We have effectively reached the middle of May without any controversy this offseason. All the New Orleans Saints have had to endure this offseason is losing their best offensive lineman, and they were able to replace him with the next best free-agent target at the position.
Aside from that I can't think of anything noteworthy revolving around the Saints (how long 'til I break?). Yeah, they replaced their middle linebacker with a younger version from the rival Atlanta Falcons. That was noteworthy as well, but hardly controversial.
Searching...It's like XBox Live...Nothing coming to mind...Oh wait, there was that whole Bountygate thing, then Sean Payton and Jon Vilma were suspended a whole year and then Mickey Loomis was accused of wiretapping opposing coaches' communication sets from 2002-04. You know, the normal offseason—that's all it was.
Now that we've got that less-than0positive intro out of the way, and the offseason has finally, mercifully progressed past the despicable consequences and events we've been spilling over the past few months, we can look ahead to training camp and the regular season.
We can do so mainly because that's what the team is doing. The Saints just finished up their rookie mini camp this weekend and are preparing for organized team activities and the rest of the offseason program. All of that leads up to training camp, the exhibition season (of which the Saints have the unusual five preseason games) and then the 2012 regular season.
Just as the team is looking forward to the upcoming season, we are as well. Here is a still much-too-early look at what the 53-man roster (and practice squad) should look like as the Saints come out of training camp and take the field on Sunday, Sept. 9.