Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON– New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram celebrates a home run with teammates at home plate at Zephyr Field during the Ben Grubbs Foundation Charity Softball Game in Metairie, La. Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
To benefit charity, Saints players on Wednesday night are slated to participate in Black and Gold Hoops Challenge III at Jefferson Playground’s gymnasium (4100 South Drive in Jefferson). Doors open at 6; tipoff is at 7; and $15 to $20 tickets are still available.
Defensive end Cameron Jordan, running back Pierre Thomas, wide receiver Robert Meachem, running back Travaris Cadet, defensive end Glenn Foster, nose tackle John Jenkins, wide receiver Kenny Stills, cornerback Patrick Robinson and team ambassador/former kick return specialist Michael Lewis were penciled in as participants.
The Saints’ opponents in the game will be local police officers, firefighters and military members. The event will benefit Lewis’ Striding For Your Dreams Foundation, dedicated to mentoring young adults; and the healthcare-oriented nonprofit “Get Checked or Check Out!”
General admission tickets are still available and can be purchased at eventbrite.com.
The Advocate will be at the game seeking out stories to write from it. Coverage will be on Twitter @RVargasAdvocate, at www.theneworleansadvocate.com and the Thursday edition of The Advocate.
FILE – In this Jan. 8, 2011 file photo, New Orleans Saints Jonathan Goodwin in seen on the bench in the second half of an NFL NFC wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. The Saints and Goodwin have agreed to a one-year contract bringing the veteran center back to New Orleans, the club announced Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/John Froschauer, File)
After signing center Jonathan Goodwin and defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick on Tuesday to one-year deals that pay them base salaries of $955,000 and $730,000, respectively, the Saints have about $1.72 million in salary cap space, according to an NFL Players Association report from Wednesday.
The Saints began Tuesday about $1.935 million under the $133 million salary cap, the NFLPA had indicated. New Orleans has some of the slimmest cap space among the NFL’s teams.
During the offseason, only teams’ top 51 salaries count against their cap space.
Goodwin became a free agent after spending the last three seasons in San Francisco, helping the 49ers reach the NFC Championship Game thrice and the Super Bowl once. He was with the Saints from 2006-10 and was a Pro Bowler the year New Orleans won Super Bowl XLIV. He began his NFL career with the New York Jets from 2002-05.
He will wear No. 51 for the Saints after wearing No. 76 in his first stint.
Deaderick began his career in New England from 2010-12. He was with Jacksonville last year before becoming a free agent and has recorded 5.5 quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for his career.
He will wear No. 67.