2016 ScheduleAll times ET

2016 Schedule
7-9, 3rd in NFC South

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.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

New Saints LB Manti Te'o also said there will be a "level of comfort" working with Saints LB coach Mike Nolan again after they worked together with the Chargers. But Te'o said, "he didn't really recruit me at all. New Orleans kind of recruited itself." Te'o will also join several fellow Polynesians on the Saints' roster – including edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha, who is from the same hometown in Hawaii. Te'o said he has followed Kikaha's career.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

New Saints LB Manti Te'o said he'll play "wherever they need me … whatever's going to put me in position to get the running back, quarterback, receiver or whoever has the ball." The Saints are now loaded with middle linebackers with Te'o, newly-signed A.J. Klein, last year's starter Craig Robertson and former first-round pick Stephone Anthony. Te'o did say, however, that it's his goal to emerge as the signal caller from that group – something he has done "since Pop Warner." "I've always been a leader, whether it was inside or outside, I've always been a signal caller," Te'o said. "And it's not just to have on my resume, it's because I'm most comfortable when guys depend on me. To have their trust helps elevate my game. To have that responsibility brings out the best in me, and it's something I'm real comfortable with."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton and secondary coach Aaron Glenn are among those in attendance at Ohio State's pro day – which should come as no surprise, since the Buckeyes have two defensive backs projected as possible top-10 draft picks (CB Marshon Lattimore and S Malik Hooker). Runner/receiver Curtis Samuel is also an intriguing prospects for the Saints, among other Buckeyes. And the Saints obviously have a good track record when it comes to drafting Ohio State players, including WR Michael Thomas and S Vonn Bell in the second round last year.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Manti Te'o's two-year deal with the Saints is worth up to $7 million, but it has a lot of playing-time incentives built in, perhaps because of his injury history. His $600,000 signing bonus is the only guarantee. He'll get another $350,000 roster bonus if he is on the roster on May 17, a $50,000 workout bonus, then another $150,000 roster bonus if he is on the 53-man roster for at least one game. His base salary is $850,000, and he gets another $31,250 for every game on the 46-man roster and up to $1 million in unspecified playing-time incentives. Te'o's 2017 salary-cap cost is $1.79 million.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Redskins running back Tim Hightower visited Washington today, but no deal is in the works as of now, per a source. Hightower played with the Redskins in 2011, before injuring his knee and missing the next three seasons. He spent the last two years with New Orleans. The Redskins have five running backs under contract. They could add another back in the draft or as an undrafted free agent. The Redskins have used this period to meet with veteran backs before, notably Pierre Thomas two years ago. In much the same way, Hightower likely would be viewed as an insurance option down the road.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints had a private workout with Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs this week, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. As previously reported, the Saints also had a private workout with Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes that included coach Sean Payton on Tuesday. They will probably do the same with many of the top QB prospects in this year's draft class. Dobbs (6-3, 216 pounds) is a mid- to late-round prospect, but ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said recently that he might be the most underrated QB in this year's class.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dolphins signed former Saints OT Avery Young, an undrafted rookie last year from Auburn who spent all of training camp and the entire season on the non-football injury list with an undisclosed ailment. The 6-foot-6, 305-pounder could also potentially play guard. He is the brother of Bears outside linebacker Willie Young.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Free agent RB Tim Hightower is visiting the Redskins on Wednesday, per source – considering a possible reunion after he played there in 2011 before suffering a torn ACL. Hightower, 30, was out of the NFL for three-plus seasons after that because of an undiagnosed infection. But he has made a remarkable recovery with the Saints over the past two years, combining for 923 rushing yards, 329 receiving yards and nine touchdowns as a backup to Mark Ingram. Returning to the Saints is still an option for Hightower, per source. He also visited the 49ers last week and may take one more visit.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Free agent G/C Tim Lelito is visiting the Titans on Wednesday after arriving on Tuesday, per source (as first reported by the NFL Network). Lelito, who visited the Lions last week, has been a solid and versatile part-time starter for the Saints, starting a total of 24 games at guard and center since being undrafted out of Grand Valley State in 2013. But he hasn't been able to lock down a full-time job yet. It's unclear if he's still in the Saints' plans -- especially after they signed former Lions G Larry Warford on the opening day of free agency.

Team Stats

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