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Saints release longtime punter Thomas Morstead, save $2.5M in cap space

This one hurts. Multiple reports confirmed the release of veteran punter Thomas Morstead on Thursday. The Saints parted ways with a fan-favorite after 205 games together, including the playoffs and a Super Bowl victory. The move saves $2.5 million against the salary cap while leaving $2 million in dead money. Morstead fell off in 2020 after his body began breaking down from a decade of high-level performance; he averaged the fewest yards per punt of his career and had difficulty going for long-distance tries. His 190 regular season appearances rank fourth-best in franchise history and second-most among active players, trailing only Drew Brees (228). While it’s a small consolation, the Saints do have a replacement in mind. Blake Gillikin was stashed on injured reserve last season as an undrafted rookie out of Penn State after a solid college career. They might bring in some competition for him over the summer, but it’s his job to lose. So here’s a toast to Morstead. He’s earned it
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