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Andy Tanner returns to injured reserve

Andy Tanner is still a member of the New Orleans Saints — for now.

After being released Wednesday with an injury designation, the wide receiver cleared waivers and will now be placed on injured reserve.

The nature of Tanner’s injury is not yet known.

The transaction is the 55th one Tanner has been involved with since joining the team as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Only 39 of the moves have been of significance.

Tanner spent last season on injured reserve after becoming injured in training camp.

Kaleb Eulls contract details

Here are undrafted defensive lineman Kaleb Eulls’ contract details, according to a source:

Base salaries
2015: $435,000
2016: $525,000
2017: $615,000

Signing bonus: $10,000
Total guarantee: $15,000 ($5,000 of his 2015 base is guaranteed)
Total: Three years, $1.585 million

Andrus Peat agrees to rookie deal

The Saints have locked up all the members of their rookie class.

Andrus Peat, the last remaining unsigned player, agreed to terms with the Saints on Thursday afternoon, the team announced.

Terms of the four-year deal were not disclosed.

Peat, an offensive tackle, was selected with the 13th overall pick. He worked primarily at right tackle during rookie minicamp and is expected to compete with Zach Strief and Terron Armstead for snaps.

Due to Stanford having a late graduation date, Peat will miss some of the team’s offseason program. Coach Sean Payton said efforts would be made to keep him up to speed by sending materials digitally and video chatting.

Peat started 27 games of the last two seasons and spent last year at left tackle. Stanford’s offense averaged 158.8 rushing yards per game last season.

The Associated Press named Peat a second-team All-American last season. He was also an All-Pac 12 first-team selection.

Former Saints safety Marcus Ball signs with Carolina Panthers

Marcus Ball, the CFL find who landed a spot with New Orleans last season, has found a new home.

A week after the Saints released him, Ball has signed with the Carolina Panthers, the team announced Thursday morning.

Ball, who made his mark in two seasons playing for the Toronto Argonauts, was signed by the Saints last year and played in 12 games, spending most of his time on special teams.

Due to injuries, Ball ended up playing 98 snaps on defense and made 16 tackles in his one season in New Orleans.

R.J. Harris contract details

Here are undrafted free agent wide receiver R.J. Harris’ contract details, according to a source:

Base salaries
2015: $435,000
2016: $525,000
2017: $615,000

Signing bonus: $5,400
Total guarantee: $5,400
Total: Three years, $1,580,400

Garrett Grayson contract details

Here are Garrett Grayson’s contract details, according to a source:

Base salaries
2015: $435,000
2016: 589,573
2017: $744,146
2018: $898,719

Singing bonus: $733,168
Total guarantee: $733,168
Total: Four years, $3,400,606

Stephone Anthony contract details

Here are Stephone Anthony’s contract details, according to a source:

Base salaries
2015: $435,000
2016: $786,442
2017: $1,137,884
2018: $1,087,150

Signing bonus: $3,883,068
Other bonuses: $402,176 roster bonus in 2018
Total guarantee: $6,242,394 (base salaries are fully guaranteed in 2015, 2016, 2017)
Total: Four years, $7,731,270

Saints release WR Andy Tanner; sign OL Mike McGlynn

Andy Tanner has been involved in so many roster moves during his time with the Saints, it’s hard to ever call it the end.

If Wednesday’s release is the final one the wide receiver is involved with, his tenure in New Orleans will be most remembered for the number of times his name has come across the transaction wire.

Dating back to 2010, when he first hooked on with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Midwestern State, Tanner has been involved in at least 38 roster moves of significance, bouncing back and forth and off and on the practice squad.

However, officially, he has been involved in a total of 54 transactions or status changes.

To take his place on the roster, New Orleans agreed to terms with offensive lineman Mike McGlynn, who spent last season with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kansas City traded with New Orleans to acquire guard Ben Grubbs this offseason to take McGlynn’s place on the line.

McGlynn also spent time with Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia.

The 30-year-old guard allowed 18 hurries, four hits, and six sacks over 14 games last season, according to Pro Football Focus. Grubbs, meanwhile, allowed 27 hurries, six hits and one sack last season.

New Orleans has said that Tim Lelito is the leader entering camp to take over for Grubbs at left guard. Senio Kelemete is another option at the spot.

The Saints have spent a lot of resources to improve the offensive line this offseason. They acquired All-Pro center Max Unger as part of the trade that sent tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle, and used the No. 13 pick in the draft to select tackle Andrus Peat.

Quarterback Drew Brees was sacked only 30 times last season, the ninth-fewest in the NFL, but he faced more pressure than usual. The quarterback was pressured on 32.9 percent of his dropbacks, up from 29.3 percent in 2013 and 28.6 percent in 2012.

ESPN’s Field Yates first reported this news.

Drew Brees knows goal of playing until 45 might be “overzealous,” but he’ll play as long as he can

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) runs off the field after a 35-32 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL football game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) runs off the field after a 35-32 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL football game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Drew Brees wants to play as long as he possibly can.

Whether or not he makes it to 45, the goal he set for himself at the beginning of training camp last season, is hard for anybody, including Brees, to say.

Brees admitted he might have been jumping the gun just a little when he set such a lofty goal for himself.

“45 is a long way away,” Brees said on ESPN’s SVP and Russillo Wednesday. “I’m 36 right now, and I know I got maybe a little overzealous last year when I threw out the number 45.”

Few NFL quarterbacks make it long past their 40th birthday. Warren Moon played until he was 44. So did Vinny Testaverde and Steve Deberg. For the most part, those final years were in backup roles, but the precedent is still there.

Brees simply felt so good before the beginning of last season that it was hard to see a finish line anywhere in sight.

“At different stages in your career, I just think you kind of reassess and reevaluate and try to set goals moving forward,” Brees said. “It was just kind of one of those moments last year where my body felt great, felt like I had a great system in place with my training and my recovery and my diet and everything, gosh, why not?”

Brees has considered life after football, at least in a business sense.

Already a Jimmy Johns franchisee, Brees further expanded his interests by becoming a co-owner of Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, a restaurant he hopes to franchise regionally and nationally.

“I’m blessed to play this game, and I’m going to try to play it for as long as I can, but certainly I have other interests,” Brees said. “I know that I can only play football for so long, and then it’s going to be on to things like this, that I’m trying to build while I’m still playing.”

Don’t expect Brees to start seriously considering hanging up his cleats yet.

Even if 45 might have been a little overzealous, it’s still clear that Brees would like to stay in football for as long as he possibly can, and it wouldn’t bother him if he was still on the field nine years from now.

“A lot of things have to fall into place favorably for that to happen,” Brees said. “Nobody’s really done it, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.”

Drew Brees on Curry press conference: “The family’s going to be included, and you know what, it should be.”

Drew BreesGolden State star Stephen Curry‘s 2-year-old daughter, Riley, stole the show at his postgame press conference following the Warriors’ win over the Rockets, a lighthearted moment that prompted a surprising argument among some segments of the media on Wednesday.

Drew Brees is a little puzzled by the uproar.

Brees, speaking on ESPN radio show SVP and Russillo Wednesday, had no problems with Curry’s decision, or any player’s decision, to include their child in a post-game press session.

“I think it gives some levity to it at times when people just want to take things way too serious,” Brees said. “The family’s going to be included, and you know what, it should be.”

Brees, a father of three sons, famously held his son, Baylen, on the podium after the Saints’ Super Bowl victory in 2010, producing the most iconic images from the team’s post-game ceremony.

“I think people sometimes forget that we are pretty normal people,” Brees said. “Put the game-winning 3-pointers for Steph Curry to the side, and he’s just a normal guy. He goes home, he’s Dad. He’s changing diapers, he’s going to the grocery store, he’s doing other stuff that dads do. That’s what a lot of us do, so we want our kids to be a part of our lives.”

Brees took two of his sons to watch the Saints’ rookie minicamp last weekend, and after the rest of the players left the practice field, father and sons could be seen playing catch, the Brees children playing the part of receiver for their father.

Few things motivate Brees more at this stage of his career.

“I want so much for my kids to be a part of my football life, and that’s another reason I want to play as long as I can,” Brees said. “My boys now are 6, 4 and 2, and they’re just starting to get what Daddy does, and when I bring them to the facility, just to see the look on their face, and the questions I get asked, and just how excited they are, I want to play as long as I can so we can have these moments together.”