August 31, 2007

Saints Begin to Drop the Final Ax: Team makes nine cuts with 13 more needed, LB Jones, former 5th round pick Leisle among cuts

The Saints are making their final cuts excruciating.

After making their first round of cuts in two different phases, the Saints are making their final roster cutdown in piecemeal fashion. Needing to cut 22 by Saturday, they announced nine on Friday.

Most notable is veteran LB Dhani Jones, a veteran who announced his own signing on NFL Network, didn't look hot on defense but made some good plays on special teams. The Saints signed Jones to a one-year contract before training camp.

Longtime Saint camp body Ben Archibald was cut again, as well as former fifth round pick DT Rodney Leisle.

Also cut were veterans OL Rob Petitti, TE Ronnie Ghent, and DE Scott Scharff and rookies WR Derrick Doyle, C Brian Ferentz, and DT Brandon Villarreal.

More cuts are coming soon, including the critical decision at runningback where the Saints may have to keep five runningbacks thanks to the unpredictable ascension of rookie RB Pierre Thomas.

Around the league, other Saints-noted cuts were the Rams cutting 2006 late round pick Josh Lay, the Texans cutting former Saint WR Bethel Johnson, the Vikings cutting former Saint DT Howard Green. Also, the Cardinals surprisingly cut their own third round pick from April, MLB Buster Davis. The Texans cut former Boise State QB Jared Zabransky, an undrafted rookie.

Earlier this week, the Patriots signed former Saints P Chris Hanson, who lost out to Steve Weatherford in the punter job competition.

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