No surprise here. The New Orleans Saints cut veteran running back and all time leading rusher Deuce McAllister today.
McAllister, the Saints’ all-time leading rusher with 6,069 yards, was due over $7 million next season. The Saints said they granted McAllister his release so he could seek offers from other teams.
But cutting McAllister the Saints are now under the 123 million salary cap. Knee injuries have slowed him down the past couple of seasons. In his past two years, McAllister had only 131 carries and 510 yards.
He played for the Saints for 8 seasons rushing for 6096 yards and scoring 49 touchdowns.
“Decisions like this are always very difficult ones to make,” executive vice president/general manager Mickey Loomis said in a statement today.
“Deuce has epitomized hard work, leadership and productivity throughout his career and has been a source of great pride for all of us associated with the team. His records and accomplishments on the field speak for themselves about the type of player he was in a Saints uniform,” Loomis said. “He truly ranks as one of the greatest players in our club’s history, and we are very respectful of everything he has meant to the Saints and our community.”
He played in the Pro Bowl in 2002 and 2003. His last 1,000-yard season was 2006, when the Saints advanced to the NFC championship game. That also was the season before McAllister’s second anterior cruciate ligament tear.
McAllister’s first ACL tear occurred in his right knee early in the 2005 season and the second in his left knee in the third game of the 2007 season.