The Saints today announced that veteran cornerback Mike McKenzie has been released. “Decisions such as these are the hardest to make in this business,” G.M. Mickey Loomis said. “Mike has been a standout performer for the Saints both on and off the field during his career with the Saints. We wish him well in his future and thank him for all of his efforts representing the Saints.”
McKenzie last season had a pick and 22 tackles for the team. He was entering the final year of his contract, at a base salary of $4.45 million. The move, then, frees up $4.45 million in cap space. In 133 career games — 129 starts — between the Saints and Packers, the 32- year-old McKenzie has accumulated 27 interceptions, 141 passes defensed and 516 tackles.