The Saints terminated the contract of TE Jeremy Shockey on Tuesday. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer first reported the news.
Shockey just completed his ninth season in the league and third with the Saints. He started 11 games and recorded a career-low 408 receiving yards in 2010. He had three touchdown receptions.
"Jeremy played an important role in helping our team bring a Super Bowl championship to New Orleans. He contributed to the success of our offense, both as a pass-catcher and run blocker, and we're appreciative of his efforts," said head coach Sean Payton via the team's Twitter account.
The four-time Pro Bowler was due $4.2 million in 2011, the final year of his deal.
The way we see it
This move is not a huge surprise. The emergence of rookie TE Jimmy Graham, who had 31 catches for 356 yards and five scores, diminished Shockey's role and made him and his contract expendable. Shockey has some more years left, though, so he should have suitors.