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Old 04-09-2016, 09:50 AM   #631
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Were those two different statements?^
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Old 04-09-2016, 01:48 PM   #632
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Former Concordia QB Neal signs three-year contract with New Orleans Saints | INFORUM

Former Concordia QB Neal signs three-year contract with New Orleans Saints
By Jeff Kolpack Today at 3:22 a.m.
FARGO—It's setting up to be quite a month for cousins Connor McGovern and Griffin Neal. McGovern, an offensive lineman from Fargo Shanley and the University of Missouri, is expected to be taken in the NFL draft in three weeks. On Friday, April 8, Neal, a former Concordia quarterback, signed a three-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.


The first one is expected. The second one and the length of the contract is blowing football fans everywhere away. Not to mention Neal himself.

"This day has obviously been a dream come true," he said. "I had a long workout today in front of the Saints staff, had a good workout and they signed me after that. It was pretty surreal. I'm just grateful they're giving me the opportunity."

The signature on the contract was the culmination of an unlikely story for the Fargo South High School graduate.

Neal didn't exactly take the conventional path for a chance to play in the NFL spending last season playing in Europe. But it worked. Perhaps the breakthrough came in mid-March when he attended Tulane University's Pro Day in New Orleans, where rain forced the Green Wave to move their event inside to the Saints indoor football facility.

The Saints happened to have a few folks on hand who were immediately impressed with Neal. Six Tulane players worked out for the scouts, but it was the big kid that nobody knew from some small school in Moorhead, Minn., that turned some heads.

"There's some fate here, too," said Concordia College head coach Terry Horan. "Right spot at the right time. He's just so dog-gone determined."

Neal played last season with the Hildesheim Invaders of the German Football League, an experience that not only kept his professional football dream alive, but allowed him to improve his trade.

The Saints took notice.

His contract is contingent on him making the team. There are no guarantees. He'll report to rookie mini camp in mid-May and he said he'll just take it from there.

"I'll do my best to stick around," Neal said. "I'm going to use this month to work really hard and learn the playbook to the best of my ability and perform well."

The key to getting the Saints' attention, Neal said, was training in Arizona over the winter with quarterback coach Rudy Carpenter. Neal also got hooked up with former Tulane receiver Xavier Rush, who got him connected to the Tulane Pro Day.

"I showed up there and nobody knew who I was," Neal said. "But the fact I was in the same facility as some key decision makers, I was in the right place at the right time and I had a great day. I was just hoping for any opportunity, now I have it and hopefully I can take advantage of it."

Neal finished his Cobber career in 2014 and is the school's all-time leader in passing yards with 5,614 and touchdown passes with 47.

"There were many times he was ready to say it was time for me to move on," Horan said of Neal's post-college experience. "He goes to Germany just thinking it will be his last hurrah, tour and play. He ended up doing well against competition that is probably in the middle of the MIAC pack with most teams. Still, he stayed fresh. He was just one of those unknowns—known in our area—and it's just so incredible for him."

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Old 04-09-2016, 07:12 PM   #633
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Well, here's where we are, so far, in Free Agency 2016 Offseason...

Tried to group, pair players to accentuate net gains/losses...

PosPlayerStatus
QBLuke McCownRe-signed Saints 2-year
QBMatt FlynnUFA
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RBTim HightowerRe-signed Saints
RBTravaris CadetRe-signed Saints
RBKendall HunterUFA
RBKhiry RobinsonRFA Signed with Jets
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WRMarques ColstonReleased Feb. 29
WRSeantavius JonesWaived Feb. 8
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TEBen WatsonSigned with Ravens 2-year
TECoby FleenerSigned Saints 4-year
TEJosh HillRFA Retained by Saints, Matched Bears' 3-year offer sheet
TEMike HoomanawanuiSigned Saints 3-year
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OTTony HillsUFA
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OGJahri EvansReleased Feb. 8
OGTim LelitoRFA Tendered by Saints; declined Cowboys offer
OGSenio KelemeteRFA Re-signed Saints 2-year
OGMike McGlynnUFA
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CGRyan SeymourERFA Saints didn't renew contract
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DTKevin WilliamsUFA
DTNick FairleySigned Saints 1-year deal
DTLawrence VirgilERFA Saints didn't renew contract
DTAustin BrownERFA Saints didn't renew contract
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LBRamon HumberReleased by Saints, signed with Patriots
LBJames LaurinaitisReleased by Rams, signed with Saints
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LBDavid HawthorneReleased by Saints
LBNate StuparSigned by Saints
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LBJames AndersonUFA
LBCraig RobertsonUFA Browns, signed with Saints
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CBBrandon BrownerReleased /p June 1 designee
CBKyle WilsonUFA Re-signed Saints 1-year deal
CBChristopher OwensUFA
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SRafael BushUFA Signed with Lions
SErik HarrisCFL FA Signed by Saints
SJamarca SanfordUFA Re-signed Saints to 1-year deal
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KKai ForbathUFA Re-signed Saints to 1-year deal
KJosh ScobeeUFA Signed Saints to 1-year deal

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Old 04-09-2016, 09:18 PM   #634
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Man, I wish that we have guy like Elway in our Front office. They just traded Clady (dude was never in their plans for 2016). Jets gave up 5th rounder. Clady's contract runs through 2017. No dead money. And then you take a look at Saints players contacts, cuts, acquisitions in free agency (not specifically this year)... lol
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Old 04-09-2016, 09:44 PM   #635
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Man, I wish that we have guy like Elway in our Front office. They just traded Clady (dude was never in their plans for 2016). Jets gave up 5th rounder. Clady's contract runs through 2017. No dead money. And then you take a look at Saints players contacts, cuts, acquisitions in free agency (not specifically this year)... lol
The trend over the past few years has been scary. targeting one player and paying a huge salary to get him is just not a good practice so far. That is not taking into account the players history obviously. dead horse to most around here I know.

With all the signings this year I would have preferred

Osemle Kelechi
or
Damon Harrison

one and done
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Old 04-10-2016, 11:10 AM   #636
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My biggest b*tch is the strategy long-scope view in identifying free agents and draft candidates for the Saints...

Last season, we should have signed LG Clint Boling, Cincinnati Bengals and taken CB Marcus Peters in the draft; instead we draft Andrus Peat who can't wrestle a OT spot and have released Brandon Browner with dead money; right now, we could have an offensive line of LT Terron Armstead, LG Clint Boling, OC Max Unger, RG Tim Lelito and RT Zach Strief and be drafting for depth on the line...

This season, we should have signed NT Damon Harrison, New York Jets (now signed with G'nats), he's proven in the league and would have shored up the middle; and then we should be looking to draft other positions, instead we're probably going to spend a first round pick on a two-down linemen at best - WTF?!?
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Old 04-10-2016, 05:09 PM   #637
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Will Nick Foles be a member of the Rams in 2016? | ProFootballTalk

If the Rams cut Nick Foles loose, hmm I could see another alum from Westlake High School (near Austin, TX) in the black and gold...
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Old 04-10-2016, 06:19 PM   #638
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My biggest b*tch is the strategy long-scope view in identifying free agents and draft candidates for the Saints...

Last season, we should have signed LG Clint Boling, Cincinnati Bengals and taken CB Marcus Peters in the draft; instead we draft Andrus Peat who can't wrestle a OT spot and have released Brandon Browner with dead money; right now, we could have an offensive line of LT Terron Armstead, LG Clint Boling, OC Max Unger, RG Tim Lelito and RT Zach Strief and be drafting for depth on the line...

This season, we should have signed NT Damon Harrison, New York Jets (now signed with G'nats), he's proven in the league and would have shored up the middle; and then we should be looking to draft other positions, instead we're probably going to spend a first round pick on a two-down linemen at best - WTF?!?
R1 CB Marcus Peters - I had my issues and assumed the interview tanked
R2 OG La'el Collins - never bought into the whole thing. no history of troubles

how different things would be.
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Old 04-10-2016, 06:54 PM   #639
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Well Collins actually didn't play all that great last year.
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Old 04-11-2016, 12:47 AM   #640
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Well Collins actually didn't play all that great last year.
He was playing for Dallas...

In Payton's system, it'd be a whole other game...
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