Saints release Thomas Morstead

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The Saints’ work to get under the salary cap will include the release of punter Thomas Morstead.

The team announced the move on Thursday. Morstead spent the last 12 seasons with the team.

“The experience I’ve had with the Saints, there’s not one part of it that I would complain about. The whole thing has been just so outstanding. I’m obviously sad to be moving on from the team. . . . But I have nothing but positive overflowing emotions,” Morstead said, via Jeff Duncan of TheAthletic.com.

Morstead was set to make $3.15 million with a $4.5 million cap hit. The move will clear $2.5 million in cap space for the Saints, who still have 2020 undrafted free agent punter Blake Gillikin on the roster.

The Saints also reworked kicker Wil Lutz‘s contract Thursday and they released tight ends Jared Cook and Josh Hill on Wednesday.

Morstead has a career average of 46.5 yards per kick. He was selected to one Pro Bowl during his time in New Orleans.

12 responses to “Saints release Thomas Morstead

  1. Man as a Saints fan this hurts. Absolute class act and legend. Wish him well…

  2. A consistent top tier punter, two-time All-Pro, and amazing contributor to NOLA charities. Remembered forever for executing Ambush in SB44. He will be missed by WhoDat Nation!

  3. Rumor has it he had to leave the facility sideways because he’s too jacked to fit through the door.
    Eagles fan but i liked Morstead – Good dude.

  4. CAN NOT stand the Saints but this guy is solid. Raised a bunch of money for childrens hospitals in Minneapolis thru his foundation. Skol Mr. Morstead.

  5. Not only has he been good for so many years, he’s a class act. Will never forget how he came back on the field to run that last play after that Diggs miracle playoff touchdown.

  6. If punters went to the HOF with the same frequency as other positions, Morstead would definitely be in the HOF. His career numbers are elite.

    Having said that, he played one year too long. He was straight up bad this past season. It was hard to watch him shanking balls for 30 yards that he used to crush 65 or 70 with ease.

  7. One of all time favorite Saints players, he was a punter, and when they had kickers that couldn’t kick off deep enough on kickoffs, he did that job too, and don’t try to return a punt and think you’ll get past him, he was tough as nails….

  8. One of my all time favorite Saints players, he was a punter, and when they had kickers that couldn’t kick off deep enough on kickoffs, he did that job too, and don’t try to return a punt and think you’ll get past him, he was tough as nails….

  9. He won’t be out of work long. He’s a safe option for the teams that are unsettled at punter.

  10. Morestead and Brees were the only players on the team this past season who were also on the Saints super bowl team. So if Brees does retire, then that chapter is officially closed (not including coaches).

  11. Us Who Dats are having the roughest offseason yet! Morestead is Who Legend and will always be remembered as just that! A true class act, he’s always been really great to the fans and always always always signed anything or talked to anyone whenever.. thank you for all the great plays and things you’ve done for this city. Best of luck

  12. footballfan4ever says:
    March 4, 2021 at 9:34 pm
    Morestead and Brees were the only players on the team this past season who were also on the Saints super bowl team. So if Brees does retire, then that chapter is officially closed (not including coaches).

    Don’t forget Malcolm Jenkins was on the SB team and was a member of last years team, along with Morstead & Drew. Just sayin!

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