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Curtis Lofton officially released by Saints, team now sits at $4.56 million over the cap

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According to ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter, the New Orleans Saints have released veteran linebacker Curtis Lofton.

He had a $9.25 million cap number, including $4.5 million in roster bonuses due in a few days.  Trade talks have been surrounding Lofton since late last week but apparently have failed, so the Saints decided to make the cut being that they’re in the worst cap shape in the NFL.

During his three years in New Orleans after playing with the Atlanta Falcons his first four season in the league, Curtis Lofton hasn’t missed a single game, leading the Black and Gold in tackles every year. He recorded 144 total tackles, one pass defended, a forced fumble and one fumble recovery this past season.

Leadership issues seemed to be the problem for the Saints last year after parting ways with a number of veterans on defense.  Lofton was indeed the new man in command in that unit as co-captain in 2014.

With about 24 hours left until the deadline, the Saints are closing in on getting under the salary cap.  Parting ways with Curtis Lofton is just another step forward to their destination.

The free agency period officially kicks off tomorrow (March 10) at 3:00 PM CT.  With Lofton now out of the mix, making a run at an interior linebacker like the young, versatile Mason Foster is a very possible scenario.  With more moves to come, the Saints now sit at $4.56 million over the cap, and that’s not figuring in Marques Colston‘s unknown pay cut numbers or Junior Galette‘s bonus conversion.

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