New Orleans Saints, Pelicans Owner Tom Benson Dies at the Age of 90

New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson died Thursday at the age of 90, the Saints announced.

Benson was hospitalized with the flu at Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson, Louisiana, Feb. 16.

Benson purchased the Saints in 1985, nike nfl jerseys for cheap and the franchise reached new heights under his guidance.

During his 32 seasons as principal owner, the Saints went 271-256 while clinching six division titles. The peak of Benson’s tenure came in 2009 when the club went 13-3 and defeated the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl 44. hi-res-9e01bfad203abc0fb849828bf5fb3cbe_crop_north

The franchise was able to capture its first Vince nfl jerseys nike cheap Lombardi Trophy after Benson made significant changes prior to the 2006 campaign. The first was hiring Sean Payton as the team’s head coach, and the second was signing Drew Brees as his starting quarterback.

With those two on board, the Saints made big strides and helped stabilize a franchise that had been put in a precarious position after Hurricane Katrina forced them to play home games in San Antonio, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2005.

“When we had to leave town (after Hurricane Katrina in 2005) and everybody was concerned about what was going to happen to New Orleans, getting to come back brought us together,” cheap nike nfl jerseys china Benson said, according to the Advocate. “We were all so happy to be back we couldn’t believe it.

“I think people realized how much they would have missed the Saints, new nike nfl jerseys cheap and it made us realize how important the Saints were to New Orleans and the region.”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell lauded Benson’s commitment to the city in a statement on Thursday.

“He purchased a team that had never had a winning season; by the third year of his ownership, the Saints were in the playoffs,” Goodell said, according to NFL Network’s James Palmer. buy nike nfl jerseys cheap “Tom kept the Saints together through the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, and his decision to bring the team back to New Orleans gave the entire region hope and confidence that they would recover.”

Jordy Nelson, Raiders Agree to 2-Year, $15 Million Contract

James Jones of NFL Network reported that the deal is for two years and $15 million with $13 million guaranteed.

Per Tafur, the Raiders are also releasing nfl custom jerseys cheap veteran wideout Michael Crabtree.customized nfl jerseys

Nelson spent the first 10 seasons of his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers, winning a Super Bowl in 2010 and reaching the Pro Bowl in 2014. He registered 85 or more receptions three times, 1,200 receiving yards four times and at least seven touchdown receptions five times.

Nelson struggled with Rodgers injured during the 2017 season, however, catching just 53 passes for 482 yards and six scores. With the emergence of Davante Adams as a star on the outside and the reported signing of tight end Jimmy Graham, Nelson became expendable in Green Bay.  hi-res-01e111f1b40bab70f216a942474d768c_crop_north

At 32, it’s fair to question whether Nelson’s best football is behind him. On the other hand, he’s only one season removed from producing 97 catches, 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns. Oakland is banking on that version of Nelson to return and provide a boost in the 2018 season.

Nelson’s arrival in Oakland means quarterback Derek Carr cheap customized nfl jerseys will still have one of the better wideout combinations in the NFL with Amari Cooper the other half of that dynamic duo.

The Raiders were 16th in both passing yards (3,631) and passing touchdowns (23) in 2017, seeing those numbers drop significantly from 13th (4,051 yards) and eighth (29 touchdowns), respectively, in 2016. As the Raiders seek a return to the cheap nfl custom jerseys postseason after missing out in 2017, Carr and new head coach Jon Gruden will hope Nelson provides a spark for the team’s offense. nike nfl jerseys cheap