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Saints Release LB Troy Evans and 4 Others

In a surprise move, the New Orleans Saints have released LB Troy Evans and four others in an attempt to trim down their roster. Also released were: WRs Mark Bradley and Rod Harper, CB Danny Gorrer, and G Tim Duckworth.

I am very surprised at the release of Evans above all others because of what he has meant to the team over the past couple of years. Since joining the Saints in 2007, he has not only served as a heck of a backup at strong-side linebacker, but he was also voted special teams captain for the last two years. I can only trust that the decision makers have very good reasons for cutting such a hard worker who obviously had clout in the locker room and on the field. Saints General Manager, Mickey Loomis said of him,

“Decisions like these are never easy to make. Troy Evans was an instrumental part of the Saints Superbowl XLIV in 2009 and we are truly thankful for his hard work and dedication. We know that the fans of our team will be grateful for Troy’s contributions and the way he contributed to our success both on and off the football field.”

And Sean Payton said,

“It’s always difficult when you have to make decisions such as releasing players that have contributed as much to the Saints as Troy has. Troy was our special teams captain the past two years and provided us with tremendous depth at the outside linebacker position the last three years.”

With the pressing issues on special teams, I wonder if it’s a wise move at this point in time to let go a player with Evans’ experience, abilities and versatility. Those qualities don’t come standard these days. I guess all any of us can do is trust that there is some logic behind this decision that the rest of us have yet to see.

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3 Responses to “Saints Release LB Troy Evans and 4 Others”

  1. Tony Derbigny says:

    I understand that you are a little worried about the decission. It seems a little odd to me too but I am actually kinda glad they did it. He is a smart player but not the most athletic and he is not getting youger (32). If you look at at all the great young talent at OLB they had to eventually find room for these guys. Casillas won the starting spot and we just picked up Clint Ingram. Plus we have other you atletic talent in Stanley Arnoux, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Marvin Mitchell and Anthony Waters (all 25 or under). So if you look at it in hindsight it may seem like a really smart move

  2. Looking at it that way, it is logical. Thanks.

  3. Tony Derbigny says:

    No problem, sorry about the spelling errors. I was at work so had to type it fast, lol

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