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Saints Release Veteran DT Brian Young

The Saints made a tough decision today, as they released defensive tackle Brian Young. The team announced the release of the nine-year veteran earlier today.

“This was a very difficult decision to make,” G.M. Mickey Loomis said in a team-issued release. “Brian is one of the hardest working individuals I have ever met and I have as much respect for him as any player I have ever been associated with. We will miss his passion for the game.

“He has been a key contributor to our defense for a number of years and has also brought a lot to our organization as a high character individual. He has not received as much recognition and credit as he deserves for what he has brought to our team and this community. He will always be welcome in our building.”

Young played only half of last season because of problems with his left knee that lingered into the current offseason. He appeared in eight games in 2008, with 13 tackles, including one sack. In 2006, the last season the Saints went to the playoffs, Young started all 16 regular season games, finishing with 46 tackles, including 5.5 sacks.

Young was due to earn only $745,000 in base salary this season.

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