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Tampa Bay LB Kwon Alexander and WR Russell Shepard played at LSU

Both Tampa Bay LB Kwon Alexander and WR Russell Shepard both played at Louisiana State University...Saints Coach Sean Payton and Tampa Bay offensive line coach George Warhop served on the same offensive coaching staff with the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-04...Buccaneers QB Ryan Griffin was a four-year starter at Tulane from 2009-12 and appeared in 42 games with 39 starts, completing 836-of-1,396 passes for 9,026 yards, 56 touchdowns and 35 interceptions. Griffin originally signed as an undrafted free agent with New Orleans in 2013 and spent two seasons with the club working behind Drew Brees and Luke McCown before being waived at the end of the 2015 preseason...Tampa Bay G Logan Mankins played with TE Benjamin Watson with the New England Patriots. Watson and Buccaneers CBTim Jennings were previously teammates at the University of Georgia...Saints director/player development Fred McAfee played for Tampa Bay in 1999 contributing on special teams, where he was a teammate of Buccaneers linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson and Director of Football Operations Shelton Quarles...Tampa Bay college scout Tony Kinkela served as director/football operations at Tulane University from 2006-08...New Orleans outside linebackers coach Brian Young played at defensive tackle for Tampa Bay Coach Lovie Smith, when he served as defensive coordinator in St. Louis from 2001-03....Saints senior vice president of sales Michael Stanfield is a graduate of St. Leo University...New Orleans RB C.J. Spiller prepped at Union County (Lake Butler) High School….Saints DE Bobby Richardson is a Tampa native who prepped at Plant High School...New Orleans QB Luke McCown played for Tampa Bay from 2005-08 and appeared in seven games with three starts for the Buccaneers in his final two seasons, completing 94 of 140 passes for 1,009 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions...Saints DT Kaleb Eulls and Buccaneers CB Johnthan Banks were college teammates at Mississippi State from 2011-12 ...New Orleans DE Tavaris Barnes and LB Stephone Anthony and Tampa Bay DE Kourtnei Brown and WR Adam Humphries were college teammates at Clemson...Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe and Buccaneers LB Bruce Carter were college teammates at the University of North Carolina...New Orleans DE Cameron Jordan and Tampa Bay S Chris Conte were college teammates at the University of California...Saints WR Brandon Coleman and Buccaneers LS Andrew DePaola and DE George Johnson were college teammates at Rutgers...New Orleans defensive coordinator Rob Ryan tutored Tampa Bay LB Bruce Carter and CB Mike Jenkins with the Dallas Cowboys. Tampa Bay defensive quality control assistant Dave Borgonzi served on Ryan's defensive coaching staff with the Cowboys from 2011-12...Saints quarterbacks coachMike Neu served as a backup signal-caller for the Arena Football League's Orlando Predators in 1996...Brees, Tampa Bay WR Vincent Jackson and assistant special teams coach Carlos Polk were teammates with the San Diego Chargers...New Orleans CB Kyle Wilson and Tampa Bay RB Doug Martin were college teammates at Boise State...Saints T Andrus Peat and Buccaneers DE Matthew Masfilo were college teammates at Stanford...New Orleans CB Brandon Browner and Tampa Bay DT Tony McDaniel were teammates with the Seattle Seahawks  in 2013. McDaniel was acquired by New Orleans Assistant General Manager/College Scouting Director Jeff Ireland when he served as General Manager with the Miami Dolphins in 2009...New Orleans SJairus Byrd is the son of Tampa Bay cornerbacks coachGill Byrd. Gill Byrd, Tampa Bay senior defensive assistant Larry Marmie and assistant head coach/linebackersJoe Vitt served on the same coaching staff in St. Louis from 2004-05...New Orleans FB Toben Opurum and Tampa Bay S Bradley McDougaldwere college teammates at Kansas...Saints P Thomas Morstead and Buccaneers CB Sterling Moore were college teammates at Southern Methodist University...New Orleans Senior Defensive Assistant Dennis Allen served as Tampa Bay TE Brandon Myers' head coach with the Oakland Raiders in 2012...Saints LB Hau'oli Kikaha and Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins were college teammates at the University of Washington from 2011-13...New Orleans LB Michael Mauti and Tampa Bay T Donovan Smith were college teammates at Penn State...Saints RB Marcus Murphy and Buccaneers DE Jacquies Smith were college teammates at Missouri from 2011-13...New Orleans FB Austin Johnson and Tampa Bay TELuke Stocker were college teammates at the University of Tennessee...Tampa Bay OL Jeremiah Warren went to training camp with New Orleans in 2013...Tampa Bay defensive line coach Joe Cullen served on coaching staffs at both LSU and Mississippi. He and New Orleans assistant special teams Coach Stan Kwan also served on the same coaching staff with the Detroit Lions from 2006-08...Buccaneers assistant defensive line coach Paul Spicer was a member of New Orleans' Super Bowl XLIV championship team in 2009...Tampa Bay Director of Player Personnel Jon Robinson served as an assistant coach at Nicholls State from 1999-2001...Tampa Bay College Scout Brian Hudspeth graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi...Tampa Bay Pro Scout Steve West worked for Saints Area Scout Brendan Prophett in the New York Jets player personnel department in 2012.

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