The following is a transcript of the press conference provided by Saints media relations staff.

New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis discussed the team's preparations for the NFL Draft, which begins this Thursday. Media questions are in bold.

New Orleans Sains

The New Orleans Saints have released their 2015 preseason and regular season schedules. Home games are in bold.


Thursday, Aug. 13 AWAY Baltimore Ravens 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 22 HOME New England Patriots 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 30 HOME Houston Texans 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 3 AWAY Green Bay Packers 6:00 p.m.

Regular Season:

Sunday, Sept. 13 AWAY Arizona Cardinals 3:05 p.m.

The New Orleans Saints have traded tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks.

Graham, a fan favorite, set numerous club records and was a potent tool in the Saints’ offensive arsenal — but had suffered from nagging injuries and declining performance this past season.

Graham will be sent to Seattle along with a fourth-round draft pick, in exchange for Seattle center Max Unger and a first-round pick.

The Saints now have three of the first 44 2015 draft picks.

Saints head coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan answered questions from the media after practice on Friday, Dec. 26.

The Saints will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Dec. 28. Kickoff is at noon.

The following transcript of the Saints media availability was created and provided by the New Orleans Saints organization.

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton

Post-Practice Media Availability

Friday, December 26, 2014

The New Orleans Saints were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday afternoon in a 30-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

It was their second loss to the Falcons this year.

The Saints needed the win, or a Carolina loss to the Cleveland Browns, to keep their playoff hopes alive. They got neither.

The 2014 New Orleans Saints season can be boiled down to one word: inconsistency.

A week and a day after getting steamrolled at home to the Panthers, the Saints flew off to Chicago and beat down the Bears. In the cold, outside, in the rain. On the road.

But those old narratives don’t really mean much anymore.

Following back-to-back turnovers to start the game, a Brees fumble, two botched field goal attempts and some other assorted messes from both teams, the Saints took over in the second and third quarters and closed the Bears down.

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The wheels have come off the 2014 New Orleans Saints.

In a tight race with the Atlanta Falcons for “first place” in the sorry NFC South, on Sunday afternoon the Saints rolled over at home to the woeful Carolina Panthers.

It was a sullen, almost sordid affair for a Saints game. A nasty on-field fight spilled through the end zone wall. A fan threw a beer onto the field. The crowd booed an entreaty by the PA announcer to “Please remember our Fan Code of Conduct." By the start of the fourth quarter there were — maybe — a couple thousand people left in the stands.

Sometimes the 2014 New Orleans Saints show glimmers of the team they could have been.

Kenny Stills caught 5 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown, and the much-maligned New Orleans defense picked off Ben Roethlisberger twice.

The Saints tried to give it away late, but left Pittsburg with a 35-32 win over the Steelers.

The LSU Tigers wrapped up their regular season with a win over Texas A&M.

And in the Bayou Classic, Grambling University fought back until the last moment, but Southern University took the game, 52-45.

The Baltimore Ravens came into New Orleans on Monday night and became the third team in a row to beat the Saints at home.

The final score: 34-27.

It’s the first time in 13 years the Saints have lost three straight in the Superdome.

New Orleans managed to take a lead into the half, but the Ravens tied it up with a field goal… and then Drew Brees threw a pick-6 (an interception returned for a touchdown) right to Baltimore safety Will Hill.

Opposing teams have not missed a field goal against the Saints all year.