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The prospect of trading cornerback Marshon Lattimore came up more than once around the Saints this offseason and General Manager Mickey Loomis never fully slammed the door on the notion, but head coach Dennis Allen didn’t sound like he expects the team to move Lattimore on Tuesday.

Lattimore is not with the team at OTAs, but Allen said on Tuesday that has been the case in other years and that he expects the cornerback to join the team for next month’s mandatory minicamp. Those comments came a day after Allen said at a team golf outing that they are “moving forward” with Lattimore and Allen shared a bit about their communication during his Tuesday press conference.

“I just thought it was something we needed to communicate,” Allen said, via NewOrleans.Football. “There’s been a lot of talk outside of our building about trades and things of that nature. I just felt like it was probably time that he and I had a conversation. It was a positive conversation and we’re looking forward to getting him out here when he’s here and working with him.”

Lattimore has spent his entire career with the Saints after joining the team as the 11th overall pick in 2017 and it looks like that run will be continuing for an eighth season.

When the 2024 schedule was announced last week, one of the games that jumped out was on Thursday night in Week Seven.

That’s when the Broncos will visit the Saints in their head coach Sean Payton’s first trip back to New Orleans since parting ways with the Saints after the 2021 season. Defensive end Cameron Jordan spent his first 11 seasons playing for Payton and he said on Monday that he’s feeling some extra motivation to emerge from that Thursday night game on the winning side.

“It’s not like I’ve circled it on a calendar and marked it down, but it feels like we have to win that game. Everybody knows who Sean Payton is. Can’t let him. Can’t let him do that one,” Jordan said, via NewOrleans.Football.

Payton and the Broncos also have a date with their former quarterback Russell Wilson when the Steelers come to Denver in Week Two, so the first half of the season will feature multiple revenge games for the AFC West club.

Running back David Johnson has not played since 2022, but he apparently held out hope of getting another chance.

Johnson, 32, did not receive interest as a free agent last offseason or this offseason, and now has called it quits.

He announced his retirement Sunday.

“I am blessed and very appreciative of the Cardinals drafting me in the third round, and I started my NFL career hitting the ground running (literally)! Two games in, getting my uniform and cleats put in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. There’s been highs and lows, but I’ve felt very fortunate and honored by the people who’ve supported me along this journey,” Johnson wrote on social media. “Lastly, I would not have been able to do any of this without God’s good grace! He did it all so a kid who didn’t have much, was given a chance to do what most can’t. I’m looking forward to my next career path in life. I don’t know exactly what that will be, but I hope it will bring me the same passion, excitement, and love as football did!”

He played eight seasons in the NFL after the Cardinals drafted him 86th overall in 2015. Johnson spent five seasons in Arizona, two in Houston and one in New Orleans.

The one-time Pro Bowler finishes his career with 1,007 carries for 4,071 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also caught 277 passes for 2,805 yards and 18 touchdowns.

His best season came in 2016 when he had a career-best 1,239 yards on 293 attempts and 16 touchdowns. Johnson added 80 catches for 879 yards and four touchdowns during that All-Pro season.

After bursting onto the scene with a rookie of the year-winning season in 2020, defensive end Chase Young hasn’t been the same player since. But one of his new teammates expects big things of him in 2024.

Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan says the arrival of Young should be seen as exciting in New Orleans, where Young looks like he’ll be a good fit for what the Saints needed to add on defense.

“I think Chase Young is going to be great for our defense,” Jordan said on NFL Network. “We already got Carl Granderson, who’s stellar these last couple of years. I think with growth him being on the opposite side when he gets the right health, physically. He’s going to be another piece we can add on. At some point in my mind, I’m spinning like it’s going to be me, Chase and Carl Granderson on the field at the same time on a crucial third down and I’m probably going to have to go in the middle. I don’t care. Whatever it takes. I’ll line up and be that Za’Darius Smith over the middle roaming and trying to get active. I think it adds another weapon to our defense.”

The first question for Young is whether he’ll be 100 percent healthy for the start of the season after having neck surgery in March. If he is healthy, Jordan believes he’s ready for a rebound season in which he finally regains his rookie form.

Saints fans grew accustomed to rooting for Sean Payton to win games in the Superdome, but they won’t be doing that in Week Seven this season.

Payton will be back on the sidelines in New Orleans for the first time since parting ways with the Saints after the 2021 season when the Broncos come to town for a Thursday night game. Payton’s return to town will stream on Amazon Prime.

The Saints went 152-89 in 16 years under Payton that included a Super Bowl title, nine playoff appearances and a one-year suspension for the head coach after the league found he tried to cover up a bounty program. Dennis Allen was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach in New Orleans when Payton left, so the matchup will include two coaches that know each other well.

It will also feature a pair of teams experiencing multi-year playoff droughts, so there will motivation to win beyond the relationship between Payton and the Saints.