Saints Release TE David Thomas, Waive CB Johnny Patrick

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Saints terminate contract of TE David Thomas, waive DB Johnny Patrick
"David has been important part of our team since the day he arrived here immediately after the 2009 preseason and we appreciate everything he did for us these last four seasons," said Head Coach Sean Payton. "With his dependability, intelligence and work ethic, he was someone our players and coaches could always rely on. On the field, he would set a physical tone and his versatility proved to be a great asset for us."

Saints cut David Thomas, Johnny Patrick | ProFootballTalk
Patrick, a 2011 third-round pick, started just one game in two seasons. He’s subject to waivers, but Thomas is now free to find new employment.

New Orleans Saints release TE David Thomas, waive CB Johnny Patrick | NOLA.com
Thomas held a salary cap number of $2.2 million with a base salary of $1.5 million for 2013, which was the final year of his contract. Patrick was only set to make $555,000 in base salary in 2013 with a cap figure around $740,000.

Saints have work to do to get under expected NFL salary cap in time | wwltv.com New Orleans
New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis has his work cut out to get the team in the right salary cap range before March 12.

NFL Rumors: Jermon Bushrod Likely Done With The New Orleans Saints
NFL Rumors: Jermon Bushrod may have played his last season with the New Orleans Saints. Find out why the Saints will not retain him.

New Orleans Saints could target explosive outside linebacker, NFL Network's Mike Mayock says | NOLA.com
Mike Mayock named LSU's Barkevious Mingo, Oregon's Dion Jordan as possibilities for the Saints

Will Smith must take pay cut or get cut by New Orleans Saints
Unless Will Smith wants to test free agency, the aging defensive end must restructure his deal with the New Orleans Saints this offseason.

New Orleans Saints Mount Rushmore: Four Franchise Icons

Saints Nation: NFL's Top 100 Free Agents of 2013

NFL Rumors: Charles Woodson headed for the Bayou?
The 2009 Defensive Player of the Year is looking to land a starting gig with a contender, as he hopes to make one last run at another Super Bowl ring before he hangs up his cleats. One team – and potential contender – that could be an option heading into 2013 is the New Orleans Saints.

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NFL Combine, the Draft, Salary Caps

Source: Cap will be north of $122 million | ProFootballTalk
While a move to $122 million represents an increase of only $1.4 million per team, every dollar helps, given the number of teams in cap trouble.

2013 NFL Draft: Luke Joeckel, Geno Smith among best prospects - NFL.com
Before the draft season really kicks into high gear, Gil Brandt takes a look at the 100 best prospects as things stand right now -- and says Luke Joeckel reminds him of a certain blue-chip veteran.

Ryan Grigson: Interviews as important as anything at combine | ProFootballTalk
"A lot of times these kids are prepped so extensively before they walk in the door that it can put a wall up in a sense and inhibit us from really getting what we want out of the interview. It is a disservice to us and ultimately the player in the end," Grigson said. "Our weapon against this is Chuck (Pagano) himself. He has a way of getting kids to open up because he builds a level of trust so quickly with people just due to his genuine nature. It is extremely helpful having him in our corner and engaging each and every player that walks through our door every night."

Holdouts could become a real problem for the NFL | ProFootballTalk
This year, the biggest name to watch for a potential holdout is Vikings receiver Percy Harvin. Others, like Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, could choose to do the same. By 2014, there could be a lot more guys who decide to stay away unless they get compensated for the money they didn’t make on their rookie deals — and that they clearly earned.

Manti Te’o: I don’t see how this detracts from what I did on the field | ProFootballTalk
"As far as my stock dropping or rising, that’s not up to me. The only thing I have to do is just do well, run fast, just be myself, be quick," Te’o said.

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Lagniappe

Competition Committee seeking players’ input on low block rules | ProFootballTalk
The NFL's Competition Committee is asking for players' input as it considers revising the rules about low blocks. Falcons President and NFL Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that Packers defensive tackle Ryan Pickett, Texans defensive end Antonio Smith and...

Alberto Riveron leaving referee post to become senior director of officials | ProFootballTalk
The NFL recently named Dean Blandino as their new vice president of officiating and now they have a new senior director of officials as well. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Alberto Riveron will give up his refereeing job to move into the off-field post.

Tulane quarterback Nick Montana 'accurate' at Monday's spring football practice; star guests on hand to watch | NOLA.com
With Joe Montana on hand to watch his son, Tulane QB Nick Montana, Green Wave begins second week of spring football

Falcons making contingency plans for Gonzalez | ProFootballTalk
If Gonzalez makes them wait too long, they could miss out on potential targets, which would require adjusting the offense. They could use wide receiver Harry Douglas more out of the slot, but Gonzalez is such a problematic matchup that replacing him is going to be nearly impossible no matter how they try.

The Rock and John Cena Talk About New Orleans
WWE Superstars The Rock and John Cena talk about WrestleMania 30 coming to New Orleans in a press conference on Monday, February 18, 2013.

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