NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pro Bowl left tackle Jermon Bushrod, who has protected Saints quarterback Drew Brees' blind side for the past four seasons, is ready to test free agency, his agent said Monday.
Agent Richard Rosa said there was no sign of a late-hour deal with New Orleans before NFL free-agency begins Tuesday afternoon.
"All parties understand he's going to go ahead and test the market place," Rosa said. "He's comfortable with that. It should be a good market for him."
Bushrod was drafted by New Orleans in 2007 out of Towson. He became a full-time starter in 2009, the season the Saints won their only Super Bowl. He was named to the NFC's Pro Bowl roster the past two seasons.
"Jermon enjoyed his time in New Orleans," Rosa said. "He's played the position at a high level, made it to two Pro Bowls, won a Super Bowl and blocked some of best defensive ends in the league."
If Bushrod winds up signing elsewhere, New Orleans could potentially move 2010 second-round draft choice Charles Brown into a starting role at left tackle.
Bushrod received his first Pro Bowl selection after playing for an offense that set numerous NFL records during the 2011 season, including total yards (7,474) as well as yards passing by a team (5,505) and a quarterback (5,476).
That season, the Saints' offensive line gave up 24 sacks, second-fewest in the NFL.
Bushrod's first deal ran out after the 2009 season, and he accepted the Saints' restricted free agent tender in 2010 without a holdout. In 2011, he then agreed to a two-year deal paying $9.8 million.
With the Saints now trying to work within the confines of the NFL's $123 million salary cap, giving the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Bushrod the type of salary he could command on the open market could prove difficult.
Bushrod is popular among his New Orleans teammates, and as last season came to an end, several including Brees said Bushrod would be missed if the Saints were unable to retain him.
"Jermon Bushrod has certainly cemented himself as one of the best left tackles in this league," Brees said. "Obviously I want him back. I'd love to have him back. I understand how this business works and everything else, but we'll wait and see how that all transpires — but, man, I really hope he's back with us."
JUNE 19 Former Saint Steve Gleason, who is paralyzed by ALS, released a statement Tuesday in response to the Atlanta radio station's skit making fun of him and the disease, this Picayune post reports. What did he say? He said he'd accepted the apology of the DJs who did it, notes that at least the incident has got people talking about ALS, and asks anyone who is burning to take action about it to do so -- by helping him fight ALS.
JUNE 19 Blogger Ian McGibboney takes a look at the Gleason incident in this post. He makes a good argument about the difference between having free speech and being free from consequences for your speech (which none of us is). He also admits that many of us got upset before we listened to the skit -- but lets us know that the reality is far worse than we can imagine. It was the incredibly bad judgment, even more than the actual speech, that probably got those DJs fired, he opines.
JUNE 19 Washington Post blogger Aaron Blake writes about Sen. Guillory's switch to the GOP in this post. He writes what most political watchers in Louisiana know: Guillory was a Republican before he decided to run for the senate seat in a mostly-D St. Landry district, and has switched back now that he plans to run for Lt. Gov. in a mostly-R state. But how come Blake missed Guillory's appearance on a TLC pageant show? Now that is a video we'd like to see. (Again).
JUNE 19 Here's another Washington Post blog post about a Louisiana politician, and it's just plain scathing. Ezra Klein says Jindal's Politico post was "insulting" to the intelligence of voters, and adds that Jindal is personifying the "stupid" he's railed against, by being an "elite" who convinces GOP activists of "things that aren't true." Me-ow.
JUNE 19 Here's Gov. Jindal's post in Politico, in which he asks the GOP to get over losing to Obama (again) and stop "the bedwetting." (Uh, what?) He gives his Republican buddies what is probably a nerd's idea of a coach's motivational talk, which starts with a list of accomplishments that they can't seem to exploit and ending with an absurd description of liberals that sounds like a character treatment for a Fox "News" movie scripted by Gordon Liddy. Sure, he's preaching to the choir, but even the choir's not this gullible.
JUNE 19 Lamar Parmentel read Gov. Jindal's post on Politico, but thinks it was so dumb it probably was published in the wrong paper. This post by Lamar on the Daily Kingfish opines that possibly Jindal's post was destined for the Onion -- because the governor couldn't possibly be serious here. If you listen closely, you can hear the staff of the Kingfish giggling.
JUNE 19 Blogger Robert Mann posts from Turkey, a country he has visited several times in the past few years. Mann gives an interesting overview of the current political and societal climate of the country, which -- if you're living under a rock and don't know -- is experiencing protests and turmoil these days. Mann promises to post as much as he can during his trip, which should be fascinating reading.
JUNE 19 Blogger CB Forgotston says the legislature is keeping the vicious cycle going with its funding of new buildings for the community college/technical college system. Universities across the state need maintenance and improvement on existing buildings, and the solution is to build new buildings at other schools? By the time the bonds are paid off, those buildings will be falling down, too, CB says.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.