The New Orleans Saints released veteran DT Hollis Thomas, a league
source told Scout.com. The source said the move was made on Tuesday and
showed up on the inter-league transaction wire. The team announced the move on
“Hollis Thomas had a significant presence for us both on the defensive line and
in the locker room for a number of years,” Saints head coach Sean Payton
said. “He has been a big part of what we have accomplished here.”
The affable defensive lineman had two years left on his contract and the team
will save $1.4 million of salary cap space with Thomas' release.
Thomas' job could have been deemed expendable after the Saints recently
signed free agent DT Rod Coleman who played for new defensive
coordinator Bill Johnson when both men were with the Atlanta Falcons.
However, Coleman didn't play last season.
released by the Saints prior to the start of last season, but re-signed in
November. The Saints also parted ways with another
interior defensive lineman on Tuesday.
acquired Thomas from the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2006 NFL draft and
he started 28 games during his tenure with the Saints.