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7-9, 3rd in NFC South

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton revealed some of the Saints' draft wish list: "I'd like to come out of this draft with a young offensive lineman. We've talked about cornerback. I think it's an outstanding running back class." Payton said he thinks some RBs drafted in the middle rounds will play and have good careers.

Payton says Saints won't sign Butler (0:36)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said Brandin Cooks trade wasn't a situation where "we felt like we've gotta make this trade or else. It was the opposite actually." Payton said at one point the Saints told Cooks a deal might not happen. But Payton said a few clubs reached out to the Saints and they eventually liked the Patriots deal. Payton again blamed Cooks' agent for last year's complaints about Cooks' role in the Saints' offense and pointed out that Cooks switched agents after the season.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton reiterated that his Super Bowl-week visit with Johnny Manziel was basically a get-to-know-you session and said the part of the NFL Network report that "insinuated" it could lead to the Saints signing Manziel down the road was "false." But Payton said it's valuable to explore all players who could potentially help the team. "Kicking the tires and getting to know people, that's our job," Payton said at the NFL meetings Wednesday.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton on the decision not to sign Malcolm Butler to an offer sheet.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said he knows the Saints won't give up the 11th pick in the draft by signing an offer sheet with CB Malcolm Butler. Perhaps a trade with the Patriots could emerge, but Payton said that would just be "speculation" since they can't talk trade until Butler signs his restricted free agent tender with New England. (Photo of Payton at NFL meetings coaches' breakfast courtesy of ESPN's Mike Reiss)

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Saints Coach Sean Payton on Johnny Manziel: "I am sure he has a handful of things he has to do step-wise to get back with a club. He has a skill set that is unique. He has good feet and can create. He has decent arm strength."

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Payton: Was curious to get to know Manziel

Sean Payton said Tuesday that his meeting with Johnny Manziel during Super Bowl week was just a get-to-know-you session to learn more about the embattled quarterback.

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Few added more draft capital than the Saints

Yes, it required giving up Brandin Cooks, but the Saints have boosted their draft resources by about 10 percent. They'll hope it works out better than it did in 2015.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Sterling Moore's 1-year deal with the Saints is worth a total of $900,000, with another $300k available in playing-time incentives. A total of $200k is guaranteed, including a $125k signing bonus. DE Darryl Tapp's deal is worth $1.08 million ($1M base, $60k signing bonus, $20k roster bonus). ... Tapp's deal qualified for the veteran minimum salary-cap benefit, so his cap figure is $695k. Moore's didn't, so it counts the full $900k against the cap.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Michigan DE Taco Charlton said he believed he is a Top 15 guy. Has visits set up with Dallas, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and Miami. Met last night with Saints, Steelers, Ravens and Titans.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan DL Ryan Glasgow said he met with the Saints, Ravens and Giants. The Eagles are coming in to meet with him Monday. He will go to local pro day with the Bears and met with Colts today.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints have re-signed veteran DE Darryl Tapp, who joined them last year as a rotational pass rusher and had 0.5 sacks, nine quarterback hits and a fumble recovery. The 32-year-old should split time with Alex Okafor and possible additions to come in the draft, while also helping to back up Cameron Jordan.

Team Stats

Passing Yards317.11st
Rushing Yards108.916th
Points For29.32nd
Points Against28.431st