Sep 18, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Maye (6) reacts in the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints parting ways with S Marcus Maye

The New Orleans Saints plan to release veteran safety Marcus Maye, ESPN reported Friday.

Maye, who turns 31 on March 9, is entering the final season of a three-year, $28.5 million contract he signed in March 2022.

He was set to count $9.6 million against the salary cap and was due $7 million in base salary in 2024.

However, releasing Maye will only save the Saints $1.1 million against the cap due to a 2023 contract restructuring, per ESPN.

Maye was suspended for the first three games last season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy and missed the last six games with a shoulder injury. He only played 17 games in two seasons with New Orleans.

A second-round draft pick by the New York Jets in 2017, Maye has recorded eight interceptions and 409 tackles in 77 games (all starts) with the Jets (2017-21) and Saints.

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Dec 17, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) is tackled by New York Giants safety Jason Pinnock (27) during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr spreads wealth as Saints roll past Giants

Derek Carr threw three touchdown passes and the host New Orleans Saints did not allow a touchdown in a 24-6 victory against the visiting New York Giants on Sunday afternoon.

Carr completed 23 of 28 passes for 218 yards and connected with 10 different receivers, including three different targets for scores. Alvin Kamara contributed 66 rushing yards and 44 receiving yards on five receptions for the Saints (7-7).

Giants rookie quarterback Tommy DeVito, who left the game briefly to be checked for a concussion before returning, completed 20 of 34 passes for 177 yards as New York (5-9) saw its three-game winning streak end.

New York gained just 193 total yards, including 60 rushing, and the Saints delivered a season-high seven sacks.

On the first possession of the third quarter the Saints scored on Carr’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Juwan Johnson to increase their lead to 14-6.

Blake Grupe kicked a 50-yard field goal to expand the lead to 17-6 at the end of the third quarter.

Carr threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham, who caught a touchdown pass for the third consecutive game, as New Orleans opened a 24-6 lead with 10:47 remaining.

On the game’s first possession, the Giants got Randy Bullock’s 56-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead, but Bullock injured a hamstring on the kick.

Carr completed all five of his passes on a first-quarter drive for 49 yards, the last 7 of which came on a touchdown to Keith Kirkwood, as the 68-yard drive gave the Saints a 7-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The second-quarter was scoreless when DeVito was shaken up on a scramble and he was replaced by Tyrod Taylor, who completed 2 of 4 passes for 13 yards in his first action since a rib injury in a 13-10 loss to the New York Jets on Oct. 29.

Punter Jamie Gillan replaced Bullock and kicked a 40-yard field as time expired in the first half, trimming New Orleans’ lead to 7-6.

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Dec 3, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr (4) talks to quarterback Taysom Hill (7) against the Detroit Lions during the first half at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Derek Carr clears concussion protocol

New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol on Friday and is likely to start against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Carr, who sustained his second documented concussion in three weeks, left the Saints’ 33-28 loss to the Detroit Lions last Sunday with a concussion plus rib and shoulder injuries. It’s the third time this season the 32-year-old quarterback has left a game early due to injury.

Carr, who has yet to miss a start this season despite the injuries, returned to practice Wednesday but was limited. He was a full participant in practice Friday, though he was listed as questionable for DSunday.

“I don’t really have any concerns,” Carr said when asked about the concussion issues. “I did some extra tests and things like that this week, just checking on things. Our doctors and the non-affiliated doctor said everything was perfect, they showed me the results in comparison to things.

“I do not have any worries on that stuff. It didn’t feel like the two were even related to one another. So, for me, that’s just sometimes the price of doing business and playing football. So no concern on that part, long term or short term. Fully confident that I can be all right playing with that part of it.”

Carr, who signed a four-year, $150 million contract in March, has thrown for 2,761 yards with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions in his first season with the Saints. The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback has thrown for 37,983 yards with 228 touchdowns and 105 interceptions in 154 games during his 10-year career.

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Nov 12, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr (4) is carted off the field after an injury against the Minnesota Vikings during the thrid quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

With QB Derek Carr ailing, Saints turn to Jameis Winston

New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr has a rib injury to go along with his second concussion of the season, head coach Dennis Allen said Monday.

Jameis Winston is now in line to start Sunday when the Saints (5-7) host the Carolina Panthers (1-11).

Carr exited Sunday’s 33-28 loss to the visiting Detroit Lions with multiple injuries and returned to concussion protocol after also coming away with a head injury in a Week 10 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Carr was injured Sunday when he took a hit to the abdomen from Lions pass-rusher Bruce Irvin. He stayed on the ground as team medical personnel examined him. A cart was pulled up but Carr eventually walked to the medical tent on his own power then later walked to the locker room.

Carr completed 17 of 22 passes for 226 yards, one touchdown and one interception before exiting. Winston completed 2 of 5 passes for 41 yards and Taysom Hill threw two incompletions for the Saints.

Winston made 70 starts in 72 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over his first five NFL seasons, but in four seasons with the Saints, he has started 10 times in just 19 games of action.

In five games this season, Winston has completed 53.2 percent of his passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions. In nine career seasons, he has completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 22,104 yards, 141 TDs and 99 interceptions.

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Nov 26, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder (9) takes a hit from New Orleans Saints defensive end Carl Granderson (96) during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons keep Saints out of end zone, win 24-15

Bijan Robinson rushed for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and the host Atlanta Falcons defeated the New Orleans Saints 24-15 on Sunday to move into a tie for first place in the NFC South.

Robinson had 91 of his team’s 228 rushing yards and added 32 receiving yards from Desmond Ridder, who returned from a two-game benching to start for the Falcons (5-6). Ridder completed 13 of 21 passes for 168 yards and was intercepted twice by Tyrann Mathieu.

Derek Carr passed for 304 yards for the Saints (5-6), who never reached the end zone despite five trips inside the Atlanta 20-yard line. Carr threw a first-quarter interception that Jessie Bates returned 92 yards for a touchdown.

Blake Grupe’s 45-yard field goal pulled the Saints within 14-12 with 3:27 left in the third quarter.

New Orleans was threatening to take the lead before Taysom Hill fumbled on the last play of the third quarter and Albert Huggins recovered for Atlanta at its 5-yard line, preserving the two-point lead entering the fourth quarter.

The Falcons took advantage by driving 95 yards and getting Ridder’s 26-yar touchdown pass to Robinson to expand the lead to 21-12.

Grupe’s fifth field goal, from 39 yards, trimmed the lead to 21-15 with 6:24 remaining, but Younghoe Koo answered with a 39-yarder with 1:47 left.

On the Saints’ second possession, Carr connected with Chris Olave for completions of 50 and 6 yards, leading to Grupe’s 25-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead. Olave caught seven passes for 114 yards before he was diagnosed with a concussion.

New Orleans was poised to increase the lead before Bates’ pick-six gave Atlanta a 7-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Grupe kicked a 52-yard field goal on the third play of the second quarter to trim the lead to 7-6.

Robinson ran 10 yards for a Falcons touchdown in the second quarter before Grupe kicked a 41-yard field goal shortly before halftime to pull New Orleans within 14-9.

Atlanta reached the Saints’ 10 in the final minute of the half before Mathieu intercepted Ridder, leaving the Falcons with a five-point halftime lead.

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Nov 12, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr (4) passes against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Saints QB Derek Carr (concussion) fully participates in practice

New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr, who remains in concussion protocol, was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice.

The Saints (5-5), who had a bye last week, visit the Atlanta Falcons (4-6) on Sunday.

Carr would have to be cleared from concussion protocol to play Sunday. He left the 27-19 loss at the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 12 with a concussion.

Jameis Winston finished that game and would be in line to start Sunday if Carr doesn’t progress through the NFL-mandated protocol.

Carr has completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 2,231 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions over his first 10 starts with New Orleans following a nine-year tenure with the Raiders franchise.

Saints defensive end Isaiah Foskey (quadricep) was a limited participant at practice Wednesday.

Players who did not participate due to injury or illness were cornerback Marshon Lattimore (ankle), guard/tackle James Hurst (illness) and running back Kendre Miller (ankle).

Tight end Jimmy Graham and tackle Ryan Ramczyk got rest days from practice.

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Jan 16, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA;Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (90) prior to the game  in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Saints sign DE Jason Pierre-Paul to practice squad

The New Orleans Saints signed three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to the practice squad on Thursday.

Pierre-Paul, 34, was a free agent willing to sign with a playoff contender’s practice squad, according to an NFL Network report last week. The Saints lead the NFC South with a 5-5 record but have only 18 sacks.

He started 13 games for the Baltimore Ravens last season and played in 14, totaling 26 tackles, three sacks, five tackles for loss, one interception and five passes defended.

Pierre-Paul, selected first-team All-Pro in 2011, is a two-time Super Bowl champion with 94.5 career sacks in 179 games (150 starts) with the New York Giants (2010-17), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2018-21) and Ravens.

Drafted 15th overall by the Giants in 2010, he has recorded 629 tackles, 167 quarterback hits, 21 forced fumbles, 10 fumble recoveries, five interceptions and three defensive touchdowns while playing defensive end and outside linebacker.

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