Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Saints Released Deuce Mcallister!!!

Yes it's a sad day in New Orleans football.Popular running back Deuce McAllister was released by the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday in a move that reduced the team’s payroll as free agency approaches.

McAllister, the Saints’ all-time leading rusher with 6,069 yards, was due over $7 million next season. The Saints said they granted McAllister his release so he could seek offers from other teams.

“I still have the itch to play,” McAllister said, adding that he would not rule out returning to the Saints after he’s been able to test the market.

“We’ve left that door ajar,” Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said, but added, “I wouldn’t call it likely.”

McAllister played a limited role in the Saints’ offense this past season with 107 carries for 418 yards. McAllister has had reconstructive surgery on both knees.

“Decisions like this are always very difficult ones to make,” Loomis said. “Deuce has epitomized hard work, leadership and productivity throughout his career and has been a source of great pride for all of us associated with the team.”

McAllister had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee six weeks ago and said he could not pass a physical if he took one now. However, he expected to be ready by next season and believes he can play another three years or so.

McAllister said money was only part of the reason he wants to test the market. McAllister also said he wanted to see if a team out there would give him a greater role than he had last season in New Orleans, when he effectively worked as a third-string running back behind Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas.

“If you’re a player, you want (the ball) more,” McAllister said.

McAllister said he would always consider New Orleans home, will carry on his community service endeavors in the area and could foresee returning to the Saints in a front-office or assistant coaching role after his playing days have ended.

I don't give a damn if Deuce had no legs, you don't release a guy who has done so much for your organization. I hope he gets a job in the front office.

Other notable news in the NBA is the New Orleans Hornets trade Tyson Chandler to the Oklahoma Thunder for Chris Wilcox and Joe Smith and the draft rights to DeVon Hardin. I know Tyson was injured but you don't give him up for a bunch of nobodys!


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