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The Sooners return just three players with a touchdown reception in their collegiate careers ¡ª Shepard, fullback Aaron Ripkowski and kicker Michael Hunnicutt, who scored on a fake field goal last December against Oklahoma State.
In a perfect world, Saints coach Sean Payton would¡¯ve been able to keep all the players who helped him win a Super Bowl or field a record-setting offense while also adding some of the best free agents his team could identify for ¡¾Junior Galette Jersey¡¿ the 2014 season.
But the NFL isn¡¯t perfect, so Payton is left with conflicting feelings ¡ª nostalgia and optimism ¡ª as some of the men with whom he won New Orleans¡¯ only league championship await other opportunities while the Saints welcome different players who they think can aid the team¡¯s goal of winning a second title.
In an interview that touched on a variety of offseason topics during a break in the annual owners meetings at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes hotel, Payton reiterated how painful it was to release players such as defensive end/linebacker Will Smith, cornerback Jabari Greer, strong safety Roman Harper (a Panther now) and wide receiver Lance Moore (today a Steeler), all of whom were on the Saints team that won Super Bowl XLIV.
There¡¯s probably a good chance the Saints will add another veteran. They showed interest in free agent Sidney Rice, and they could always re-sign Robert Meachem, whom they like for both his downfield speed and blocking ability. But those moves would be for depth. They¡¯re certainly not in a panic over the top jobs right now. They¡¯re very comfortable with Marques Colston and Kenny Stills as ¡¾http://www.nflsaintsofficial.com/SUPER-BOWL-KENNY-STILLS-JERSEY¡¿ their two starters.
As pundits wracked their brains trying to figure out how the Saints would be able to accommodate such a contract, they dealt Sproles to Philadelphia, clearing $3.5 million in salary cap space while also getting the extra draft pick. Then, the breakdown of Byrd¡¯s contract made its way around the media, and it all made sense: His 2014 cap figure basically matched the savings gained from the Sproles trade.
He has started 42 games for the Saints, including the playoffs, since 2011, after which New Orleans has been to the divisional round of the playoffs twice and won the NFC South once. He hit unrestricted free agency March 11 but, six days later and without setting up visits with any other teams, he re-signed on a five-year deal.
But he has never rushed the football in the NFL; all of his touches have gone for 30 receptions, 193 yards and one touchdown. That¡¯s different from Collins, who can catch, block on passes and runs, pick up short-yardage first downs on the ground, had four TD receptions and rushed for three scores during his time in New Orleans.
Morgan missed the 2013 season with a year-ending, preseason knee injury. He missed the 2011 season with a similar injury. But in 2012, he caught three touchdown passes and registered a mind-boggling 37.9 yards per catch on 10 grabs and emerged as a deep threat.Reebok Corey Perry Jersey
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