Dec 18, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) looks on against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

QB Jameis Winston agrees to deal to stay with Saints

Jameis Winston will remain with the New Orleans Saints after reaching an agreement with the team, he told CBS Sports on Monday.

Winston and the Saints settled on a one-year deal worth a maximum of $8 million if he achieves all incentives, according to ESPN and NFL Network. He had been set to enter the last year of a two-year extension that would have paid him a $12.8 million salary in 2022, ESPN reported.

The revised contract reflects Winston’s revised role with the team: The Saints agreed to a four-year, $150 million contract with Derek Carr last Monday, and the former Las Vegas Raiders quarterback is set to take over as the starter in New Orleans.

Winston, 29, started the first seven games of the 2021 season for the Saints before starting the first three games of the 2022 season. He sustained a season-ending knee injury in October 2021, and sustained multiple back fractures in September 2022. When he returned last season, he was relegated to second string behind Andy Dalton, who is now a free agent.

In three seasons with the Saints, Winston has a 6-4 record as a starter.

The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, Winston was selected first overall by the Buccaneers in the 2015 draft. He spent five seasons in Tampa Bay before the Buccaneers parted ways with him upon the arrival of Tom Brady in 2020.

In eight NFL seasons, Winston has a 34-46 mark as a starter with a 61.3 percent completion rate, 21,840 passing yards, 139 touchdown passes and 96 interceptions. He also has 1,220 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 293 carries.

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Nov 20, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterbacks Jameis Winston (2) and Andy Dalton (14) talk in the second half against the New Orleans Saints at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Saints ask QB Jameis Winston to accept paycut

Saints quarterback Jameis Winston was asked to accept a reduced salary in line with current backups, according to multiple reports.

New Orleans signed Derek Carr to be the starter and 35-year-old Andy Dalton, who started 14 games for the team last season, is an unrestricted free agent.

Winston, 29, has one year remaining on a two-year deal he signed last March. The existing contract would count $15.2 million against the 2023 salary cup.

If Winston isn’t amenable to a reduced salary, the Saints could release him and save $12.8 million by using a post-June 1 designation. But the post-dated release also delays the cap space for the Saints until June 1. Releasing him outright now would save $4.4 million.

Dalton played last season on a one-year, $3 million deal. He was forced into action when Winston was limited by foot and back injuries.

The No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Winston is 34-46 as a starter with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Saints. He joined the Saints as a free agent not long after the Buccaneers landed Tom Brady in free agency in 2020.

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Oct 2, 2022; London, United Kingdom; New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton (14) celebrates in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL International Series game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Saints 28-25. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

QB Andy Dalton to start for Saints vs. Seahawks

Veteran quarterback Andy Dalton will start Sunday for the New Orleans Saints against the Seattle Seahawks, with Jamies Winston still battling injuries.

Winston hasn’t practiced all week due to back and ankle ailments.

Dalton started last week against the Minnesota Vikings in London, with the Saints losing 28-25. But the 34-year-old Dalton was 20-for-28 passing for 236 yards and a touchdown.

“I thought Andy did a nice job. He performed well in the game, and in the second half we got into a pretty good rhythm offensively,” coach Dennis Allen said Friday. “That’s why Andy’s here. He’s a proven vet.”

In his 12th season, Dalton has a 77-70-2 record as a starter with the Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys and Saints.

Dalton won’t have Michael Thomas to throw to for the second straight week, with Allen declaring Thomas out with a foot injury. Fellow wideout Jarvis Landry was limited in practice this week with an ankle injury and is questionable, but Allen said he thinks Landry will play.

The Saints (1-3) and the Seahawks (2-2) met last season in Seattle, with the Saints winning 13-10.

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Sep 25, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) throws the ball against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Saints QB Jameis Winston, WR Michael Thomas miss practice again

For the second straight day, New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston and wide receiver Michael Thomas were unable to practice Thursday.

Their statuses do not bode well for the two starters playing in Sunday’s Week 5 game against the visiting Seattle Seahawks.

Both Winston (back, ankle) and Thomas (foot) missed the Saints’ Week 4 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in London with their respective injuries. Winston was reportedly playing through four fractured vertebrae before being sidelined.

Andy Dalton would be in line to start at quarterback again should Winston be unable to go against Seattle.

Offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton (hip), defensive end Payton Turner (chest) and cornerback P.J. Williams (quadricep) were also non-participants in practice for the second consecutive day.

Running back Alvin Kamara (rib), who was inactive for the Week 4 game in London, was listed as a limited participant for the second day in a row.

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Sep 25, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) with the ball as Carolina Panthers cornerback Jaycee Horn (8) and linebacker Shaq Thompson (7) and safety Jeremy Chinn (21) defend in the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Saints RB Alvin Kamara expects to return in Week 5

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara expects to return in Week 5 after sitting out last week, but quarterback Jameis Winston and star wideout Michael Thomas missed practice Wednesday.

All three missed last week’s loss to Minnesota in London. Kamara (rib) practiced Wednesday but was limited, while Winston (back/ankle) and Thomas (foot) are still ailing.

“Last week (against Minnesota) was kind of up in the air, didn’t go,” Kamara said Wednesday. “This week, I’m feeling great. Healthy. Ready to roll, so I’m going to be out there.”

The Saints need a spark — they’ve lost three in a row. And they need the five-time Pro Bowl running back to catch fire. Kamara has 100 yards rushing and zero touchdowns in two games.

Further, the Saints’ leading rusher in Week 4 — Latavius Murray — is now a member of the Denver Broncos, who signed the vet off the Saints’ practice squad earlier this week.

Andy Dalton continued taking first-team reps at quarterback Wednesday. Dalton threw for 236 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings in place of Winston.

“The only update is he’s still rehabbing and right now, the plan is, I want to get him healthy,” Saints coach Dennis Allen said of Winston. “We’ll see where he’s at. He’s getting better. We’re just trying to get him healthy.”

Thomas was off to a hot start, hauling in 16 catches for 171 yards and three TDs in three games. But he still has rehab left on his ailing toe.

Wide receiver Jarvis Landry (ankle) and tight end Taysom Hill, who scored a touchdown last week, were listed as limited in practice. Hill is also battling a rib injury.

The Saints (1-3) host the Seattle Seahawks (2-2) on Sunday.

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Sep 25, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) goes back to pass against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Saints rule out Jameis Winston vs. Vikings in London

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston will miss Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings in London due to back and ankle injuries.

The Saints downgraded Winston from doubtful to out on Saturday night, London time.

Veteran Andy Dalton will serve as the starting quarterback for the Saints (1-2).

Winston has been dealing with back issues since Week 1. The injuries to his ankle and foot became known during the week following the Saints’ second game.

Winston didn’t practice at all this week, so Saturday’s announcement wasn’t an unforeseen development.

Winston, 28, has passed for 858 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions this season in his third campaign with the Saints.

He spent his first five NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Winston has passed for 21,840 yards, 139 touchdowns and 96 interceptions in 86 games (80 starts).

The Saints ruled out receiver Michael Thomas (foot), guard Andrus Peat (concussion) and safety Marcus Maye (ribs) on Friday.

Dalton, 34, has started 148 of 152 games played during his 12 NFL seasons. He has passed for 35,279 yards, 226 touchdowns and 135 interceptions for the Cincinnati Bengals (2011-19), Dallas Cowboys (2020) and Chicago Bears (2021).

New Orleans also signed quarterback Jake Luton to the active roster from the practice squad on Saturday. Luton, 26, started three games for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020 and passed for 624 yards, two touchdowns and six interceptions.

The Saints also waived fullback Adam Prentice.

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Oct 25, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) and running back Alvin Kamara (41) return to the sideline during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Jameis Winston, Alvin Kamara active vs. Panthers

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston and star running back Alvin Kamara are active for Sunday’s game against the host Carolina Panthers.

Winston (back, ankle) and Kamara (rib) were listed as questionable for the game after being limited participants in practice all week.

Winston, in his third season with the Saints and his second as their starting quarterback, has played in both games thus far but hurt his back in New Orleans’ 27-26 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener. His ankle injury was added to the injury report Wednesday.

Kamara, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, sat out last Sunday’s 20-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after recording nine carries for 39 yards against the Falcons.

Cornerback Paulson Adebo (ankle) also is active and will make his season debut against the Panthers. He was listed as questionable to play on Friday.

Versatile jack-of-all-trades Taysom Hill (rib), safety Marcus Maye (rib), running back Tony Jones Jr., guard Wyatt Davis and wide receiver Deonte Harty were listed as inactive for Sunday’s game.

Cornerback Alontae Taylor (knee) was listed as out for the game after missing practice on Friday.

On the inactive list for the Panthers are wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr., running back Raheem Blackshear, linebacker Arron Mosby, offensive lineman Cade Mays, defensive tackle Phil Hoskins and defensive end Amare Barno.

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Sep 26, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) hands off the ball to running back Alvin Kamara (41) against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Jameis Winston, Alvin Kamara questionable vs. Panthers

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston and star running back Alvin Kamara are listed as questionable to play in Sunday’s game against the host Carolina Panthers.

Winston (back, ankle) and Kamara (rib) were limited participants in practice all week.

Kamara, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, sat out last Sunday’s 20-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after recording nine carries for 39 yards in New Orleans’ 27-26 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener.

Winston, in his third season with the Saints and his second as their starting quarterback, has played in both games thus far but hurt his back in the season opener. His ankle injury was added to the injury report Wednesday.

Cornerback Paulson Adebo (ankle) is questionable to make his season debut against the Panthers.

Versatile jack-of-all-trades Taysom Hill (rib), right tackle Ryan Ramczyk (elbow) and safety Marcus Maye (rib) also were listed as questionable after recording limited practices throughout the week.

Cornerback Alontae Taylor (knee) was listed as out for the game after missing practice on Friday.

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Oct 25, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Saints keep Jameis Winston with two-year, $28M deal

Jameis Winston plans to stay with the New Orleans Saints, with multiple outlets reporting Monday that the two sides agreed to a contract worth $28 million over the next two seasons.

NFL Network reported the contract includes $21 million guaranteed.

Winston is recovering from a torn ACL and went 5-2 as a starter for the Saints last season.

Winston competed to be the starting quarterback in training camp last summer after backing up Drew Brees in 2020. He edged versatile playmaker Taysom Hill and had New Orleans in the playoff picture before tearing the ACL in his left knee in the Oct. 31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Winston is expected to be ready to participate in training camp and preseason under new Saints coach Dennis Allen.

Sean Payton announced at the end of the season he would step away from football for at least 2022, but Allen has been on the coaching staff in New Orleans during Winston’s tenure.

The No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Winston was cast aside before the 2020 season when the Buccaneers lured Tom Brady to Tampa in free agency and went on to win the franchise’s second Super Bowl.

Winston turned 28 in January. In 83 career games, he has 20,982 passing yards, 135 touchdown passes and 91 interceptions.

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Nov 25, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is honored at halftime of the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Buffalo Bills at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints attempted to coax Drew Brees out of retirement

The New Orleans Saints reportedly reached out to Drew Brees earlier this week in a bid to gauge his interest about returning to the field.

The Saints, after all, have seen their quarterback carousel turn from Jameis Winston (torn ACL) to Trevor Siemian to Taysom Hill of late. With the latter two on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Saints (7-7) appear ready to put fourth-round rookie Ian Book under center for Monday’s game against the visiting Miami Dolphins (7-7).

The Saints recently signed veteran Blake Bortles to back up Book, but he didn’t appear to be the first choice.

The Times-Picayune reported Saints coach Sean Payton lobbied Brees to come out of retirement for just Monday’s game. Brees, who was on vacation in Hawaii with his family, reportedly “gave the idea some serious thought” before opting against resuming his playing career.

From the looks of Brees’ social media accounts, perhaps that thought came on the golf course.

Brees, 42, said he “wasn’t 100% confident he would be able to make the throws necessary to successfully lead the offense,” per NOLA.com.

A 13-time Pro Bowl selection, Brees currently is an NFL analyst on “Football Night in America.”

Brees led New Orleans to its lone Super Bowl championship following the 2009 season. He also became revered in the city for his leadership after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans in 2005.

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