Saints GM In More Hot Water?

If you thought what the Patriots did broke the rules, what do you think about the Saints GM installing equipment to listen in on opposing coaches? Saints owner Tom Benson has some real headaches to deal with, and we haven't even mentioned his granddaughter ... yet.

Report: Saints GM used device to listen to opposing coaches

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, one of several Saints officials and coaches sanctioned by the NFL for their part in the bounty scandal, may face additional trouble after a report of allegations that he used a device to listen in on opposing coaches during games.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Louisiana was told Friday that, for nearly three years, Loomis had electronic equipment in his Superdome suite secretly modified to allow him to listen to what visiting coaches were saying, ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported Monday.

For most of the 2002 season, which was Loomis' first at the Saints general manager, and for all of the 2003 and 2004 seasons, Loomis had the ability to secretly listen to those conversations, according to the report.

Loomis has already been suspended for eight games by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and it remains to be seen whether this will result in any legal or league sanctions. (Saints head coach Sean Payton has been suspended for the entire 2012 season, and Gregg Williams, the former Saints defensive coordinator who was at the center of the bounty allegations, has been suspended indefinitely.)

Jim Letten, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, told ESPN he has been informed of the allegations regarding Loomis' use of the device, and sources told ESPN, he has forwarded that information to the FBI. The federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986 makes it a crime to intercept communications from another person using an electronic or mechanical device.

The Saints claim the report is inaccurate. On Monday, Greg Bensel, Saints vice president of communications, told ESPN, "This is 1,000 percent false. This is 1,000 percent inaccurate."

Dawkins All Done
Brian Dawkins announced his retirement on Monday via his Twitter account (@BrianDawkins), marking the end of a 16-season career that included nearly 40 interceptions and more than 1,000 tackles in 224 regular season games with the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles. He is 38 years old.
"The Lord has blessed me to play in the NFL for 16 years," Dawkins wrote. I would like to thank the Eagles & the Broncos 4 believing In me. I would like to thank all my teammates & Coaches that I have been blessed to go to battle with. Along with u, the fans 4 helping make my career 1 that I have enjoyed tremendously. In other words, I am announcing my retirement from the NFL."
The majority of Dawkins' legacy resides in Philadelphia, where he was a member of the Eagles' 75th anniversary team. During his 13 years in Philadelphia, Dawkins was a five-time All-Pro pick and a seven-time Pro Bowl selection.

Packers' Aging Vet To Be Released
The Green Bay Packers are set to cut veteran offensive tackle Chad Clifton, according to reports.
Clifton, who will be 36 when the 2012 season begins, failed a physical, according to reports. The 12-year NFL veteran had offseason back surgery, and it's uncertain whether he will be able to play again. Clifton was the oldest starting left tackle in the league when the 2011 season began, and was limited to just six games by injuries.
According to Packers beat writer Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the $5.7 million the Packers save by cutting Clifton is enough to cover the cost of signing their picks in this weekend's NFL Draft, and should help in the process of negotiating contract extensions with receiver Greg Jennings and guard T.J. Lang.

Bears Add Some Beef
The Chicago Bears made a move to bolster their offensive line on Monday, signing free agent guard Chilo Rachal to a one-year contract.
The move marks the first football season where the 26-year-old Rachal won't call California home. The native of Compton, Calif., was an All-American at Dominguez High School in Compton before moving on to USC, where he was a two-time All Pac-10 honoree. He was a second-round draft pick (39th overall) of the 49ers in 2008, and has played 55 regular-season games for San Francisco in four seasons, starting 38 at right guard.

Cowboys' Spencer Signs Tender
The Dallas Cowboys announced on Monday that linebacker Anthony Spencer had signed his franchise tender to remain with the team.
The 28-year-old Spencer tied his career high in 2011 with six sacks among his 66 tackles, set a new career high with four forced fumbles, and recorded the first blocked kick of his NFL career.

Bills Keep Their Guard(s) Up
The Buffalo Bills announced on Monday that guards Kraig Urbik and Chad Rinehart have accepted their restricted free agent tenders and signed contracts to remain with the team.

Kehl-er Instinct
The Washington Redskins added a veteran presence to their linebacker corps on Monday, signing unrestricted free agent Brian Kehl.
Kehl, who turns 28 in June, returns to the NFC East, where he started his NFL career with the Giants in 2008. He played 28 games in two seasons for St. Louis, and made 15 tackles in 2011, including two for a loss.

Hi Speed Shenanigans
Brandon Jacobs was part of a "caravan" of luxury cars that was allegedly escorted at high speeds by two New Jersey state troopers on a trip to Atlantic City last month, according to the Star-Ledger.
Witnesses said that on March 30, dozens of luxury cars were traveling more than 110 miles per hour, with two State Patrol cars with their emergency lights flashing - one in front of the caravan and another behind it.
All of the cars reportedly had their license plates covered with tape. A spokesman for the State Police confirmed to the Star-Ledger that the matter is under investigation.
Jacobs, who was released after seven seasons with the Giants, recently signed with the 49ers. He's a noted car enthusiast.

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