June 21, 2012 |
Anthony Hargrove says it wasn't him. In a 13-minute, nearly 1,500-word prepared statement, Hargrove emphatically said it was not his voice in the video clip used as evidence in the New Orleans Saints' bounty investigation. One day after Hargrove and three of his former Saints teammates formally appealed their suspensions, the Green Bay Packers defensive end held an informal news conference outside the NFL offices in Manhattan. In a passionate, direct tone, Hargrove maintained his innocence.
June 26, 2015 |
Former New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett has joined Penn State's football team as a consultant, the Nittany Lions said Wednesday. Haslett, a native of Pittsburgh, coached the Saints from 2000 through 2005 and led the team to its first playoff win. His most recent position came with the Washington Redskins, where he spent the last five years as defensive coordinator. Coach James Franklin's statement announcing the move did not mention whether Haslett would work in any specific area on offense, defense or special teams.
May 15, 2013 |
Penn State linebackers Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti have signed contracts with Minnesota, the Vikings said Tuesday. Hodges, a Paulsboro graduate who will play one of the outside spots, was picked in the fourth round. Mauti, whose position is in the middle, was a seventh-round selection. Also signing was defensive tackle Everett Dawkins, a seventh-round pick out of Florida State. Muncie dies. Chuck Muncie, 60, a Pro Bowl running back with both the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, died of heart failure Monday at his Los Angeles-area home.
July 5, 2012 |
The New Orleans Saints continue to dominate the news cycle during the NFL's so-called offseason. In rapid fire announcements Tuesday, quarterback Drew Brees won his arbitration case against the team; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell rejected the appeals of four players suspended in connection with the league's investigation of the Saints' bounty program; and coach Sean Payton and his wife, Beth, filed divorce petitions. Arbitrator Stephen Burbank, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, ruled the Saints would have to give Brees a 44 percent raise, to about $23.5 million, if they applied the franchise tag to him again in 2013.
March 15, 1995 |
If the New Orleans Saints are able to get cornerback Eric Allen's signature on an offer sheet, it appears they won't have to worry about the Eagles matching the offer. Eagles coach Ray Rhodes indicated yesterday he won't stand in Allen's way if the five-time Pro Bowler is determined to leave Philadelphia. "Eric has his mind made up about leaving," Rhodes said. "That's something he's very adamant about. I'll probably talk to him again. But at some point, we'll have to go in another direction.
April 26, 1993 |
Notre Dame's Irv Smith sat in the grand ballroom of the Marriott Marquis in New York City and fidgeted. The Eagles were due to pick 19th in the first round, and the 6-foot-3, 255- pound tight end, who played at Pemberton High School in South Jersey, was wondering if there was room for him in Rich Kotite's offense. "My agent (Jeff Irwin) called them near the 19th pick and they said they would take me on their 24th pick," Smith said. "I was disappointed that they didn't feel I could fulfill their needs.
November 16, 1986 |
Things started to go sour for the New Orleans Saints in 1967, about 10 seconds after the team launched its maiden season with one of the most misleading plays in NFL history. It occurred against the Los Angeles Rams, when Saints rookie John Gilliam returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. The Rams recovered to win, 27-13, and the Saints went on to finish their first season with a 3-11 record. As the NFL's most consistent and colorful losers for 19 seasons, the Saints maintained their residence at the bottom of pro football despite the efforts of nine head coaches, a legion of haggard assistants and some of the most intriguing names in professional football.
January 14, 2014 |
Hey, Eagles fans got a playoff victory after all this season, thanks to New England and Denver. Birds quarterback Nick Foles, an alternate, is heading to the Pro Bowl in Honolulu on Jan. 26, because either the Patriots' Tom Brady or the Broncos' Peyton Manning will be prepping to play in the Super Bowl the next week. The honor fits with the year Foles has had. He lost out to Michael Vick for the starting job at the beginning of the season, then got his chance to win the job when Vick was injured, played well enough to claim it (throwing for seven TDs in a game will do that)
January 6, 2014 |
Earl Wolff was active for the Eagles in Saturday night's wild-card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints, although the rookie safety did not start or play in the first half. Patrick Chung remained the starter. Wolff missed five of the last six games with an injured right knee. The team modified his practice schedule leading up to game, keeping him out of practice on Tuesday and Wednesday before ramping up his work later in the week. In the last week of the regular season, Wolff practiced but did not play.
December 13, 2012 |
IRVING, Texas - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he "fundamentally disagrees" with former league boss Paul Tagliabue's decision not to discipline players in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal. Speaking Wednesday after an owners meeting in the Dallas area, Goodell said he respected his predecessor's decision, and believed it backed up the commissioner's conclusion that the Saints ran a bounty program for three years and covered it up. But Goodell took issue with Tagliabue's vacating the yearlong suspension of linebacker Jonathan Vilma and shorter bans for three other current and former Saints players.