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.
New Orleans acquired Thomas from the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2006 NFL draft and he started 28 games during his tenure with the Saints.