It was announced today that the Saints released defensive end Bobby McCray who has been with the team since coming over from the Jacksonville Jaguars two seasons ago.
The move comes as a surprise as McCray had been running with the first team defense most of this off-season and was in-line to compete for a starting role at left defensive end.
Former starter Charles Grant was also cut this off-season leaving a wide open competion for his LDE spot. The Saints also signed defensive ends Alex Brown and Jimmy Wilkerson earlier this off-season.
Wilkerson has the versatility to play on the interior or on the outside of the defensive line and barring any freak injury in training camp Brown seems the likley starter heading into the 2010-2011 season.
McCray was apparently the odd man out.
After Grant’s release McCray took over the starting role in the play-offs appearing in all three post season contests making six tackles while helping the Saints win their first ever Super Bowl championship.
He also was responsible for one of the more memorable moments in the Saints play-off game against the Cardinals when he literally obliterated Kurt Warner with a block after an interception.
In two seasons with the Saints McCray was used primarily as a situational pass rusher and accounted for 41 tackles, 7.5 sacks and a forced fumble.