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Deuce Dumped; McAllister Released in Cap Related Move

The running backs continue to fall, as Tuesday the Saints released their all-time leading rusher, Deuce McAllister. The move comes one day after the Jaguars released their all-time leading rusher – Fred Taylor.

The popular McAllister’s release was all salary cap related, as he was due to make over $7 million in the 2009 season. McAllister put up 6,069 yards since being the teams first round draft pick back in the 2001 season.

Word is that the Saints granted McAllister his release so he could seek offers from other teams. He 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,” Saints general manager Mickey 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 also holds team records for touchdowns (55) and rushing touchdowns (49) and is the only Saints player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season four times.

He played in the Pro Bowl in 2002 and 2003. His last 1,000-yard season was 2006, when the Saints advanced to the NFC championship game. That also was the season before McAllister’s second anterior cruciate ligament tear.

McAllister’s first ACL tear occurred in his right knee early in the 2005 season and the second in his left knee in the third game of the 2007 season.

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