April 28, 2009

Saints release veteran DT Brian Young

Recent knee surgery puts Young's 2009 season in jeopardy

The Saints have released veteran defensive tackle Brian Young.

Young, who recently had any knee surgery, wants to play again but is not sure when he'll be able to.

Young, who will be 32 this season, played the last five seasons in New Orleans after playing four in St. Louis. while he did not miss a game through the first three years as a Saint, he was unable to finish the past two seasons healthy.

His best game was likely the 2006 season opener in Cleveland, when he collected five tackles and 2.5 sacks in the win.

He was due $3 million in a roster bonus on top of $1.5 million in base salary in 2009. The move cleared $3.2 million in cap space for the Saints.

The move puts the Saints' starters at defensive tackle at last year's top pick Sedrick Ellis and veteran Kendrick Clancy. Rod Coleman, DeMario Pressley, and Remi Ayodele will be competing for a spot in the rotation. On passing downs, the Saints may use ends Charles Grant and Paul Spicer as a tackle as well.

The Saints also released veteran DT Hollis Thomas days after the draft.

The Saints are also trying out former CFL player Richard Clebert at their upcoming rookie minicamp.

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