It seemed it was just a matter of time before Mike McKenzie was cut.
He had suffered two major knee injuries in two years and the teams recent addition of CB Jabari Greer was an ominous sign – the straw that broke the camels back.
McKenzie, 32, had been with the Saints for five seasons since being acquired in a trade with the Packers in 2004. He was a standout corner during this span starting 62 of 63 games for the Saints – recording 225 tackles, 167 solo, 58 passes defensed, 12 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble.
McKenzie’s fate had been in limbo the last few months as the Saints cap space was slim. It was expected the team would try to re-structure his contract and give him a chance to compete in training camp for a starting role.
It was even rumored the Saints would move McKenzie to free safety alongside strong safety Roman Harper, apparently the Saints thought neither option optimal.
McKenzie is only the first of many cuts the Saints will make in the next few weeks. New defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will be evaluating the players during the off season workout program starting March 30th- expect to see a few players hit the market during this span.