The Saints had discussions before the season about releasing Deuce McAllister. We've speculated about this all summer. With Deuce apparently behind Pierre Thomas on the depth chart, he's basically insurance at this point. His long-standing role in the organization likely kept him on the team for one more year. Sep. 14 - 8:34 a.m. ET Source: FoxSports.com
I think it shows they have little confidence that he can come back and be RB1. It's Reggie at Special RB1 and Pierre as Workhorse RB1. A backup Deuce is still better than a Shaun Alexander, I guess.