Saints part ways with Courtney Roby, Jim Leonhard

AP

The Saints have moved to 53 players on the active roster by moving on from a player who first joined the team in 2008.

Receiver Courtney Roby, a special-teams captain, has been cut.  Other veterans whose contracts were terminated include defensive end Jay Richardson, cornerback Chris Carr, and safety Jim Leonhard.  Center Eric Olsen was placed on Injured Reserve.

Leonard had a successful career with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s twin brother, Rex, in Baltimore and with the Jets.

The Saints also waived 17 players, including quarterback Ryan Griffin, receiver Preston Parker, fullback Austin Johnson, receiver Saalim Hakim, guard Elliott Mealer, tight end Keavon Milton, tight end Michael Higgins, guard Andrew Tiller, center Jeremiah Warren, linebacker Ray Shipman, linebacker Rufus Johnson, nose tackle Isaako Aaitui, safety Jerico Nelson, linebacker Baraka Atkins, tackle Marcel Jones, cornerback Korey Lindsey, and cornerback Jumal Rolle.

The list of waived players includes three recent draft picks.  Tiller was a sixth-round draft pick in 2012.  Johnson was a sixth-round pick in 2013.  Jones was a seventh-round pick in 2012.