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Adrian Peterson Will Be a Great Backup ... Says Deuce McAllister

4/27/2017 6:01 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

New Orleans Saints legend Deuce McAllister says he's fired up about Adrian Peterson joining the squad -- because he'll be an excellent addition ... as a backup.

The Saints just finalized a 2 year, $7 mil contract with the future Hall of Famer -- but it doesn't guarantee he'll start. In fact, when we asked Deuce who's number one on the depth chart, it ain't AP.

"It's Mark Ingram, it's not even a question."

For his part, Ingram's handling Peterson's addition the right way in the media saying, "I'm all about winning, man. If this will help us win, I'm all about winning. I'm all for it."

Willie Roaf Manziel To The Saints Is Great ... If He Can Handle New Orleans

3/24/2017 3:05 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Saints Hall of Famer Willie Roaf says he's all for Johnny Manziel taking his talents to the Bayou ... as long as he's ready for the nonstop party that is New Orleans.

There are reports Manziel has been in contact with Saints coach Sean Payton recently, leading some to wonder if there are plans for JM to be the heir apparent to Drew Brees.

Roaf was an 11-time Pro Bowler for the Saints, and when we talked to him about Manziel possibly ending up there, Roaf was in favor of the second chance, but not without warning.

"I think the kid is still young. He has a lot of potential. Hopefully he has his issues under control ... New Orleans is a tough city, it's a lotta nightlife, a lotta drinking."

Roaf goes on to say he believes Johnny can be successful as a Saint, as long as the staff keeps a tight leash on him.

As for what Willie is doing these days -- he told us all about the AWESOME company he's starting with some fellow NFL greats now that their playing days are over.

Jagged Edge Boots NFL's Nick Fairley From Show 'Get Your Big Ass Off the Stage, N**ga'

3/10/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

A live war broke out between beloved R&B group Jagged Edge and NFL star Nick Fairley -- when the Saints star hijacked their concert ... and the singers told him to get his "big ass" off the stage.

It went down Feb. 24 at the Grand Marshal's Ball -- a Mardi Gras event in Fairley's hometown of Mobile, Alabama -- where Nick was the Grand Marshal and Jagged Edge was the featured entertainment.

But when JE took the stage, all hell broke loose because the 6'4", 300-pound defensive lineman refused to get off ... and the singers felt he was disrespecting them. 

Security was called in ... but Fairley still wouldn't leave. You can hear people yelling at Fairley to go. At one point, a frustrated Jagged Edge says, "You want the mic? You can have this show my n**ga."

JE cut the session short and a full scale melee almost erupted when members of Fairley's family stormed the stage ... one yelled into the mic, "F**k Jagged Edge!" 

BTW -- Nick JUST re-signed with the Saints for a reported $30 million ... so all that rushing seems to be paying off. Just keep it on the field big fella.

NFL's Mark Ingram HUNTS 600 POUND HOG

2/10/2017 10:59 AM PST
Breaking News

Saints RB Mark Ingram won the Super Bowl of hunting this week, popping a GIGANTIC 600 LB BOAR during a hunt in Tennessee ... and his NFL pals were definitely impressed. 

Ingram bagged the beast at the Spartan Hunting Preserve in Grandview, Tennessee earlier this week -- and claims he took it down in one shot.

The picture is CRAZY ... Mark is a 210 pound NFL player, and he basically looks like a toddler standing next to the outstretched boar.

Ingram's former Alabama teammate, Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, could barely believe it.  

Congressman to Drew Brees: 'I'll Chair Your Political Campaign ... Seriously'

1/31/2017 9:27 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Drew Brees is getting some HUGE support for his possible political career -- with one of Louisiana's most powerful politicians offering to chair Drew's campaign in the state. 

We spoke with U.S. House of Representatives member Dr. Ralph Abraham -- who's been serving the 5th district of Louisiana since 2015 -- and he LOVES that Drew is considering a career in Washington after his playing days are over.

"Drew Brees led the Saints to a Super Bowl win; he can lead our nation to prosperity," Abraham told TMZ Sports in a statement.

"I’ll even chair his campaign in the 24 parishes I represent."

He added, "In all seriousness, I don’t know what Drew’s politics are, but it doesn’t matter. He’s demonstrated incredible character and class in New Orleans, and the world of politics could use a lot more folks like that."

Drew Brees Considering Political Career ... Shoots Down Sean Payton Trade Rumors

1/31/2017 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Peyton Manning might not be the only superstar NFL quarterback in Washington ... Drew Brees tells TMZ Sports he's also open to the idea of running for office after he hangs up the cleats. 

The 38-year-old QB is like a living God in New Orleans and is incredibly involved in the community -- so, when we saw him at LAX, we asked if he'd thought about politics after his days with the Saints are over. 

"It won't be the first thing I do, but I'm not gonna rule it out," Brees told us. 

There's a lot more in this clip ... Brees also praises Matt Ryan ("deserves to be the MVP") and addresses the Sean Payton trade rumors -- essentially telling us he ain't going nowhere!!! 

Drew Brees Arrives To Will Smith Murder Trial With Ex-Saints Teammates

12/6/2016 10:37 AM PST
Breaking News

Will Smith's ex-Saints teammates, including Drew Brees, are in the courtroom as proceedings began in his murder case.

Witness testimony in the second degree murder case against Cardell Hayes began Tuesday ... and Brees and Steve Gleason were on hand to see it.

FYI -- Smith was shot and killed on April 9th in New Orleans ... after an alleged road rage incident involving Hayes.

Another ex-Saint, Deuce McAllister, was also on hand, but was actually part of the trial ... being called as the state of Louisiana's first witness.

No word on whether or not either Brees or Gleason would be called as character witnesses for Smith ... as of now, they're just spectators.

NFL's Damian Swann Arrest Video Please Don't Bust Me ... I PLAY FOR THE SAINTS!

9/2/2016 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports obtained police footage from the night NFL cornerback Damian Swann was arrested in Georgia in which he throws a serious Hail Mary ... asking the cop to give him a break because he plays for the New Orleans Saints!

The 23-year-old was pulled over in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia on March 18th -- with passenger Rico Johnson (an ex-Georgia football player) when cops said he was going 100 in a 65.

Swann told cops he had a firearm in his pocket and another gun in his car (Glock .380 and a S+W .40) -- but that didn't seem to be a problem as he had a valid Concealed Carry Permit.

But when the cop tells Swann he needs to take him into custody, the NFL player did everything he could to try to talk the officer out of it ... to no avail.

Swann also had a bunch of cash on him and a condom ... the cop told him he wouldn't need the condom in jail.

Drew Brees Surprises Special Needs Kid ... Is Best Guy Ever

5/17/2016 7:40 AM PDT

Try not to cry ... we dare you.

Drew Brees continues to show what a sensational human being he is ... this time surprising a special needs kid in Shreveport, Louisiana ... and totally bringing the brave little tyke to tears. 

Brees was in town for a speaking engagement when he stopped into Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar -- a restaurant he co-owns -- and was told there was a huge Saints fan in the building.

The fan -- 10-year-old Hunter Glass -- is battling cerebral palsy and was completely overcome with emotion when he came face-to-face with his idol ... you gotta see it.

We told you you'd cry.

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NFL Players Association Offers Counseling To Will Smith's Ex-Teammates

4/12/2016 9:58 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The NFL Players Association has reached out to several of Will Smith's former NFL teammates to offer support and professional counseling to help with the grieving process. 

TMZ Sports spoke with NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis who says the Assoc. wants to do everything in its power to help players who may be taking the death especially hard. 

"We're here to support the players. We've been in contact with the players and their reps. Counseling is available."

Smith played 9 seasons in the NFL -- all of them with the Saints (he did spend some time with the Patriots but never played in a game for them). 

Francis says the NFLPA also plans on reaching out to Smith's family -- but doesn't want to bother them until they've had time to grieve. 

NFL Legend Willie Roaf 'ENOUGH GUN VIOLENCE' ... We Gotta Do Something

4/11/2016 3:44 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Willie Roaf is sick and tired of the gun violence in New Orleans ... and now, in the wake of Will Smith's shooting death -- he's demanding change. 

The NFL Hall of Famer was at the airport in D.C. when he told us the entire New Orleans Saints organization is devastated by Smith's death

Roaf also said the entire Saints organization is waiting to hear about plans for a memorial -- with Willie saying he's willing to drop everything and hop on a plane the second plans are finalized.

But Roaf -- who played 9 seasons with the Saints -- says the bigger issue is the gun violence in New Orleans.

"They gotta do something about these guns and gun laws in the cities ... it's real bad right now."

Kim Kardashian Love for Sean Payton ... No Bush? No Problem.

3/31/2016 10:17 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

There were tons of big stars at Craig's Thursday night -- Viola Davis, Paul Haggis, Nick Jonas -- but Kim Kardashian only stopped to talk to one person ... Saints head coach Sean Payton

A TMZ staffer inside the restaurant saw the whole thing unfold ... Kim walked into the joint with her good friend Lil' Kim in tow -- "The entire restaurant stopped to look at them. People were in awe."

Kim noticed Payton sitting with 4 other dudes at a table in the middle of the restaurant -- and walked right past other stars (including Haggis) to say what up! 

Payton got out of his seat and gave Kim a huge hug -- and congratulated her for a recent accomplishment. She was very appreciative. 

Of course, the two go wayyy back ... they first met around 2007 when Kim was dating Reggie Bush who played for Payton's Saints. 

Nearly 10 years later ... and with Bush out of the picture for both parties ... they clearly still like each other. Wonder if she's still a Saints fan? 

NFL's C.J. Spiller Packing For The CFB Playoff ... With $10k Bags

12/19/2015 12:35 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Saints RB C.J. Spiller just dropped $10k to celebrate a team that's actually making the playoffs ... copping a super sick python skinned luggage set in honor of his college squad, Clemson. 

Spiller wanted to travel to see his top seeded boys in style ... so he hit up the guys over at Louis Stewart -- the dudes that made D'Angelo Russell's $15k bag -- to create some custom, ACC champ inspired swag.

The two-piece bundle includes a backpack and a tote, both purple python skinned with orange trim featuring Spiller's number 28 stitched inside.

How much for this show of school spirit? A little over $10k.

It's good to be a pro, right C.J.?

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