After the 2008 season, to the surprise of fans everywhere, Karney was released on on March 5, 2009, the night of the rehearsal dinner for his wedding, which was viewed as a very unclassy move by the Saints organization in the eyes of their fans.
The Saints however defended the move by saying he was released to allow him enough time to land a new employer and that that they were interested in upgrading the position with a better pass catching full back, which Karney was not known to be.
Former Patriot full back Heath Evans was brought in to replace Karney for the 2009 season scoring three touchdowns (2 receiving, 1 rushing) in six games with the Saints before blowing out his knee against the Miami Dolphins.
His loss that season resulted in Saints having to use tight end David Thomas and backup offensive tackle Zach Strief as “blocking” full backs.
Evans returned last season but had little impact rushing twice for one yard along with catching seven receptions for forty-one yards and one touchdown but the Saints have seemed intent on once again upgrading the position.
Before last season they brought in several free agent full backs including ex-Bear Jason McKie and rookie Marcus Mailei to compete with Evans for playing time.
McKie was released with respect to roster limitations and Mailei landed on injured reserve with a knee injury but he is expected to return this off season and compete for a spot on the final roster.
Now that Karney is available the Saints should consider bringing him back into the fold considering his familiarity with the Saints offense and value as a lead blocker.
Although Karney has not improved as a receiver maybe the Saints are willing to overlook and try to help him improve that aspect of his game.
Karney though may have no interest in returning to the Saints. At the time of his release he was very upset with the teams treatment of the situation and the suddenness of his release as he was not told in advance of their plans to do so.