The Saints released TE David Thomas and waived CB Johnny Patrick, Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune first reported. The Saints later confirmed the move.
Per the report, Thomas’ cap number for 2013 was $2.2 million, with a base salary of $1.5 million. Thomas, 29, has been with the Saints since 2009, playing in 48 games with 25 starts. In 2012, Thomas had 11 catches for 86 yards and four touchdowns.
“This was an extremely difficult decision to make with David today,” said GM Mickey Loomis. “Since he came here in 2009, he’s been an important part of our team, both with his performance on the field and with the outstanding veteran leadership he’s provided for us.”
Thomas' most productive year came in 2009, when he had 35 catches for 356 yards in 15 games and eight starts. He began his career with the Patriots in 2006.
“David has been important part of our team since the day he arrived here immediately after the 2009 preseason and we appreciate everything he did for us these last four seasons,” said head coach Sean Payton. “With his dependability, intelligence and work ethic, he was someone our players and coaches could always rely on. On the field, he would set a physical tone and his versatility proved to be a great asset for us.”
Patrick played in 15 games with one start in 2012, his second pro season. He had 24 tackles and two passes defensed.