Jairus Byrd on schedule, should be in camp on-time
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (7/21/14) Saints safety Jairus Byrd is expected to be ready for the start of training camp this week, a source tells ESPN. Byrd is rehabbing from offseason back surgery and could be limited at first. There's even a chance the Saints take a cautious approach with him and give him plenty of time to recover before the start of the season.
After signing a six-year, $54 million deal with the Saints this offseason, Byrd missed all of his new team's OTAs and minicamps. The team thought it was best for Byrd's long-term health to get the "minor surgery" done and over with so it wouldn't impact him this season.
Saints bring Parys Haralson back on one-year deal
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/1/14) The Saints have agreed to a one-year deal with linebacker Parys Haralson Tuesday, the financial terms of which are not yet known.
Haralson appeared in all 16 games for the Saints after he was acquired in a preseason trade. He recorded 35 tackles -- 16 solo -- and 3.5 sacks in eight starts. He is an eight-year veteran.
Lewis didn't take a paycut with the restructuring, while the team managed to find $1.2 million in salary cap savings in 2014 and $1 million in savings for 2015.
Lewis registered 47 tackles, on forced fumble and four interceptions in his first season with the Saints in 2013.
Saints lock up Jairus Byrd long term
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/11/14) Though they have little room under the cap, the Saints somehow managed to find room for one of the best free agent defenders available. A few hours after free agency opened Tuesday, the team announced the signing of safety Jairus Byrd, the financial terms of which are not yet known.
Byrd has made the Pro Bowl three times in his five-year career, and is coming off a four-interception, 48-tackle season despite playing just 11 games for the Bills last season.
Johnson appeared in 40 games for the Saints over three seasons, totaling 55 tackles and 5.0 sacks. The 29-year-old will now become an unrestricted free agent.
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The Saints defense beat expectations last season, transforming into a stellar 3-4 scheme unit without a dominant pass rush. They finished ranked 19th against the run and second-best against the pass. Yet they spent money and draft picks on improving the secondary by adding safety Jairus Byrd, giving the team one of the best safety tandems in football. They also added veteran Champ Bailey to add experience and depth to the secondary, something that should help second-round pick Stanley Jean-Baptiste out a bunch. Chances are they'll improve their front seven a little bit, making the unit look awfully appealing. The Saints DST finished as a Top 10 unit last season and our bet is that they finish near there again. Even though their season starts at Atlanta, they're worth a pick within the final two rounds of drafts.