Saints sign Sharrod Neasman, waive Mykkele Thompson

The Saints swapped one safety for another on Thursday.

Herbie Teope of NFL Media reports that the team has signed Sherrod Neasman to their 90-man roster. Neasman tried out for the team at their rookie minicamp earlier this month. Mykkele Thompson has been waived in a corresponding move.

Neasman played in 14 regular season games and five postseason contests for the Falcons over the last two seasons and made six tackles. He was not tendered a contract this offseason by Atlanta and worked out for the Chiefs in April before landing with New Orleans.

At a time when the discontent has spread to players like quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski, maybe there really is a deeper problem in the locker room, where the core of players obsessed with winning has been overcome by a critical mass of players who are sick of being constantly criticized. The tipping point quite possibly came during Super Bowl LII, when Belichick apparently departed from the win-at-all-costs mindset to instead play some sort of mind game with cornerback Malcolm Butler, leaving him on the sideline as the defense couldn’t stop Philadelphia’s offense.

Vea’s contract will be for four years with a team option for a fifth year. That option must be exercised before Vea’s fourth season and is guaranteed for injury only.

Vea had 99 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and two forced fumbles over three years at the University of Washington. He’s part of a new look defensive line in Tampa as Jason Pierre-Paul, Vinny Curry, Beau Allen and Mitch Unrein also joined the team this offseason.

Bob Smith: My first team was the Sixers of Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer and Chet The Jet Walker, who couldn’t get by Bill Russell. Jumped on the Knicks bandwagon in the late ’60s and got to see Cowens and Co. get theirs. The Dean Meminger game in ’73 and the Cavs’ win in Boston are real highlights for those of us who feel the same way about anything Boston.

Vac: However much the Celtics may have been likable, I’m pretty sure what I heard when I opened my window late Sunday night was America cheering.

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