Nov 14, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) runs the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Taysom Hill inks ‘unique’ deal with Saints

New Orleans Saints utility player Taysom Hill, who has split time between quarterback, tight end, wide receiver and special teams throughout his five-year pro career in New Orleans, has received a new contract extension that reflects that hybrid role.

Per ESPN, the Saints and Hill have agreed to a contract that will pay him between $40 million and $95 million. The eventual dollar amount is contingent on the position that he ends up playing.

The “unique” four-year deal will pay Hill more should he become the Saints’ starting quarterback within the next four seasons and see regular time at that position. The incentives are designed to reward that scenario.

The Saints were motivated to reach an extension as Hill’s contract was set to expire at the conclusion of this season and the team would have carried an $8.9 million dead cap hit in 2022 even if he wasn’t on the roster.

Hill, 31, has attempted just eight passes this year, completing seven for 56 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.

Trevor Siemian has received the bulk of snaps under center for New Orleans since regular starter Jameis Winston suffered a torn ACL and was lost for the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 8. Siemian has thrown for 920 yards on 56.9 percent passing with eight touchdowns against two interceptions.

Before his injury, Winston threw for 1,170 yards with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions on 59 percent passing.

For his career, Hill has completed 101 of 142 passed for 1,103 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions, with most of those stats coming in 2020. He’s also rushed for 913 yards on 171 carries with 14 touchdowns and has 34 career receptions for 388 yards and seven touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) scores a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts runs for 3 TDs as Eagles take down Saints

Jalen Hurts ran for three touchdowns and Darius Slay returned an interception for a touchdown as the host Philadelphia Eagles held off the New Orleans Saints 40-29 on Sunday afternoon.

Hurts passed for 147 yards and ran for 69 as the Eagles (5-6) had 242 yards on the ground against the NFL’s No. 1-ranked run defense. Philadelphia won at home for the first time since a 24-21 victory against the Saints in Week 14 last season and won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Trevor Siemian, who had not thrown an interception in two previous starts since Jameis Winston suffered a season-ending knee injury, threw two picks, including Slay’s touchdown. Siemian completed 22 of 40 for 214 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score as New Orleans (5-5) lost its third straight.

Jake Elliott kicked two third-quarter field goals to extend the Eagles’ 27-7 halftime lead. Elliott kicked a 33-yarder, and after T.J. Edwards recovered Mark Ingram’s fumble at the Saints 41, he added a 47-yarder for a 33-7 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Siemian threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Callaway and ran 17 yards for a touchdown before Brett Maher kicked a 28-yard field goal get New Orleans within 33-22 with 7:14 remaining.

Hurts ran 24 yards for a touchdown and a 40-22 lead with 3:59 left.

Siemian threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Lil’Jordan Humphrey to complete the scoring with 45 seconds left.

Hurts had touchdown runs of 1 and 3 yards to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Christian Ringo recovered Miles Sanders’ fumble at the Eagles’ 6-yard line, leading to Siemian’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Adam Trautman, cutting the lead to 14-7.

Elliott kicked field goals of 50 and 37 yards to increase the lead to 20-7.

New Orleans tried to put together a drive late in the second quarter, but Slay intercepted Siemian’s pass and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown with 24 seconds left, giving Philadelphia a 27-7 halftime lead.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Tennessee Titans running back D   Onta Foreman (7) runs the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Painful streaks haunting Saints and Eagles ahead of their matchup

The New Orleans Saints have lost two games in a row by two points in the final moments.

Two weeks ago, the Atlanta Falcons kicked a winning field goal as time expired.

Last week at Tennessee, the Saints had a chance to tie but failed on a two-point conversion with 1:16 left, then couldn’t recover an onside kick.

At 5-4, they’re one game behind NFC South-leading Tampa Bay and anxious to get back on a winning track when they visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

“It’s gut wrenching,” Saints head coach Sean Payton said. “There’s so much that goes into the week. It’s always difficult when you lose and then when you lose in (this) fashion, that’s even more difficult to accept.

“You have to regroup and get your players back and kind of get the focus and the energy shifted so one doesn’t become two and two doesn’t become three.”

This is just the fourth time in the last five seasons that New Orleans has lost consecutive games. It hasn’t lost three straight in that time.

The Saints played last week without injured running back Alvin Kamara, their most productive offensive player. Kamara (knee) returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, but his status for Sunday is uncertain.

Trevor Siemian has had two straight interception-free games as a starter since replacing Jameis Winston, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in New Orleans’ last victory three weeks ago.

He brought his team back from an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Falcons to briefly take a lead with a minute left. He then brought the team back from a 14-point third-quarter deficit to the brink of tying the Titans.

“We’ve got to play better early,” Siemian said.

The Eagles (4-6) are coming off perhaps their best game of the season, a 30-13 victory at Denver last Sunday, but they have yet to win at home. They have lost their last five home games, last winning against the Saints 24-21 in Week 14 last season.

In that game, Philadelphia ended New Orleans’ NFL-record of 55 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. In his first NFL start, Jalen Hurts rushed for 106 yards and Miles Sanders rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles ended the Saints’ nine-game winning streak.

Sanders has missed the last three games because of an ankle injury, but he participated in the team’s walk-through Wednesday and might be available Sunday.

“If Miles is healthy and ready to go, he’s our starter,” first-year head coach Nick Sirianni said. “We want to make sure that he’s healthy and ready to go. That’s going to be an ongoing thing throughout the week.”

Philadelphia has placed a greater emphasis on the running game in recent weeks, even in Sanders’ absence.

Jordan Howard, Boston Scott, and Kenny Gainwell have filled in and the Eagles have averaged 208.7 rushing yards in the last three games. Hurts leads the team with 547 rushing yards for the season.

“When you have these guys who have been running the ball well, that’s a good problem to have,” Sirianni said. “It speaks to the depth that we have here in the running back room.

“It’s a 17-game season. You’re going to have some bumps and bruises throughout the way. It’s important that the guys that step in for the starters are ready to go.”

Over the past three weeks the Eagles are averaging 32.7 points per game.

–Field Level Media

Jan 14, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; General overall view of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome exterior, the site of the 2020 CFP National Championship game between the Clemson Tigers and the LSU Tigers.   Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Fire breaks out on roof of Superdome

New Orleans firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze on the roof of the Superdome on Tuesday afternoon.

Flames and black smoke were seen billowing from the arena that is home to the NFL’s Saints.

A stadium official told The Times-Picayune that the fire “is under control” and that it was accidentally ignited by workers who were pressure washing the building.

There was no immediate word on whether this will affect the Saints’ plans to return to the Superdome to face the New York Giants on Oct. 3.

The team has been displaced since Aug. 29, when Hurricane Ida slammed into the New Orleans area as a Category 4 storm. They’ve taken shelter at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, and played their season-opening “home” game — a 38-3 win against the Green Bay Panthers — in Jacksonville, Fla.

–Field Level Media

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Former NFL player Parys Haralson, 37, dies

Parys Haralson, who had a long NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints, died at the age of 37.

The 49ers announced Monday that Haralson died “suddenly.”

Haralson spent seven seasons as a linebacker in San Francisco (2006-12) and two in New Orleans (2013-14), amassing 275 tackles, 28 sacks three forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries in 118 career games, including 88 starts.

The University of Tennessee product was also part of the first Saints team to earn a road playoff win, against the Philadelphia Eagles in January 2014.

Following his career, Haralson joined the 49ers as the team’s director of player engagement from 2016 to 2017.

The 49ers wrote in a statement Monday, “The 49ers are heartbroken and shocked by the news of Parys’ tragic passing. Parys was a beloved member of our organization that lived life with an extraordinary amount of passion and joy, while leaving an indelible mark on everyone he came across. We extend our condolences to Parys’ family and loved ones.”

–Field Level Media

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, right, greets Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy after last year's Bedlam game in Norman.

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No. 2 Oklahoma opener vs. Tulane moves from New Orleans to Norman

Tulane and No. 2 Oklahoma moved their scheduled Saturday college football game from New Orleans as recovery efforts ramp up in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

Oklahoma will host the game in Norman at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Stadium, where the Sooners are scheduled to play each of the following three weeks.

Ida made landfall on Sunday and left New Orleans without power, likely for several days.

Tulane visited Oklahoma in 2017 to start what is scheduled to be a three-game series, with games this season and in 2024. The 2024 game is expected to now shift to Tulane.

Oklahoma was also No. 2 in the country for the 2017 game. After falling behind 7-0 and 14-7, the Sooners won 56-14 behind four touchdown passes from Baker Mayfield.

–Field Level Media

Jan 5, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; The exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is seen before a NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook -USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans to host 2025 Super Bowl; ’24 game still open

New Orleans will host the Super Bowl in 2025 instead of in 2024, as previously awarded.

The change was made so that Super Bowl LVIII will not conflict with Mardi Gras, which is scheduled for Feb. 13, 2024. The next year, Mardi Gras won’t occur until March 4.

When New Orleans originally was awarded the game, the league had a 16-game regular season. But with the league schedule moving to 17 games next season, that pushes back the date of the Super Bowl by one week.

Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., will host the Super Bowl in 2021. SoFi Stadium in the Los Angeles area has the 2022 game, and the 2023 Super Bowl will be played at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

The NFL did not announce a host for the 2024 Super Bowl, but Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas is considered a top contender.

New Orleans has hosted the game 10 times, trailing only Miami, which has had the honor 11 times.

Mardi Gras is held 47 days before Easter. Since the date of Easter fluctuates, so does the date of Mardi Gras.

–Field Level Media

Aug 18, 2019; Carson, CA, USA; A general view of New Orleans Saints helmets against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Hurricane could force Saints-Chargers out of New Orleans

Contingency plans are being made in case Hurricane Delta forces the scheduled game in New Orleans between the Saints and Los Angeles Chargers on Monday to be relocated.

ESPN reported Wednesday the game could be played instead at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Saints also could practice in Indianapolis, which the team has done to escape incoming weather challenges in previous seasons, and return to New Orleans for the game if conditions allow.

LSU moved its Saturday game against from Baton Rouge to Columbia, Missouri.

Delta battered the Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday morning and headed toward the Gulf of Mexico, where it is expected to gain strength before making landfall in Louisiana on Friday. Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on Tuesday and told residents to prepare for a major hurricane.

“Hurricane Delta is an incredibly dangerous storm that will bring heavy winds, rain and life threatening flooding and storm surge to coastal Louisiana,” he said. “Everyone in South Louisiana should pay close attention to the weather in the coming days and heed the advice and directions of their local officials.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 22, 2020; Kissimmiee, Florida, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws the ball during NFC practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Brees: Reaction to comments about kneeling ‘crushing’

Drew Brees met with the media for the first time in training camp on Saturday, and before anyone could ask him about his 20th NFL season, he reinforced that he supports the fight for social justice that has enveloped the nation this summer.

The veteran New Orleans Saints quarterback drew a backlash in early June when an interviewer asked him about Colin Kaepernick taking a knee to protest police brutality, and he responded that he will “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.”

His comments came just days after George Floyd, a Black man, died when a white police officer in Minneapolis kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

“Going back to my comment on June 3rd, to think for a second that New Orleans or the state of Louisiana or the Black community would think that I was not standing with them for social justice, that completely broke my heart. It was crushing,” Brees said on the conference call Saturday.

“Never ever would I feel that way. Now, I recognize that I missed an opportunity that day. I had an opportunity to talk about and emphasize the social injustices that exist for our Black community and our need as a country to support them and to advocate for systemic change. And my lack of awareness in that moment hurt a lot of people.”

Brees issued an apology after several athletes, including LeBron James and some members of the Saints, criticized his comments. He said he and his teammates are on the same page heading into the season, both in terms of football and social justice.

The 41-year-old said he will continue to stand for the national anthem but will support others who choose to kneel during the anthem to shine a light on the cause.

“I acknowledge and respect anyone who chooses to kneel or any other form of peaceful protest to bring attention to the social injustices and systemic racism that so many have endured and continue to endure in our country,” Brees said.

Brees has been a respected member of the community since 2006, when he chose to play for the Saints. He and his wife, Brittany, vowed to help the community rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

They have participated in a number of philanthropic efforts, most recently increasing his contribution to communities in Louisiana impacted by the coronavirus pandemic from $5 million to $10 million.

The Brees family announced Monday that their commitment is in direct response to the pressing needs for healthcare centers in communities hit hard by COVID-19.

Brees said Monday that his latest $5 million donation was being made in partnership with Ochsner Health “to build numerous healthcare centers throughout Louisiana in the communities that need it most. We will continue to bridge the gap to bring healthcare, education, and economic equity to all of our communities. We are proud to bring the first of these health care centers to New Orleans East later this year.”

On March 26, Brees donated $5 million to Louisiana communities in need of meal support and food services.

–Field Level Media

Super Bowl 53 Odds: Updated for Week 11

Super Bowl 53 Odds: Updated for Week 11

Key takeaways from week 10:

  • Rams Saints and Chiefs are favorites to win Super Bowl 53
  • Patriots fall from the top 3
  • Raiders have the lowest odds at 2500/1
  • Biggest jump: Cleveland Browns (+50%)
  • Biggest drop: Arizona Cardinals (-150%)
  • No change: Broncos, Bills, 49ers (0%)

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