The New Orleans Saints announced the names of the players who are being released today in order to get the roster down to 75 players.
The names of the released players are:
DT Remi Ayodele, QB Luke McCown, TE Jake Byrne, WR Marques Clark, T Hutch Eckerson, G Paul Fenaroli, C Brian Folkerts, WR Kevin Hardy, CB Kamaal McIlwain, DT Swanson Miller, WR Derek Moye, CB Cord Parks, DE Donavan Robinson, LB Aaron Tevis, and S Johnny Thomas.
One name that fans will recognize is Ayodele who was brought back after being released by the Minnesota Vikings this offseason. Ayodele was part of the Saints 2009-2010 roster that went to the Super Bowl.
Wide receiver Marques Clark was compared to former wide receiver and special teams ace Michael “Beer Man” Lewis since he was discovered by quarterback Drew Brees during the offseason.
Brees was staying in shape while negotiating his contract and Clark was someone who caught passes from him during summer drills. Clark hasn’t been playing football since he graduated from Henderson State in 2009.
These players won’t be alone for long in being in the released category. The Saints will have to release 22 more players before Friday at 3:00 p.m.(CT) which will be less than 24 hours after they play their final preseason game against the Tennessee Titans.
To make that difficult decision a bit easier, expect to see everyone that is on the border and very little if any of starters like Brees. One battle to watch closely will be at the wide receiver and running back position.
The Saints are trying to find someone to fill the role left by Robert Meachem’s departure as well as another spot. At running back, the Chris Ivory vs. Travaris Cadet dilemma will get resolved one way or another.