April 19, 2009

Saints Cut CB Mike McKenzie

McKenzie continues to rehab second major knee injury

The Saints cut their starting cornerback McKenzie, still rehabbing a major knee injury.

McKenzie was acquired in a mid-season trade provoked by a contract holdout, fueled by agent Drew Rosenhaus. The Saints would sign McKenzie to a new contract the next July.

The move clears $4.575 million in cap space. McKenzie was due $4.45 million in base salary in 2009.

In five seasons with the Saints, McKenzie recorded 12 interceptions and scored two touchdowns in 2007.

McKenzie was lost to a broken kneecap while making a key third down tackle in the Saints' loss in Atlanta. That injury was the second major knee injury in as many years, as McKenzie made a remarkable return to the field from an ACL injury in 2007.

McKenzie and newly acquired safety Darren Sharper were teammates in Green Bay before 2004, and were teammates in New Orleans for a matter of hours. McKenzie was released by the Saints the day after signing Sharper.

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