The IR move could partially explain the Saints’ decision to sign wide receiver Dez Bryant on Wednesday. Bryant’s one-year contract will play him $600,000 based on a pro-rated $1.25 million base salary, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Bryant can earn $500,000 in incentives.
Payton said Meredith will have an arthroscopic “clean-up” surgery on the knee because he had been battling through swelling each week. But he said Meredith is expected to make a “full recovery.”
Meredith, 26, had been healthy for most of this season. But his knee was obviously a big enough concern this past offseason for the Chicago Bears to let him get away as a restricted free agent.
Meredith missed the entire 2017 season in Chicago after tearing his left ACL and suffering other knee ligament damage during the preseason. The Saints then signed him to a two-year, $10 million offer sheet in April, and the Bears declined to match it.
Before the injury, Meredith led the Bears with 66 receptions, 888 yards and four touchdowns in 2016. He remains under contract with the Saints through 2019.
The wide receiver was struggling after joining the Saints, however, with zero targets over the past three games.
Meredith is the second Saints wide receiver to go on injured reserve in the past month. Veteran Ted Ginn Jr. went on IR on Oct. 18 with a knee injury.
Meredith finishes the season with nine catches for 114 yards and one touchdown.
Payton said “we’ll see” when asked if there is a chance Bryant could play Sunday at Cincinnati.
“It’d be hard for me to comment not having had a practice yet. But we’ll take a peek and see how he does today and tomorrow and we’ll fill you in on Sunday,” Payton said. “We’ll take it one day at a time and see how much he can digest and give him parts to the plan and there’s a third-down element, a red-zone element, a lot of different things that he provides versatility for.”
Payton said Bryant was probably about five pounds heavier than the Saints would like — “and that’s probably common without having gone through a training camp.” But Payton said there were a number of things the Saints liked from his workout.
Payton said he had conversations with Bryant even before the draft about possibly coming to New Orleans, but those talks “slowed up” after the Saints drafted receiver Tre’Quan Smith in the third round.
ESPN’s Mike Triplett contributed to this report.
TE Watson considering 16th season
Watson, whose wife is due to give birth to twins next week, might be open to returning to the NFL under the right situation, the sources said.
The 38-year-old Watson, whose contract with the New Orleans Saints expired after the 2018 season, ranks 14th among tight ends in NFL history with 530 career receptions. Watson has amassed 5,885 yards and 44 touchdown catches.
He previously said that 2018 would be his final season in the NFL. A first-round pick of New England in 2004, the two-time finalist for the league’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award has also played for the Browns and Ravens.
“I knew coming into this year that it probably would be the last year,” Watson said at the end of last season. “And I think our approach was as a family that we were fortunate to come and play for another year, but you kind of know. It’s been great to be a part of this team and have this sort of winning at this point of my career. But the injuries add up, the body struggles more and more. And it becomes evident that it’s time.”
Watson played in every game for the Saints last season, catching 35 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns. It was his second stint with the Saints.
Lennon’s ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ piano sold to Colts’ Irsay
INDIANAPOLIS — An upright piano that John Lennon used to write Beatles’ songs has been sold at auction to Jim Irsay. Just “A Day in the Life” of the owner of the Indianapolis Colts.
Irsay tweeted Saturday that he’s “elated” to now own the instrument Lennon used to compose songs for The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album.
The Indianapolis Star reports the piano, made in the 1870s, was auctioned on the site GottaHaveRockandRoll.com, with a minimum required bid of $575,000. The site estimated it would sell for between $800,000 and $1.2 million. As of Saturday afternoon, the final price tag had not yet been announced.
Irsay called ownership of the piano a “responsibility I take seriously, with future generations in mind.”
The Star reports Irsay previously bought guitars once owned by music legends Jerry Garcia, Prince and Bob Dylan.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Source — Seahawks want 1st-rounder for DE Clark
In return, the Seahawks would want any package to include at least a first-round pick in next week’s NFL draft, the source said.
Clark, who has yet to sign his $17.128 million franchise tag, has been the subject of trade rumors. He led the Seahawks with 13 sacks and also had four forced fumbles and an interception last season, and he added another sack in a wild-card playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Earlier this week, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said trade rumors are common this time of year, but he didn’t shoot down any involving Clark, who turns 26 in June.
“He’s a franchised player. We love Frank,” Schneider said. “He’s an incredibly effective pass-rusher and we love him. … When you’re getting close to the trade deadline and you get close to the draft, it’s like major speculation, a ton of drama, all the news outlets and everything. I get it. It’s what we’re doing, it’s entertainment.
“People around the league know that we’re in every deal, that the people on my staff, we’re always trying to understand the landscape around the National Football League. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be doing our job. We can’t ever have our head in the sand with anything, but we love Frank. Obviously that’s why we franchised him.”
ESPN’s Brady Henderson contributed to this report.
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