Several sources are confirming that the New Orleans Saints have parted ways with veteran right tackle Jon Stinchcomb today.
The decision was made to allow for younger and more promising players the chance to compete for the starting spot. At first glance it appears that it will come down to backup Zach Strief and last years second round pick Charles Brown
Jon Stinchcomb has been the teams starter at right tackle since 2006, but was drafted in the second round by the Saints (37th overall) during the 2003 draft.
Stinchcomb was criticized heavily for his declining play and high number of penalties throughout the 2010 season, but just recently it was revealed that he played the Saints final ten games with a torn quad tendon in his left leg.
The inury severely impeded his ability to maneuver on the playing field, and it was thought that now healed he could get back to Pro Bowl form with the Saints in 2011.
New Orleans is committed to getting younger this off-season at a variety of positions, and the they must think they have more than a suitable replacement already on the roster for Stinchcomb.
Strief has been a long time backup on the offensive line and will now get his chance to prove he can handle a starring role. Meanwhile Charles Brown has been groomed as a potential left tackle, but will also get a look at the right tackle position.
The Saints were able to retain left tackle Jermon Bushrod in free agency, which likely played a role in allowing Brown to switch positions, in an attempt to get the former USC standout on the field this season.
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