Brodrick Bunkley DL NO 3 Months
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Saints NT Brodrick Bunkley (calf) will be out "several weeks."
Bunkley injured his calf in the opener versus Atlanta and was spotted in a walking boot and on crutches following the win. Third-round rookie John Jenkins will slide into the starting lineup at the nose. The Saints just keep taking hits on defense. OLBs Will Smith and Victor Butler and LE Kenyon Coleman have already been lost for the season. ILB Jonathan Vilma is on short-term injured reserve.
Brodrick Bunkley DL NO 4 Months
Brodrick Bunkley is practicing as the Saints' first-team nose tackle in training camp.
Akiem Hicks saw early-camp reps on the nose, but will be needed to play full-time end with Kenyon Coleman done for the year. Rookie John Jenkins is Bunkley's backup. Bunkley is undersized for 3-4 nose at 6-foot-2, 306, but DC Rob Ryan has a history with smallish nose tackles. The Saints' defense remains one to target in fantasy matchups after losing Coleman and top OLB Victor Butler.
Brodrick Bunkley DL NO 9 Months
The Saints have reworked DT Brodrick Bunkley's contract, dropping his 2013 base salary from $3.7 million to $750,000.
In exchange, the Saints cut a $2.95 million check for Bunkley in the form of a "signing" bonus. Previously scheduled to count $4.7 million versus the cap, Bunkley's cap number dipped to $2.5 million. Bunkley is an undersized, 6-foot-2, 306-pound nose tackle, but Rob Ryan isn't afraid to use smaller guys on the nose in his 3-4. Bunkley will likely compete to retain his starting job.
Brodrick Bunkley DL NO Mar 21 '12
Saints signed DT Brodrick Bunkley to a five-year, $25 million contract with $9 million guaranteed.
With GM Mickey Loomis' suspension not yet implemented, it's business as usual in the Saints' front office as the team stays the course amid bounty scandal discipline. The Broncos were making a "hard" push to re-sign Bunkley as of Tuesday, but the Saints apparently beat Denver's offer. Bunkley has only six sacks in six seasons, but he is an effective one-gap, 4-3 nose tackle. He projects as an upgrade on outgoing Shaun Rogers and Aubrayo Franklin.
Brodrick Bunkley DL NO Mar 20 '12
The Broncos are "working hard" to re-sign free agent DT Brodrick Bunkley.
Bunkley visited the Saints on Sunday, but has otherwise been greeted by a slow-developing market for defensive tackles. Now that the Broncos are no longer preoccupied by the chase for Peyton Manning, they could have Bunkley back in the fold in relatively short order.
Brodrick Bunkley DL NO Mar 12 '12
At least one AFC personnel director believes Brodrick Bunkley is the best 4-3 nose tackle available in free agency.
The 4-3 nose position is different from the 3-4 nose. 4-3 NTs are ordinarily lighter and expected to rush the passer more. "He's got some talent," the AFC exec said of Bunkley. "He can get up the field and be that penetrator." Other potential 4-3 nose tackles on the market include Pat Sims (Bengals), Luis Castillo (Chargers), Trevor Laws (Eagles), and Cory Redding (Ravens).