Saints deny Toronto talk

Earlier today, we relayed some bold and rather controversial comments from Toronto city councillor Doug Ford on the potential for NFL expansion to Canada’s biggest city. One snippet of that report has since picked up quite a lot of steam — enough so that the New Orleans Saints have issued a response.

Ford mentioned to me that a rep from NFL Canada told him last week that the New Orleans Saints were one of two teams “in play” for relocation to Toronto. The idea that a franchise that has experienced a resurgence in fan support in recent years would be in line to move elsewhere seemed ridiculous, and so the Saints have, unsurprisingly, called Ford’s comment ridiculous:

“Reports about the Saints as a potential team moving to Toronto are completely false,” said Saints spokesman Greg Bensel. “The New Orleans Saints are committed to the city of New Orleans.”