METAIRIE, La. — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says the state is working on lease extensions with the New Orleans Saints designed to keep the NFL club in the Superdome for up to 30 additional years.
Edwards, who attended Saints training camp on Monday, says lease talks are running in conjunction with plans for “extensive and needed” Superdome renovations.
The Saints moved from Tulane Stadium into the state-owned Superdome in 1975 and the club’s existing lease runs out in 2025.
The dome underwent about $336 million in renovations during the six years after the downtown stadium was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.
Edwards says newly planned renovations would take about four years and that lease talks are centered on an initial 15-year commitment “with framework in place” for an additional 15 years.
The Louisiana State Bond Commission is scheduled to consider approval of about $500 million in financing for the project on Thursday.
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Foot Locker gifts Saints’ Jordan after referee dig
Jordan, who dropped a “Foot Locker” reference while criticizing the officiating crew after the game, revealed on Twitter that the sportswear company sent him a gift box with new shoes and a note that read: “Cam, we’ve got your back … and your feet. — Your friends at Foot Locker.”
The officiating error occurred when Jordan appeared to return a fumble 87 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter of New Orleans’ 27-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. However, officials initially ruled the play as an incomplete pass.
The Saints challenged the call, and it was reversed to a fumble — but the ball could not be advanced since it had been whistled dead.
“Normally you let the play happen,” Jordan said after the game. “Any Foot Locker — I mean referee — tells you that you let the play happen and then you go back and review the play. That’s a 10-point swing right there. … Seems like it’s affect the game, right?”
Foot Locker employees wear referee uniforms.
— cameron jordan (@camjordan94) September 21, 2019
Jordan added that he was “absolutely positive” that it was a fumble and not an incomplete pass.
“Hence, why there was no slowdown by anybody. Everybody was full-go. Everybody understood what happened,” said Jordan, who then quickly added, “I shouldn’t say everybody.
“People are in their prime when they’re in their prime. And sometimes they’re not in their prime, but they were in their prime maybe a decade ago.”
The NFL’s senior vice president of officiating, Al Riveron, told a pool reporter after the game that officials are indeed instructed that “when in doubt, to let it play out.” Jordan was warned for his comments, but not fined, according to a source.
Teams interested in AB, want legal info
Antonio Brown’s agent already has had communication “with a few teams that are interested” in his client and that “want information regarding his legal situation and the NFL investigation” into him, Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday.
Other people around the league believe, however, that until the league’s investigation is resolved, a deal is not likely to happen, a source told Schefter.
Brown was released by the New England Patriots on Friday, making him an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any team. The NFL released a statement Friday night that said Brown would not be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list while he is a free agent but warned, “If he is signed by a club, such placement may become appropriate at any time depending on the status of the investigation.”
The NFL also said its investigation into Brown is “ongoing and will be pursued vigorously and expeditiously.”
Brown has been accused of sexually assaulting his former trainer, Britney Taylor, according to a civil lawsuit she filed Sept. 10. Taylor met with the NFL on Monday. A source had told ESPN that there are “more interviews and information-gathering being conducted now beyond Taylor.” It remains unclear when or if Brown will interview with the league.
In addition to the lawsuit, Brown faces an allegation of sexual misconduct by a female artist who was working at his western Pennsylvania home in 2017. That allegation was part of a Sports Illustrated report published Monday that detailed domestic incidents involving Brown, a charity auction theft and multiple unpaid debts.
On Thursday, the lawyer for the artist reached out to the NFL after Brown apparently sent what were described as threatening text messages to her client. The sides spoke Friday morning, with the woman’s attorneys saying in a statement that the league “pledged to conduct a thorough investigation under its Personal Conduct Policy.” According to that statement, the league also contacted the Patriots, who then directed Brown to have no further contact with the woman.
Brown, 31, made his debut with the Patriots on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, totaling four catches for 56 yards and one touchdown. His release came less than two weeks after he signed with the Pats.
Browns’ Garrett fined $42K for two Siemian hits
The Browns pass-rusher was penalized four times on Monday night, which included two calls for roughing the passer. The second resulted in a season-ending ankle injury to Siemian.
“You do not want to put anybody out for the season,” Garrett said earlier this week. “That is their job. That is something that you do not do unless you love it, and you do not want to take that away from anybody. I hope [Siemian] comes back faster and stronger than he ever has. I wish the best for him.”
First of all, I want to wish @TrevorSiemian a speedy recovery. We put our bodies on the line every single snap, and I wouldn’t wish an injury on anyone.
Other than that, great team win but we still have a lot of work to do. So much love to all the fans, onto next week🤟🏾
— Myles “Flash” Garrett ⚡️ (@MylesLGarrett) September 17, 2019
Garrett leads the NFL with five sacks.
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