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Saints cut David Thomas, Johnny Patrick

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The Saints have made a pair of cuts, one for financial reasons and one of the more traditional variety.

According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Saints released tight end David Thomas and waived cornerback Johnny Patrick.

Thomas is a good second tight end, but he was due $1.5 million in base salary this year, and a $200,000 roster bonus.

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.

The Saints are still significantly over the salary cap, and more releases are inevitable before the start of free agency.

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11 Responses to “Saints cut David Thomas, Johnny Patrick”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Feb 19, 2013 3:49 PM

    Not much you can do. Drew needs the cash.

  2. mdd913 says: Feb 19, 2013 3:58 PM

    Thomas was a very good tight end for a couple of seasons. It’s a shame about his noggin. Poor guy hasn’t been the same player since.

    It’s guys like this I feel bad for, he never made a ton of money and will probably not be signed and end up having concussion issues the rest of his life, and the NFL is going to completely turn its back on him.

  3. jblandbeardown says: Feb 19, 2013 4:00 PM

    Thomas would look good in Bears colors.

  4. uwsptke says: Feb 19, 2013 4:09 PM

    Looking at the contract information from my new favorite website (spotrac.com), they are still almost $16 mil over the cap after these moves. I’m not sure how they’re going to do it. Brees ($17.4 mil) could restructure, but he’d almost be guaranteeing his own release in a couple of years due to a probably cap number near $30 mil.

    One reason they’re in this predicament is that they are paying their guards like tackles. Between Evans and Grubbs (and I know they’re great talents), they are getting a cap charge of over $17 mil. Will Smith is counting $14.5 mil, with nearly $7 mil sunk.

    Releasing Vilma (he was traded by the Jets because he was a misfit in the 3-4, remember) would save $6 mil. Pierre Thomas doesn’t have any sunk cost, so he could clear $2.5 mil.

    The sunk costs are really astonshing. There are so many players with large cap numbers that can’t really come down even if released because of the acceleration of bonuses. They are in a bad, bad situation financially.

  5. Getoffmylawn! says: Feb 19, 2013 4:15 PM

    That’s mere bounty chump change that they freed up there. Brees will get his though.

  6. hoops737 says: Feb 19, 2013 4:37 PM

    Cut Harper, Vilma, Smith, Henderson, Pierre, Ellis, Greer, and Hartley for starters

  7. mjkelly77 says: Feb 19, 2013 5:04 PM

    mdd913 says:Feb 19, 2013 3:58 PM

    … It’s guys like this I feel bad for, he never made a ton of money and will probably not be signed and end up having concussion issues the rest of his life, and the NFL is going to completely turn its back on him.
    _________________

    NFL? What about the NFLPA? You know, the union that supposedly represents him. The one to which he’s been paying dues.

  8. andyreidsbossoms says: Feb 19, 2013 5:17 PM

    They both got two first names…just like Ricky Bobby

  9. dvdman123 says: Feb 19, 2013 5:48 PM

    Yes they are in bad cap shape but will find a way to get through it and still find a way to win 13 games next season. Just ask the Pats, they do it every year.

  10. csf081183 says: Feb 19, 2013 8:34 PM

    @hoops737

    Ellis and Henderson are already free agents. If you are going to play imaginary GM, you should try to educate yourself on the team.

  11. silentcount says: Feb 19, 2013 8:43 PM

    Dave was pretty good and they didn’t gain much by cutting him. Any decent backup tight end will cost about the same.

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