looks on against the Carolina Panthers during the first half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Saints placing WR Jarvis Landry on IR

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Jarvis Landry will not face his former team on Saturday in Cleveland.

He has been ruled out with an ankle injury for the Week 16 game between the Saints (5-9) and Browns (6-8).

Multiple reports said the Saints planned to place Landry on injured reserve, ending his first season in New Orleans.

Landry, 30, who missed five games earlier this season with an ankle injury, caught 25 passes for 272 yards and one touchdown in nine games (three starts).

The five-time Pro Bowl selection has 713 receptions for 7,870 yards and 38 TDs in 132 games (116 starts) with the Miami Dolphins (2014-17), Browns (2018-21) and Saints.

Rookie receiver Chris Olave (hamstring), running back Dwayne Washington (illness) and linebacker Pete Werner (hamstring) have also been ruled out for New Orleans.

Browns defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will not play due to a concussion. Fellow DE Myles Garrett (illness) and running back Nick Chubb (foot) each missed the first two days of practice this week but are expected to play.

–Field Level Media