Eli Apple will be a free agent at the end of the 2019 season after the New Orleans Saints declined the cornerback's fifth-year option. Apple was drafted 10th overall in 2016 by the New York Giants and acquired by the Saints at the trade deadline in 2018. All draft picks sign four-year deals, and first-round draft picks have a fifth-year team option.

The New Orleans Saints were still waiting to make their first pick of the NFL draft when Thursday night's first round ended. The Saints are slated to pick late in the second round at 62nd overall on Friday night and will try to acquire a player capable of contributing next season to a team widely expected to be a playoff contender. That's the only pick New Orleans currently has in the first four rounds because of a series of 2018 trades designed to help the club contend for another title while record-setting quarterback Drew Brees, who turned 40 last January, is still playing.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater agreed to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints rather than join the Miami Dolphins, according to multiple reports on Thursday. The Saints also restructured Drew Brees' contract to free up $10.8 million in cap space and signed former New England Patriots defensive tackle Malcom Brown. --The New York Giants agreed to a four-year, $37.5 million deal, $23 million of which is fully guaranteed, with wideout Golden Tate, according to multiple reports.

Amid a growing group of young star players around the league, 39-year-old New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees finished the fan ballot portion of Pro Bowl voting with more votes than anyone. The NFL announced the results on Friday from fan voting, which ended a day earlier. The 11-time Pro Bowl passer Brees got 1,270,631 votes to top all players, ahead of second-place Patrick Mahomes (1,197,370 votes), the second-year Kansas City Chiefs QB who has thrown 45 touchdown passes in 14 games in his first season as a starter.

Amid a growing group of young star players around the league, 39-year-old New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees finished the fan ballot portion of Pro Bowl voting with more votes than anyone. The NFL announced the results on Friday from fan voting, which ended a day earlier. The 11-time Pro Bowl passer Brees got 1,270,631 votes to top all players, ahead of second-place Patrick Mahomes (1,197,370 votes), the second-year Kansas City Chiefs QB who has thrown 45 touchdown passes in 14 games in his first season as a starter.

Brandon Marshall takes nothing for granted when discussing his opportunity to join the Saints' seemingly inevitable march to the postseason. New Orleans went instead with Dez Bryant, but lost the former Dallas Cowboys star to a season-ending Achilles injury in his second practice. ''When you're on the other side of 30 and you don't produce, this is the situation you'll find yourself in,'' Marshall said.

Brandon Marshall, a 13-year NFL receiver, signed Monday with the New Orleans Saints after their record-setting romp over Cincinnati that cost Bengals' defensive coordinator Teryl Austin his job. Marshall has compiled 970 receptions for 12,351 yards and 83 touchdowns with Denver, Miami, Chicago, the New York Jets, the New York Giants and Seattle, where he has 11 catches for 136 yards and a touchdown before being released last month.

The New York Giants have sent ''the other Eli'' to the New Orleans Saints. The Giants on Tuesday traded the cornerback who was the 10th pick overall in the 2016 draft to the Saints for a fourth-round pick in 2019 and a seventh-rounder in 2020. Like all trades, it will be not official until Apple passes a physical.

The New York Giants have sent "the other Eli" to the New Orleans Saints. The Giants on Tuesday traded the cornerback who was the 10th pick overall in the 2016 draft to the Saints for a fourth-round pick in 2019 and a seventh-rounder in 2020. Like all trades, it will be not official until Apple passes a physical.

The New York Giants traded cornerback Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints, the team announced Tuesday. In exchange for Apple, New Orleans sent the Giants a fourth-round 2019 pick and seventh-round pick in 2020. The Saints were reportedly in the market for a cornerback, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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